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04-29-2004 04:09 AM  13 years agoPost 1
RMoore

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Huntsville, AL

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In the spirit of disclosing my own stupidity in hopes of helping someone else avoid same, here's what happened. A couple of days ago, my Eolo began to behave strangely and was very difficult to control. I landed safely and discovered that both screws were missing from the transverse shaft in the middle of the fly bar. I blamed the previous owner for probably not using Loctite on the screws. Tonight I got some replacement screws at the LHS and replaced the screws. Then, from across the room, I noticed something didn't look symmetrical about the fly bar. Much to my dismay, I discovered that one of the paddles was mounted backwards. It was flying backwards!! I guess somehow that induced enough vibration in the head that the screws in the transverse shaft finally shook out. They probably didn't have enough Loctite, but I guess I caused the basic problem. A couple of weeks ago I took my paddles off to make sure they were carefully balanced and aligned with my new paddle alignment tools. Never noticed that I put one of them on backwards!! Won't do that again.

Embarassed,
Randy

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04-29-2004 06:31 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Helifool

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Rochester New York

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I had my whole tail rotor pitch system reversed. It did really change anything though. I was rebuilding it and installed it wrong. Then I took off and my heli piroretted imediately, I was wondering what was up. My I noticed my whole system was reversed so I just reversed the gyro and rudder channel. I had wondered how I reversed everything. I thought i might have hit the reverse switch on the gyro while buiding it, Well quite a while later I realized what had happened when I was looking at some other eolos.

However, it really didn't cause any problems.

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04-29-2004 09:19 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Spencer K

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Phoenix, Az

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i have put a paddel on backwards and had to idea until i got home and was wiping the heli down and i noticed. i dont think it makes that much of a difference because it flew fine. just humiliating to myself.

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04-29-2004 10:13 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Helifool

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Rochester New York

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lol, we all must do something foolish sometime or another in this hobby.

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