Speed Runs
Battery Break-In


March 2012

photos by Dustin Buescher, BV on the sticks

Perfect sky - Perfect lighting
for these top and bottom, coming and going views.
Inverted or knife edge
the eBandit behaves

Landing is a breeze

I have alot of jets, but this one stays in my Van ready-to-fly on short notice.  This All-Electric jet requires only charging between flying sessions and there is no residual Kero smell or spills.  This 2011 Explorer Van still has that new leather smell and appearance.


March Wind
How we deal with it

 March 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.

Bob Violett

EBandit  and EVF 2 12s

96° Flight Testing

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.

Cool Weather Operations
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°- 80°F.  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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