Aircraft

Owned Aircraft:

Mick Charles Variant II

Chris Foss Wot 4 MK 2

Secret Weapon

Galaxy Models Aerojet

Balsa Cabin Sonata E

Green pup biplane (OD) (never flew successfully)

Little Tinker

Red and Yellow T Tail (OD)

Orange and Blue Speed 400 glider (OD)

Wing 1 (OD)

Mini-Wing (OD)

Kyosho F16

Vampire (Flying Scale Models Plan)

Tucano (Nigel Hawes, RCM&E)

Acrostik (Andrew Turner) (15 Feb 2015)

Simprop Cap231

Extra 300 (OD)

RS352

Wing Thing 2 (electrified mini wing)

Hubsan X4

Hubsan Q4

Silverlit heli (2x, blue and red)

Silverlit Helicube

 

Other Aircraft that I’ve Flown:

Champ

Hawk? Electric Glider

E-flite UMX Beast Biplane (http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLU4080)

The wing that nearly looped and crashed (zagi?)

J blue and white cabin last week (super cub)

Multiplex Easy Star I (various)

Easy Bee (wouldn’t come down!)

J Quad

J Blade heli

J ParkZone Radian (http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=PKZ4700) 7 Sep 2014

J ParkZone Radian 9 November 2014

J Hobbyzone Cub 30 November, blue and white cabin. radio problem affection rudder (27MHz) http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/super-cub-rtf-electric-HBZ7100

J EFlite UMX Spacewalker http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLU2780 15 Feb 2015

7 June 2015 – Generic Hobbyzone? Cessna type trainer – landed it for him when the tx battery alarm went off.

8 August 2015 – 2x mini wing, J 2x Hobbyzone Champ and BR Sniper II http://robotbirds.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=5248

13 September 2015 – Parkzone Radian, one flight. (BR) Hyperion Sniper II, nose dug in on takeoff, took off with slight up, very twitchy, much too sensitive. Turned down movements. Next flight OK, but rudder had been reversed. Landed, fixed rudder, third flight fine.

27 September 2015 (BR) Dynam A10 Warthog (Ducted Fan), three flights. Retracts, ROG. First test flight. Big nose down moment caused by power or C of G. Managed three trimming flights, but still not fixed problem. Also doesn’t want to unstick from the ground on takeoff.

4 October 2015 (BR) Dynam Hurricane. Retracts, ROG. First test flight perfect even if it nosed over on landing as too fast (no flaps). Second flight ROG, handed over TX, spiralled into ground after a few minutes flight.

25 October 2015 (BR) Dynam Hurricane, now with flaps. One flight. Cut power too far back on landing, dropped last 5 feet and bent retract leg. (J) Hobbyzone UMX Corsair, maiden flight. Ailerons could do with reducing. Loops and rolls quite well for a UMX. Rudder doesn’t have much authority though.

17 April 2015 UMX Spacewalker. http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLU2780 (J) Had to add about 50% right rudder to correct constant left roll. Only rudder, elevator, throttle control. Battery cut sooner than expected and ended up in the long grass.

15 May 2016 UMX Spacewalker (J). Spiralled it into the ground. No control. No significant damage, flew it again later. F27 Stryker (mini) (J), vertical dive into ground breaking nose in two places. Either radio failure, or blow back on controls (speed too low for this to be likely). The crash was in exactly the same place as the Spacewalker. Launched, climbed, backed off power, rolled 180 right, nose vertical down, throttle zero, elevator unresponsive. Also flew Axion Alpha 139 (Easy Star Clone) belonging to a father and two small boys. CG was at 50% rather than 33%. Rolling left quite badly, also used rates on ailerons as much too sensitive. I had seen him fly it previously, so flew it for him. CG definitely needs to go forwards, managed pitch oscillation at one point and was using throttle and elevator to keep it in the air. Managed a perfect landing though.

22 May 2016 F27 Strkyer from last week. Nose and shoulder fixed, flew just how you would expect. Rolling right and down, 6 clicks left, 2-3 down. Looped and rolled it. Landing in nice soft grass. No radio problems obvious. Need to watch roll/elevator on turns as you can screw into the ground if you get it wrong and don’t decrease the roll. Also flew UMX SpaceWalker again.

17 June 2016 Twister Micro Helicopter (J). Ailerons seemed ineffective and it felt like it had permanent right aileron trim as I was holding in left most of the time. Flew OK on rudder and elevator though. Managed back and forth circuits with it more of less under control until the rather inelegant landing in the long grass.

11 September 2016 UMX Carbon Cub (J). Beast (J). Cub flaps make the nose rise to 90 degrees. OK once it settles into its new trim, but needs up elevator mixed in. Fantastic flying otherwise. Managed to roll, loop and fly inverted. Approx 10 minute flight. The Beast was also a lot of fun (maybe because of no wind at all?). Managed the best spin I’ve ever done where the wing was properly stalled and it looked amazing. Also approx 10 minute flight of mild aerobatics. Roll rate needs to be increased. Had to feed in lots of up elevator as it was trying to fly into the ground. I think I hit the trim limit.

1 October 2016 FPV quadcopter using the Hyperion 4 gram FPV camera on the 3D printed H Frame with the HubSan electronics. Added Depron mount for the camera which is cyanoed and taped in place. Using the Black Pearl screen, but the battery has gone, so trying to fly in the bedroom with the screen on the floor (power socket). Need more FPV practice.

2 October 2016 Beast (J), low on power compared to last flight. HobbyZone Corsair,  first flight, fantastic in the air. AS3X and SAFE makes it flyable by a complete novice. Take your hands off the sticks and it returns to level flight. Switching out most of the AS3X gain it flies like a real aeroplane. Managed a roll and loop before having to give it back. First take-off from the ground was a nose over when the wheels got stuck. Got the owner to hand launch it which worked well. Landed it for them at the end of the flight. It was in the air for quite a long time bearing in mind that it only had an 1800mAh LiPo. I wouldn’t mind my own one of these.

23 October 2016 Ares UMX Taylorcraft (J), maiden flight (only bought on Friday), flew beautifully in quite windy conditions. Managed a loop, but won’t roll as it’s only rudder/elevator/throttle.

13 November 2016 Ares UMX Taylorcraft (J). Hobby King Bixler, flaps were free to move on their own, so aircraft needed constant correction. Also, balance was neutral, so suggested adding nose weight. Dive test didn’t quite tuck under, but wasn’t comfortable. Also, trims on aileron and rudder reversed deliberately to allow trimming without taking hands off controls. That’s a new one on me.

21 May 2017 Silverlit V-Jet Mini (J). Very weird thing, no pitch control. Elevator has two positions which put the wing in vertical takeoff mode or forward flight mode. Played around with this for a while, but difficult to control in windy conditions. I think it would go better in flat calm. Vertical take off is good and transition in flight works. Directional control is by varying motor power, so it takes a lot to start a turn, then I kept over shooting as I couldn’t stop it turning. Couldn’t turn back into wind as wing is still at about 30 degrees in forward mode, so ended up landing downwind every time. It was fun playing around and learning to fly it though.

28 May 2017 FlyZone UMX Fokker DR1 (J). Looks amazing in the air. Like all bi/tri/quadplanes, the huge lifting surfaces mean it just wants to go up vertically on power. Had to balance throttle with pitch all the way through the flight. It’s so light and delicate that I was worried about the landing, but it was fine on the two flights I got (about 5 mins each?). Turning can take a while to initiate, then it has some spiral tendency. Left turn is noticeably sharper than right with added spiral tendency. It’s like flying a box kite with a high centre of gravity. I never felt confident enough to try and aerobatics, but then it’s just throttle, rudder, elevator. The airframe is very draggy, so it doesn’t glide very well, then it takes a while to accelerate again once the power is back on, so you need to keep ahead of the aircraft. It’s going to tip stall if you slow it down too much.

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