Yes, there really were cobwebs on my aircraft as it’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve managed to get any real flying done. A tiny little spider thought he could make a web between the tail and cockpit.
[images here – can’t seem to upload images this evening, blasted thing isn’t working]
As you can see from the picture, it was a perfect sunny Winter’s morning, dead calm and yesterday’s biting cold incessant wind and rain was just a memory. It was actually quite warm while the sun was out. To start with I was on my own, but then I had four people come over with FPV aircraft, then another, then two Mavics (one with his wife and two small children), then a guy with a Phantom at the extreme edge of the field. It was chaos and I really don’t find that style of FPV flying to be safe. At times they were whizzing their drones around at head height and sometimes skimming my head with a forward sweep FPV plane (ZOHD Dart).
Aside from that, with the problems they were having getting their video to work, one can only feel that the flying field has the same view as me. They were complaining of interference and each time somebody switched a VTX on, one of the drones dropped out of the sky blind. I had four great flights with my RS352 though. I only wish I could have brought the autogyro, but there really wasn’t any wind for most of the morning and it was a bit too busy. The RS352 is still going really well, but I noticed a weird thing when I was setting up.
Something has taken a big bite out of both my wingtips. Neither was like that when I put it into the car, but on the grass, I could see that the right wing was missing a bit and the left tip was hanging by a thread. Now, I’m wondering where the missing bit went. Did I lose it as it moved around in the car, or was it coming down the stairs? I still can’t find the bit so it remains a mystery.
As for flying, my thrust line might be off as it seemed to want to climb as soon as I put the power on. I’ve been flying in such windy conditions that everything seemed slow by comparison this morning, but that’s how slow it should really fly. Four flights, no dramas, lots of cubans, rolls, stall turns, spins and flick rolls. I even tried a flick at the top of a loop, but it doesn’t flick around in place. It always changes direction, so I couldn’t complete the loop as I was intending. I also tried harriers again, but the plane just doesn’t want to do them. It’s so badly unstable you end up over-controlling. What I did this time around was to put the flaps back to zero camber (I always fly with a few degrees of down flap), but it makes absolutely no difference. Never mind, it’s just that I’ve got a 3D plane that likes big slow aerobatic manoeuvres and that suits me just fine.
Only one more flying day to go before Christmas now.