GWS Slow Sticks ready for flight!
My yellow Slow Stick airborne in Florida sky!! FUN!

(Frame from my video)



Above is a picture of the Sarasota Silent Flyers airfield and adjacent property taken on February 7, 2007. The camera was on my red Slow Stick.
The runway is on the left and is dark colored.


Image snapped @9:00 am on February 28, 2007 with Canon SD110 camera under the Slow Flyer wing.
Pictured from right to left are myself, Jerry , and Charlie. Jack is in the shelter with his Slow Sick.
The camera was tilted in order to fly lower and capture more detail and not have to shoot through so much hazy atmosphere.
No vibration isolation is used.


Image snapped @8:00 am on March 7, 2007 with Canon SD110 camera under the Slow Flyer wing.
I am at the end of the runway. Jerry, Jack, Woody, and Dino are undercover. This image shows the entire field.The GWS Slow Stick wheel is left in the photo to add realism.


Another shot of the field taken at the same approximate time as the one above.



Fred Rimer took this shot on Sunday, March 25, 2007 from a higher altitiude than I generaly fly. The whole field and surrounding area is shown.It was quite windy..I would estimate around 10mph.




Fred Rimer took this shot of Ernie's small speedy foamy model whizzing underneath the camera.




This is my quiet field where I fly located in Swannanoa, North Carolina.

I am the speck in the center 1/3rd of the image! North Carolina.

The diminutive and fragile looking GWS Slow Stick can handle taking a camera airborne. Check this out!

The shutter is tripped via a Hitec HS-55 servo and a popsicle stick. The camera control is on my rudder channel. The Slow Stick has only rudder(which becomes the Ailerons channel to keep all steering controls on the right stick) and elevator. Including the motor, that makes a total of 4 channels.

I used a short fiberglass 10x10mm stick to mount the camera and suspended the apparatus under the wing and centered around the model's CG. The total weight of the aircraft is 28.5 oz. The plane flies well.

The Canon Elph SD110 digital camera is mounted parallel to the fuselage and can be rotated down to acquire images from a lower altitude. The camera model is obsolete but has a wider than typical wide angle field of view, making good images possible at a lower altitude.
Another little tip: In my case placing a quarter (25 cent piece) on the left wind tip balanced the aircraft laterally. This improved the flying response immeasurably.
My thanks to Herman and Fred R for their helpful suggestions.


Above is a short video clip of my yellow GWS Slow Stick radio controlled aircraft being flown during windy conditions. My friend Fred Rimer is at the controls.
If no video is present, you may not have allowed "active x content or scripts" when this page opened.
I have found sometimes it is necessary to reload the page to get the video started.
There is no audio.

My email address:
fjsgrosso@aol.com

February 2007

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