Happy New Year: Updates to umFlight

Firstly, happy 2015! I chose to schedule this post for exactly 12:00 AM on January first so I could have it posted at exactly the moment that 2015 came to be! Pretty cool that this is one of the only blog posts posted right now…

umFlight is, I’m glad to say, still here and in its second year. I have had some record-breaking amounts of visitors and page views during December, and I hope that those people who visited in December enjoy umFlight.

1. Welcome to umFlight 2.0. umFlight, I have calculated, has been on the Internet for 137 days so far! I’m thinking about adding some things, which I go into detail about below.

2. Most of the near future (except the first “official” post next Sunday which will be about… well, wait and see!) will be product reviews. I was gifted several new planes on Christmas and I still have a few that I haven’t yet reviewed, so expect more reviews than usual mixed in with other posts in the coming months.

3. Reader’s Opinion is here to stay. Reader’s Opinion will continue this year, with RO4 being posted, of course, on the second week of January.

4. Multirotors. I WILL be posting about quadcopters. They will be mixed in with RC planes.

I’m also considering rolling out a huge update to umFlight soon, with a new theme, possibly a guest post form, a forum, and more things I haven’t thought about yet.

However, keep in mind that I’m only considering this at this point. If you have any questions, criticisms, ideas, compliments, or or comments in any way, about new things that may be added to umFlight, be sure to leave a comment below. Just remember that I’m still just considering this; even actually having an update is still undecided.

Thanks for reading the first umFlight post posted in 2015 (and for reading what may possibly be one of the only posts posted at the second that 2015 came into being)…

5 Indoor Aircraft Perfect For Cold Weather

With cold weather rapidly approaching for those up north, it’s time to begin moving RC aircraft fun inside!

I’ve assembled a list of great indoor UM aircraft. Because there are so few indoor planes, I have included some quadcopters.

1. Parkzone Night Vapor: The Night Vapor flies very well inside. I get about 3-5 minutes of flight time on the stock 70 mAH battery, but I get 10 minutes of fun when I use one of my 150-180 mAH Li-Po batteries. (No review yet…)

2. E-Flite FPV Vapor:
I haven’t flown the FPV Vapor, but it is basically a Night Vapor with no lights and FPV. I’m thinking of buying one soon… (I haven’t flown it yet…)

3. Blade Nano QX: Even if you prefer planes, the NQX is a lot of fun to fly. I can get flight times of 4 minutes while flying in my living room. Stability mode makes flying a breeze, but Agility mode, well, let’s just say that it’s VERY challenging. (No review yet…)

4. Estes Proto X: The Proto X comes in an FPV version, a version with SLT, and the regular version. The regular is $29, comes in several colors, and is one of the smallest quads available! (No review yet…)

Conclusion:

There are several great, small aircrafts available.

Sorry for not getting this out at 5:00 AM. I completely forgot to finish and schedule the post!

Also, umFlight has gotten over 1000 views this month alone. Thank you, readers!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Readers Opinion!

Hey!

I am going to start a monthly “Reader’s Opinion” on my blog so readers of my blog can make a post for a change!

Here’s how it will work: The second Sunday of every month, I will post a question. Then readers can write their opinion in the comments.

Stay tuned to umFlight!

Today’s Topic:

Do you like to use stabilization systems such as AS3X?

My Official Start in RC

Today I thought that I should post about how I got started in RC things.

Chapter 1:

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The above picture shows some of my broken helis.

In June of 2012, I received a Helo TC Assault helicopter as a gift. But, the next day, it got dog hair tangled in the shaft and it never flew again. So, I decided to go to Brookstone and buy one of their coaxial helis. I bought two.

Within a month or two, these broke. I think I bought about 20 of them from June 2012 until Spring 2013. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

In fall of 2012, I bought a Revell Proto Max. It crashed during the third battery and never flew again. I got frustrated and moved back to the Brookstone helis.

Finally, in Spring 2013, I was flying a brand new Brookstone coaxial heli and it just fell out of the sky.

Chapter 2:

So, I bought a Blade CX2. I wanted to get a mCX2, but I was able to get the CX2 faster. The CX2, though, had overheating issues. I could only fly it for 0:30 until the twin motors overheated and the helicopter fell out of the sky.

This inspired me to get the Blade mSR. It was a great RC heli until I made the mistake of flying it when I was angry. I flew it, very quickly, into a wall and the motor plug came loose and fell out.

I then got the Blade Nano QX BNF (I used the radio that came with the mSR). That broke after a few months, so I bought a mCPX v2 RTF. I couldn’t fly that one that well.

I bought my second Nano QX BNF. All of chapter two, except for the Christmas part, happened from June 2013 to October 2013.

For Christmas, I got the new (at the time) Blade 180 QX, the Walkera Ladybird FPV, and the world’s smallest coaxial helicopter.

Chapter 3:

In February of 2014, I decided to try RC planes. I bought a Hobbyzone Duet RTF and I really liked it.

In May 2014, I finally bought a DX6i, a programmable transmitter. It improved my flying experience a lot! I then bought the Hobbyzone Champ, which is still one of my favorite planes.

In June, I received a Parkzone Night Vapor, which I will review soon, and a Blade 200 QX.

I have bought an E-Flite UMX Radian, which was another one of my favorite planes, but it sadly got lost in a tree. I also have gotten 2 more Champs (I only meant to get one) due to my original Champ getting crushed by a suitcase. The most recent thing that I purchased was a UM T-28.

I have a Hobbyzone Sport Cub S BNF on preorder. It has now arrived as I mentioned in my last post. A review will be posted within a week or two.

Please forgive me for not getting it posted at 5:00 AM (it’s 8:30 now); I completely forgot to schedule the post, and I just woke up!

Well, that’s my RC story. Post a comment to discuss the post or tell me any RC story that you have!