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My First Flight with the Dynam FPV Experience

Embarking on my maiden flight with the Dynam system was a journey that seamlessly melded the thrill of piloting a drone with the immersive experience of First Person View (FPV). The anticipation was palpable as I prepared to explore the skies from an entirely new perspective, and the Dynam FPV system was my gateway to this exhilarating world.

Unboxing and Setup:

The excitement began with the unboxing of the Dynam FPV equipment. Carefully unpacking the components revealed a sophisticated system that promised to elevate my drone flying experience. The setup process, while requiring attention to detail, was well-guided by clear instructions, setting the stage for what lay ahead.

Entering the Pilot's Seat:

As I donned the FPV goggles, the world around me faded away, replaced by a real-time feed from the drone's perspective. It was a moment of transformation, as I found myself seated in the virtual cockpit, ready to take flight. The immersive nature of FPV immediately heightened my senses, creating a profound connection between the drone and me.

Takeoff and Aerial Exploration:

Gently pushing the throttle, the drone lifted off the ground, and the Dynam FPV system instantly transported me into the heart of the action. The feeling of soaring through the air while seated on the ground was surreal. As I navigated the drone through the skies, the responsiveness of the FPV controls added a layer of precision and control that traditional flying couldn't replicate.

Real-Time Visual Feast:

The Dynam FPV system's real-time video feed became a visual feast, showcasing the world from a vantage point that was both thrilling and breathtaking. It wasn't just about piloting a drone; it was about experiencing the world from a perspective previously reserved for birds and aviators.

Immersive Maneuvers:

Executing maneuvers became an art form with the Dynam FPV system. The ability to seamlessly weave through obstacles and execute intricate turns with the precision of a seasoned pilot added a dynamic and immersive element to the flight. It was a dance in the sky, and I was in complete control.

Exploring New Horizons:

As I ventured further into the flight, the Dynam FPV system allowed me to explore landscapes and terrains with a level of intimacy that surpassed my expectations. Whether flying over treetops, skimming across bodies of water, or gliding through urban landscapes, the FPV experience expanded my understanding of what it meant to be a drone pilot.

Challenges and Growth:

While the thrill of FPV flying was undeniable, it came with its own set of challenges. Adapting to the speed and depth perception of FPV required practice, and mastering the art of smooth transitions between different altitudes demanded a learning curve. Yet, each challenge became a stepping stone toward becoming a more skilled and confident FPV pilot.

The Future of FPV Adventures:

In conclusion, my first flight with the Dynam FPV system was a transformative experience that opened up new dimensions in the world of drone flying. The blend of technology and immersion offered by FPV has redefined the possibilities of aerial exploration. As I look forward to future FPV adventures, the Dynam system stands as a key to unlocking the limitless skies and a testament to the ever-evolving world of drone technology.

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Limited stock, only $129.99 can get a total new U8II LITE KV85, free shipping for orders over $200.
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The VT-Naut VTOSL (Vertical Takeoff and Short Landing) fixed-wing drone, is an innovative aerial solution meticulously designed to cater to diverse applications, including high-precision mapping, surveying, inspection, scouting, observation, and agriculture, covering very large areas per flight. 

The Aeromao VT-Naut stands as the world’s first vertical takeoff fixed-wing drone capable of water landings, making it ideal for ship-board or coastal operations. 

The uncluttered, unaltered pure fixed wing performance of the VT Naut stands as an lightweight and uncomplicated system with all up weight of 3,700 grs and 2 m wingspan. The clean aerodynamic design of the VT-Naut has no tilt mechanisms that can fail, no extra booms, no additional motors for vertical flight and no unnecessary weight.

Features a long range telemetry link of 30kms, up to 90 mins flight endurance and a compact and indestructible body design.

Catering to the discerning needs of users in search of extensive surveying capabilities through a fixed-wing drone, the VT-Naut UAV system eliminates the additional costs linked to acquiring and operating a VTOL multirotor drone. They can experience unparalleled efficiency without compromising sophistication as the company redefines the landscape of large-area surveying.

The VT Naut addresses the needs of those seeking a cost-effective alternative to a full VTOL platform and who has some degree of flexibility for landing site selection and who requires to survey vast areas, all at a fraction of the cost of other VTOL fixed-wing drones.

Already available with 24MP, 42Mp and 61Mp high resolution mapping cameras camera, a 4K 3-axis surveillance package and Micasense Rededge-P.


Crafted with ingenuity, the VT-Naut is offered as a resilient, modular future-proof solution that transcends the conventional.

 

About Aeromao:

Aeromao Inc. initiated operations in Canada in 2011 and after already more than 10 years of experience offering mapping services internationally with UAVs and Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicles (RPAVs), well before other manufacturers. Since 2012 we focus on the manufacturing of turnkey UAV systems, subsystem sales, and comprehensive support services, assisting customers with the integration of the UAVs into their workflows to maximize results and increase their return on investment.

For more information visit:

https://aeromao.com/products/vtnaut/

 

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Pressure nozzles and centrifugal nozzles are suitable for different spraying needs due to different sizes of spray droplets. For example, for insecticides , prefer to be 10-50μm ,suitable for pressure nozzles, especially for palm trees, plantains, etc..For herbicides and Nutrients, the optimal size is 100-500 μm ,and centrifugal nozzle is more suitable. Especially for rice, wheat, fruits and other crops which requires small atomization diameter to get uniform and fine, and reduce the damage. During spraying operations, the nozzles can be quickly switched to achieve the best drug effect.
Sharing a tutorial video about chaging the Nozzles. Welcome to discuss more about the agri drone tech ~

https://youtu.be/twoOe2VxQBM

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We are excited to announce our latest FlytBase release, a significant step forward in enhancing drone operation control, expanding functionalities, and offering advanced solutions for aerial data capture and analysis. Key highlights include the integration of the Thrustmaster joystick, renowned for its precision and ergonomic design, which revolutionizes drone and payload control in remote setups.

Additionally, we introduce Payload 2.0, advancing your drone's thermal imaging and sensing capabilities, and our innovative Live Map Annotations, designed to improve mapping, navigation, and team collaboration.

Thrustmaster Joystick Support

Central to this update is our integration with the Thrustmaster joystick, specifically the Thrustmaster T.16000M Space Sim Duo Stick, known for its precision control and ergonomic design. This integration transforms the way operators control both the drone and its payload in a remote setup, providing:

  • Precision Control: The joystick's multiple axes, buttons, and programmable triggers enable operators to navigate drones with unprecedented accuracy, essential for executing complex tasks and navigating challenging terrains.
  • Improved Maneuverability: The ergonomic design and intuitive interface of the joystick facilitate smooth and precise flight patterns, making it ideal for detailed inspections and operations in demanding environments.
  • Revamped Key Bindings: To further personalize the flying experience, we have redesigned the Keyboard and Joystick Bindings Settings, allowing operators to tailor their control setup to their unique styles and preferences, ensuring smoother and more efficient manual flight operations.

Payload 2.0: Advanced Thermal Imaging and Sensing

Payload 2.0, brings a significant enhancement to your drone's thermal imaging and sensing capabilities. This update is particularly exciting due to the integration of the DJI M30 range finder, along with advanced thermal palettes and a split-screen display -offering a dual perspective, crucial for in-depth environmental assessment and decision-making.

  • Versatile Thermal Imaging: With the integration of the DJI M30s thermal palettes, operators can now select from a range of imaging options to best suit the specific requirements of their mission. This versatility is invaluable in operations such as search and rescue, infrastructure inspections, and environmental monitoring, where clarity and precision in data interpretation are paramount.

 

  • Dual Camera Mode: Our Side-by-Side (SBS) display feature is a breakthrough in environmental assessment. Operators can now view infrared and visual feeds simultaneously, enabling comprehensive real-time analysis and fostering quicker, more informed decision-making.

DJI M30 Laser Rangefinder support for Enhanced Spatial Awareness

The integration of the DJI M30s laser rangefinder is another highlight of this release, offering operators exact spatial awareness, a critical factor in conducting precise operations:

  • Instant Location Marking: Operators can now effortlessly mark, share, and revisit coordinates and distances of key locations or objects with a simple click, greatly enhancing operational response time and efficiency.
  • Precise Drone Navigation: Direct your drone to specific coordinates with laser accuracy, a feature that significantly boosts operational effectiveness, especially in complex environments.

Live Map Annotations

Discover our new Live Map Annotations feature, designed to offer versatile, customizable annotation tools for enhanced mapping, precise navigation, and improved team collaboration, ensuring efficient and safe mission execution in various operational scenarios. What’s new:

 

  • Versatile Annotation Tools: Users can create diverse annotations - lines, points, polygons - adaptable for various missions, from search and rescue to infrastructure inspections.
  • Customizable Mapping: Annotations can be customized in color, shape, and position, improving the clarity and relevance of operational maps for better planning and execution.
  • Launch Drone to Annotated Locations: Annotate specific areas on the map, set altitudes, and direct drones to these coordinates, enhancing efficiency and safety in complex environments.
  • Enhanced Precision with Range Finder: The integration of the M30s range finder with Live Map Annotations adds precision, crucial for operations requiring spatial awareness and accurate distance measurements.
  • “Face here” functionality: Mark points on the map for the drone to orient towards automatically, useful for focusing on critical areas. This feature, coupled with the M30s range finder, which displays the distance to these marked points, providing you with a comprehensive view of the drone's position and target location.
  • Streamlined Team Collaboration: Live annotations are visible in a dedicated window and on the map, ensuring swift information sharing and synchronization among team members including owners, admins, pilots, and ground teams.

Learn and Explore More

Learn how to effectively utilize these new features by referring to our in-depth guides on Enhanced Map Annotations and Thrustmaster Joystick Integration.

Dive deeper into FlytBase's extensive capabilities by checking out the FlytBase User Manual.

Have questions or feedback on optimizing your autonomous drone operations? Reach out to our team at support@flytbase.com. We're here to guide you every step of the way!

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U8II LITE KV85, T-MOTOR propulsion system, for your drone's safer flight.
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Quadcopter: 8kg-10kg
Hexacopter: 12kg-15kg
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Email: jessica@tmotor.com

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UAV hand winding BLDC motor T-MOTOR

T-MOTOR Chinese drone motor factory how to make a hand-winding motor for industrial drones

Why does T-MOTOR always insist on some production lines using hand-wound motors when the labor costs are still rising? #drone #manufacturing The hand-wound motor has a higher slot full rate so that the adjustable performance range is wider. The experts will try to fill in as many wires as possible for every motor. However, a machine without the naked eye can't do it. On the other hand, although machine winding leads to higher productivity, hand-wound motors also greatly increase quality control, ensuring that each product goes through multiple inspections to your flight safety.
Lots of people didn't believe that, you can find the answer through the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKIYuEGFKxQ


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UAV hand winding BLDC motor T-MOTOR

T-MOTOR Chinese drone motor factory how to make a hand-winding motor for industrial drones

Why does T-MOTOR always insist on some production lines using hand-wound motors when the labor costs are still rising? #drone #manufacturing The hand-wound motor has a higher slot full rate so that the adjustable performance range is wider. The experts will try to fill in as many wires as possible for every motor. However, a machine without the naked eye can't do it. On the other hand, although machine winding leads to higher productivity, hand-wound motors also greatly increase quality control, ensuring that each product goes through multiple inspections to your flight safety.
Lots of people didn't believe that, you can find the answer through the video.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKIYuEGFKxQ

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The VT-Naut is a VTOSL (Vertical Takeoff and Short Landing) fixed-wing drone, an innovative aerial solution meticulously designed to cater to diverse applications, including accurate mapping, surveying, inspection, scouting, observation, and agriculture, with a multitude of payloads that will be offered.

ELEGANT SIMPLICITY
The VTNaut's uncluttered tail-sitter design embodies elegance and simplicity, ensuring optimal performance, unwavering reliability, and cost-effectiveness. This simplicity stands in stark contrast to the complexity and expense associated with alternative VTOL designs, avoiding "dead-weight" throughout its flight stages typical of other tilt rotors or multi-motor configurations.
 
WHY SHORT LANDING INSTEAD OF VERTICAL?
Our two decades of experience operating fixed wing drones indicate that in over 85% of cases, there's ample space for a fixed wing UAV to execute a cost-effective belly landing.
Fixed wing VTOL drones are designed to survey very large areas, so finding an appropriate spot to launch and recover from is almost always easily possible. A "belly landing drone" translates into a lower cost drone design which directly benefits the user.
A vertical landing drone is seldom absolutely necessary unless operating in exceptionally confined spaces such as dense forests or heavily populated areas, and this ability comes at greater cost, both economical and operational. The VTNaut caters to those seeking a cost-effective alternative to a full VTOL platform, who has flexibility for site selection for landing the drone and who requires to survey very large areas.
Moreover, the VT Naut integrates sensors designed to facilitate pinpoint-accurate short landings, minimizing the required landing space.
 
AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITY
Building on the success of our acclaimed Aeromapper Talon Amphibious, we have expanded our offerings to include an amphibian variant of the VTNaut, enabling safe landings on water, including saltwater bodies. This enhancement positions the VTNaut as the preferred drone for marine or shipboard applications.
 
FEATURES:
• Indestructible materials: thanks to its EPP foam compact body design
• BVLOS: Beyond Visual Line of Sight capable thanks to its 30km data link range
• Multipayload: high resolution for mapping, 4k 3-axis gimbal and multispectral sensors will be announced very soon for the VT-Naut.
• Long Endurance: 90 min endurance. An even longer endurance version is currently in the works.
• Low cost: the VT-Naut will be offered at just a fraction of the cost of a conventional VTOL drones available.
• Remote ID equipped
• Transport Canada compliant status: the paperwork is currently being prepared to submission
• The VT-Naut has been tested for already for 2 years, and its backed by our more than 10 years of experience manufacturing survey grade fixed wing drones, which have been used in more than 60 countries.
 
To stay tuned for official announcement go here
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Freewing Zeus 90mm EDF Sport ARF Plus Jet RC Airplan

Version Note: This is the ARF+ version for pilots who wish to install their own power system. All primary electronics including servos and landing gear retracts come pre-installed, just add your own power system (EDF, motor, and ESC) to begin flying.

The 90mm Zeus is the latest sport jet offering from Freewing. Featuring a sporty and highly aerodynamic design, the Zeus 90mm is Freewing model,s fastest sport jet yet, reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour (210 kmh) in level flight. Additionally, the blue, grey and white livery offers an attractive, bold presence that can be seen easily in the skies. Impressively designed, the wings are glue and screw-free utilizing a quick release wing lock mechanism that makes installing and removing the wings a simple and quick experience.

Each control surface is managed by a 17 gram metal gear servo for quality and confidence. Offered in 6S, 8S and ARF PLUS, the Zeus promises to deliver the most powerful thrust-to-weight ratio of all the Freewing sport jets before it. Take to the skies and experience the incredible thrill and neck-turning speed of the Zeus!

Feel The Need For Speed
The Freewing Zeus 90mm EDF is the fastest sport jet developed by Freewing to date. At 130mph straight-line speed out of the box (6S PNP), the Zeus is sure to quench your thirst for acceleration.

Quick-Install & Release Wings
The Zeus 90mm EDF features a screwless quick release wing design that makes field assembly and disassembly a breeze.

Slow Your Roll
The Zeus includes a thrust-reversing ESC (PNP versions) enabling a brake-like effect, effectively reducing your roll out on landings. This is especially useful on shorter, paved runways.

Grass Friendly
The Zeus 90mm EDF sport jet comes with CNC-machined struts with a trailing link design that can handle most reasonably-mowed grass fields with ease.

Navigation and Position Lights
The Zeus features daylight-bright LED lights on the wing tips, top and bottom of the fuselage, as well as a landing light that is mounted on the nose gear strut.

Vivid Color Scheme
The color scheme on the Zeus is bright and vivid, providing great visibility in all types of situations and conditions.

Great Sound and Power
We recommend adding the new 12-blade 90mm EDF unit with a powerful 3668-1960Kv inrunner motor for high end EDF jet performance to your ARF PLUS.

Full Landing Gear Doors
The Zeus has fully sequenced gear doors, including inner main gear doors for lower drag and better sport jet performance.

Features:
Sleek, aerodynamic design for incredible sport jet performance
Quick release main wings provide a simple and easy process for installing and removing the wings
CNC-machined landing gear struts with trailing link design for better grass-field operations
Daylight-bright LED lights located on the wing tips, top and bottom of the fuselage and a landing light on the nose gear strut
(7) 17g, digital, metal gear metal gear servos for all control surfaces
(2) 9g, digital, hybrid metal gear servos for nose gear steering and nose gear doors
Fully sequenced gear doors, including inner main gear doors for lower drag and better performance
Nylon hinges on all control surfaces

Model Scale

 

Wingspan

1200mm / 47.24in

Length

1450mm /57.08in

Empty Weight

2820g / 99.47oz (w/o battery)

CG (Center of Gravity)

120mm (4.7") from the leading edge of the wing at the root

Power System

8S 4075-1350Kv Brushless Inrunner Motor (recommended)

Electronic Speed Control

120A thrust reversing, EC5 Connector (recommended)

Propeller / EDF

90mm 12-Blade EDF (recommended)

Servos

9g metal gear hybrid digital standard with 600mm lead : nose gear steering
9g metal gear hybrid digital standard with 800mm lead : nose gear door
17g metal gear digital standard with 200mm lead : left elevator, left flap
17g metal gear digital reverse with 200mm lead : right elevator, right flap
17g metal gear digital standard with 400mm lead : left aileron, right aileron

Landing Gear

Electronic retractable main gear and steerable nose gear with all metal shock absorbing struts

Required Battery

6S 22.2V 5000mAh LiPo with EC5 connector (not included)

Required Radio

7 Channel (required)

Ailerons

Yes

Elevator

Yes

Rudder

Yes

Flaps

Yes

Lights

Yes

Hinge Type

Nylon Reinforced

Material

EPO Foam

Skill Level

Intermediate

Build Time

1 Hour

Recommended Environment

Outdoor, 150+ foot paved runway or short manicured grass


Package Includes:

Freewing Zeus 90mm EDF Sport Jet - ARF PLUS

Electronic retractable landing gear (installed)

Servos, LED Lights (installed)

 

 

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FMS 80mm EDF F-86 Sabre PNP kit

The F-86is a fighter aircraft equipped with an 80mm turbine with 12 metal blades. Drawing on their extensive experience in developing remote-controlled model fighter aircraft, FMS has made significant efforts to faithfully reproduce the legendary and classic F-86 "Sabre" with the sole purpose: "perfect appearance and excellent performance."

More info:https://www.fms-model.com/fms-f-86-sebre-80mm-blue-edf-jet-pnp-rc-airplane.html

The model is filled with many realistic details, such as landing gear doors, CNC machined retractable landing gear, movable air brakes, navigation lights (red on the left, green on the right) at the wing tip , rear navigation lights (one red, one white) and landing lights (white). The static exterior details of the model have also been meticulously handled, including the fuel tanks, cockpit interior (molded plastic parts), pitot tubes and antennas.

8 all-metal 13g digital servos control the ailerons, flaps, rudder and elevator, precisely executing commands for combat aircraft maneuverability, making maneuvers such as pitch, roll, yaw and reversal, easily achievable.

3 semi-metallic 9g servos, 2 for the air brakes, which increases drag and reduces the speed of the model and 1 for the nose gear hatch. they are controlled by the sequencer, we can also simulate a delay for the opening and closing of the nose gear door, ensuring synchronization with the movement of the landing gear during the opening or closing process.

The PNP configuration includes an 80mm 12-blade turbine, a high-performance 3665-KV2000 brushless inrunner motor, and a 100A ESC (with a 5A BEC), designed for use with a 6S 4000-5500mAh LiPo (battery to be purchased separately) . The power system and controller provides excellent performance with longer flight times and more realistic noise in the combat flight domain. Additionally, the model has been reinforced, such as the fuselage, wings and fin, by multiple tubes and plates integrated during casting, ensuring structural strength for extreme flight maneuvers.

The two-piece fuselage design reduces package size by 30%, making transportation and storage easier. The model is available in two liveries: "THE HUFF" and "SKYBLAZERS", which are easily recognizable on clear or overcast days.

https://www.fms-model.com/fms-f-86-sebre-80mm-blue-edf-jet-pnp-rc-airplane.html

Features

Construction from extra strong EPO40 hard foam material

Low weight and still high stiffness

Environmentally friendly water-based paint

Brushless 3665 KV2000 motor and 100A speed controller installed

Efficient 80mm 12-blade impeller installed

Built-in CNC landing gear, completely made of metal

8x 13g digital servos and 3x 9g digital servos with metal gears built in

Hinged flaps for non-critical landing approaches

All-metal CNC machining kneel-typeshock-absorbing landing gear

Available in two colors (Yellow, Red)

Convenient, comfortable handling

Removable nose cap for easy maintenance and replacement

Multidirectional heat dissipation system

Controller supports driving in reverse

Assembly time: 2h

Recommended level: Intermediate

 

Technical data

Wingspan: 1220 mm / 48 in

Length: 1165 mm / 46 in

flying weight: approx. 3050 g

Motor: Brushless 3665 KV2000

Impeller: 80mm, 12-blade

ESC: Brushless 100A

Servos: 8x 13g et 3x 9g MG Digital

Flaps: Yes

Rudder: Yes

Aileron: Yes

Retracts: No

Flying time: approx. 4min

 

Content

FMS 1/10 Jet 80mm EDF F-86 Sabre "The Hulf" PNP kit

Instructions manual

 

Required

Accu LiPo 6S 22.2V 4000mAh-5000mAh 45C

LiPo charger

6-channel or more radio package

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A sad time for Canadian model fliers and a lesson for model aircraft organisations around the world. The AMA, BMFA, SAMAA etc have to work hard to protect model flying, it was around before manned flight after all. I guess there are two paths available in Canada, MAAC start fighting properly with more people joining to help with relevance or just close it down.

We first reported that there were storm clouds brewing in Canada in December 2022 there were calls to pull that letter down, don’t worry it will be ok.

Transport Canada has not improved safety one jot with this action established model flying organisations really are the experts in RPAS safety. In my opinion, it looks like a money group from the commercial drone world with the ear of Transport Canada has managed to win a divide-and-conquer campaign.

Transport Canada exempted MAAC Members from having to take the RPAS test required for drone drivers and from registering each model aircraft they owned. In their own words, MAAC received an exemption because…

 

Whilst this does include America with Josh Bixler and Dave Messina all of the conversation we had last night counts at the minute. Please excuse the confusion at the beginning all my fault!


MAAC had been engaged with Transport Canada for a long time before the new Part IX regulations came into force and worked hard to get our members one of the best agreements in the world. Fundamentally, Transport Canada reviewed MAAC’s operations and believed thefms rc jet Exemption plus the MAAC Safety Code form an “equivalence” to CAR Part IX in terms of public and aviation safety and saw MAAC as a trustworthy, mature and safety-conscious organization capable of self-governance and individually motivated rule compliance.

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Plainly the trust was broken and love lost, having watched videos from Bruce and Tim the plane man my understanding is that even control line flying is dragged into this mess. You will read at the bottom of the letter below that Transport Canada does not want MAAC members moaning at them.

Transport Canada has asked that we handle all inquiries on this issue internally, so please contact your zone director with any questions so they can forward them appropriately.

This sort of pandering to TC is what has allowed MAAC to arrive at this place, members should be writing to their elected members of government and complaining. But it looks like its too late.

Here is the letter MAAC sent to members on the 25th of February 2023

 

Dear Member,

In the January 23 eBlast, we outlined a plan to reauthorize outdoor flying that was suspended in December on a site-by-site basis. By January 31, we had reauthorized over fifty sites. A few days later, on February 3, Transport Canada called a special meeting with MAAC’s Transport Canada Advisory Group and senior management. At that meeting, we were advised that our Exemption from Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) is no longer in effect due to breaches of exemption condition 3, sanctioning fields in controlled airspace without the required written agreements.

Transport Canada indicated that the written notification would be sent to us and initially asked us to wait until it was issued before making any MAAC-internal announcement. They also recognized that our recently reauthorized members might continue flying until MAAC was notified. Because of ongoing delays in processing the Transport Canada notification, we reached an agreement with them this week to notify our members.

Effective immediately, all MAAC members operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) must comply with all Canadian Aviation Regulations, including CAR Part IX.

Since the February 3 call, MAAC and Transport Canada have been actively engaged in ongoing discussions to ensure our members can again enjoy the hobby responsibly under a new exemption. We are also working on ways to make life under Part IX as easy and flexible as possible for the members.
More information on legally flying RPAS in Canada can be found on the Transport Canada ‘Flying your drone safely and legally’ webpage.

What does this mean?

All MAAC members flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) outdoors must now have a
minimum of a Basic Pilot certificate and comply with all Canadian Aviation Regulations, including CAR
Part IX regulations.
MAAC RPAS sites that are either indoor or have been issued a Site Operating Certificate may continue to fly. All outdoor operations must comply with all Transport Canada CAR Part IX regulations. New Site operating certificates will be issued reflecting Part IX restrictions.
Altitudes are limited to 400 feet above ground level (AGL), and higher altitude limits on either a Site
Operating Certificate issued this year or on Altitude Waivers issued last year are rescinded.
MPPD-15 Altitude Limit Policy is withdrawn.
Where RPAS flying can happen, so can events. We are still assessing what changes might be needed
for fun-flys and contests, and we will ensure that club executives are fully informed as soon as possible.
International RPAS operators are now required to obtain an RPAS Basic Pilot certificate and obtain a
Transport Canada Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to operate an RPAS in Canada.
The Canadian Aviation Regulations is a legal document that only uses the term RPAS and does not use ‘drone’. The Transport Canada website uses the word ‘drone’ in many of its pages and subsites. These terms are equivalent for MAAC purposes.

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How to install langding Gear for RC Jet


Things get slightly more complex when we move on to an accurate scale model. World War II fighters are popular builds; most are tail-draggers, and many have the gear arranged so the struts rake forward relative to the wing chord line when extended, and rake aft from the span line when retracted (Figure 2). Add the dihedral angle seen in the front view and it becomes difficult to visualize just how to fit the retract mechanism in the wing.

Let’s plan the retract installation for a hypothetical model with the strut raked forward 10º in the side view, raked aft 20º in the plans view, and perpendicular to a flat center section of the wing.

With the power of the CAD program, you can see how the gear installation will look after making any changes. All drawings will be of the left wing.

It is clear that you will have to tilt and rotate something to get the strut where it belongs. What happens if you tilt the entire mechanism 10º forward (clockwise) in the side view and rotate it 20º backwards (clockwise) in the plans view? That will create 20º of toe-in on the extended wheel, but you can fix that by twisting the strut 20º counterclockwise in the trunion. That gives the result shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3.

 


This may actually be acceptable, depending on the size of the tire and the thickness of the wing. Looking at the strut in the front view, you can see that there might be circumstances where the wheel would not retract completely into the wing. In the side view, the wheel is at quite an angle compared to the lower surface of the wing.

Now think about adding a cover door to the strut. It ought to be roughly parallel to the tire, but with this setup it will either be way out of alignment with the lower wing skin in the retracted position or angled to the slipstream when the gear is extended.

The full-scale aircraft manufacturers made numbers like these work so shouldn’t you be able to mimic that? Yes you can, with the following three-step procedure.

First, add the rake forward angle (extended) to the rake aft angle (retracted) and divide by two. In our example, [(10º + 20º) ÷ 2 = 15º], the mechanism—actually the pivot pin is the key item here—will be mounted in the wing rotated 15º clockwise in both the side and plans views.

The second step is to rotate the strut relative to the pivot pin. Subtract the rake aft angle (retracted) from the rake forward angle (extended) and divide by two. In the example, it is (10º - 20º) ÷ 2 = -5º

Figure 4.

 


The negative sign means the strut is rotated 5º counterclockwise in the side view. In other words, you need to put a “kink” in the strut. This kink may be the hardest part of the installation to implement and I’ll give some ideas on how to do it. Figure 4 is an exploded view that shows two ways of making the kink.

The third step of the procedure will be to calculate the required retraction angle. In the example, you can see it should be greater than 90º. Or the opposite can happen. When I built my Ki-61 Tony, the retraction angle needed to be less than the 90º built into the mechanism. I was unable to fudge it and got downgraded at every meet I entered because the strut was not at the proper angle with respect to the lower surface of the wing.

I had to splay the strut outward, otherwise the retracted wheel would have popped through the upper wing skin!

You can find the required retraction angle using solid geometry, trigonometry, and an $11 scientific calculator. First, calculate the distance between the lower end of the strut in the extended and retracted positions. Then plug this number into the Law of Cosines to calculate the retraction angle.

This is only a “first approximation,” because it does not consider the kink angle. In the example, the correct angle is approximately half a degree larger. This is insignificant given the tolerances in the building and the manufacture of the gear mechanism. See the sidebar for these calculations.

Commercial retracts are available with retraction angles varying in 5º increments. The sidebar calculation determined that about 94º of retraction angle was needed, so let’s install a 95º unit.

In the previous example it was necessary to rotate the strut in the socket of the trunion to avoid a huge amount of toe-in on the wheel. That must be done again, but you have two ways to do this. You can either rotate the strut on the kink, or rotate the kink in the trunion.

The better way is to fix the strut to the kink and rotate this assembly in the trunion. This will keep the strut vertical in the front view.

Figure 5.

 


Figure 5 shows the installation if you use a 5º kink and rotate the mechanism 15º clockwise in both the side and plans views. This is essentially what you set out to achieve. The only deviation is that the strut is raked a bit too far in the plans view. I’m reasonably sure this is because of the 95º retraction angle where the method’s geometry is based on a 90º angle.

The installation may still not be exactly as the full-scale gear. To match the full-scale geometry you would have to have the point where the strut intersects the pivot pin at the same relative location in the wing as on the full-scale. This may not be possible given the relationship of the strut socket, pivot pin, and height of the model’s retract mechanism.

This could also make the gear door geometry even more challenging. I can only suggest some finessing and finagling to fine-tune the installation to meet your standards.

As mentioned, making the kink in the strut may be the biggest challenge in this project. On a small model with 5/32- or 3/16-inch wire gear, it is only necessary to bend the wire that inserts into the trunion.

I did this on a Hurricane, but unfortunately, the wire would bend on rough landings and I would have to remove it and adjust the bend angle. I suspect the wire lost its temper when I soldered washers on the kink to set the length of insertion into the trunion and strut.

The retract mechanism in my 86-inch span Ki-61 was set up for a 1/2-inch diameter strut. The strut itself was hollow tubing. I used some 1/2-inch aluminum bar stock to make a fitting such as the one shown in Figure 4. First, I made a fixture (see Figure 6) from a piece of 1-inch hex stock.

Figure 6.

 


I drilled a 1/2-inch hole in the face of a short length of stock, but at a 5º angle. (The kink for the Tony’s gear also worked out to be 5º, but 5º forward.) A piece of the aluminum bar stock roughly 1-inch long was inserted to half its length in the fixture and held with a set screw.

The fixture was mounted in the three-jaw chuck of my mini-lathe and the exposed portion of the aluminum turned down until it would just fit inside the strut. The axis of this necked-down portion is rotated 5º from the axis of the 1/2-inch diameter section. When the parts were as well aligned as I could get them, I drilled the strut, kink, and trunion for bolts to hold them together.

I hope this technique will save you some frustration and yield a more accurate model on your next scale build.

 

Read more about main landing gear strut rake angles and how to calculate retraction angles on page 37 in the August issue of Model Aviation and in the tablet app.

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