David Vaught’s Blog

Yes, I wreck them too!

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

One of the fun things about photo shoots is the camera person keeps the shutter open no matter what I am doing as the pilot.  This is a 2DogRC Jimmie Wade EPP 3D that was an absolute dream to fly.  I still wonder what I did to auger this little beauty into the ground, but [...]

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One of my favorite airplanes

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

I have always been a Piper Cub fan.  I dream of opening a barn door some day and finding one inside ready to be restored.  But I am height challenged at 6’6″ and wedging my way into a Cub is just not that comfortable.  I remember several years back I had exhausted myself looking for [...]

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Weight and Balance the old fashioned way

Sep 08, 2011 4 Comments

Setting up a plane for your first flight is a critical step. Most of us fiddle with stuffing all the electronics into the fuselage and then placing it on the center of gravity (CG) stand.  If we are wrong, we move some things around and try it again hopefully getting it right through trial and [...]

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Nine Lives

Sep 07, 2011 No Comments

Nine Lives Aviation accident investigators have suggested over the years that in many cases a string of events occurred well before an accident.  Some have said pilots might in fact use their proverbial nine lives prior to catastrophic events.  The National Safety and Transportation Board statistics indicate something like 83% of all accidents are caused [...]

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V Speeds

Sep 07, 2011 2 Comments

One of the major differences between full-scale flight and radio control is obviously no one is in the cockpit.  But, if we could be in the cockpit, what would we be likely looking at throughout the flight?  My experience tells me airspeed would be a continuous part of my visual scan of the instruments.  On [...]

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RC Accessory’s All-in-one Plug

Sep 07, 2011 No Comments

If you don’t have one of these to make sure you can charge just about any battery you are missing a real time saver.  I use one with my LiPo Locker and I can easily connect to all my different battery types.  The setup even provides a couple of blank leads so you can add [...]

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MPI’s 7.4v Charge Switch

Sep 07, 2011 No Comments

Check these out if you are making the switch to new LiPo or Li-ion onboard power supplies.  With the use of programmable BEC’s like Castle’s BEC pro you can make sure you have plenty of power to fly all day instead of worrying that at any minute the bottom is going to fall of your [...]

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MPI’s Insta Check Pro

Sep 05, 2011 No Comments

This newly improved voltage checker is something I use all the time. The previous version used LED’s to show the condition of the battery, but only measured 4 and 5-cell NiCd/NiMH batteries, or 2-cell LiPo’s, with a maximum voltage of 15v. The newest model now provides an easy to read LCD screen with voltage to 20v, battery [...]

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A frequent contributor to Model Airplane News and Electric Flight, Dr. Dave is a true RC enthusiast with over 40 years of flying experiences as well as a private pilot license. He flies and writes about everything from ornithopters to giant-scale aircraft, building and flying an average of 20 planes a year.
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