Saturday, June 28, 2008

Before And After

BEFORE


After getting the T-28 Trojan for my birthday I was very scared to fly it, but after a few flights I fell in love with it . It is a great plane , very fast and hard to land. I have been practicing coming in low and slow, so my last flight last night I tried to come in low over the road but forgot about the POWER LINES #@&*@#&




AFTERPardon Me does anyone have any Gorilla Glue

Thursday, June 26, 2008

ROCKET MAN

Last night we had a visit from the ROCKET MAN Tom Oliver who brought a couple of his large rockets ( 7 feet tall + ) We tried the camera on it but we lost reception at high altitude. Need to get a bigger antenna?? anyway it was a great show. I thank Tom for the visit and the coaching (snap rolls , inverted flight) and hope to see him soon back flying. Here is the video I put together of what we got.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

EAA Film

Here's a little movie I put together of an EAA fly-day at Shelburne. It mostly features my son Ethan as he gets a flight with his "mentor", Capt. Frank Gibney. Ethan apparently flew most of the flight. I'm proud to say he leaves tomorrow for a weeklong camp experience at EAA's home base in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was the recipient of Vermont's only scholarship to this school. Proud Dad!


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Friday, June 13, 2008

Time to have another BBQ!

Short notice, but I thought this Saturday evening would be a good time to BBQ and Fly again. Weather is supposed to be good all weekend.

So if anyone is around, Saturday evening around 5-6p for dinner? Flying until dark- or until the Gorilla Glue runs out!

Also, post ideas for dates/times to get together over the summer. Hopefully we can do something like this on a regular basis.

If you have ideas for "polls" let me know. Send me the question/answers and I'll post them. Unless you can figure out how to do it from your access......I'm still trying to figure out all this blog-stuff.

Thanks!
Curtis

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rocket with onboard Video

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Memorial Day 2008 CRASH FEST

Alright...after 8+ hours of screwing around with the software and uploads, I did it!

Clips from our Memorial Day BBQ. Sorry I didn't get footage of all flights/people flying. We'll work out the bugs with videography as we go.

Enjoy!

Curtis

Monday, June 9, 2008

Overloaded Wing or Lawn Dart

I'm seeing a pattern with my posts...they seem to contain pictures of my beloved Wild Hawk in pieces. I suppose I should post at least something assuring you that these damages are being repaired regularly. The last one was rather simple. This one will take some puzzle-making skills.



This one happened during the most enjoyable and relaxing flight. I returned to St. Albans around 8:45 Sunday night after doing some trout fishing with my son Ethan. The air was very still in town so I pulled into Collins-Perly and took her up. I flew for 10-15 minutes at about 200', just doing some circles and eights. I started doing some sharp turns (practicing turning without stalling) when suddenly the right wing just folded up. The plane instantly lawn-darted to the ground with the above seen damage. The entire top part of the central fuselage came off, the motor pod broke from that, the area near the front cowl where the switches are located disintegrated, and of course, the right wing snapped in two.

I do expect to have it back in the air no later than Tuesday, so no big deal, unless of course there is some damage to the electronics.

Have a good one, and I would love to see/hear about some of everyone else's flying escapades too!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Modifications to "Frankenstein"

Actually, I did do something constructive today besides song writing.

I tried to one-up Dan with adding surface area to my rudder. I used the same material he did, but also increased the surface area of the elevators as well. So I added about an additional 1/3 of the surface area. Should be enough to make a noticable diference without makeing 90 degree course adjustments.

Hoefully will try it out Monday or Tuesday.

Rainy Day Blues (hum a basic blues rif in your head)

...Woke up in the mornin'....
Wind was blowin' hard......
....Didn't dare to fly the plane
'cause i know I 'd crash it hard....

I'VE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES, WAIT'N FOR THE SUN TO SHINE...SO I CAN TAKE TO THE SKY....I'VE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES, WAIT'N FOR THE WIND TO DIE...SO I CAN TAKE TO THE SKY..IVE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES

...Went down to the Ambulance Bay....
Oh..What a dreary day...
..Took a look at my plane....
It resembled misery and pain..
..Didn't know what to do,
'cause I was all out a Gorilla Glue....

I'VE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES, WAIT'N FOR THE SUN TO SHINE...SO I CAN TAKE TO THE SKY...I'VE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES, WAIT'N FOR THE WIND TO DIE...SO I CAN TAKE TO THE SKY..IVE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES

...Looked around the room...
Found some supplies...
...Some scissors and tape...
It started to look great....
...Now I'm ready to start flyin....
But then I started cryin'...........BECAUSE....

I'VE GOT THE RAINY DAY BLUES..........................

Good News....and Bad News

Well, I figured out that with a little practice, the Wild Hawk can fly inverted. It actually flies pretty well that way. The bad news is that its hard to figure out how to "un-invert" the darn thing. See the results below.


The damage: Broken horizontal stabilizer, broken motor mount pod, prop assembly came apart but didn't break, several scrapes on the top of the plane. Gorilla glue time!

Online Purchases

Hi Gang,

I found a website that lists available codes to save money whenever buying stuff from online companies. As that is something we tend to be doing more and more often as we get more into this hobby, I thought you'd like to have the site address. It is www.retailmenot.com.

When you get to the site, type in the search bar the name of the place you'd like to order from (ie. raidentech) and it will list the coupon codes available. They are not all guaranteed to work, just a list of ones that have worked for other people. I did notice that the infamous "CJFREESHIPPING" is listed under Raidentech.

Good luck and happy flying!

Dan