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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:28 pm 
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Well the Edge is officially gone and to be honest, I'm not all that sad about it.

If I got another gasser, it would smaller so I could put it in the back of my truck with the cover over it and the tailgate up.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:42 pm 
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We had a club meeting this morning so I just took the EF 48" Yak 54 and I only flew it once. I wanted to try out the Oakley's I got for flying.

I also worked on installing my bed cover this afternoon. I'm going to try adjusting it up since I am having some issues closing the tailgate and latching the cover when the tail gate is up.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:22 pm 
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I started this morning adjusting the Truxedo on my truck and it latches how I want it to after I raised it up 1/8".

As far as flying, I didn't get out to the field until later this afternoon. I still managed to get 6 flights on the DeJaVu. Flights 1 and 2 were mostly warm up and getting used to flying with the new sunglasses. Some maneuvers I thought were good, others I made mistakes. Overall decent practice before the Cajun Nats this coming weekend.

Jeff was out with his new-to-him CA Models Mystery Bipe. Still working on trimming it out. I had almost bought this plane and it's probably more than I could do with but I'm still interested in getting another pattern plane.

If I get another 3D plane, I'm probably going to get something that would be a 30-40cc type plane. I really like being able to go down the road with the tailgate up and also have the cover over it to protect it.

The bed cover helped me get out to the field while it was raining and I think it's going to help me get some more flying when adverse weather is possible.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:46 pm 
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I worked on checking the 516 blades tonight. I began by sanding the two damaged spots on the one blade. I didn't sand them flush but just smoothed them out. Not sure exactly if I should sand them smooth or not.

I then weighed each blade, which matched at 102g each. I then checked their CG and they balanced out at the same spot.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:13 pm 
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Well I made it to the Cajun Nats contest this year. I got a later start than I wanted since my son had a runny nose and was up and unhappy from 2:45 to 4:30.

The Truxedo was great today because I didn't have to rent a trailer and I'm definitely glad I added it to my truck.

There's also a couple pros here. They are the father and son duo of Don and Joseph Szczur.

I got two practice flights in today just to get used to the field. I'm feeling pretty good about the contest but we will see how things go. And you know you're in rice country when there are mudbugs on the flight line!


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:17 am 
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Hah, that's awesome! Mobile lunch. :)

Good luck, and have fun!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:17 pm 
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Results after day 1.

I'm flying a lot better than I was at the contest a few weeks ago. I still have some things to work on but it's an improvement which is what matters.

The one thing I think I am enjoying the most about pattern is the camaraderie among the participants. People are giving each other tips and constructive criticism. I also went to dinner with a fellow pilot and we just had a good conversation during. Couldn't ask for much more.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Excellent!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:28 am 
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One other thing. My ESC broke loose during my second flight. Seems to be undamaged so that's a plus.

I brought some CA with me but before I could get it out, someone offered me their epoxy so I glued it back in with that. I may need to make some balsa feet for it this winter and reinstall or figure out something that can handle the vibration a little better.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:43 pm 
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I keep trading spots for 3rd and 4th place. My 5th round wasn't that great of a flight just because I had trouble adjusting to the wind. I'm hoping for a great flight tomorrow though to hopefully get back in to the 3rd place.

One of the pilots in Intermediate had some trouble on landing due to the wind. The plane thankfully missed at least 4 people and another plane but the wings are destroyed and there is some major repair work to be done on the fuse and landing gear. Thankfully that was the only casualty of the accident and the guy is also OK after watching his plane come behind the flight line like that.


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