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Typhoon Race Diaporama

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A very nice diaporama about the Typhoon Race 2011:



Video of the F3F world record in 26.80

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Here is the video posted about the F3F world record in 26.80s:


TR2011: Few more information from CM Cheng

This is amazing! That flying site is sure a world record producer. However, it takes some technique to master it. Wind is strong, and it is side wind. The lift band is very narrow. If you can find the sweet spots to accelerate and avoid the head wind, sub 40 is easy to achieve. Otherwise, the model will be very slow.

To get the best speed, the model needs to fly very close to the cliff. We have a lot of spectacular crashes in these 3 days!

All the 4 pilots are the best of Hong Kong and Taiwan. Kenneth and Lin are the Champion of Hong Kong and Taiwan F3F league respectively. Ho went to Kenting a week before and practice everyday.

Hope you can join us in the future! The next TR will be held by Korea. The flying site would probably be at "Huang Gang Shan". It is an inland slope and is totally different from Kenting, Taiwan.

CM Cheng

The Typhoon Race ended on a new unbelievable world record of 26.80 seconds !!!

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The Typhoon Race ended on a new unbelievable world record of 26.80 seconds !!! 4 sub-30 times in the same competition is just historical from my point of view !

congratulations to Ho Kwok Wai (Hong Kong) 29.70s , Kenneth Chan (Hong Kong) 27.70s , Lin Kuo Ping  (Taiwan) 26.80s,  and Chang Chang Tai (Taiwan) 29.09s.

The new world record will be very difficult to beat, believe me !

New F3F world record at the TR2011

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Following my post yesterday, I just learned that the F3F world record from Inaki Elizondo at the welsh Open has been beated twice at the Typhoon Race in Taiwan Kenting. Wind speed was around 17m/s with gust at 19m/s.

First by Chang Chang Tai flying his Dingo in 29.09 seconds:




Then this new record has been beaten again later in the day by Lin Kuo Ping flying a Needle 100" in 28.58 seconds:




Congratulations to both pilots for this great achievements !

Typhoon Race 2011

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This Race is to the Asia what the Viking Race is to Europe. The TR2011 is organised this week-end in the very south of Taiwan, on a costal slope. the weather forecast were very promising and it seems that it is just unbelievable: Just to understand here are the best time of each of the 9 rounds completed up to now:

32.67 s32.67 s31.45 s33.60 s33.12 s32.21 s30.73 s31.85 s31.44 sWhat a competition ! I wish I was there. Eric Wong achieved today a 30.73s which is from my knowledge the best F3F time in Asia. Congratulations Eric !
You can follow the results and find lots of video here


copyright Stanley Chan

New Team Black Sheep video

I'm a fan of Team Black sheep videos. This one is filmed while flying in formation with a big scale BAE HAWK R/C model:


BAE HAWK from RiSCyD : TeamBlackSheep on Vimeo.

Pike Precision new video

Here is the last video I did about the Pike Precision, a month ago.



Laurac: New photo album

Here is the photo album from Laurent TEREYJOL about Laurac 2, the last contest of the F3F french League:



F3F French league

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The F3F season in France ended this week-end with the contest of Laurac.

We flew 15 rounds on VKR2010 Slope A, in very strong wind, from 12 to 20 m/s with some gusts above 20 m/s. I flew the Pike Precision most of the time full ballast and ended with the Rotmilan after damaging the Pike.




I won the competition by a large margin and got the fastest time of the comp with 33 seconds.
Few words about the plane I used: The Pike Precision is absolutely great. It carries ballast so easily that you don't feel it at the sticks.
It is always agile, very fast, but with still plenty of lift and grip in the turns. The pike is definitively in the lifty plane family (opposed to slippery planes)
Unfortunately, I damaged it at round 13th, while landing . The plane stalled at 1m of heigh in a sudden rotor, while full ballast. He touched the ground first with the nose, then with the tip. the nose is broken, and I have some damages on the wing that didn't touch the ground (delamination). Given the hit…

Go Pro HD Hero 2

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Go Pro is releasing a new HD Hero2 with some improvement. First of all the new sensor with 11 MP, 3 different angles. Photo mode is also enhanced with 11MP resolution and a burst mode with 1 picture every 0.5 second.


Here are the specs:

Camera Optics

2X Sharper Professional Glass Lensf/2.8 Fixed Focus170º Wide FOV (Including 1080p)127º Medium FOV (In 1080p + 720p)90º Narrow FOV
Video

HD RESOLUTIONS:
1080p: 1920×1080, 30PFS960p: 1280×960, 48FPS + 30FPS720p: 1280×720, 60PFS + 30FPSSTANDARD DEFINITION RESOLUTIONS
WVGA: 848×480, 120FPS + 60FPS
High Performance,1 /2.3” CMOS Image Sensor
Light Sensitivity: .84 V/lux-sec
Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 File Format
Exposure Control: Spot, Center Weighted
White Balance: Auto

Photo


RESOLUTIONS: 11MP, 8MP, 5 MPFOV: Wide 170º FOV, Medium 127º FOVCAPTURE MODES: Single, 10 Photo Burst, Time-Lapse*, Self-Timer* Now supports time-lapse photo every 0.5 seconds. Requires Class 10 speed SD Card.
Audio

Mono, 48 kHz, AAC Compression, Auto Gain ControlStereo Extern…

MPX new Item: the EasyStar II

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The best seller of Multiplex, the Easystar is renewed and bring new features:

Brushless motor, with 3x more power than the Easystar 1Folding prop for better gliding ratioRemovable tailPrecut ailerons, so you can install the 2 servos easily and enable this functionlarge fuselage compartiment for easy high capacity LiPo hosting. Up to 4600mAh, means 90 minutes of autonomy, for long distance flight.

It is clear that MPX had FPV in mind when designing this new version...

Source: http://multiplex.zhype.com and http://www.multiplex-rc.de/en/home.html




Picture of the day

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While doing some cleaning on my computer, I retrieved this picture, That I modified a bit with Picasa to keep the color only on the place and have almost only black and white all around. This picture has been taken at Le Col Du Glandon, north slope, facing the highest summit of the Alps, Le Mont Blanc with 4810m of altitude. The plane is of course the Supra.

New transmitters approaching ...

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the 2.4 Ghz saga continues ...

While Jeti DC16 transmitter is now anounced for February, www.RCmania.hk published some pictures of new items.

Futaba continues to confuse the market by releasing the T8J, using a the low cost S-FHSS system: No sliders, only one proportional knob and only 8 channels. More than a little step down from the 8FG. Also no compatibility with FASST.



JR, on its side is accelerating, and proposes the XG6:

And the new flag ship of the brand with the XG11. Both radio are DMSS.

More picture can be seen on JR website: http://www.jrpropo.co.jp/blog/2011/10/51.html

Pyrenees cup eurotour F3F new photo album

Mickael Llorca sent me the link to his nice Picasa photo album about the last Eurotour contest of the season 2011 near Toulouse. Enjoy !



Pike Precision Video

The following video has been taken few weeks ago at le Col Du Glandon, the place where F3F was introduced for the first time in France in 1994. This end of afternoon with a light breeze gave super smooth flying and laminar conditions. This place has a north and a south slope. South slope, the one on the video, is facing a valley and the lake of Grand'Maison, built between 1978 and 1985. The slope is not very deep and sharp, but, as soon as the breeze is blowing, provides a very homogeneous lift, with no thermal effect. Really a magic place to fly !


The video about the Pyrenees Cup F3F Eurotour

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Excellent video from Lukas about the Eurotour contest of Laurac (Pyrenees Cup):



Onboard Video on a FOSA F3B

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This great video from Fabrice Estival is taken using a GoPro mounted on the nose of a FOSA, and facing rear. Action take place in Alicante (Spain) where Fabrice is spending holidays regularly.



Pyrenees cup eurotour F3F

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The Pyrenees Cup was the last contest of the Eurotour 2011. In addition it was also the last of the 4 contests entering in the selection of the french F3F team fro Rugen 2012.
29 Pilots from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, without forgetting our guest from USA, David Cortina.
the weather forecast was very good, and after a superb training day on Thursday, we got 2 windy days in Laurac with gusts between 15 to 18 m/s.
On Friday, after a breifing around midday, we started quickly and managed 7 rounds in perfect conditions. The wind surprisingly was not so crossed. Time to time, a strong thermal was popping, boosting the plane like a rocket. Most of the time the thermal was to short to stay the whole run. I should have won the round one because I got excellent condition on the second half of my run, but because of a very bad and looonng cut, I do only the second time, too bad !
Stefan HÖLBFER flew a amazing 29.83s in round 2, making this round a joker for everybody. People were sa…

Planet-Soaring picture on RCSD front cover

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One of the pictures I provided to RCSD has been chosen to do the front cover of the october issue. The webzine (PDF format) is available here.



Jeti in Prague

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A very short video about the DC16 transmitter from Jeti. The DC 16, announced initially for July, is still not released, as the Jeti box profi.