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Old 10-08-2015, 05:09 AM   #2041
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Getting down lowwwww and picking up the speed. Pity about the break up, but I still enjoyed it. Cheers Tom.
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:24 PM   #2042
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Thanks, Sutty. Back to work Wednesday so I can afford all I need, again. Feeling a hell of a lot better.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:48 PM   #2043
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Getting the Drak all dialed in.

Got the ground station set up todat and recorded the osd to study the telemetry.

I'm burning between 8 to 13 amps, ( depending if into the wind or not ), cruising at 49 mph.
The landing was at 37 mph. Just shut the motor off and put the nose down, fly her right to the ground and then flair.


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Old 04-14-2016, 01:17 AM   #2044
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Turkeys!

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Old 04-17-2016, 07:28 AM   #2045
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Great videos Tom. Loved the Turkeys. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:38 AM   #2046
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nice , and nice field too
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:19 PM   #2047
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Thanks, guys.

I was amazed my bud, Greg, spotted them. I was flying at the opposite end under the goggles. He said he saw them, so I asked him to direct me to them.
Once I spotted them the Tom's spread their tail feathers and I then spotted them.
Good to see the big birds are doing well after the flood a few years ago.

The Y600 is a real blast to fly. It can cut thru so much more wind than my Hexa did. 13 mph wind does nothing to it.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:33 AM   #2048
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Nice vids tom, enjoyed watching
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:03 PM   #2049
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Hartsel meet 2016

What a great time! I really love this meet, I learn so much.

First off, no matter how long, how thorough you think you are, nor how long you prepare you will forget something,,, usually important. Like charging up the GoPro or putting an SD card in the ground station recorder.
So, thus the lack of video.

The 250 worked brilliantly,,, or at least so for my skill level.

The Y600, I ended up tipping over upon landing in a high wind and blew out the current sensor. So she was out.



The Drak. Keeping in mind I am still debugging stuff, I am very happy with her and the progress made.
I got the Vector sorted and working perfectly. I still am working on some video issues so I did not go under the goggles. I really wanted that ground station recording, so I can see what the camera is seeing. Really need to get that done first.
High wind, low wind, no wind, she fly's brilliantly,,,, except for one very bad habit.
In the second vid I do a tip stall when I turned into high wind without throttling up.
Considering she fell about 20 feet, plus me goosing the throttle nose down to try to get some air flow over the controls, damage was minimal, but could have been much worse. The 3/4 inch plywood block I put in for the bungee hook saved the body from breaking right off at the wing root!
It looks simple to fix, but first I need to remove the block, which is gorilla glued in.
RiteWing has a new set of verticals, longer, which makes stalls much less radical and easy to recover from. Got a set ordered.

Greg, crashed his quad, first flight and broke off a motor mount putting him out of action.

One guy there, flying a My Twin Dream took an early morning flight from where we were in Hartsel past Buena Vista, 40 miles one way!!!
He had 26000mah's on board and landed with 3000 left!
At one point he had to fly between 2 14000 foot peaks. Another, a 1/4 mile apart from the vertical rock faces! Absolutely beautiful.

Then, there was riding along with the guys using my ground station.
One of the boys whom I have posted a few amazing videos from was leading a couple others down on the deck 9 miles out. And by on the deck, I mean 2 to 3 feet off the ground, thru the trees. Shit that scares me to death! At one point his wing tip missed a tree by mere inches. Yes, he's that good, and exciting to watch fly.

My son and the grandkids showed up. My 10 year old grandson spent 2 full days beating the shit out of me!

4 full days of fun in the sun, filthy, stinking, burnt to a crisp fun. The kind where your face hurts at the end of the day from all the smiling!

Can't wait for next year!

( 1st vid, toward the end, you will see another Drak patrolling the sky. )


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Old 07-04-2016, 09:17 PM   #2050
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A friend was chasing me around and posted this up.

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Old 07-05-2016, 03:50 PM   #2051
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Very cool Tom. Sorry about the crash, but I'm looking forward to some longer distance action once you have her all sorted out and dialed in.

No action from me because I have nothing to video. I'm not flying as often as I did, and when I do I'm less capable than I was before. Not much point recording anything to demonstrate regression.

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Old 07-07-2016, 03:45 PM   #2052
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Thanks, Andrew, we had a blast. I so look forward to going each year.

My own flying has been extremely limited. My job is going away out of country, forcing me into early retirement. My body is just too worn out now. We go a little time yet, but no need waiting, I'm down-sizing. House is worth double now, so I'm selling.
So, until I get moved I'm pretty busy.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:52 PM   #2053
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Stay tuned, folks. Heading back to Hartsel. Just 3 of us this time.

Taking everything. The Ranger, the Drak, the Y600, and the qav250.

Ranger is ready to stretch her legs.

The Drak is all repaired and a new addition. Longer verticals to get rid of that freaking stall!
Hope to get under the goggles this time. Moved the 2.4ghz antenna out on the wing, see if that works. If not I'm bringing along a 5.8ghz vtx just in case.

Trashed out my brand new H4 black! Just picked up one of those $80 4k Chinese knock-offs. I'm done with GoPro. The vids I post up later will be proof,,, or not? We'll see.
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