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    Current and prospective members - come join us at 8 am Saturday if you are interested in flight instruction or have questions about joining our club. Should be great flying weather Saturday morning. Remember to wear a cap and sunglasses - you will need them with the morning sun.
  2. Was a blast, thanks for posting Steve! We could practice and do some awesome patterns! MXS' rule the sky!
  3. Hi sorry to hear about your plane. Send me a private message on this forum with your phone number and I can get you in touch with Jason B who might be able to help.
  4. President of CRRC visited us to check out my Extreme Flight Slick 580 74 inch. He brought his 60 Slick, so we had a blast with both Slicks! Details of my build on the next image.
  5. President of CRRC visited us to check out my new Extreme Flight Slick 580 74 inch. He brought his 60 Slick, so we had a blast with both. Details of my Extreme Flight Slick. 74 inch wing span Roughly 10 pound all up weight with 35 cc DA 35 engine with DA stock muffler Falcon 20 x 8 wood propeller MKS 1220 servos all around, MKS 1250 for throttle. Jeti Central Box 200 with redundant dual path recievers and remote power switch Jersey Modeler plumbing and dot
  6. ExtremeFlight Laser 60 took to the skies on this cold gusty but sunny day! Part of runway still had snow but enough clear to allow me to land. Wind was gusting up to 30 mph or so from ALL directions, it was a handful. Laser is a lot of fun. It's a new take on the Bud Light Classic full scale Laser which was a champion of aerobatic competitions in the 80's.
  7. Check out https://www.windytv.com/42.067/-71.328?41.617,-71.328,8,m:ePhaeci for awesome wind and weather visualization! Shows you what the wind is doing all around a location you pick, but you can also zoom out to see the wind all around the globe! I especially love the 3 different wind and weather forecasts at the bottom - now there is no guessing about the numbers. Most weather websites go from one of these forecasts, this one shows you all three - average wind and top gusts. More the forecasts converge (especially ECM and GFS), the more confident I am about the forecast. As a quick check, for tomorrow at noon, ECM shows average wind of 11 mph with gusts of 28 mph. GFS shows average wind of 14 mph and gusts of 22 mph. Going to be windy
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Extreme Flight Extra EXP 60 inch wing span on Morgan Mills 12 inch ABS skis. Worked like a charm.
  11. .. shoveled to the station and past the fence
  12. Shoveled my way in -
  13. Over a foot in the lot on 2/11
  14. 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.
  15. 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.