These last 4 days have got to be unreal…100+ degrees!? How much longer will this last? I’ve been talking to the other two guys that are coming with me to IRCHA this year, and we decided if the temps are in the upper 90’s or 100’s…we are not going. There is no sense in enduring that kind of heat and risking our health. So with that said…what is winter going to be like?
Anyhow…I started looking at my heli’s after the fun fly to see if I could address some of the issues I am still having. The Rave is still acting up, running rich then lean, back to rich and then lean. I asked this question amongst the pilots at our fun fly, and one of them told me to check the “one-way” valve. Some of the springs are too tight/strong to work properly, making the fuel flow inconsistent.
I was told you should be able to blow air through the valve. Well I tried that and started turning red in the process, anther words, I couldn’t blow anything through it. I opened the valve and it was clean. I blew through it verifying air came out easily. As suggested, I cut a couple of loops off the spring and reassembled the valve. I did the air test and now it works as explained. If the weather breaks some…I would like to try this mod out!
Next up was my Trex 700N. During the second flight of the day on Saturday, the heli developed a twitch. That was most bizarre. As I continued flying the heli, the twitch started becoming more frequent! Well, it’s auto now time! I landed safely and in one piece…no broken parts. I put it aside for the day and was content to fly the other 3 heli’s.
So I took the canopy off, unfolded the blades getting ready to power up the electronics on the workbench. Then I noticed the red battery wire fell out of the EC3 connector. I had made an adapter to go from EC3 to Deans. I haven’t decided which way I wanted to go…EC3 or deans. Apparently I didn’t get the bullet hot enough to wick the solder inside the bullet. Will this time it worked. I checked the other bullet and it is just fine.
So both heli’s are ready for flight once again. Now, if this supper hot weather would just let up!