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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:17 am 
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Yeah I like the servos. I won't have much time to work on the 516 in the next month and I have an international business trip in April. So I might just wait until I get back to order anything for it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:41 pm 
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I really hope this is going to be something for commercial operators who may be flying over crowds or out of line of sight.

https://www.law.com/therecorder/2018/03 ... 0208153312

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:08 pm 
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I made it to the field today and I took the EF Yak and the DeJaVu.

I got about 30 seconds on the Yak before the motor crapped out. I'm not sure exactly what happened because I haven't dived in to it yet, but I'm betting the motor shaft backed out. The magnets were hitting the stator so I'm thinking it is done. The landing gear also broke on landing.

Not too surprised at that and I just need to get a new set of gear but I am going to wait and see what happens with new drone laws...

I got 4 flights on the DeJaVu. My new wheels and axles are working great. The instructions for the axles didn't say to use the washers but I think that is what I was missing. I still need more work on the sequence but it is getting better.

Also took a break to go look at a house. The wife and I were interested in buying some land when we moved back but couldn't find anything in our price range. Will see what the real estate agent comes back with for what we can sell our house for. It would be quieter and I'd be 5 minutes from the flying field instead of 10. There are some financial issues to work through though to make it work for our family. But it also has 8 acres so I'd have a space to fly a foamy out front or possibly put in a heli pad.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:17 am 
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I've been working on how I'm going to transport the DeJaVu to the pattern contest the weekend after next. My plan is to rent a small uhaul trailer and develop something I can pop in and put together with a few screws to hold the plane. One issue I was having was how to best secure the plane without damaging it in travel. I hit up Scott McHarg and he sent me a link to RCU to a supplier of materials for holding planes down.

https://www.rctiedowns.com/

I am thinking about going ahead and getting a replacement motor for the EF Yak. I hate to see it just sitting there but I might wait until next month to do it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:58 am 
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I just made what could be my last order with Tower Hobbies. I picked up another one of the Robart Incidence Meters and a couple or charger adapters that I just didn't feel like making.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/ ... ch-26.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Very sad, but hopefully someone will pick up the pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I decided to investigate my Motrofly issue tonight and found that the main shaft had slipped out of the motor bell as suspected. I'm going to send these pics to them and see if they think the motor is still OK.

I also decided to put some glue on the second wing of the Skeeter 40. I think I am going to go mark which wing is the right and left now...


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I sent my pictures to Ken at Subsonic Planes last night and he responded by asking me to send him the motor to see if he can check it out. So I am shipping it to him today and I got to give him some kudos for the good customer service!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I plan on working on my letter stating my concerns over Drone ID Laws for hobbyists this weekend. I am thinking I should see about writing it to the Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell.

http://www.wileyconnect.com/home/2018/3 ... -symposium

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:52 am 
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I can only hope that the ineptitude and inability of our government to do any meaningful work will keep RC models legal for a few more years.

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