Welcome to my website! Here you can find information regarding RC Helicopters, updates, pictures, videos of my current machines and alittle about me as well. Feel free to give me a shout any time if you have any questions or problems, send me an email at bobbywatts88 "at" gmail.com,
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I would like to proudly announce that I am now flying for Byron Fuels! After running the same fuel for nearly a decade, I didn't think there was anything that could compete... I must admit I was wrong! After running the Byron Rotor Rage Masters Blend for the last few months, my motors have never sounded happier and my bearings thank me after every flight. Seriously... they whisper to me and tell me they're happy :) haha just kidding... but I know....
Anyway, the guys at Byron Fuel are absolutely amazing and will graciously go out of their way to make today's RC pilots happy. I am very happy to be joining such a great team of pilots including Bert Kammerer, Kyle Stacy, and Nick Maxwell among many others. It is also refreshing that Byron is willing to try anything and everything to make the fuel perform and run better. This means Byron Fuel can dynamically change with the new & more powerful motors that continue to come into our market.
I look forward to a long relationship with Byron and suggest you guys check out the fuel if you haven't done so yet!!
I Just created my new Fan Page for flying! Head over to Facebook and "Like" my page!! Ill be posting all sorts of updates on everything I do involving RC Helis!
After being with the Miniature Aircraft family for the past seven years, I would like to announce that I am moving forward and departing from Miniature Aircraft and sister Flyco companies. I have reached a point where I would like to move on in search of new and exciting opportunities in the RC community. This decision is one that I do not take lightly and is a mutual departure between both Flyco and myself. I will still aid in final Whiplash development and possibly with new projects, but it is time for me to look for other prospects in the RC industry.
I am excited to see what the future will bring and in the mean time, I plan on devoting as much time as possible to my other business adventures- Chimp Systems and SmackTalk RC. I would like to thank everyone in the Flyco family for supporting me over the years and for everything they have done to help me succeed in the world of RC.
From Chris Nelson, Owner of Flyco and related companies:
"We thank Bobby for all his awesome work. We think you are crazy and that you should come live in Montana with us, but we understand the bright future you have in the sun as well. We hope to see you at the Heliproz Funfly in July. It will be warm, I promise."
I greatly appreciate everything Chris and the rest of the Flyco family has done for me and I will see you all in July!
So now that Futaba's CGY750 has shipped and guys are flying it, I figured Id post some info regarding the R6023SB Receiver and how to incorporate it with your SwitchGlo. Since it only has 3 usable ports, a bit of channel re-mapping is required. This will allow you to use your SwitchGlo as intended with a designated switch. Not too difficult, so here we go:
1) Plug your SwitchGlo into Channel 3 of the R6023SB receiver port.
2) Go to the Function menu in your radio and move channel 3 from Throttle to Auxiliary 3. (Any Aux Channel will work, but anything from Aux 3-8 is safe). Aux 3 is now your SwitchGlo channel, so assign it to your desired switch.
3) Move Throttle to Channel 12 in the Function menu.
4) Now turn on your CGY 750 and go into the SBUS Menu. Change Ch3 (Throttle) to Channel 12.
5) Ensure everything is working properly and go fly!!
A few weeks ago, Futaba sent a few of us some test samples of their newest creation: a flybarless control system. At first, we thought it would be just like any other unit out there, but from the very first flight, I could not get over just how well this thing flew. Setup is amazingly simple, the unit is very small, the sensor hard mounts, all of the programming is done on the box itself... so many good things about this unit- I am just amazed!
I decided to make an overview video of the system- to explain to everyone out there just what we're working with. I also decided to pop in a demo flight at the end, which clearly shows that this thing is up to par with anything out there (including the natural feel of a good ol' flybar!!)
They are telling us that these things will be in stock close to the end of the year, and that street price should be very comparable to the other units out there.
Sit back and enjoy!
Id like to announce that I have joined the Thunder Power family. After running their batteries for some time now, I am extremely impressed with the raw power they put out, as well as the consistency from flight to flight. I really look forward to working with them in the future!
I have just added a new page here for the Miniature Aircraft Furion 6 Flybarless Helicopter.
So I have been playing with Futaba's newest gyro and governor combo- the GY 701, for a few months, and I must say Im quite happy with this unit! It is so nice to have everything in one and the bone stock settings are amazing! Just do the normal setup procedures and in only a few min you are done- no tweaking required. There's so much to say about this thing so I put up a video to help explain some features, setup tips, etc. Enjoy!
So the weekend at XFC was quite crazy! Overall, I did quite well placing second in the main competition... The level of flying was unbelievable and has really inspired me to try some new things! I look forward to next year's competition already!
The biggest highlight of the weekend for me was the Night Fly. I believe that flight has taken night flying to a whole new level :) Depending on what we are allowed to get away with, the IRCHA night fly show should be sweet! Many thanks to my buddy CP for the countless hours programming the lights, and to Dave Playfair who made the sky light up with pyro!
For those of you who have not seen it yet, you can check it out at allmyrc.com here!
I just received my production version of the OS 91 HZ-R Conversion kit. This allows you to change your OS 91 HZ or Align 91 H Motor to a pressurized system. The benefit results in a more consistant mixture through out the flight, less hassle, and overall a bit more power :)
So there is sooo much information out there about flying, we often find that there is too much for beginners to sift through when first getting into the hobby. In the Smack101 series, we have started from the very beginning and made an episode that you can show your buddies, neighbors, family members, and anyone else who may be interested in the hobby, just what you do!! This is a great way for people to build a foundation on RC Helicopters.
For the Smack101 series, we are starting right from the beginning with the basics, and ending with forward flight and front flips. This could take quite some time to do, but there is lottssss to talk about here.
I have recently received some canopy standoffs from Jeff at RCBooya and I must say these are really nice!! It is nice not having to worry about the grommets wearing out or the canopy being too tough to pull off... the usual problems with canopy mounting. With the quick release inserts, it makes it quite easy. Check them out!
Canomod has graciously given me the opportunity to have my own signature canopy design. This is a version of the T-Rex 700 V2. In the future, we hope to have this scheme available for as many different canopy styles as possible (Fury 55 should be next!)
Looking forward to rocking the green and black once again!
Here is the link:
For the past four years, I have been asked on a daily basis "When is the Fury 55 available for purchase?" Despite many changes, revisions, and politics aside, I am proud to say that the Fury 55 is finally for sale! I am extremely happy with the final product and I think its one hell of a machine. I have to say it is the best flying model out there to date. May look a bit like the old head and grips, but we have tweaked this head and the ratios to perfection. I am extremely happy with it.
If anyone has questions about setups, tips, or building instructions, feel free to email me at bobbywatts88 "at" gmail.com.
Please be patient as this is a new model and it will take some time for dealers to get them in stock. It is well worth the wait.
The first episode of SmackTalk RC is available for download here!
We are very happy with everybody's comments so far and it seems like everyone really likes it! What a relief! :) We have already finished fiming episode #2, which will air mid February. We can gurantee this one is a bit more exciting with one funny interview!
Please visit our Runryder discussion forum as well for further information and more insight.
Thanks to Heliwholesaler, I have been given the opportunity to fly some of the Align helicopters. Here is a video of my T-Rex 700, which I am really enjoying so far.
I hope you enjoy the video!
I was approached by David Sirak, a fellow pilot and employee for one of the local Orlando news stations, who insisted that I check out one of his new cameras. He had a small and robust camera that skydivers use to capture their freefalls.
We took the camera, mounted it on my 700, and got some really cool video! I tried to do some of the maneuvers that I would normally do in any given flight. I think the tailslide looked really cool!
I believe this clip will be part of a DVD that will be released soon. More info can be found at: www.infliteentertainment.com
Hope you enjoy the video!!
We had a great event this past weekend at the 2009 Orlando Helicopter Fun Fly and would like to give a special thanks to all of the organizers, volunteers, and other fellow pilots for making this event such a good one! Special thanks to Bert Kammerer, Carey Shurley, Mike Fortin, and the other TORCH's members for all of their hard work.
This was also the first weekend that the Team Heliwholesaler made its formal debut! With Jeff Green as the team leader, we feel that we are in good hands. We are forming a strong team in which everybody is a proud member. I hope that this is just the start of good things to come!!
After being with Miniature Aircraft USA for the past five years as a team pilot, I am very happy to announce that I will be moving forward with Miniature, as I become a part of the Heliwholesaler family. Along with their relocation to Montana, Miniature Aircraft has now become part of the Flyco organization which includes Heliwholesaler, Heliproz, Ron's Heliproz South, Big Sky CNC, Elevated RC, and Rockie Mountain Hobbiez. This opportunity allows me to fly Miniature Aircraft models, as well as the other lines carried by Heliwholesaler including Align, Mavrikk, etc. I also look forward to working with Tim Schoonard in designing new products for the various lines we support.
As far as the team, I think we have an excellent start by welcoming Kyle and Ray Stacy, as well as Bert Kammerer to an existing group of well established team members. With Jeff Green as the team leader, we have a very solid and knowledgeable core. I am very excited to continue representing Miniature Aircraft as well as Heliwholesaler in the future!
Here is a video that my friend Brian took the other day of the new Fury 55. Running the new OS 55 and the OS Pipe. The video quality isnt the best, but will do for now!! Hope to have a better video soon.
Fury 55 Stock
Aligh 600mm blades
OS 55 Motor
BLS 451 Servos
SG Reactor X
Aerospire Multigov Pro
So I am spending 2 weeks here at the Gaui factory in Taiwan and I am pretty impressed so far! We are working on some new products, even a new heli that should be wickid! Should be flying prototypes shortly!
Check out my video page too to see Kyle and I testing some stuff in the factory!
See you all at IRCHA!
Check out the page on the new Auto Crack from Infinivation!!!
Just got back from an awesome weekend at the MHA Fun Fly! We had the best 450 challenge yet! Big thanks to Jack at Empire Hobbies for donating a Gaui 200 which was won by the undisputed champion, "Dr Thumbs." There were over 120 pilots in attendance and everyone had a great time.
Thanks to Wayne, Ken, Bob, Paula, and the rest for such a great event and warm hospitality. See you guys next year!
It has taken some time, but I am now starting to add some videos to the site. These are just some I had on my PC but Ill try to add new ones when possible.
Just got a ReactorX from Scott Gray and I really like this thing! It is a very solid unit and really simple to use. The best thing about it is that it will regulate your three cyclic servos to 6.8v (or 6v) but will regulate all of the power going to your receiver to 5.5 volts, which means there is no need to step down your tail or anything else.
You can also charge through the ReactorX throgh a Deans plug at a pretty high charge rate (3A or even more).
I look forward to working with Scott in the future!
I had an absolute blast in New Zealand a few weeks back. It was one of the best trips I have been on to date. Everyone there was as nice as could be and the weather was perfect. It was also nice to catch up with Bill, Dan, and Gavin from Australia. Thanks to Steve, Neil, Jason, and everyone else for making the trip so enjoyable!!!
Special thanks to Steve for such an exciting night Saturday!! haha
Check out the gallery too!!
Clint and Julie once again put on a great event this weekend- probably the best one yet. I had about 5 days of non stop flying and it was just a blast. It was a smaller event but sometimes those are the most fun! It was great to hang out with everybody and I look forward to the 4th of July bash!
The long awaited V Blades are now back!! Bert Kammerer and I have been testing the new blades and we are very pleased with their performance. Same look and finish- new box- even better flying characteristics!!
Production should be starting very shortly so keep an eye on VBlades.com
I just received my Gaui 200V2 this week and I have been flying it a good bit. The tail is much better than the original V1 and with a 3s setup it is a great power increase from the original. I will post some pics and videos when I can.
The kit comes preassembled and I was in the air within an hour or two... no biggie. You can get the kits from any of the distributors, Ready Heli, RC Hover, HeliDirect, and some others.
Check it out!
Had an awesome time at the first annual Orlando Helicopter Blowout this past weekend! Bert, Carey, Mike and the others put on a great show and it was very laid back. Over 130 pilots attended this year which made it a pretty big event. Definitely looking forward to this one next year!
So I have been flying this motor in my 90 since May and I am just getting around to posting about it. Sorry for the delay....
This is OS' latest and greatest for the 90 sized helicopters and is by leaps and bounds their best motor to date. It runs very smooth, just like a C Spec, but puts out incredible power. It is just ridiculous how much power this thing really makes.
Unlike the past generations of OS 91 engines, just like the OS 50 Hyper, this motor does not need any modifications done to it at all. Just put it in and go.
I am running the pumped system because it seems to keep the mixture exactly the same through out the entire flight. I have flown several of the non pumped motors and power wise, it is the same.... they just don't seem to be running as consistently.
The regulator is the same as on the OS 91 SZps, but the pump is different. We have been running these pumps for quite some time, and I can remember having the same pump on my Stratus for over a year. Very solid, very consistent and trouble free.
The head that comes with the motor seems just fine, but just for fun I put a Viperhead on it. I don't think there is too much of a difference, the Viperhead just seems to fit inside of an MA fan shroud a little better :)
Needle settings- Due to the large volume of fuel that this pump pushes, my needle is running a tad leaner than 1 turn, depending on weather conditions. Back in the summer in 90 degree weather, it was closer to 3/4 turn.
Here is a video of the HZps with about 10 flights through it back in June. Running a Hatori SB18 in this video here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2H05JhnGo0Hope this helps! Feel free to email me anytime about motor questions....
Empire Hobbies was kind enough to send a set of the new Hitec 5065mg Digital servos and all I can say is wow. I have been using the same Hitec servos since the early prototyping stages of the Furion and they were more than worn out.
I put these suckers in yesterday and gave it a shot today and the difference is phenominal. The helicopter has never felt more locked in and flys just like a Stratus now. I think Ill be flying this thing alittle more now :)
I should be getting the new GY520 Gyro from Futaba shortly and I'm sure that will be a big improvement in performance as well.
I have recently updated my website and with the help of Nick Wolsink of Internetprojects, I plan on doing some pretty cool things here so check back often!
The Miniature Aircraft Furion 450 was released about a month ago and I think everybody is syked about them so far. Despite some small issues which inherently comes with a new model, they seem do be doing just fine. Kits are being distributed by Great Planes and you can order them directly from Tower Hobbies, RC Hover, Heliproz, Heliproz South, and a bunch more so check it out!
This past May I spent a few weeks at the Minaiture Aircraft shop in Florida getting our new 90 together. Designed by Tim Schoonard, I really think this one is a winner. It is by far the fastest 90 I have ever flown. It is a simple build and has far fewer parts than our older models. There are some really cool things on this helicopter and we are going to try to have this thing released as soon as possible. I can't say too much about it at the moment, but what I can say is that there is no dial indicating, no balancing or shimming, etc required as we also had to do with some of our previous models. This is to make building and maintenance much faster and easier - hence more flying time. It is also the lightest 90 I have ever flown which is apparent in the air. This thing is a missile-- just so much fun to fly. I shot a few pictures of them today at the field, so check them out.
This year's XFC was definitely exciting. Things went pretty well overall and I managed to sneak into second place for the second consecutive time. It started off a little rough and felt like an uphill battle all weekend. All of the competitors flew really well all weekend and it was cool to see such great flying all weekend. Check out my videos page for some of my flights and my music.
Also in the team competition, Bert Kammerer and I took first place. We flew our 50's to some Metallica and just pretty much had a good time with it. Thanks to our excellent spotter Vic Campbell from V Blades for his awesome spotting haha
Thanks to Mark and Paige Ryder from Runryder.com for the pictures!
I just got back from on the River 2008 Fun Fly in New Orleans, Louisiana and I have to say it was one of the best events I have attended so far. The guys there are all in the hobby for the right reasons and it was just a blast. I don't think I have ever been to a field with a full kitchen, electricity, running water and bathrooms. You all have it made! We also got a chance to go down to Burbon street and do some partying down there. I'd especially like to thank Dave, Scott, Beep Beep, Nick, Shawn, and Mike just to name a few for such a good time. See you all next year! As soon as I get pics, I will post them.