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04-02-2010 09:27 PM  10 years ago
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gilliraldi

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New Mongoose on its Way
Hello,

I just wanted to share with everyone the fact that I am getting a new Mongoose from airstar, turn-key. It will be florescent orange. I am very excited about this. Back in 2002 (?)I purchased another gasser from Airstar. I forgot what it was called back then, but the heli was just fantastic. It flew so smooth, and I never had any problems with it at all. Unfortunately, I was laid off from IBM and I had to sell it. So, it has been about 8 years since I have owned an Airstar heli, and I am very impressed with their level of customer service. I have been requesting quotes from them over the years on various helis with an infinite number of combinations of equipment, etc., and they have always been very accomodating. I must have been quite annoying to deal with. But in any event, I am very happy with this purchase. I should have the heli sometime next week or the week after. I will post some pics when I get it up and flying.

Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports
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04-02-2010 09:41 PM  10 years ago
BeltFedBrowning

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I can't wait to see the pics!
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04-03-2010 01:49 AM  10 years ago
Rainmaker

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Congratulations!!!!
Its been a pleasure accomodating you and I can speak for all of us at Airstar that we are looking forward to your having many many hours of fun flying our industrial grade artwork.

Pictures are on their way.

Isnt flying season about to begin?

Andrew
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04-03-2010 10:02 PM  10 years ago
lrogers

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You'll love it! That orange is so easy to see even at the far end of the field.Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot
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04-04-2010 02:16 AM  10 years ago
MarkToo

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Congrats. As you already know, you're going to love it!
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04-09-2010 05:43 PM  10 years ago
gilliraldi

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Here are some pics of the heli in the shipping crate. The goons from UPS can't jump up and down on this thing! Well besides that, the crate is too big to ship UPS so it is being shipped freight.

It is being shipped out today - so I might have it by the end of next week, or the beginning of the week after.
Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports
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04-10-2010 03:07 PM  10 years ago
BeltFedBrowning

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She is beautiful! I love the orange and black head. What size blades did you get?
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04-20-2010 09:26 PM  10 years ago
gilliraldi

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The Mongoose has arrived! I will take some pictures when I am out flying it, but I can tell you it looks just beautiful. This thing is quite a bit bigger than my trex 700 - now I need to buy a truck in order to haul this thing around.

Excellent quality, excellent customer service. I am very happy.
Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports
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04-20-2010 11:29 PM  10 years ago
lrogers

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Be careful when you are moving it around. It takes up alot more room than your other helos. I quit counting the times I've wacked the tail fin getting it in/out of the car/storage cabinet/garage!Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot
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05-14-2010 09:20 PM  10 years ago
gilliraldi

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Well, I have had the heli for a few weeks now, flying on and off. Only today did I do alot of flying with it. I put in 2 18 minutes flights, and it was exhausting! I am just not used to that kind of flight time. No issues, aside from the gas tank stopper coming loose a bit and dripping gas. My fault for not tightening enough. Maybe I will add something to help seal it up better so it does not unscrew from the vibrations. Silicone perhaps? I am getting quite good at flying it. At first it felt like I was flying a brick compared to my Trex 700, but I upped the swash throws and boy did that make a difference. For this being so heavy, it really is quite agile. I want to do some light aerobatics with it, but to tell you the truth I am a bit scared. I think I will just fly within my compfrt zone until I am truly ready to do some flips, etc. I don't think I will be flying my Trex 700 much anymore - the mongoose is my new favorite. I hope to fly it some more this weekend. Oh, and Raja said he would install the generator for me. Yipeee! Just wanted to share. Hope you all have a good weekend with no crashes! Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports
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05-14-2010 09:22 PM  10 years ago
gilliraldi

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I forgot to mention something else. I am wondering why the heli doesn't have a driven tail. Is there an upgrade for this? I was doing low auto practice and realized how much more difficult it is to shoot an auto with little or not tail control. Just wondering...Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports
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05-15-2010 07:08 AM  10 years ago
clever Heli

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Tail driven autos
Just wanted to chime in and say I felt the same way. Coming from a tail driven auto machine I really didn't like the fact that the Mongoose is not. I've had my Mongoose now for over 4 years now and I must say one of the funnest maneuvers is shooting autos. Today I wouldn't even think about putting a tail driven auto on it for a few reasons.

1. The Mongoose flies like an airplane when you have forward speed. Dip the nose down and turn right or left and it will fly just like an aero.
2. Driving the tail will take away momentum in the head speed thus requiring more negative which brings it down at a faster rate. When you have a chance to shoot an auto from high up, you will see that the head speed doesn't slow down as say your 700 and will give you lots of hang time.

It's a blast, so much more enjoyment to come for you my friend. I've been able to pull off a full 360 while in a auto, so they do turn nicely...but like an aero rather than a heli. Enjoy!

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05-15-2010 07:28 AM  10 years ago
Rainmaker

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Hey Clever Heli.....

Nice picture of your Mongoose in inverted flight. Did you take that yourself?
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05-15-2010 07:44 AM  10 years ago
clever Heli

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Nice picture of your Mongoose in inverted flight. Did you take that yourself?
Yeah i've gotten pretty good flying with my toes.

BTW - Great shot!

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05-15-2010 12:09 PM  10 years ago
MarkToo

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When my tail servo arm broke in flight, I was very thankful it doesn't have a driven tail...
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05-16-2010 04:41 AM  10 years ago
Rainmaker

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Driven Tail Rotor
For those interested....

I was at Airstar International recently and for those interested, a Driven Tail Rotor version of the Mongoose will be available in the next few weeks! I had a sneak preview of some of the new parts. Pretty cool stuff!
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05-16-2010 12:30 PM  10 years ago
lrogers

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Will there be a retrofit kit for earlier models?Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot
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05-16-2010 06:07 PM  10 years ago
Rainmaker

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To retrofit would require new side frames, main shaft, pully and a few other smal parts. Approx. $300 in parts. Its an easy retrofit once you have everything. Only takes time........
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05-17-2010 03:27 AM  10 years ago
Bezek

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I'd just like to get the normal parts I ordered weeks ago
I ordered 30 parts on April 26th and although I've emailed several times no parts. Nor have I recieved any indication of the status of my order since it obviously could not be filled. I've never complained about Airstar before, but this time I'm loosing patience. I depend on my helis being up and running so I can take aerial photos and having half my fleet down is frustrating.
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05-17-2010 03:29 AM  10 years ago
BeltFedBrowning

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Did any of the parts you ordered need custom machining, powder coating, or painting?
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