Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lesson # 1 - Never leave plane unattended on rubber stand.

The canopy and belly pan.

The whole almost bigger enough to put you hand through.

After having not flown flown for nearly four weeks, yesterdays Xmas party at the flying field seemed like a good time to brush up on the P sequence.
Anyway, after unloading the car I had the Aries up on the rubber stand to strap in the lipo battery and bolt the wing on.
During this process, I walked a way for matter of only seconds when a wind gust came through, flipping the fuse onto the ground canopy first. I could hear a crack - it didn't sound good!!
After picking it back up and inspecting it, I was horrified to see the canopy had been badly broken.
The canopy area of the model actually fell onto the belly pan which was sitting near by. (see pictures above)

***UPDATE*** after the canopy damage, the plane was obviously un-flyable. I rushed home and did a patch job with hinging tape, then back to the field for some late afternoon practice.
All stayed in place - with no further damage apart from the canopy region resembling a mummy.

Clarkey at Oxai Australia has been informed, a new canopy has been ordered and will be installed upon arrival.
The tricky bit will be cutting out the old one and blending the new one in without it being obvious. I have two local club member's in mind for that job, one being a "Mr Fix it" and the other a "Hot shot" spray painter...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Out with the old, in with the new!!!

The old trailer - outgrown!!

3.6 metres long, with great rear excess and gas struts.

19mm form ply flooring, 1.4 high - 1.4 wide on the inside.

Commodore 16/7inc rims and stainless quarter gaurds.

Plenty of bling around the front, with aluminium checker plate.

I recently sold my trailer-boot trailer to a fellow F3A pilot as it was becoming to hard to transport
two 2 metre pattern planes and all the equipment necessary to the comps.
A good friend of mine built a magnificent trailer for himself to accommodate his rather large turbine powered F-16 jet, but he however decided to sell it soon after completion.

I decided that although rather large for only two pattern planes, I could also use it to transport my 3M Krill Katana - which was always going to be difficult to fit into the commodore wagon.
Those trips to Adelaide with Sparksey and others will be so much easier now - even the coffee machine will be hard to leave at home!