My last post was in 2009, so it’s been 8 years since I’ve done anything with model airplanes. When I last posted (old site is archived here), I’d just gotten 2 Sterling 1/2A control line kits – the Beginner Series Cherokee and Thunder Jet. Then “life happened,” I got busy with other things (like trying to build a business), my dad passed away, I got heavily involved in shooting sports, etc, so I didn’t have any time or money for playing with toy airplanes.
Every time I’d go out to the garage I’d see all my old airplane stuff and remember how much fun I used to have… so this year I decided to take the plunge – I signed up for a drone class at the local Community College. OK, I know that’s RC, not control line. In fairness to me, RC was my original interest, C/L came along much later. Besides I’m not giving up on Control Line, just branching out so to speak.
My first drone is the DJI F450 drone kit, mainly because that’s what the class uses for the multi rotor build. We’re also doing a fixed wing, but I don’t like either of the class options so the instructor said I can build whatever I want as long as it has all the drone controls in it, and I can finish it in time. I’ll probably build a Great Planes J3 Cub kit.
Picking a flight controller was easy – the PixHawk is open source hardware AND software, so I went with that. For the radio, I spent a couple weeks trying to decide what Futaba radio to get, then decided to get the Taranis X9D Plus. It’s a long story that I hope to write about soon. In the mean time, it’s good to be back into aeromodeling. One thing I really need to do is migrate to WordPress to make this thing easier to keep up…