Lots of Planes and a Parrot

We had loads of aeroplanes this week and just two drones. The parrot belonged to a cyclist who stopped to watch us flying. Cute little critter he was.

So today’s aircraft were: a big SpaceWalker, Multiplex FunCub, UMX Cub (with ailerons and flaps), Radian glider, Multiplex Heron glider, Fly Baby, a scratch build cartoon plane from Disney’s Planes (Ripslinger I think), a vortex quad, a DJI Phantom, a blue and green striped Chris Foss Foam-e Wot4, a small foam Mustang and my RS352. Wow, I think that’s everyone and planes outnumbered drones by a huge margin.

The Ripslinger cartoon aircraft went really well and looked fantastic in the air. Mind you, the Fly Baby looks the part too. Seeing the SpaceWalker fly makes me realise that I need to fly something more substantial than a profile 3D plane. The one disappointment this week was hearing that the E-Flite Hurricane is no more, after spiralling into the ground a couple of weeks ago. The smaller Mustang was taking its place this week, but I was seriously considering the new E-Flite Spitfire which has just been released. I really wanted a Typhoon though. After talk of Horton flying wings and Baynes BAT winged tank models, I managed 4 flights with my RS352 this week. Although the weather was sunny and it was 26 degrees, there was a bit of wind which was serving to cool things down and create turbulence. There were a few interesting moments and I did get quite close to the ground at one point where, flying inverted, it suddenly dropped as I pulled back on the elevator to change direction. I actually hesitated, realised there was still enough height to pull it off and pulled back hard again on the elevator. It wasn’t that close to the ground, it was just the sudden shock of the aircraft behaving like that.

The UMX Cub was a maiden flight, but (after a change for a battery which worked), it flew beautifully. The pilot says that flaps are useless, but at 30 grammes, you wouldn’t expect much. It looks a lot more fun than the Champ because of the aileron wing though. I’ve always found that these types of aircraft can be flown in conditions well outside what they say on the box i.e. normal wind speeds, otherwise known as gale force these days.

That’s it for another week and I haven’t even touched the autogyro. Work just seems to keep getting in the way, but after a discussion this morning about using autogyros to film coral reefs from the air, I’ve got a bit more of an incentive to finish my one.


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