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Old 07-22-2020, 08:17 PM   #11
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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.
Not all batteries are stupid.
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Old 07-23-2020, 10:05 AM   #13
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Ahh the "smart" battery. So what all can it do?
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Old 07-23-2020, 10:46 AM   #14
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Congrats! First flights are always White Knuckle, it means you have something invested in the plane, either time or money or both.

When it comes to locking a set screw that you might want to get out at some future time I use liquid gasket maker. It stays flexible but holds well enough to keep screws in landing gear or wheel pants set screws.
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Old 07-23-2020, 07:54 PM   #15
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Thanks all for the kind words and help and suggestions to fixing my nosewheel.
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Old 07-28-2020, 10:38 PM   #16
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Just a little update. Second night flying tonight. Got out there and was a bit windy. Slightly underpowered plane. But, I got up, now seeing how wind does affect things. But with that said, I am now learning to better use rudder, throttle control for approaches, taking off into the wind, etc. I did most of the takeoffs, many approaches, a few touch and go's, and also a few landings. Starting to get the hang of things better, slowly. Had my instructor take over a few times though. Next flight report next time out!
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Congratulations! Glad to hear you are getting the "feel" for it. It is a totally different experience learning with an old style trainer versus the new tech planes, gyros etc.
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:39 PM   #19
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Well, it has been a couple weeks since my last night flight training, and resumed tonight. Kinda...... Started out great. Engine fired right up, had to slightly retune due to the high heat and humidity. Taxied out, take off, all good. Get up to altitude and fly 2 circuits with approaches, good. Third lap, come in for a slightly bumpy touch and go then back for teh next attempt. Then it happened. Start turning for my approach, still a bit high, but no signal. Call it out, my instructor took over immediately, and as well, he had zero control too! Watched the plane helplessly fly nose down into the trees! Go for drive to retrieve it. 1/4 of the wing is destroyed, landing gear ripped out, front of plane damaged. Thsi was all at a quick glance for now. Left radios both still on while retrieving. Spektrum receiver blinking, and there was control on both transmitters. Battery was tested and tested at 6.5v, so that was good. Apparently there is a sporadic 'Bermuda Triangle' in the area I was near to. So, unfortunately it will now be a coupel good weeks till I fly once again.

I am honestly a bit unnerved about this all. I am NOT going to give up, but have really been contemplating dropping nitro for now and looking for something online in the lines of a foamy trainer of some sorts. Even to possibly scratchbuild something in a trainer type plane. Will definately be quicker and easier to repair, especially at the field. Any help or input into this possible decision is also welcome.
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Re: First Nitro Flights!!!

Sorry about that Chancey. Thatís too bad. You might want to look into an Apprentice. They are always showing up in the classifieds. If youíve been doing training on nitro, you might find the Apprentice a bit boring, or easy, but you will get your wings with it.

The repairs on your yellow airplane arenít too bad to do. Maybe save that for a winter project, and convert it to a tail dragger as well.

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