RC day

Today should mark the start of a new RC flying club. Most likely every weekend from now we’ll be flying our planes at a nearby housing estate which is still under development. Hopefully with the experience of other hobbyist, one of them the formal president of the MIAT flying club, I can finally enjoy RC flying without the fear of crashing.

One low-wing plane on its maiden voyage.

I woke up at 11am and got there in just a few minutes. By that time, a few people have already turned up. They had flown a Hirobo heli and were preparing a low-wing plane for its maiden voyage. Checking a plane before a flight is EXTREMELY VITAL, and you’ll soon see what I mean.

Hirobo helicopter. Runs on nitro.

Flying a helicopter is by no means easy. You need nerves of steel and the reflex of a fly. I’ve personally crashed one so I know.

A T-Rex heli, one of the more popular electric heli around.

Unfortunately, there was a crash this morning involving the low-wing plane on its maiden voyage. It was due to human error. THE ALIERONS WERE INVERTED!! That means if you turn right on the controls, the plane turns left!! I’ve seen this happen TWICE. I’ve got a video here to show the crash.

The plane took off, did a loop, and crashed head on to the ground. Crankshaft, engine mount and structure might be damaged.

After watching them fly, we decided to come in the afternoon with my brother’s trainer. It was a moment of intense pressure as we choose a location for take off. One wrong move, the whole plane will be gone. But it was a successful flight!! The landing was so perfect! But we didn’t get it on video. We got the take off though. My friend “lost” the plane while he was taking the video.

It was a perfect takeoff and a perfect landing. Warning: Contains strong language.

This should be interesting to fly. Probably capable of barrel rolls, loops, and all the acrobatic stuff.

This is where we fly. We use the field as the runway, not the public road.

Refuelling the plane. One tank of gas gives around 20 minutes of flight time.

Starting the engine. The yellow device sticking on top of the engine is the glow starter. It heats up the glow plug to allow combustion. The starter motor is used to spin the propeller and start the engine.

Some macro shots by my friend who is obsessed with macro shots.

This was our reaction after the successful landing. Don’t ask me why my reaction was like that. I wasn’t ready for a picture =D

The plane on the left belongs to my brother. The one on the right belongs to Tan.

This is one powerful engine. Slices fingers and hands without hesitation or reduction in speed. Continue reading