Tagged: Almost Queens Birthday Fly-In
- This topic has 22 replies, 6 voices, and was last updated June 18, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Kermit.
15 June 2021 at 16:06 #8324Predator
Only a day late but today the flying weather was perfect, pity the flying wasn’t the same.
I got the day off to a good start by pranging the Raptor FPV plane about 3 minutes into its maiden refit flight. At the time I had no idea why but it didn’t take long to realise “Operator Error” in that I was trying the Horizon mode without first tuning the PIFF settings, no wonder it wouldn’t respond to the sticks, a quick switch back to manual or angle mode would have saved the day. Oh well nothing a bit of glue & some 3D printing wont fix.
Andrew, Gerald & Moose all flew without incident and now that Uncle G has sussed the issue with Moose’s Razor it flew perfectly along with his Cessna.
Chris had an ESC failure in his LePetit biplane but luckily no other damage.
Ian was minus a plane today but he did manage a few flights with his Phantom 4 Quadcopter.
Big Bad Dave continued his flight training lessons today & after a couple of practice flights on the Buddy Box system he graduated, first to landing the Bix and then taking off unaided.
Just about ready to start flying your Razor next time out eh Dave.
Kermit unfortunately pranged his last years birthday present today, the “Rainbow”.
He has flown it perfectly on several other occasions but today it went into the dirt & removed the entire nose.
I finished the day by planting the Bix in the paddock where it went down a couple of weeks ago, same problem as last time (still unresolved), plenty of signal strength but no control. This was the flight where I fitted the onboard camera to video Dave’s prowess @ takeoff & landing. Camera was still recording when I found it in the paddock near the wreckage, great I thought, at least I got the crash video (almost makes all the repair work worthwhile). It was then I discovered the lens cap still firmly in place, yes it protected the lens in the crash but all I got was 15 minutes of black video and an aggressive sounding audio track.
Oh well once again (as they say in the auto trade) it will buff out.
Luckily the previous flight was recorded ok with a different onboard camera.
Probably just a well given the close proximity of a couple of Kamikaze Kermit’s passes.
15 June 2021 at 16:21 #8325Hoppy
My LePetit biplane hadnt flown for a while. For some reason the ESC died on take off so a brief video for this! Only a 20amp ESC so maybe its not enough.
Best flight was from the Drifter as first flight of the day so still clouds around the hill top. Played near the clouds:
15 June 2021 at 19:00 #8327Predator
Nice one Hoppy, reminds me of the Cloud Surfing days we often had down @ Calverts Lagoon.
15 June 2021 at 18:20 #8326Uncle G
Kermit, from another camera
15 June 2021 at 19:04 #8328Predator
Not a good day at all !!
15 June 2021 at 21:47 #8330Kermit
16 June 2021 at 08:07 #8331Hoppy
Good videos today but some of the prangs were missed. In the Falklands conflict the British used VIFF which was vectoring in forward flight to get the sea harriers to quickly target the enemy aircraft by adjusting the jet nozzles in a turn.
Mike has PIFF settings, no idea what that is but I’m going for Pranging in Forward Flight.
16 June 2021 at 09:59 #8333Kermit
Nice one HOPPY I have a fail safe mode built in BNFF unfortinually it wasn’t connected “as usual ” it also does the PIFF scenario its a cheap item easy connected you just listen ….yes it talks it goes something like this BEST NOT FLY FROG SUCH IS LIFE ………………..just say’n
16 June 2021 at 11:15 #8335Predator
PID (the old AutoPilot Control Loop)
P = Proportional
I = Integral
D = Derivative
PIFF ( the NEW iNav AutoPilot Control Loop)
P = Proportional
I = Integral
FF = Feed Forward
Now to understand how it all works Google it in YouTube
Enough to say I forgot to set it up correctly. Oh well lessons learnt by mistakes stay in the brain a little longer.
16 June 2021 at 12:30 #8336Kermit
BNFF (THE OLD WAY )
DFTI (THE NEW THOUGHTS )
NOW to understand how it works go to the field
an watch the frog
16 June 2021 at 09:20 #8332DavidW
I would just like to state my appreciation of all those who have made me so welcome and have been so unstinting in their help. Having now pranged the Bixler three times leaving Mike to glue it back together yet again, having one flight with our Top Gun School of Fright and pranged that, I also totally agree that I should be pranging my own in future. Many thanks to all and in particular Predator, Kermit, Uncle G, and Moose who have laboured so unstintingly towards having a geriatric menace to safe flying space. It is a great hobby and you have me hooked.
16 June 2021 at 10:14 #8334Kermit
Sorry to throw a wet towel on ya MR WILLIAMS but for every newbe ie YOU the recruiter gets A FREE SOFT WARE UPGRADE so far MR MOOSE is in the lead he got two people PREDATOR gave me his for you UNCLE G has one and a half that’s one full upgrade an a not complete one …..as for a geriatric menace narh we have MR MOOSE an his side kick UNCLE G for that you may join them later on if you wish ……………………………….just say’n
16 June 2021 at 17:08 #8337Predator
Thanks David, would do the same for a white man !!
Just to let you know your Razor is setup & ready to go along with its very own Buddy Box system.
Just need to make sure you bring the wings & the Prop assembly along if we don’t catch up before we fly again.
16 June 2021 at 21:38 #8340Kermit
WHY DOES Dave require the wings isn’t he just pushing it along the ground like you taught me ?
16 June 2021 at 20:01 #8338Moose
Mr kermit I thank you for your loyalty to long time so called friend
16 June 2021 at 21:34 #8339Kermit
ARHHHHHH AT LAST a bite I thought every ones got finger cramp
17 June 2021 at 00:15 #8341Moose
There was an old frog who lived in a bog
A slimy old bog as it happens
He bred young frogs by the masses
Alas when he taught them to fly
All that happened were crashes
17 June 2021 at 12:58 #8343Kermit
ohhh my gosh what on earth has made MR MOOSE so angry at me that he would insult and defame me in such a manner an put it in a poem WE have been mates like forever an now out of the blue he goes on this rampage of insults (well one actually ) but still totally wrong and hurtful and I refer to the first part of his poem where he falsely claims that I quote “there was an OLD frog ” I am not old I HAPPEN TO BE CLASSED AS MATURE GENTLEMAN not old the rest of the poem is fine quite accurate but if one makes a statement it should be true or near enough like my stories about UNCLE G which are totally true ………………….just say’n
17 June 2021 at 13:01 #8344Uncle G
Sorry Kermit, but no bites from me. cobber, mate, pal!
17 June 2021 at 17:00 #8345Predator
After our “crashingly good day” on the Almost Queens Birthday Fly-In the 3Dprinter has been working overtime today.
Started out with a new canopy for Hoppy’s S800 Reptile flying wing (lost during flight)
then a new camera plate for the “almost” indestructible Pan/Tilt gimbal for my Raptor
and then a new engine mount & wing joiner for the Raptor as well
All the minor foam repair work is now completed so just need to repair the battery tray & reassemble it all before fixing the PIFF settings in the iNav Flight Controller.
By the time all this rainy weather goes the Raptor FPV should be ready for another iNav maiden test.
18 June 2021 at 08:50 #8346Moose
You are a clever little boy
Great stuff well done
we will have to call you Mike the miracle man
18 June 2021 at 09:22 #8347Predator
No need for fancy names, just need to improve my flying !!
18 June 2021 at 14:08 #8373Kermit
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