Holidays and common pitfalls
Taking off: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! If you celebrate one of the other holidays this time of year, I wish you the very best for it as well.
It’s the end of the year, but more importantly, it’s the time when we begin to look
forward to the new year and make our resolutions. Our hopes, dreams, plans, and
schemes are all looking fresh and new, so I’m going to help you get off on the right
foot by pointing out some common pitfalls, whether you’re new to electrics or a
Everything Has a Lifespan
Equipment has become so reliable that we often forget that anything designed
and implemented in our hobby has a certain lifespan or duty cycle. Hard drives in
our computers have stated lifespans in terms of service hours.
Switches in everything we use
have life expectancies listed as
duty cycles. Sometimes those are
further refined to show whether
that is under load or not. Nothing
lasts forever and it’s important to
remember that when you run into
problems with your power system
and even your radio.
If your 10-year-old speed
control is acting up, it might
just be because it’s 10 years old.
Components may fail simply because
they are at the end of their lifespan.
This can be anything from
temperature to humidity to vibration to
anything else that affects the conditions
where the device is used. Because we
deal with electronics, heat becomes one
of our biggest enemies, but also one of
the best indicators of what we need to
fix for better operation.
Dust and dirt can affect our motors
that is surface
by that I mean
from dirt. If heat
is a problem,
The data log from one of Erik’s last
flights shows the temperature well over
Every aircra; brings its own
set of challenges for keeping
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