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“Alexa – can I go flying today?”

It’s not exactly as cool as the title, but I there is a basic way to integrate Alexa with the new Fly-a-Ways weather station (link at bottom right) that I’ve helped build. STEP ONE: Add a new skill to Alexa Go to this skill – https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Weather-Underground-PWS/dp/B07234WJ9B/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-skills&ie=UTF8&qid=1497190659&sr=1-1&keywords=personal+weather Make sure you are logged on with your Amazon …

Topsky 2.0 Viper DLG

What’s not to like? Even though this design is over 10 years old, it is a fantastic flyer. Carbon fiber/kevlar fuselage. Carbon reenforced wing. Lightweight foam tail feathers with carbon stiffeners. Generous equipment bay, room for micro servos, receiver, battery, ballast. I put in a 1s lipo battery with a voltage converter but realized my …

Weather Station Tour

Here is a quick YouTube Video that shows how to navigate weather info and photos on the Wunderground PWS website:

Learning to fly handlaunch gliders

My buddy Joe had a bunch of perfectly good, gently used handlaunch planes that he was looking to sell. For not a lot of $$$ I picked up a receiver-ready beater (below) and a couple of unfinished planes.  This past weekend, Z and I got out to the field and did some flying. Super fun …

It’s home!

My buddies Bob and Dave built a fantastic mast and panel frame over the last two weekends. This weekend we got the station permanently installed out at our club field. There is a link to the station weather and camera feed on the right side of this page. Some factoids on the mast and frame: constructed …

Weather Station Update

The weather station is being deployed this weekend. This weekend, a few mates and I are fabricating a steel frame and equipment mast for the camera and the weather sensors. Then we’ll spawn a new Wunderground PWS and we’ll be LIVE! So a few issues popped up recently: The amount of data consumed via cellular …

Building a kid plane

I’m building a new plane for my kid. He has been flying 5″ racing quad’s and has flown a bixler a few times, but I wanted to provide him with something very durable and yet fun to fly in a variety of conditions and flying styles. The Bixler1 is just too slow and too hard …

Power Calculations

I’m doing the final tweaks and tests with the weather station. Weather in Oregon has been really crappy and I have the solar panel in a mostly shaded location (worst case scenario). To date, the system has been pretty reliable. I’ve been doing some power calculations and I think we are going to be OK …

Progress on the Wx Station

Well, lots of continued progress with testing the weather station. I’ve added a weather camera (FOSCAM FI9900P) that will upload a high-res photo every 3 minutes to the Wunderground personal weather station (PWS) site. You can see the weather feed at either of the following two sites: PWS – https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KORPORTL784#history Wx Cam – https://www.wunderground.com/webcams/WU_8709552/1/show.html I’ve made a …

Weather Station – a day in a life

Yesterday (4/12/17) was mostly a pretty typical Spring Oregon day. Some broken clouds in the morning and then some nasty little rain squalls in the afternoon. We got about a half an inch of rain in the afternoon and the skies were pretty dark from about 11am to sunset. I metered the battery status of …