It’s been a while

Okay, so it has been a while since I last posted.  

Whilst the 550L is complete it’s been sitting on my shelf for two reasons. Firstly the weather has been pretty ropey here in the UK for a while and I’ve been waiting for a settled spell. Secondly, I’ve been too scared to fly it! Yes it’s big and potentially deadly in the wrong hands, but more than that, it’s a work of art and don’t want to wreck it! 

So I’ve been busily building and flying a new 450L which has been just amazing. My Mum and brother bought it for me for Xmas and it’s so much more powerful, sharp and responsive than my 450 Plus – a real step up. It had its maiden flight on 20th June 2015 and it had its second outing today (22nd June). Here is a video…

This is a stunning little helicopter and has taught me a few extra lessons about getting the 550L off to a good start. Blade tracking, throttle curves and tail sensitivity being main tweeks I’ve been exploring.

Speaking of throttle curves… 

Normal – 0% – 60% throttle, 60% on the gyro – heading hold mode.

Idle up 1 – 70% throttle and about 56% sensitivity on the gyro – heading hold mode.

Idle up 2 – 80% throttle and 54% on the gyro – heading hold mode. Going to change this to 70% and ‘rate’ mode to play some more. 

Dialing in throttle curves on the transmitter.

I’m now ready to get the 550L out for its maiden flight – hopefully later this week, as long as the weather holds out.

Happy landings.