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Just to share some of my thoughts and experiences about my growth and development in building and flying of RC Helicopters.

I don't expect particularly to teach or impress anyone with my wealth of knowledge, or lack thereof. Just sharing, for better or for worse.

Who knows, maybe something I put here will help clear some of the fog for newcomers.
There sure is a lot to this hobby.
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High winds, to fly or not to fly? That is the question.

Posted 03-15-2013 at 11:51 AM by dpelletier (DPelletier's path to RC Helicopter discoveries)

High winds, to fly or not to fly? That is the question.
In the beginning, a short 2 years ago and following the lead of others in various forums, my going to the field to attempt to fly my helicopter(s) depended on wind conditions.
Seems I had set or allowed others to set a limit of 10mph for flying safely.


Today, Other than hurrican force stuff, I don't really care so much.
I know its more to do with having gone Flybarless than my skills, fun anyway....
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Thoughts on Forums...

Posted 05-19-2012 at 09:44 AM by dpelletier (DPelletier's path to RC Helicopter discoveries)

Forums are great and I am an avid user of this one in particular, but I have a few pet peeves regarding some peoples posts.

It already difficult enough to find specific things in a forum that has nearly 4 million posts in over 400 thousand threads by more than 160 thousand members.

Pet peeve number 1-More powerful search tool would certainly help

Pet peeve number 2 (and the reason for this post)
It would be very helpful if members gave more details...
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Beam E4 V1 has gone Flybarless

Posted 05-17-2012 at 11:59 AM by dpelletier (DPelletier's path to RC Helicopter discoveries)

I was visiting my dad last weekend and brought the Beam with me. I thought he would enjoy discovering the makings of an RC Helicopter, so he helped me as I finished running the wires and tying everything down on the now flybarless Beam E4 V1.
I'm using a traditional receiver with a brand spanking new Skookum 540, so there are lots of wires.

I placed the 540 on top with the tape supplied, but that tape is rather to spongy for my liking. I zip tied it down (all I had at hand)...
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Skookum (SK-720)

Posted 05-03-2012 at 02:36 PM by dpelletier (DPelletier's path to RC Helicopter discoveries)

SK-720 - I bought it for the apparent quality, programming capabilities, the Self Leveling and because it is a Canadian product (I'm Canadian).

But I have decided that I do not want to use the self leveling at the risk of becoming dependent on it.
And I don't want to deal with the vibration stuff. I find I'm getting bogged down with all the available data, vibrations, telemetry amps, voltages, wattage, temperatures...

I just want to fly now.
I have...
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