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Old 10-18-2008, 02:16 PM
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Gettin' Lower!
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New to Flying Giants from Holland

Hi there,

Just wanted to introduce myself quickly. 35yrs old, have been flying planes and helicopters for the last 5 years or so. Started with a Taxi II that I only had to finish with Oracover. After the Taxi I mainly focussed on flying with Micro Helicopters and then scratch build foamies.

While visiting San Francisco a couple of weeks ago I met Sean D. Tucker, the very friendly pilot of the Oracle (Pitts) Challenger. He gave me the opportunity to come to Salinas Municipal Airport for a ride up-side down in an Extra 300L. What a great experience!!! One of the instructors of Sean's Flying school, Ben Freelove took me up for a ride. After talking about flying aerobatics with RC planes he allowed me to steer the Extra for 13 minutes, doing some loops, rolls, a Wing Over and a Hammerhead. See youtube for the onboard video:
My 1st Aerobatics Flight (9 min 15 sec)
(I had to cut the video to less than 10 minutes otherwise Youtube wouldn't accept it).

Since that day my love for Aerobatics has grown even more and I hope to come over to the US next year and try to arrange another flight. In the meantime I want to keep practising my Aerobatics with RC planes and make sure that I have a list ready of moves that I want to do in the 1:1 Extra whenever I get the chance to fly again.

Yesterday I picked up an old 33% Laser 200, 2.5m (96"?) wingspan, I think it's an old Lanier kit. Apparently this plane belonged to an American who has lived in Holland for a while, if you recognize your old plane, please let me know.

Unfortunately the previous (Dutch) owner had a hard landing which damaged the wing and the Cowl. I am going to strip the plane to do some repairs and cover it again.
Not sure which motor to use yet. The bulky cowl screams for a nice boxer motor..... any suggestions are welcome. I have not decided which new colour scheme I want for this plane.... I may do something similar to the Oracle Extra 300L scheme..... we'll see.
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:24 PM
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Re: New to Flying Giants from Holland

Man that's neat!
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:35 PM
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Re: New to Flying Giants from Holland

Wow! "You can do anything you want - and you won't scare me."

What a great experience MadDuc!

The blue & silver checkerboard EXTRA would really be cool - and very unique at any airfield I'd bet!
Man I love the Extra 300L!
Welcome aboard FG!
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:18 PM
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Re: New to Flying Giants from Holland

3w 80.da 85 something in this size would be a nice fit.you might even get a 3w 106 in there and then it would be a screamer
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:19 PM
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Re: New to Flying Giants from Holland

oh and welcome to our zoo,khave fun
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:52 PM
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:51 PM
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Re: New to Flying Giants from Holland

awesome video
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