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2006-10-10 Ute Meeting Notes

Here are my notes from this week's meeting. Sorry if we missed you there!

Here's what happened at this week's meeting:

  • Dick Osborne covered bearing replacement in glow engines, and provided a handout on how to do it. Basically, you heat up the motor in an oven to get the bearing loose, and either push it out with a wooden dowel, or some will simply shake out. Put your new bearing in the freezer, and then put it into the hot motor, and it slides right in. He mentioned Boca Bearings as a good site to purchase bearings from, and said the owner was very friendly and competent. Ceramic bearings aren't really necessary unless you're turning very high RPMs. Will provide an electronic copy of his docs shortly.

Another Field Report - after the rain

Okay, cleanup was cancelled Saturday due to the heavy rains but Sunday I went anyway.

The road was very passable - dry and hard except some puddles near the entrance.

The pan east of the field had water standing on it.

The field didn't have water on it but it was a bit soft. I found I could drive on it as long as I stayed on the weeds.

I stayed on the east and then south sides of the pan to keep from making ruts in the flight zone.

The silt in the basin was a tacky goo that grabbed the wheels of my plane and made it hard to get airspeed but it still worked.

I walked mostly on the weeds because if I walked on open ground I picked up 2" mud platforms on my shoes.

Wanted: helicopter instruction

Hello, folks!

I recently purchased a T-Rex 450XL HDE and am in need of some additional training. I think I'm close to mastering the basics, and can fly pretty well on the sim (lots of fun stuff there, even ugly tic-tocks), and am looking for some tips on setup, maintenance, autorotation, inverted flight, and reverse flight.

Are there any clubbies who regularly fly a helicopter (preferably a T-Rex) who can offer some additional instruction? It seems that I'm always either suffering a mechanical failure in flight, or losing orientation (difficulty with discerning if the tail is pointing at me or away from me). I'd be glad to schedule time any time out at our field, or at Jordan Modelport.

Paul Bradshaw: E-Power Set-ups That Work

This is a copy-and-paste of Paul Bradshaw's famous "E-Power Set-ups That Work" document which he distributed at the 2006 electric fly-in. Many of you have seen Paul's awesome flyers out at Grantsville #2. Paul's an excellent flyer, and I still drool over his e-powered Hangar 9 Miss America!

Without further ado, here it is:

Field Cleanup: We have a front-end loader!

From Wade:

Thanks to all the guys that came out last Saturday to help clean up the field property. We made a very good impression with the land owners! I met with the owner this morning and went over what is left to be done.

He has agreed to supply a front end loader and an operator for this Saturday so that we can deal with some of the larger items. This is a very good thing, because it means we won't have to pay for the rental. Bottom line is that we should take advantage of this oportunity to use the equipment and operator.

Ute R/C Airpark, Lakepoint

Aerial photos of our site available at http://uterc.org/node/238 .

What works well for Electrics

Okay all you Electric Guru's:

Post your plane, receiver, speed controller, battery, motor, and prop combinations that are working well for you. That should help "lower the bar" for those of us still trying to sort out all of the options for electrics.

I'd just focus on what works - leave the what doesn't work for some other post.

Thanks,

Jon B.

Ute Work Party

If you don't know where our field is, you take the Tooele exit off I-80, and take the very first right, which is an overpass that leads to an apparent dead-end, called "Hardy Road". If you reach the McDonald's, you've gone too far. It's right before the Chevron. The field isn't open for flying yet, even for club members (gotta clean the site and arrange for the locks), but if we work hard at it, we may be able to get it ready so that at the start of next flying season, it's available.

The following message is from Wade regarding this Saturday's field clean-up:

The Utes Only forum is now restricted

I just finished an upgrade which allows the Utes Only forum to be restricted to those who are members of the club.

If you are a Ute, have registered on this site, and do not have access to this forum, please send me a Private Message. Every user on this site can be sent private messages by those who have registered on the site (not anonymous users), and I'm no exception.

Float Fly Photo

The float fly was perfect. Great weather. Great turn-out. Great food. Loads of flying.

I only got one photo because I forgot to charge the camera.

Have a gander...

Jon B.

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