043 Repairing Your Aircraft

by FliteTest | September 15, 2014 | (13) Posted in Podcasts

So what are some of the main things to look for when you crash? Find out in today's discussion! If you have some ideas about things we missed, please share them in the comments!

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Ryan Papp 
Short Bio:  Firefighter/EMT for 18 years. I got into rc flight about two years ago. I just like to fly easy and have fun, so slow and low is how I roll. I’m mainly a park flyer. The real reason I got into rc was to have something my son and I can do together. He has the creative side to done a bunch of the decorating and I build.  I found Flite Test while looking for a simple F-22 design and found them on youtube. I would say that having my name brought up a couple times and being on the Giant FT Flyer episode has been awesome!  Being able to help out the First Annual Flite Fest as the volunteer in charge of First Aid was epic!

Ryan’s topic for the week was the Sketchup Tutorials by JasonEricAnderson

Patrick Murphy 
Short Bio:  High school science teacher, teaching Physics and Physical Science and also mechanical engineer.  Don’t recall how I found FT (maybe a link on Wattflyer), but do recall the first episode I saw being the Wildcat.  I’ve always had a passion for aviation.  I hope to build a homebuilt plane someday, prob something similar to a Kitfox.  I got into RC about 4 years ago.  First plane was the Horizon Hobby Super Cub.  Still fly it - modded to 4 channel and brushless motor.  I did go to Flite Test, with Asbjorn, Ryan and Seth.  I worked the registration tent.  Flite Fest was one of the best experience I have had.  

Patrick’s topic for this week was the thread “Build to win contest” by Joker 53150 (Jeff Christbaum)

Crafty Dan 
Short Bio: I'm an electronics engineer programming embedded software for radios during the day, and building whatever by night.  I've been into fabrication as a hobby for quite a while and I've loved airplanes since I was a kid, but RC has always been too expensive . . . but I remember drooling over RC gliders in magazines as a kid.  I got into RC a little over a year ago because I'd been building card-model sculptures of aircraft and had a few at my desk.  A coworker who flew, saw it and asked if I'd ever thought of putting a motor on one. He ended up inviting me to one of the larger swap-meets in the region, then SEFF.  After SEFF I was hooked -- I picked up a radio and a night vapor and spent the next two months or so bouncing the thing off the walls in my garage. I stumbled onto flite test while looking at setup videos for multirotor control boards -- what works and what doesn't -- I stumbled onto FT's "i86 Stabilizer" video, and hey look there's David's tricopter review  . . .  and a "Rocket Plane"?!? Hooked.  and when I saw the swapables . . . wait, I can build these out of almost nothing?!? Doubly hooked.  I also attended, and volunteered at the first ever Flite Fest as the person in charge of the Build Tent.  

Dan’s submission was the thread “Pure Genius” about sewing Foam Board. http://forum.flitetest.com/showthread.php?11848-Pure-Genius

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Joker 53150 on September 15, 2014
Thanks for the kind words about my efforts, guys - it's appreciated. A little additional information about the Model Airplane News contest, everybody started with the same set of plans, which was essentially a low-wing "Stick" design. From there, each person modifies the design to make it their own final design. Some guys made it into a high-wing trainer, others a mid-wing. One guy made a Grumman Duck complete with a big main float. The only requirement is that the judges be able to see little touches from the original plan. I had a set of plans for a control line Navion, which were drawn up sometime in the 60's, and found it was almost exactly the same size as the contest airframe, so that became my design goal, melding the two plans into one. Adding the retracts was the hardest part, something I wouldn't try with that plane again. It was still a great learning opportunity. To officially qualify for the contest you had to have a picture of your plane in flight by a certain date. That dealine came up fast!

With all the creativity the FT community is showing lately, it might be a fun contest idea for FT to do something similar based on their swappable power pod.
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lark95 on September 15, 2014
max cam would be awesome!

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FlyingMonkey on September 15, 2014
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Bridgeman on September 15, 2014
Really liked hearing the forum discussion. Thanks!
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flykvegas on September 15, 2014
Came hear hoping to find some links to articles, etc., mentioned in the show.
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FlyingMonkey on September 15, 2014
The links that each person mentioned is below their bios in the show notes.
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Ano Pilot on September 15, 2014
Thanks for the tips on wind-flying: I took notes, brilliant. Regarding repairing, I was wondering what criteria determine choice of glue. There are various tips scattered throughout all the programmes and podcasts but bringing it together would have been nice: sorry, just saying.
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shadowjig on September 15, 2014
I would use the forums more often if Tapatalk was installed. I read all forums in Tapatalk and since FT is not Tapatalk enabled I never end up reading them.
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shermanhartman on September 16, 2014
Yeah max cam!!
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PropSpinner on September 16, 2014
I think the podcast is a good media type for Peter. No, I'm not saying he has a face for radio! It's just that I like to here what he has to say and it gives him more time to talk and he is mic'ed better. I enjoyed the entire podcast and all of your viewpoints and comments. Good job!
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paullouis on September 17, 2014
I hear you have the BIX3 on order, I bought 2 of them (for my son in law and myself) and they both crashed in their maiden flight. It's to my opinion underpowered and the landing gear chopped off the whole nose. the reinforcements in the nose with carbon aren't helping much. I need to fly full power to stay airborne. They both fly now and are so cool, a bit slow compared to the Bixler 1.
we decided to add a bigger motor soon. Looking forward to your review of the Bix(ler)3 ;)

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Burly on September 17, 2014
I don't know what it is about podcasts that make them so compelling. I watch TV 1000 times more than I listen to the radio. But for me, these podcasts are as much fun (or more) than watching the videos.

I'd love to have another podcast run by these 4 forum members.
Or better yet get these 4 along with 4 to 6 other active posters to run the thing.

Weekly commitments are hard, so you can have 2 to 3 announcers week by week.

The idea is to scour the forums for good topics and even invite guest forum members to the podcast for the pertinent discussions. This means members from outside the greater Canton Ohio area could have more participation in FliteTest.

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slarti42uk on September 17, 2014
I was reassured by the question about retrieving planes from trees (It's not just me!). I have only had a few flights but 2 ended up in trees. I now always carry a reel of Zing-it throw line with a weight attached. It's very strong and light weight for getting it up it the trees. As it's slippery, the weight tends to always slide down to the ground, through the canopy, once over the branch/plane and then some gentle bouncing gets it free.
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Ano Pilot on October 2, 2014
People referring to themselves by their online pseudonyms creeps me out.
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Fighting31 on October 20, 2014
Thanks guys, really enjoyed the podcast - i'm really getting into this format...
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043 Repairing Your Aircraft