Issue #6 June 2009

May was an interesting month for me. I set my house on fire (not intentionally and not charging lipos). The fire started right outside of my the hobby room where I kept most of my prize possessions. Practically everything in the room was either destroyed or damaged beyond repair. The fire got into the attic and from there it got my living room, utility room, kitchen and garage.  The house will have to be gutted and rebuilt. I have good insurance, so the loss is going to be more inconvenience than anything. In the mean time, I'm living in very close proximity to the shop and I find myself spending a lot of time in my office.  You don't realize how much stuff you've accumulated until you start trying to make a list!

One of my nine smoke alarms woke me up just after midnight. Luckily, I was home alone.

This is what tools look like after only a few hours. Water and smoke were the main culprits. The inside of my computer looked the same way.   Tools after a few hours

My Trex 500 didn't fair too well.

My Trex 500

The computer was only a couple months old and was the one I was setting up to do the videos I promised.  Luckily, I have an image of the hard drive and I was able to get the same model computer coming. Both monitors are beyond repair also. The inside of the computer looks like it was sitting outside in the rain for a few years. Only the very top is melted.  Hooked to the USB cable was my Nikon camera. It still comes on, but is beyond repair.

My new computer :-(

I wasn't the neatest person in the world, but it usually looked a lot better than this!  Most of the actual fire damage was in the  attic over the rest of the house.

The hobby room

Enough of that. 
Now for some news that might interest you!

On Friday June 19th, Chris Nelson put the finishing touches on the purchase of Miniature Aircraft USA.  Flyco Inc. is the parent company of Heliproz, Ron's Heliproz South and Rocky Mountain Hobbyz in Bozeman, MT. In addition the company also owns Big Sky CNC, which produces Elevated R/C products and has, for some time, been a major subcontractor for Miniature Aircraft. With Heliwholesaler as a member of the Flyco family, Miniature Aircraft kits and parts will be readily available to hundreds of hobby shops around the country.  Our goal is to keep Miniature Aircraft as brand known for it's quality and performance, and add outstanding customer service to it's list of strengths.

As one of the oldest and largest Miniature Aircraft dealers in the country, I welcome the change. I will press for continued and improved support for the older machines and stress the importance of maintaining an inventory of parts for all models, both current and non-current.

I'm proud to say Flyco and all of it's holdings are owned and operated totally within the USA.

Tip of the month

A couple weekends ago at the Katy, TX funfly,  I got out my old trusty Raptor and went out to practice some autos. A couple minutes into the flight, the tail started acting funny. The gyro didn't seem to be working very well. I kept flying because the auto contest was coming up and I needed the practice. After about 20 autos, I was climbing out and the tail let go completely.  I hit throttle hold and landed without any damage. I noticed that the servos were moving very slowly, so I checked the voltage of the battery. The battery was a fairly new NiCd and had been fully charged the previous weekend, It had only had one flight on it prior to this one, so I wasn't worried about it at all. My Futaba battery checker, which I have set to put a one amp load on the battery, read 3.0 volts!  I really dodged a bullet this time. I think the gyro must have reset. 

I guess this isn't really a tip, just common sense. I've said it before and now I'll say it again... Always check your battery before you fly!  After 20 years, you would think I would know better!  I'm going to install a Voltmagic on this helicopter.

JR Announces a New Gyro

JR's new 370-3D gyro

Holy cow!  How many gyros will this market bear?  JR just announced the 370-3D. It's about the size of a quarter and appears to be about 1/4 inch thick. The price will be $225 including a 3500G servo for the little guys. No combo was announced with a regular size servo like the 8900G. You will be able to buy the gyro alone for $160. If it works as well as the 770, I'll be happy, but I hope it works even better. The gyro market is getting crowded with good gyros.

Super Deal !

Buy a T-rex 450 Pro Super Combo kit and get a Thunder Power 2200mah 30C Lipo battery FREE!  This offer is for a limited time only but will go through at least the end of June.  You can call it in or place your order through the online store.

In the month of July, buy a T-rex 700 and we'll give you a full set of ELRC700W washers and bolts to go with them.  

It's getting to be the time of year when you should protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen works (if you put it on), or get a hat like this!


Until next time, Happy flying and have a great 4th of July!