I am off work this week, but today was the first chance I had to get out flying. Actually, this is the first chance I’ve had since I wrecked my RV-4, so I was a bit nervous at first. I took out my trusty ParkZone T-28 and just bored some holes in the sky trying to get back into the groove. I got in 4 good flights with no crash this time!
Well it has been over a year since my last post. I have not given up on the hobby, but I did get lazy about posting! I have not worked on my P-47 since last year. I was traveling extensively for work last year and got sidetracked by some home remodeling projects, so it was hard to find a lot of build time. I did manage to put together a StevensAero RV-4 which was a fun little park flyer.
Unfortunately, I am sad to say that I had my first real outright destroy the plane crash with her yesterday evening. It was due to pilot error, plane and simple. I was getting a little too fancy for myself a little too close to the ground. The plane got into a spin, and I did not have enough altitude to recover. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the forward half the fuselage is just a bunch of broken bits held together by covering.
In a way, it actually feels like a bit of a relief to have that first total wreck behind me. I have been so afraid of crashing that I often hold myself back and end up just boring holes in the sky flying a simple pattern. I did learn a lesson about keeping enough space between my plane and the ground when I am trying out something new though!
My wife took a trip down to the local hobby store and picked out a Parkzone P-51 RTF as a Christmas surprise for me! Although she is not into RC, she shares my passion for aircraft and aviation (she has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT). Knowing I am a fan of WWII warbirds, she specifically looked for a P-51. Unknowingly, she picked out an RTF which includes a Spektrum 4 channel transmitter. This works out perfectly as I also have a Parkzone F4F Wildcat bind-and-fly that I won in a raffle earlier this year, but I only have a Futaba transmitter. The included Spektrum radio is pretty basic, but it will definitely do until I am ready to lay out the cash for a full featured Spektrum radio.
Well here we go, this is my first ever blog post! I am very excited to have this site up and running and to use this as an opportunity to document my experiences. As this is such a niche site in the overall context of the “World Wide Web”, I am not expecting much activity, but I am hopeful that others who share my passion for this hobby will find this site and find something interesting or useful here. Even more, I am hoping that I may have an opportunity to learn something from others who visit and leave comments of their own.