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06-04-2004 01:03 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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How many of you out there record the number of times you've flown your particular heli and the amount of time each engine has; The amount of fuel used, brand and percentage of nitro; The amount of repair made on the craft and the amount spent for the repair? Do you really have a logbook of sorts to record all the information on the particular helicopter?

Just curious who does this recording.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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06-04-2004 01:16 PM  13 years agoPost 2
bluefronted

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Pretoria, South Africa

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i think the army does it

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06-04-2004 01:18 PM  13 years agoPost 3
mark fadely

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indianapolis, indiana

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Hi Ray,

I have always kept a log book for every heli I've owned. I still have all of them. I have found it useful to review the log books even years later to guage my progress. I record the date, weather conditions, time of flight and a brief comment of flying maneuvers. I would recommend keeping a log. It can only help if you're willing to take the time to make the entries.

Mark Fadely

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06-04-2004 01:20 PM  13 years agoPost 4
z11355

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New England

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whatever fits your mind-set.

some people use a full blown database and
record every possible detail. thats waay too
much for me.

I just keep a small notebook and record
# of flights on each bird and any maintanence
or problem issues or settings change and also
location of where I flew so I have a record of that
to keep a certain neighbor quiet when he
complains to the police about how often I fly
in a certain location.

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06-04-2004 01:31 PM  13 years agoPost 5
heli1man

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Chautauqua Lake, NY

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log it

I'm the same as Z11355 (minus the pissed off neighbor). No one around my place to complain. I log flights and time, and schedule maintenance around that.

Bill

Eco 8 Brushless, MS composits Raptor30v2 39TT 550TT carbons Shogun 400 Brushless 3 cell lipo.

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06-04-2004 01:34 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Dr.Phil

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Oslo, Norway

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Not a full database, but :
flighttime, number of flights, location, heli status (maintanance).
And cost of accessories and fuel.


Philip
Rave ENV, Stratus BW,Trex700 V-bar,Furion450
www.airheads.no,Team Hobby24

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06-04-2004 03:14 PM  13 years agoPost 7
BlackThunder

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Cambridge, ON

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06-04-2004 06:03 PM  13 years agoPost 8
oldfart

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Vancouver, Canada

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flight/Airframe/engine log

Since sarting r/c 30 years ago, I have loged flights and flight times. I used to log it all manually, but after getting my first computer many years ago, I made up an spread sheet program that keeps track of it all. Heli, engine, #flights, Flight time, flight comment, crashes and why, and components changed,

Over the years I have found it very helpful in solving any issues with any heli or any particular component on the heli or engines.

Phil

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06-04-2004 06:14 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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Flight log
this is a great free Ware program

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06-04-2004 07:35 PM  13 years agoPost 10
RaptorPraetor

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Carlsbad, New Mexico

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When I purchased my heli I used a credit card so the government tracks it wherever and whenever it flies. They have satalite photos time coded to keep track of my free time and heli usage. I have lined my work room with aluminium foil to confuse the government's attempts at tracking my heli usage.

Other than that I guesstamate flights, gallons, and that sort of stuff. I do keep a carefull eye when I overheat the engine. Anything over 230 gets written down.

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06-04-2004 07:49 PM  13 years agoPost 11
TroyE

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Orlando, FL.

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my 8103 keeps track of on time for each model any more than that would seem like work.
and what blue said "the Army"

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06-04-2004 08:40 PM  13 years agoPost 12
w.pasman

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Netherlands

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Also log here. Flight number but not how long. Anything unusual. Flight conditions. Maintenance and time that maintenance took. I don't log prices, it takes what it takes.

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06-04-2004 08:45 PM  13 years agoPost 13
armageddon

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N. Y.

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I don't keep track.. what I do is take the number of hours my wife says I fly and divide by one thousand....

about correct...

.

WHAT SIGNATURE?

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06-04-2004 08:51 PM  13 years agoPost 14
runboy

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Phoenix

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I don't have a clue how much I have flown. Don't even know how many gallons I have burned.

Used to keep track of the receipts for spare parts etc., but eventually ended up destroying the evidence after my wife started snooping around in my stuff.

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06-04-2004 09:43 PM  13 years agoPost 15
G-DAVE

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Tyne and Wear , England

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I never keep track of my flights etc. The wife does it for me with " That's the 5th night this week you have been flying "
She never forgets .
Dave D

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06-04-2004 10:25 PM  13 years agoPost 16
rcheliflyer

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calif., usa

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Keeping a small notebook in your flight gear is handy, sometimes you'll forget things if you don't jot them down, also a good way to relax between flights.
I keep a casual log , date and weather, flights and any issues
I need to address, misc notes etc.

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06-05-2004 12:25 AM  13 years agoPost 17
Conrod

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Mount Dora , Florida

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log

I keep a small note pad and record the flights that day, problems, new tricks tried, new setups, new equip.
Here's an example...running a tuned pipe 15% nitro on WC w/ os a3 yielded 23 flights at best for a glowplug. It never burned out...just became weak.
With 30%, muffler, ys-80 I went 83! Maaannn... I couldn't believe it!
Ok...there are other reasons I keep it. I can go back and look at the maintenance that I had to perform and the intervals.
Would be cool to use digital recorder and download it to computer and be able to make a database w/o typing!

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06-05-2004 12:45 AM  13 years agoPost 18
Al Magaloff

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Way too anal for me. I record only what I'm wearing. Wait, I only wear jeans and black T-shirts.
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06-05-2004 01:07 AM  13 years agoPost 19
rdalcanto

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Salt Lake City, UT

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Cleveland log

I don't bother keeping a flight log in Cleveland. Every page would read the same: "Break in the rain, got three flights in. Wind - Huricaine like. Chained myself to the big wooden table so I wouldn't get blown away. Should have done the same for the flight box - new one on order. Flew in FFF the entire time, never had to turn. Maybe tomorrow will be better...."

Rick

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06-05-2004 01:19 AM  13 years agoPost 20
thomasK

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Salzburg, Austria

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Keeping track of number of flights, flighttime and unusual events. Find it useful for knowing when to check over the bird the operational time of servos etc.

greez
Thomas

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