photos by Dustin Buescher, BV on
How we deal with it
is a beautiful time of year in Central Florida, but like most of
the country, it gets windy. If you are going to go flying, you
may have to deal with 18-20+ mph from any direction.
Crosswind landing practice is a great confidence
builder, especially for the “Top Gun” event in late April, but
it can be tough on the equipment. The solution is to have
access to a North/South runway and an East/West runway. We
cover this by belonging to multiple clubs in the Orlando area.
So, on this beautiful but blustery day, this group of happy
electric jet pilots visited the I.R.K.S. (Indian River Kontrol
Society) field near Cocoa, Florida. It is an excellent jet
friendly grassfield that allows an unencumbered flight routine.
and EVF 2 12s
|It takes a little extra effort to
go flying at midday when the ambient temperature is 96
F. It turns out that it wasn't just Florida that
was having such a hot Sunday in July, but most of
the eastern seaboard as well. The
and its power system with the latest ThunderPower 65c
7700mAh batteries performed with excellence.
Protect against internal F.O.D.
A Safety Item
There have been a few instances of
rotor blade damage caused by loose items such as screws, nuts, balance plugs,
etc. in the front of the model getting sucked into the rotor blades. It is
therefore important to do what is necessary to eliminate these F.O.D. hazards.
To prevent small objects from passing
through, the vertical webs at the aft end of the inlet ducts must be securely
glued together and the gaps at the top and bottom should be filled. Use a
BVM Scuff Board to taper the aft ends of the webs.
of LiPo Batteries
Lithium polymer batteries do
not deliver power very well if below 60°F.
Keep this in mind for the propulsion batteries.
We Floridians rarely experience
cool temperatures, but on a recent trip north and an early morning
flight we were reminded.
Chris True's practice of
putting the batteries on the car's dashboard on the way to the field
is a good solution. The defroster blowing and the radiant
energy of the sun through the windshield will warm them to 70°-
Of course, there are other ways to accomplish the same thing.
LiPo's used for the receiver/servos are ok if kept above 40°F.
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