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One last flight......Rest in pieces

gwong

Senior Heliman

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Having a great time with my flying buds...when I decided to do the one last flight before calling it a night...well...I did a half cuban eight and after the roll out to level...lost orientation and kaboom...rest in pieces my Swift 16 :-(

07-19-2011 Over year old.
MikeSherman

Veteran

Franksville, WI

when I decided to do the one last flight
It'll get you every time!

-Mike

Team QuickUK Pilot
Team Heliproz

07-19-2011 Over year old.
reddragon

Elite Veteran

Brooklyn, N.Y.

You must have been flying as the Sun went down. Very easy to lose orientation then, sorry about that.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

07-19-2011 Over year old.
bmapope

Veteran

TN

you ALWAYS say i'm gonna fly again, not one more time! sorry for your loss.

07-19-2011 Over year old.
CX1

Key Veteran

Canada

it don't look too bad, nothing a lil bit of glue can't fix

the last flight worries me the most sometimes

07-19-2011 Over year old.
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Dood

rrProfessor

Wescanson

It's funny, because the whole "One last flight" thing seems to hold true more times than not.
I'm not a superstitious person but at the end of the day, I often catch myself saying "One last flight". If i catch myself saying it, I don't fly. I pack it up and go home. I think I've been bitten by those 3 words like 3 or 4 times now.

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07-19-2011 Over year old.
Taipan

Elite Veteran

Sydney, Australia

I always say "I'll have ANOTHER flight."

It helps to knock on wood too for good luck!

A mate of mine said he'll have one last flight & the inevitable happened, not on only one occassion but two! Dumbass, lol.

07-19-2011 Over year old.
Pistol_Pete

rrProfessor

Seffner, FL

Heres the trick to not crashing...

SAY its the "second to last flight".

Gives you one more chance to quit.

...4 out of 3 don't get fractions...

07-19-2011 Over year old.
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gwong

Senior Heliman

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Hi Guys,

Thanks for your comments :-) I do have a Trex 600 but I like the Swift since it weighs less and have the batteries for it.

The good news is I can practice with my mcpx, it doesn't weigh much and I know it will survive if hitting grass.

Thanks,

Gord.

07-19-2011 Over year old.
VinceY

Senior Heliman

Newnan GA

Yep, say you'll fly two more times. Then sneak away after the next flight before Mr. Murphy can slap your heli out of the sky.

I would like to thank my sponsors: Me, Myself, I

07-29-2011 Over year old.
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Hellio

Heliman

Austin, Texas - USA

That "one last flight" got me too.

I had a little fuel left & decided to fly it out instead of just packing it up. Everything in me was telling me it was a bad idea & I did it anyway. Why, why, why??
The sun had set & I lost orientation while it was between me and some trees.
It didn't total my Hirobo Schweizer but did break the blades, blade holders, canopy (which are hard to come by), some links and bent the main shaft.
I had the next day off work too & had planned on hours of fun flying.
HARD lesson hopefully learned!!
Hope to have it back up in a few weeks...

02-02-2012 Over year old.
Max Headspeed

Veteran

Sunny (!) Livingston, Scotland

I've had similar modifications to my heli's footprint after "one last flight". No good ever comes of saying it!

Max Headspeed.

02-02-2012 Over year old.
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spiderco

Veteran

Henderson, Nevada

ALWAYS trick the Heli Gods that you're going to fly once more, then pack up and leave.

fly til its dry

03-06-2012 Over year old.
gwong

Senior Heliman

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Today, My friend took his outrage 550 up for one last flight but it didn't sound right plus the tail was twitchy. He landed for a few seconds did a cursory check and took off again. In a split second his heli was climbing while in a out of control piro, leaned over to one side and hit the ground hard.

He found out the gyro gain was set too high which was tied to his throttle and during a quick throttle change the pinion stripped the main gear. Funny thing was his first flight was fine.

Moral of the story, if it doesn't sound right, stop and recheck.

Gord.

04-07-2012 Over year old.
VKGT

Elite Veteran

Sanford, NC

Get your rebuild on don't let it go to waste

04-07-2012 Over year old.
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