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A function that returns insanity

A function that returns insanity

Playing around with a bit of pseudo-code today (loosely based off C#).  It’s a bit of a nerd-play off of the concept of “Build. Fly. Crash. Repeat.

 

I originally started out with a function that returns “happiness”.  Here is what it looked…



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Bixler 2 : A New Pair of Wings!

Well, look what is getting a new lease on life. My Bixler 2 just got outfitted with a new pair of wings. I crashed this into a tree during an FPV flight last fall, and it’s been in a heap on the floor every since. I’ve been taking my son, CJ, to some RC flying fields, and he’s starting to get the bug. He told me he “kinda wants to fly the big styrofoam plane…



Finding a Local RC Club : Episode One

Finding a Local RC Club : Episode One

This is episode one. It’s the start of a journey, and hopefully a quick trip! : ) I have decided that it’s time to find a local RC Club and a flying field. I’ve outgrown my yard, and lately I yearn to have someone local to hang out with in the hobby.

I joined the AMA this week, and now it’s time to find a club.

In this first episode, I check out two clubs. I bring…



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AMA Responds to the FAA Interpretive Rule

In case you are keeping score, the AMA released the following response via press release.

Date: June 24, 2014

Contact: Rich Hanson

888-899-3548

richh@modelaircraft.org

FAA Interpretive Rule addressing “Special Rule for Model Aircraft”

Academy of Model Aeronautics response

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has reviewed FAA’s recently released Interpretive Rule in which the agency provided its…



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FAA Offers Guidance for Model Aircraft Operators

First, thanks to Casper for alerting me to this news…

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released initial guidance for model aircraft operators. The official press release is below. From their website:

The FAA clarifies the special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The FAA is issuing the notice to provide clear guidance to model operators on the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of flying safely in accordance with the Act and…



EverythingCPO-TX-Logo

Playing around with a new logo, Revision 2.

Rev 2…

I didn’t’ get much feedback, but the feedback I did get seemed that folks wanted it to look more like a transmitter. I didn’t want to draw a transmitter, but rather remind you of one if you are in the know of RC. However, I agree I think I need a little more context…even to make it look like a face.  Here is Rev2.  I added some hints of a transmitter body…




CPO Quick Tip : OpenTX and Parkzone Radian (and similar)

CPO Quick Tip : OpenTX and Parkzone Radian (and similar)

This is a video response to an email I received. I thought it would be helpful to show how I went about approaching the problem, rather than just stating what to do to set it up. This method of analyzing the specific needs would, of course, apply to any setup you have. The specific question here, however, is this:

“I have searched all over the net for this answer
and I can’t…



Airplane Control Surfaces (Elevator, Rudder, Ailerons, Flaps) Directions and Sticks

I pulled this video out of a longer and more comprehensive pre-maiden check video that I did with my Bixler 2. I think there are lots of folks still looking for just this type of information:


When I move my stick, what direction should the control surfaces go?

Well…here it is.

I go over Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons, and Flaps.

The original video that this comes from is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjLYwLBeO_k



CPO’s Awesome Bixler 2 FPV Crash

Okay…admit it. This is the coolest crash video you have seen in a while, isn’t’ it?! I had a lot of fun, even though there was some airplane carnage. Funny how the eyes play tricks on you when

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CPO’s FPV Setup :: Installed :: Bixler 2 :: 808 Camera :: Boscam 5.8Ghz

I finally got my FPV gear installed in the Bixler 2. I also built a ground station for receiving the FPV video.

Plane: Hobby King Bixler 2
Camera: 808 #16 D Lens
VRX/TX Set: Boscam 5.8Ghz 200mw

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CPO FT Bloody Wonder Build Overview and Maiden Fight

In this video, I show you the final FT Bloody Wonder before taking it out for a maiden flight…which, of course, I bring you along to watch.

I will probably follow this up with a more detailed afterthoughts

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CPO Bixler 2 Wing Cam :: Looking at the Magnet Fastening Method

Quick video to take a look at the wing joints while in flight (including some rolls and loops) to see if my method of securing the wings with magnets alone holds in flight. Based on the video, I feel pretty

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CPO Bixler 2 Maiden Flight

What a cool day it was to finally get the Bixler 2 in the air. It was so much fun to build, and it flies great! It took us a few tries to figure out the magic combination for proper

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CPO Quick Tip :: Stuttering Motor (Electric)

I made some mounting changes on the electric motor on my Bixler 2, and after the change I had a strange stutter at low RPM. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but finally found that I had a

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CPO Bixler 2 Build Update 9-Oct-13 : Almost done!

I pretty much take you on a tour of the plane, and show you all of the latest progress.

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CPO Bixler 2 Build Update 5-Oct-13 : Paint, Side Hatch, Canopy Mod

Alright…I got a lot done on the Bixler 2 today. Got her all painted up, and completed all of the major mods. I made some mods to the canopy mount, and also came up with a creative hatch (port)

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Testing Bixler 2 Paint Scheme on the Phoenix Sim

Here’s a quick test flight of the Bixler 2 with the paint scheme I am planning. I figured it would be cool to see how it looks in the air before I commit to actually painting it this way.

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CPO Quick Tip : Proper Balancing of an APC Propeller

I was getting frustrated trying to balance my APC prop that was going on the Bixler 2. I got the blade balance okay, but I was very confused about the amount of weight needed to actually balance the hub.

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CPO Bixler 2 Build Update : 3-Oct-2013

Just an update on the progress of my Bixler 2 build. Wings and wing servos discussed, including taping and paint.

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