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Winter RC Projects

Work has been crazy busy and I’ve not had enough time to build and fly. I’m working to change that over the coming months with some fun projects. Project 1 – Custom Cinewhoop Build I’m building a ShenDrones Squirt V2 so that I can film nice cinematic videos when I travel. I’m going to haul …

Planning for a Wx Station Redesign

I’ve made some major changes (improvements) to the weather station in the last 8 months, including: Relocated battery to separate enclosure that allows for easier maintenance access. Swapped out 3G Modem: we dropped the Verizon Mifi and are using a Sierra Networks military grade low-power 3G modem Added a TP-Link 3020 wi-fi access point to …

“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 …