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General Discussion / Real Float Flying
« Last post by Deerslayer on November 13, 2018, 07:01:05 PM »
 I made the following video for family viewing but some of you KRCM folks know the Pilot and First Officer. The actual takeoff occurs around the 3 minute mark and it is rather impressive to see from my vantage point. In case you wonder what the Pilot is doing wandering around on the floats: part of the pre-flight after extended water time is to check and, if necessary, pump out the float compartments - there is always some condensation and/or minor leakage and you don't need to be carrying an extra couple hundred pounds around. (That was my job when I flew with him; Miky was not yet trained up on that.)

At the time this video was shot, Dan had a minority partnership in the airplane. His client, a financier for whom Dan flew the Gulfstream business jet, acquired the plane and Dan flew it for him. Most of the routine flying was between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ( YTZ ) and the client's summer "cottage" up in the Muskokas - a one hour flight vs. 5 or more by car.

Dan used to fly into our bay, where I had the temporary mooring, sometimes staying for a day or two, usually accompanied by his First Officer. Mikayla. This usually involved a 20 minute hop from Buttonville, where the plane was hangered, over to St. Catherines to pick up Miky and then about an hour and a quarter down to our place. She had her own Log Book and did some of the flying, including gentle turns and other fancy stuff!

 This is a Cessna 206, often referred to as an "all terrain" aircraft. These are widely used as a bush plane, skydiving jump plane, and personal transport plane. It seats six, has double doors for passenger or cargo handling and is very comfortable.

This plane has very modern instrumentation, including autopilot. Its 310+ horsepower engine and the Wipline amphibian floats equip it well for zipping in and out of confined areas. Dan installed the STOL kit, consisting of a large number of vortex generators on the wing upper surface and under surface of the horizontal stabilizer, which significantly lower the stall speed and thus enable better takeoff and load carrying capability.

FPV at KRCM / Fun Cubbery at Preston Cove - June 2015
« Last post by Deerslayer on November 12, 2018, 09:53:17 AM »
 I got a Mobius camera, mounted it to the wing of my FC and put up some flights around Preston Cove.

 Takeoffs were to the East, Lemoine Point shoreline is about 5 miles away - plenty of runway!

 As we swoop down into the bay, you may notice the white floats - they mark the temporary mooring where Dan used to park the Cessna 206 floatplane when he would occasionally drop in. In the winter, if we get sufficient ice, there is a month or two of great flying of my models. So, this really is an aviation base!

 Visibility was unlimited that day; however, there is not a lot to see in the distance. The most noticeable item over on the mainland is the smoke from the Lafarge cement plant; today, it was fairly white, but a lot of the time it is very dense and dark. You may get a sense of what Amherst Island is (was, before the invasion of the windmills). The interior of the island is mostly open farmland, pastureland and a few buildings. Lots of room for those nasty deer to operate; they are as thick as flies over here!

 My nearest neighbour is the farm that you see just after takeoff. The only other nearby establishment is the house up on the hill (white roof, greenish siding) which is maintained but has not been lived in for several years.

 You may notice the large, now decommissioned,  quarry just down the road from me that used to supply all of the aggregate for road maintenance on the island.

 As we approach into the bay there is our 150 year old white brick schoolhouse, mostly hidden behind the trees. Then, there is our house, also white, with the deck where folks can watch the airshow (I have to pay them, not the other way around).

 Twenty some years ago, the Tall Ships event took place and we were amazed when they ALL showed up in our bay for an overnight stop. What a circus! Lots of power boats milling around and gawking, a news helicopter, we sat outside and watched it all. I wish I had today's camera technology on my well-used Seamaster back in those days.

 In the Good Old Days (think Prohibition as well as the 1812 war), this spot, along with some others on the island, was used by some rather interesting folks conducting their business. I still hope to find a well-aged case of hooch washing up on the shore someday ...

 One of these days, I will take my FPV Penguin up to one of my secret aerodromes and do a survey of part of the island, now that it is dotted with the 26 wind turbines. So, this video, plus one done via my Skipper all-terrain airplane, is the last look at our island in its former state.
Buy, Sell, Trade or Give Away / 3D Printer for Sale
« Last post by faskend on November 08, 2018, 10:38:09 AM »
I have a Tevo Tarantula 3d printer for sale in like new condition. This printer has been setup and configured to give excellent prints for the beginning user. The list of extras included make this a great starter printer; Solid plywood base with support brackets, plate glass print base, y base stiffener, inductive bed leveling probe, print cooling fan, LED lighting of print base, FET drivers for both heat bed and hotend (protects the main processor board from overheating), lower Z rod bearing support, latest Marlin firmware and some sample PLA filament to get you started. I will also spend an hour with you to get you started off on the right foot. Reason for selling is that I now have 2 3D printers and the boss says that one has to go.

Asking $275
General Discussion / Airships, Oxen and other interesting stuff!
« Last post by Deerslayer on November 05, 2018, 09:31:28 AM »
This fellow, who calls himself the "engineeringguy", has some terrific videos out there. His website is

This video, about the great British airships, answers a number of questions - at least for me. I remember my mother telling me about seeing the R101 when it visited Montreal.

The mere size and engineering challenges associated with these things is incomprehensible to folks these days. Many of us have seen one of the Goodyear blimps; these are mere toys by comparison to the British and German dirigibles.

One of the myths surrounding the demise of the Hindenburg was why the Germans used highly flammable hydrogen rather than inflammable helium. It was not that other countries would not supply helium to them, it was largely due to basic physics of lighter-than-air vehicles, as is explained in here.

Incidentally, there must have been a lot of oxen that rested easier when that whole industry collapsed!

OOPS, MY BAD. This is a ultralite Nieuport replica not a Camel.

For those of you who could not attend the 2018 Warbirds Rally, here is a short video showing a Ultralite Nieuport doing a couple low and slow fly by's.
Please enjoy. here is the link.
Buy, Sell, Trade or Give Away / Re: Wanted - Joystick
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 19, 2018, 05:41:14 PM »
Thanks, I will take you up on the offer of the joystick.
My next flying day is Sunday, if the weather settles down a bit, may see you out at the Toyground then.
Buy, Sell, Trade or Give Away / Re: Wanted - Joystick
« Last post by adamb on October 18, 2018, 10:11:38 PM »
I have one that I haven't used in years; it's yours. I might even have a yoke and some rudder pedals if you want to take to the next level.
Buy, Sell, Trade or Give Away / Solartex
« Last post by fliegerfunker on October 15, 2018, 10:43:03 PM »
Anyone have Solartex they want to unload? I'm looking for "natural" or "antique".  I need a lot!

General Discussion / FUN CUB LANDING GEAR
« Last post by Wilf on October 15, 2018, 06:18:08 PM »
For all you folks out there with Fun Cubs, Rolly gave me some plywood plates he designed and cut out using his laser cutter. I will have them with me in my vehicle
Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Tech Tips Site
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 15, 2018, 08:15:20 AM »
Here is an superb site. I just found out about it and immediately discovered answers to a couple of questions I have had over the (6?) years of owning the DX9.

Although it is oriented toward Spektrum  DX9, much of what is there also pertains to the other later model Spektrum systems, which all run the common Airware firmware. As well, there is information in here which pertains to other parts of your RC gear. e/g/. ESCs, servos ....

As for the Spektrum-specific items, note where much of the information originates. Andy leads their Development Team; he is the sponsor and major contributor to the RCGROUPS forum devoted to their (originally DX9) systems. Sherman is a well-known expert on the use of this equipment, with particular emphasis on sailplanes - he even sells a book on this whole topic. "Freechip" is one of several Users who have delved deeply into the workings of the Spekrum gear and become a foremost expert in understanding and using it in very advanced ways. Just to name a few of the contributors!

The user manual does cover the basics required to get your radio into use but it can only scratch the surface of what is available and how to accomplish many things with it.

One thing you should do is to ensure that you have registered your radio (SPEKTRUMRC.COM) and installed the latest Airware updates. These happen about once a year or so. Although it is extremely rare that an anomoly is found within this mature product, each major update will have one of more features have likely been requested by Users, encorporated to keep up with some sort of receiver or aircraft system developments or just to make life a bit easier for someone. Even if you just bought your radio yesterday, it may not necessarily have the latest firmware installed, so register it immediately and check for any newer version of the firmware. The upgrade is simple, quick and safe.
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