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Old 07-21-2020, 09:59 PM   #1
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Well, a long time waiting, but it happened tonight. Got my first 4 flights in. Just got in and still a bit shaky, but a lot less than my first time at the sticks earlier. My instructor took my trainer up and did a couple circuits around the field to show me, then gave me control. Did my first tank of flying left hand circuits, only had him step in once or twice for a quick correction. Second tank was right hand circuits with a couple figure 8's, although they were not very pretty, followed by a couple more circuits. When he landed it my nose wheel had twisted sideways. Twisted it back, then flight 3. Just more circuits, with approachs for landing, just higher. Getting used to the rudder now, and throttle control. Did a touch and go before he landed it. Last flight was a couple more circuits and then approaches with a touch and go. Well, I touched, had a little bounce, prop touched the ground and killed the engine. Readjusted nose gear again, fired it up for a couple more circuits with approaches. Last round, on final turn, engine died and he saved it landing in the taller grass. No damage one plane or prop.

So now I have to file a flat spot on the nose gear so it will not twist again. He had to take over only a couple of times for corrections, but overall, I think it went well. So, now to do a couple minor fixes, nose gear and tuning the engine, seeing why it stalled out, then will be waiting for next Tuesday for more flying.

Plane is Top Flite Sierra 40 with an old reliable Enya 35. Engine runs good, plane flies nice, but after seeing it, would agree that it is a bit low for power and could use a bit more, and probably would need it if it is a bit windier. But I will keep it bolted up and keep using it. Love the older engine!
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:05 PM   #2
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Sounds good. Those landings are important and a reliable idle on engine.
If you have a Dremel and a cutoff wheel, you can grind the gear leg that way also
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:41 PM   #3
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Thanks. I like your idea of grinding the flat instead of filing it. Will be doing that tomorrow.
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:46 PM   #4
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Just a shallow cut is all that is needed in case you need to change the angle later.
A drop of blue loctite on your set screw is a good idea.
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Old 07-22-2020, 09:27 AM   #5
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Isn't it nice having a flight and not having to charge up stupid batteries all the time! Just refuel and go.
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:36 AM   #6
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Re: First Nitro Flights!!!

I concur with frank regarding that aspect. Electric has its advantages for others. For me, putting up with the mess nitro has is ok as long as flying as long as you have fuel in your tank is the reward.
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Isn't it nice having a flight and not having to charge up stupid batteries all the time! Just refuel and go.
Agree 100%, for me anyway. Lol
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I have nothing against those that choose to fly electric, I just love IC engines just as much as I like to build. For me, there just seems to be an added thrill of firing up and tuning the engine. Yes, sometimes they're picky and just don't seem to run right, but the majority of the time it's a non issue. I've learned to take out more than one plane so that if one is being fussy, put it away and fly a different one.
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As it was my first time flying with nitro yetserday, I do agree that it was nice, and not as bad as I had actuall invisioned. I did like the aspect of just refuelling and going again. But, as was mentioned, there is now a soft spot for electrics. Both times at the field, there were electric gliders there. I am very intrigued by them, and am now looking for one to pop up here used locally. Not a big rush, but they are definately very neat.

And now for step 2 for me, and that is to recharge my battery pack and see how much I had used from it, which will also be very important fro me to know I believe.
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