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  2. Check out windytv.com - just enter your location and you immediately have access to all sorts of real time forecast info and real time winds visualization. Its incredible. You can see what the three different forecast models are projecting - everything from temps to winds and gusts to clouds to rain / snow and accumulated snow depth. There are also tides for those venturing out on to the water. By far, the best site / app i have found for weather related. Takes all the mystery out. When the models converge - you have high confidence.. when the models are far apart, keep checking.
  3. Thanks Rick! Worked surprisingly well. Sunk down a couple of inches but the attitude was positive, which helped. A little throttle and the plane leaped out of snow and into the air The brand I use - Morgan Mills is made from ABS plastic, and the two wires in the front and back really allow you to define a precise angle of attack, and keep it there.. no screws or collars to come loose. About 35 a pair but well worth the price.
  4. Skis! I love it.
  5. Dues shall be paid annually. Dues for a membership year will be accepted from November 1 of the previous membership year. A grace period will be extended until the last day of February, during which a person’s membership will not be not jeopardy for non-payment. If payment is not received by March 1 of that membership year, that member will be considered to have resigned. 3. The dues are structured as follows: a. Regular Member: $75.00 per membership year. Dues paid after the grace period will incur a $10 late fee. b. Youth Member: $25.00 per membership year. Dues paid after the grace period will incur a $10 late fee. c. Senior Member: $60.00 per membership year. Dues paid after the grace period will incur a $10 late fee. d. Family Member (under 18/Spouse): $20 per membership year. Dues paid after the grace period will incur a $10 late fee. e. New Member: Dues for a new member will be appropriate for his/her age group plus a $10 new member fee. f. Member Redux: Dues for a member redux will be appropriate for his/her age group as if they were a new member. g. Newsletter Only Subscriber: $10.00 per membership year and is for the News Letter Send in your dues with your application. The address of where to mail it is on the application.
  6. For nearly three decades the Lazy Loopers Flying Club winter auction has brought RC pilots and enthusiasts together to buy and sell their RC aircraft and other items. We're thrilled to say the tradition continues on Sunday February 19th starting to 10:30AM at the Wrentham Developmental Center-Auditorium. The auction is open to everyone who wishes to attend. Bring as much, or as little as you wish to sell or bring a van and load up on your great deals and auction finds. Even if you're not in the market to buy or sell, you're welcome to come and spend the day with us and enjoy the experience of an RC Auction first hand! Where: Wrentham Developmental Center-Auditorium. Greeley Street Wrentham, Massachusetts 02093 When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 Doors open for set up at 10:30AM. Auction begins at 11:00AM. OPEN TO ALL. GENERAL PUBLIC WELCOME! $3.00 General Admission. 10% Seller’s Fee. Planes, Kits, Batteries, Accessories & other items! Snacks & Beverages Available. RC Items Raffle. Buy, Sell, or just browse. We hope to see you there! Please feel free to share links to this page or download and share our flyer. 2017LLFCauction.pdf
  7. .. shoveled to the station and past the fence
  8. Extreme Flight Extra EXP 60 inch wing span on Morgan Mills 12 inch ABS skis. Worked like a charm.
  9. Shoveled my way in -
  10. Over a foot in the lot on 2/11
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  12. One thing that surprises many pre-solo students is how crashes seem to suddenly go up even as you gain more experience with the trainer and getting ready to solo. In fact based on the students I have helped and from my own experience - there is a simple crash curve and it repeats as you scale up your skills. Phase 1 - no crash, happy to go home: When you are new to the hobby and flying with a buddy box - your initial focus is on steady flights at reasonable altitude. Your instructor maintains recoverable control at all times. So there are no crashes. Phase 2 - frequent crashes: once you master the basics of flying around, it's time to start practicing approaches - after you do those well, try the landings. This is ofcourse the riskiest part of your training. Your instructor has very little time to recover as the plane gets close to the ground. Suddenly it feels like everything is going wrong - you are crashing more often and lucky to go back home without some repair necessary. From an instructor's standpoint -this is a delicate balance between playing it very safe and letting you take some risks and learn. So it's inevitable that you will likely crash a lot more even as you are getting better with RC. I discuss this with my students and give them a choice. I can almost guarantee a recovery with any approach or landing - or I can let them try and recover on their own (as long as it is still safe). Safety first ofcourse. What helps you the most here - is having a trainer that is easily repairable. And treat a trainer like one. I don't have a cowl or spinner on my Apprentice - they are damaged easily in a crash. The plane flies just as well without them. It's a trainer that's very functional. It's been reinforced, has a bigger motor now, wings have flaps, and this thing will fly in almost any wind my students are eager to fly in. Phase 3: reduced and occasional crashes: Once you understand that crashing is a part of learning, you don't despair. Once you get basic landings done, your crashes will go down quite a bit. Now your crashes are primarily driven by flying outside your current skill level. In my case - I crashed when I was tired and did not realize it, or sun was in my eyes, or I was distracted and chatting with some one while flying, got caught in a down wind turn without sufficient airspeed, or was simply exploring doing things differently. Or one time - got my batts mixed up and flew with a used one. Never again. Experience and retrospective helps you avoid the same mistakes again. This is the crash curve as I see it. After trainer crash curve - I went through this curve a couple more times when I started doing aerobatics and then 3D. Sanjeev Joshi Chief Instructor and Club Vice President Click on @3DFlyer to contact me. Note: You need to log in to message. It takes a minute to create a login if you dont have one. Once you login, you can click on the message link on my profile page as well.
  13. Assuming you are following the steps I recommended in my previous article (Chapter 1) , it is easy to get your wings. But you will need to focus. The instructor: Most clubs i have been to - occasionally struggle with matching instructors to students. This is after all a volunteered service in a hobby - and demand peaks in the spring and summer. My advice: Be polite and persistent, and don't hesitate to call your designated instructor about scheduling time if they are open to receiving calls. At the field, don't wait for an instructor to come to you. Ask a designated instructor when they can fly with you. Your sessions: It is critical to have a specific goal for every session, and a clear definition of success, especially after your first few sessions of general orientation, field rules, flight rules, etc. Practicing loops, practicing turns without changing altitude, practicing coordinated turns, turning into wind, turning away from wind, dealing with cross wind, approaches, landings, etc. I have seen students train for several months and make modest progress, and others who have solo-ed in two to three months with focused and goaled sessions. Look at the AMA Pilot Training Manual for a clear recipe for goal-based learning sessions. Flying the trainer: You may hear some strong ideas from people who say - turn with ailerons only, or turn with rudder only, use expo, reduce the servo throw, etc. etc. In general, trainers are by definition easy to fly. You should add a little expo (20% to 25%) to all surfaces to smoothen out flight but by all means, use all control surfaces to fly. In fact, the technically correct turn uses both ailerons and rudder to achieve what is called as a coordinated turn. I recommend electric to keep things simple at least initially - but we can ofcourse train you on gas if electric is not an option. After my first year which has seen about 30 planes in electric (from trainer to full up 3D), I ventured into gas and its a whole new learning curve. Keep an eye on the basics and you will be fine. Have a really good charger or two at home, 4 to 6 quality batts (avoid cheap stuff), know what a safe flight time is, keep a buffer, and program the time into a timer (radio or external) and stick to it. Monitor battery voltage before and after. Thats all there is to it. Above all, as I indicated in Chapter 1 - maintain a great balance between sim time and field time. A good rule of thumb for the first year is as much sim time as field time, never less than that. Dont get lazy with sim time - you will earn progress significantly faster between your field sessions and you will solo quickly. Optional and highly recommended: ultra micros in your yard One of the reasons I progressed so quickly is that I likely get more practice in a month than most people get in 6 months. In addition to sim time and field time which I do as I can, I fly ultra micro planes at home almost every day. I have a Pitts S-1S biplane, a P47, and a Champ plus (4 channel, with AS3X). All have been hardened to take abuse and I fly one plane for 3 to 4 flights every single day at home. I initially did it to train but now I mostly do it to exercise my high-energy yellow lab named Teddy. He loves to chase these planes in my front yard and gets great exercise with 3 to 4 batts. Sanjeev Joshi Chief Instructor and Club Vice President Click on @3DFlyer to message me. Note: You need to log in to message. It takes a minute to create a login if you dont have one. Once you login, you can click on the message link on my profile page as well.
  14. In this post, I want to capture some thoughts on starting in the hobby. I have trained students with various levels of backgrounds, commitments, and with very different attitudes about training. And working with these students has taught me a lot. In general, you get what you put into the hobby. If you invest enough initially to get through the learning curve, you have a life time of fun. Some people get dejected by challenged beginnings and give up. I was there a couple of times in my first year.. but keep at it, you will get some great rewards from this hobby. Equipment and software spend: You generally get what you pay for in the RC world. A good simulator program, a good radio (if you are committed to the hobby) and a simple sturdy 4 channel trainer are an absolute must to progress in a predictable manner. And yes, it will likely cost you about 200 to 300 dollars all in, to get started correctly in the RC fixed wing hobby - assuming you don't want to keep buying equipment, starting with the cheap. This amount can be reduced by half if your club has free trainers. You can ofcourse start with even less, but my bet is that you will eventually end up spending a lot more in your first year to get to a good sim program, a good radio, and a sturdy simple trainer (with caveat on the trainer above).. Pay now, or pay more as you go - your choice. To reduce costs - attend auctions, pick up a compatible radio and trainer for cheap. Find an older version of RC Sims - either Phoenix or RealFlight on eBay for a fraction of the cost. But buy products that will serve you well - your club can help you! Simple recommendations: Get Phoenix or Realflight for sim, a Spectrum DX6 (latest generation, and no alphabets after the 6), and a trainer. More on picking the trainer below. Getting started: The sim is really crucial - if you read interviews with the top RC pilots, they all talk about spending time on sim. The two most popular ones are Phoenix and RealFlight. I own both. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Pick one. When I was new, I spent time just picking sites and planes on the sim, and just flying around. Was cool but achieved little. To really get the most of out of sim, you need to replicate real life as much as possible. Pick a top wing trainer. And this is the most crucial part. Pick a site that has various landmarks on the horizon that can help you stay oriented as you fly on the sim. On the Phoenix, my most favorite site is the Moscow RC Club. It has a number of landmarks around the site and horizon, and it is very easy to keep your bearings. In RealFlight, there is pylon racing site in the desert (reminds me of the American southwest). Next, you have to practice doing loops around the sim field in a fixed pattern - left to right, right to left, taking off, landing, etc. It is easy to fly around randomly - it takes discipline and hard work to fly a pattern correctly around the field in the sim - as it does in real life. Boring as it may seem, keep at this. And the landmarks you have help you stay oriented. Keep a zoom level on the view which allows you to see the ground - this also helps a lot with orientation. Once you do the basics well - especially switching control directions when plane is flying towards you vs. away from you, things will start to fall in place. Now, turn on the wind in your sim. In both sims, i found that i had to turn up the wind to average about 15 mph and gust up to 20 mph to make my flights challenging and reflect what i felt with 10 mph winds in the real world. Practice turns, take offs, landings, with these winds in the sim, and it will really help you for real life. Be sure to keep changing the wind direction, also the direction for your take off and landings, so you get a good feel for the effects. With either your club's trainer or your own, spend as much time as you can get flying similar patterns in real life. I love the wireless trainer capability the Spectrum radios have, and I keep a pair to train students. Corded trainer connections work very well too, you just have a wire to stay connected. In general, three simple things i recommend: 1. In your initial weeks and months, maintain a log of your real life flights - date, field, weather, number of flights, what you focused on, any hiccups, equipment issues, etc. Each entry does not mean much but once you accumulate a couple months of logs, you will be surprised at the insight you can get about the type of issues you have, when you have them, recurring themes, etc. One simple example - I found most of my crashes in the first year occurred between 7 am and 9 am in the morning at a particular field. In hindsight - this is the worst position wrt the sun to fly (sun is directly in your eyes and very low) and this field has early morning gusts. Both were simply avoided by flying later in the day until my skill set was at point where i was not affected much by the early morning gust. I still maintain a detailed log in excel about all my flights. 2. Be true to sim time and field time balance. I have seen students that have flown real planes (like commercial planes) who feel it is beneath them to do the sim. One of these students has crashed about 20 planes in 6 months but he keeps buying planes that are well outside his skill set. He has easily correctable skill gaps for RC but refuses to train for them on the sim. I ask him about sim time, and he always comes up with reasons why its hard. In the first several months, i recommend equal time on sim and in the field. If you do this, you will find that your skills improve by leaps and bounds with every trip to the real field. By the 4th field visit, i was ready to practice landings because of my discipline. 3. Stay with a single good trainer - don't buy different planes hoping you will fly one better than the other. What you need initially is more quantity and less variety. Because i was determined to progress quickly, I started with a pair of Apprentice 15e. Then kept some spares of the common parts. Kept at it until i was certified solo (two months after i started) and felt comfortable to switch to other planes. I can still do amazing stunts with the Apprentice - at least in your first year, your primary constraint is likely your skill and not the plane - as long as it is well built. In my next post I will put down some thoughts on the progression from early days to solo. Sanjeev Joshi Chief Instructor and Club Vice President Click on @3DFlyer to contact me. Note: You need to log in to message. It takes a minute to create a login if you dont have one. Once you login, you can click on the message link on my profile page as well.
  15. Two great links to help you understand what constitutes good training. We utilize these concepts as part of our Instruction program. The actual training is customized to your specific skill set and needs. 1. AMA's Pilot Training Manual.. AMA Pilot Training Manual 2. AMA's Flight Training Manual (directed at Instructors, but helpful to everyone) AMA Flight Training Manual
  16. Lazy Loopers welcomes prospective and current members to take advantage of our flight instruction program! All members and guests are required to demonstrate competency to fly solo - this is a AMA requirement. In addition, proper training will greatly accelerate your RC progress and reduce your repair time and repair expenses - guaranteed! Prospective members - we are happy to meet with you and get you started - and in addition, we do require a club membership to go through the instruction program. We have a team of instructors who are happy to work with you as volunteers to help you get your wings. You can typically find us at the field over the weekend, and especially around mid morning Saturday. In addition, starting in Spring - last Saturday of every month, we will have RC School at the field at 10:30 am. This is open to any one interested in learning about RC or how to get started. Look for calendar events starting in March or April depending on the weather. If you are specifically looking for RC Instruction - or a new member looking to demonstrate solo competency, please send me a message @3DFlyer - the Instructor team will make arrangements to have one of us meet with you at the field. We will go over the basics of membership, equipment, field and safety rules, and recommend an instruction path based on your specific skill level and needs. Please keep in mind the instructors are volunteers, so depending on demand and time of the year, we will schedule the instruction to work with the instructor's schedule. Happy Flying! Sanjeev Joshi Chief Instructor and Club Vice President Click on @3DFlyer to message me. Note: You need to log in to message. It takes a minute to create a login if you dont have one. Once you login, you can click on the message link on my profile page as well.
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    Doors open for set up at 10:30AM. Auction begins promptly at 11:00AM. OPEN TO ALL. GENERAL PUBLIC WELCOME! $3.00 General Admission. 10% Seller’s Fee. • Planes, Kits, Batteries, Accessories & other items! • Food, Beverages and Baked Goods Available. • RC Items Raffle. • Buy, Sell, or just browse. Directions from Wrentham Center (Rt. 1A and Rt. 140) Follow Rt. 140 north and proceed 4/10th of a mile, then bear right onto Shear Street. Follow Shear Street for 7/10th of a mile (Anvil Pub will be on left), and turn right onto Smith Avenue. Follow Smith Ave for about 100 feet and take first right onto Greeley Street. The auditorium is the 2nd building on the left (look for ramp). Visit www.lazyloopers.com for more information.
  18. After maiden flight - ExtremeFlight Slick 580 79 inch with: EME 60 and stock muffler ExtremeFlight CF 4 inch spinner Falcon 23 x 9 CF propeller Tech Aero IBEC ExtremeFlight 24 oz Fuel Tank Jersey Modeler fuel plumbing and locking fuel dots Jeti Central Box 200 with dual path receivers and remote power and remote ignition switches MKS 1220 HV MG servos Two Pulse 2550 mah 2S Lipos 4 Inch Kavan Inflatable Wheels
  19. Maiden for ExtremeFlight MXS 76 running DA 35, with Tech Aero ignition BEC, pair of 2S 2550 mah Pulse lipos for receiver and ignition, Spektrum 9110 powersafe receiver with 4 remotes, MKS 1220 servos for ailerons, dual elevators, rudder pull pull and throttle servo. Falcon 20 x 8 beechwood prop. Tonwelcome the new member to the fleet and for good luck - I brought out my MXS 60 heavy metal scheme.
  20. Our winter auction will be held on Sunday February 19, 2017. Due to some potential conflicts with other groups that utilize the same venue we have not yet locked in an exact start or end time for the auction. We expect to have this information available within the next week. We know you're all excited for this event and we wanted to get you the information we have confirmed while we wait for the final details to roll in. Please mark your calendars and check back in the next few days for the full details. Members will of course be notified by email as soon as we have everything confirmed.
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