So I open my eyes this morning and it’s 4:30 PM. I slept the entire day! Granted I needed the rest, but I may have just screwed up my sleep schedule. I need to be at work normal time tomorrow, so I have no clue what time I should call it quits tonight. Maybe I can force myself asleep by 2AM or so.
I’ve had a lot of free time the past few days so I’ve broken open some of my old projects. While in Pennsylvania, I picked up the screws I needed to fix my eFlite Blade CX Helicopter. I could have gone locally, but I found myself at a toy store that sold them, so I asked for the parts while I was there. I put the Heli back together and started it up. In the past, I have not been able to control the chopper. I could make it ascend, but upon trying to move it, I would typically hit a wall, the couch, etc…
Somehow, I was more relaxed, and almost in control as the heli lifted off. It started to move but I adjusted it and even had it hovering on it’s own for the first time! It was a momentous occasion as it drifted above the Hanukkah candles, extinguishing them, then smashing into the wall right next to them. Oh well.
I had to run out to the hobby shop to repair it this time, but have now replaced all the plastic parts with their aluminum equivalents. I paid very close attention to what it was doing and was able to stabilize the controls so that the hellicopter can actually be controlled fairly easily. I have had several successful flights (and landings!) since and am finally getting some decent air time.
I still have a bit of trouble maneuvering and getting used to controlling the chopper in a full 360 degrees, but the last time I flew it, I could barely go up and down properly, so a few more baby steps and I’ll be running with the big kids.
Who knows, Maybe I’ll get my next Helli in a year or so.