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12-05-2005 12:22 AM  12 years agoPost 41
A. Bundy

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No big deal.Helis crash.Once it doesn't bother you anymore,you can get some good learning in.I run two identical ships so there is time to rebuild without too much rush.

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12-05-2005 12:15 PM  12 years agoPost 42
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I've noticed experts run two identical models and you've succinctly explained WHY this is. As for me, I don't know if I'll ever get over the trauma when I slam dunk one . . . and I own a warehouse full of parts! Anyway, I don't know why it is, but I started the fun fly season with four Tiger 50 models, and three of them are presently in pieces on the workbench (following crashes of course), and it was all I could do to barely get one repaired in time for the last fun fly of the season! Recently I've had no time but hopefully, the work were engaged in of integrating a new software system for the business will come to a lcose soon and I can get back to what's fun.


John Beech
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12-05-2005 12:51 PM  12 years agoPost 43
Foxden

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John,

Too bad we don't live a bit closer together I'd through them together for you.


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12-05-2005 01:27 PM  12 years agoPost 44
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I wish we lived closer just so we could go fly!


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12-05-2005 01:30 PM  12 years agoPost 45
Foxden

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One of these weekends Steven and I will make the trip, we would enjoy that, don't forget to mark your calendar for the Port Charlotte FF February 17-18-19

Clyde

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12-05-2005 04:01 PM  12 years agoPost 46
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I just removed the last two trees I had in my way and now just have the power lines to bury to finish clearing out the airspace (as much as I reasonably can) around the shop. While not enough airspace for a fun fly or anything, it's plenty good enough for my occasional flights, or for when a few friends come over and fly with me.


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12-05-2005 04:14 PM  12 years agoPost 47
avator

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Well, I think that split gear driven tail rotors rob less energy than slipper drives. I also think that beginners are much better off with a driven tail than trying to learn auto's without one. I don't know any beginners doing piro's and flipping backwards auto's while learning, but, being able to keep the nose of the heli pointed in the direction of choice ( usually tail in) is invaluable. From what I've seen, the Tiger fly's great, I just wish it had a split gear instead of a slipper.
Brian Hofferth made another good point. Having a driven tail during an aborted auto is a big issue.

Is there a possibility that the tiger 50 will be offered with a split gear instead of the slipper in the future?

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12-05-2005 04:34 PM  12 years agoPost 48
Billy Zimmerman

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John, make sure to take plenty pictures of your home made flying site, it sounds pretty awesome! I am looking forward to this year's flying season, it sounds like we might have a good percentage of the crew at IRCHA this coming year, I am already saving up for my plane ticket!

I agree on having two Tiger50's ready to go just in case, it is always nice to have a back up. I am hopefully going to be getting my back up soon.

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12-05-2005 09:56 PM  12 years agoPost 49
Foxden

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Auto's

Tim Tompkins re-taught myself and taught my son Steven to fly Heli's, one of the very first TimT commandments is to learn to Auto so from flight one he taught both of us to hit the hold switch from a few feet up and land with no power and for the past 2 years for myself and over a year for Steven we have NOT had a powered landing.

Now having said that I will bring you to this past Saturday, I had a leaky header tank and finally picked up a hayes replacement and also grabbed some neoprene tubing for the tank, I cut a piece of tubing and installed the clunk in the normal spot and went to the field to fly, I burnt through the first tank with just a few rolls, landed and re-filled it for Steven to have some fun. Steven was practicing some inverted stuff about 150' up and the next thing we heard was the gov open the carb up and then the engine die. he pulled it down, flipped it and proceeded to perform and awesome nose in auto and at the last second swing it around and nailed a nice landing, two things saved my Tiger, first TimT's school of the no powered landings and the slipper clutch let him control where he wanted the heli to come down given the wind wasn't blowing in the direction the heli decided to stall. We've had no problems learning to auto with the slipper clutch as the Auto master Mr. Tompkins has shown Steven and I how to manage head speed and control the heli throught the auto. I know Tim may not agree but he is one heck of a pilot and and even better instructor, he is to modest. Tim has test flown every one of my heli's before it goes up, I get the thumbs up on the builds from him but they don't go up without the TimT sign off.

We found out that the neoprene tubing after sitting in fuel for a few tanks had swelled a bit and forced the clunk into one corner starving the engine of fuel, a quick snip solved that. All I can say is Steven earned his allowance last week by saving my heli.

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