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Old 01-06-2006, 01:59 AM
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I took the SS up to my highest alt yet today. About 3 minutes of climb and I turned the copilot to max as I could hardly see the plane. I did a ground visual of a 1/4 mile a couple days ago and it looked further than that. I have a 47M video but nowhere to host it?

A few hours later I strapped on a GPS instead of the camera and took it up a little ways. 800 feet, hit 36 mph on the way down.

I've seen the hot air balloon video, that must be awesome to cruise at 2K feet with a downlink. How high is everyone getting their SS's?
Old 01-06-2006, 06:56 PM
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I took it up twice today with GPS, 2100 and 2000 feet. That's about as high as I'd want to go without a downlink, or binoculars and a spotter.
Old 01-06-2006, 07:24 PM
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I wouldn.t have thought you could see it at 2K'. Was a little brezzy out at Chatfield......to brezzy for a SS.
Old 01-06-2006, 07:35 PM
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Ive got too much stuff on my SS to chance it that high, I usually hang out about 500 feet tops.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:52 AM
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I have a 47M video but nowhere to host it?
try this site, its free - www.savefile.com

I'd like to see it - thanks

Dave
Old 01-07-2006, 03:49 AM
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I get mine up just above 400' now and then..
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Old 01-07-2006, 11:20 AM
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I get mine up just above 400' now and then..

Judging by that pic up got. That looks a bit more than
Old 01-07-2006, 11:34 AM
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Just ground fog
Old 01-08-2007, 05:42 AM
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Sorry to revive an old old thread. But I need some help elevating my SS to insane ranges:

1. What radio gear have you guy got? I use a Futaba 4EXA and my top is ~800 feet. It could go higher.
2. The problem is I start losing orientation at that height. And pushing it to a climb more than 45 degrees, the thing starts to torque. Is there a trick to gaining altitude? Do you just setup the plane so that it climbs at say half throttle and just let it rip without much intervention?
Old 01-08-2007, 12:05 PM
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I have the hi-tec single stick FM single conversion with long range reciever.

I trim the plane for slow level flight with the power off. I climb while going away from me.. If I see the bottom surface of the wing, pull up more, if I see the top surface of the wing, feed in some down elevator. Climbing out in this way, the plane should look like --+--
You have to have decent power to be able to climb out at a steep angle. Do not get distracted and take your eyes off the plane. It is easy to loose.. I suggest getting a friend to help see the plane and take care of other distractions. Also, always climb upwind of your ground position.. If you get downwind, you may not be able to bring it back.

One added bennefit I like about this method is the rear profile of the SS is small, and gets very small real quick. When you start to "loose" sight of the plane, turn off the motor, the plane will settle into a slow flat glide revealing the full cord and span of wing and tail and you can see the aircraft and the direction of travel very easily (compared to the rear profile).. Kinda like looking down the length of a pencil at arms length...all you see is the eraser and it is small.. Now turn the pencil sideways, and WOW, that tiny object is now very big and easy to see..

Be safe, have fun...[8D]
Old 01-09-2007, 02:28 AM
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Using a downlink and flying by video solves all the problems with the airplane getting small as it gets higher or far away. I rarely ever see my plane anymore, most flights the goggles go on after the engine is started and they dont come off until the plane is sitting in front of me again....

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Old 01-09-2007, 03:35 AM
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Ah thanks for the tips guys. Will try the climb later. I am not ready for goggles yet

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