Archive for February, 2008

National radio

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I was on national radio the other day, it was a program about cooking. But one of the chef’s on the program was just starting to get a helicopter addiction, and that’s why they asked people to send in pictures of their helicopter big or small.

It was a phone interview and they asked about how I got started in the hobby, and what my wife was thinking about the hobby. I have been trying to find an archived recording from the radio station, of the interview but I don’t think they have one, sorry.

There was a vote on what helicopter was the coolest and my heli was in the vote, but the result was not that good, check it out , it was not a fair match.

[Site Note]
I have just redesigned the pilot locator page and I think it is very nice now, now I can truly handle unlimited pushpins on the map, I have change the design to use AJAX/PHP. And I have made a simple clustering technique to be able to show a lot of pins on the map. Without the map being slow and heavy to maneuver.

Furthermore I have added about 2000 flying fields in the US only, this is really great and if you see a missing fields please don’t hesitate to register the flying field on the map. Check out the new fields here

On the new design you just have to be aware of one think, if you see this image :
not viewing all pins
The image indicates: at your current view you don’t see all pushpins registered. The maximum pushpins you can view are 300. If you would like to see all pushpins you have to zoom in at a specific area, until you see this image :
viewing all pins on the map
Then you see all pins in that area. That’s what’s called clustering.

And you can still do all the old thinks like: get a driving direction for the flying fields, a direct link to one pin, a link to show only clubs or shops, and I have improved the mailing service, now the mails you can send to you fellow pilots have a nicer design. And the pushpins load dynamically when you navigate the map, that way you can see pins all over the world on the same map without post back.

Check it out

One flight

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After a long time waiting for better weather conditions I was out flying today, but it was only one flight, it was all worth the drive and the setting up.

It was very windy today, and I really could feel the advantage of the governor, and here is one piece of advice that all newcomers can use.

If you are newbie and starts with a nitro helicopter, get a governor on the helicopter. I know some of the old guys at the field would properly say that you have to learn how to adjust the engine. And that’s right you have to learn how to tune your engine, and when you have learned that, start using the governor.

I can’t count how many times I have been trying to adjust the gas and the pitch curves to get the perfect flying helicopter doing rolls and loops, but forget about it.
I must admit I am not the best guy to adjust a engine but I have learned it over the years, but getting the perfect gas and pitch curves is almost impossible.

And the governor solves that problem instantly, the only think you have to do is find you helicopter’s RPM sweet spot and then you can fine-fine tune the engine for perfect performance. Believe me if you already have a okay tuned engine, it is very easy to hear how the engine is running and what directions to turn the mixing screws.

Get a governor it’s worth it.

And a cool video to prepare for the summer. can’t wait.