Sbach 342: Build Update 1

Hinging the Wings Previously I talked about getting a new Skyline-RC Sbach 342. The other night I started work on putting it together. There was no paper manual in the box but a CD which contained an electronic version. When I ordered the model I looked to see if I could find a copy online. I couldn’t find one so I thought that it would be a good idea for me to upload it: Skyline-RC Manual for 70 Series. Hopefully it will help others looking for the same information. Anyhow, the first thing in the manual is hinging the ailerons. The … Continue reading

The Next RC Build: Sbach 342

Recently I’ve been consumed with unpowered flight. Not too long ago a “blowout deal” arrived to my inbox from GeneralHobby.com. It was for this 70 sized (60″) Sbach 342. At the time it was $149.99 plus shipping. Having wanted a Sbach for some time and the seemingly good deal I was ready to pull the trigger. I have only heard good things about the manufacturer, Skyline-RC. They seem to work with the same models that are produced by Goldwing. A member of the club where I fly has a few of these models. He puts them through their paces and … Continue reading

More Photos From Summer Solstice

Launching The interesting thing about this photo and why I’m really glad someone took this picture is that it shows my bad launch technique. Notice how I’m throwing with my arm down. Even though I’m thinking in my head, “arm straight, throw level,” I’m actually dropping my shoulder and throwing with the glider not on parallel to the ground. Now that I see what is being described to me I understand where my mental thought process is wrong. I’m keeping my arm straight, but just not parallel to the ground. This will let me adjust my throws so that I … Continue reading

2nd Annual Summer Solstice DLG Soaring Competition

This past weekend, June 12th through the 14th, I participated in the 2nd Annual Summer Solstice DLG Soaring Competition outside of Orlando, FL. This event was a F3K competition flown with DLG gliders. It was my first time participating in a DLG competition. It was fun! The event took place over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It was held at the Orlando Buzzards Christmas, FL field. The Buzzards have a really nice field for glider flying. It was the second time I have flown a competition at the field.   Since this was my first DLG contest I didn’t place real high. … Continue reading

Florida Soaring Society Contest #3

I participated in the Florida Soaring Society’s third contest of the year at the Indian River Kontrol Society’s field just west of Cocoa, FL. The contest was well put on by John Graves and his wife Kim. The whole weekend was a blast. I also had my best flying of the year! Continue reading

Spektrum Telemetry Reader – Pre-Alpha Build

Here’s a little update on a project I’ve been working on. The Spektrum Telemetry Reader is an Android app to read Spektrum telemetry data. The Spektrum Telemetry Reader I’ve completed another alpha build of the Telemetry Reader for Android. It’s relatively stable. Obviously there are ways to make it crash. I’m mainly using it as a visual verification that the data from the library is coming back correctly. I’m also attempting my first hybrid application using the Ionic Framework (an extension of Cordova) and want to validate some of the design choices that I’ve made. Download the compressed APK: Telemetry Reader for Android … Continue reading

Flying the Sunbird

If you’ve been following my Sunbird series you’ll know that in the last posts I covered and finished the wing. I had to run an errand after work which got me home a little earlier than I normally do. I immediately got into finish the glider mode. The ailerons setup was pretty easy, just like any other ARF. I setup and made mounts for the wing bolts and drilled the holes in the wing. Basically, I was done! I had two OrangeRX receivers in my electronics box. Now, I’ve had a bunch of these receivers and have had no problems with … Continue reading

Covering the Sunbird Wing

The major covering tasks on the Sunbird have been completed. Just a few more items on the list until I can get the glider out for test flights Continue reading

Covering the Sunbird

Most people hate covering a model. While it’s not my favorite thing, I’d rather be out flying, I think I enjoy putting the covering on more than actually doing the building. I’ll admit it is frustrating and I’m not good at it. I often get to the point of frustration where I shortcut stuff or don’t do things correct because I just want it done. However, in my eyes covering is more like actually completing the model. When it is covered it is ready to go! I decided to go with Ultracote Lite covering. It is a great covering material. … Continue reading

Dell Latitude Laptop Processor Stuck at 800MHz

At home I use a Dell Latitude laptop which I found discarded. I’ve been using Xbuntu on it for over a year. It has been OK. It’s nothing blazing fast or great, but it works for doing some basic side development. Recently, I noticed that my CPUFreq-indicator was never moving off the lowest level. I tried changing the CPU governor to performance but nothing changed. I ran cpufreq-info and got this message: current policy: frequency should be within 800 MHz and 800 MHz. The governor “performance” may decide which speed to use within this range. Crap! How To Fix I tried … Continue reading