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10-20-2004 03:47 AM  13 years agoPost 1
earthmover

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Wellington (WPB) FL

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MY friend was practicing nose in hovering with the training gear on when all of a sudden the receiver stopped taking commands. The heli spun violently out of control on the ground. The only thing he was able to do was toss his radio into the blades causing him to break his thumb. WHo out there experienced this? How do you stop a heli in the future without PCM failsafe? (can you believe the radio is fine only missing the throttle stick and antenna)

Steve

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10-20-2004 03:56 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Peter65

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I wasnt going to comment but

What the !

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10-20-2004 03:57 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Duracizer

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NC

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Tossed in the radio??!

I had an incident where my throttle linkage popped off the throttle as a result of a bumpy landing (and faulty ball link). The heli was stuck at half throttle with half a tank of gas left. Remembering that as long as I hold the throttle back I would have negative pitch I just sat there and watched it run through the last half a tank of gas (which was THE longest half tank ever!) while hoping that the engine wouldn't overheat (Thank god for cooling fans).

I know it wasn't as bad a situation as what you described but I was ready to dump the heli if it somehow lifted off the ground....

My wife did suggest throwing a nearby towl on the spinng blades...

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10-20-2004 03:57 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Saint728

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Try throwing a towel over the blades, it will probably slow down the blades enough to grab them or at least cause the helicopter to flip on it's side and do a funky chicken.

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10-20-2004 04:00 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Duracizer

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Try throwing a towel over the blades
LOL!

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10-20-2004 04:02 AM  13 years agoPost 6
TMoore

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Cookeville, TN

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The last thing I would have done is chuck a perfectly good TX at a full-on heli, while it is on the ground. It's like a tornado in a feather factory. You need to ride it out and be thankful it is on the ground and not tooling around in the air.

TM

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10-20-2004 04:06 AM  13 years agoPost 7
gamedemon3000

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Goose Bay,​Newfoundland &​Labrador, Canada

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and besides, if it came back to life and you have control again wouldnt you want the transmitter in your hands instead of smashed on the ground near a rebel heli?

Derek O'B

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10-20-2004 04:09 AM  13 years agoPost 8
CWC

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Hong Kong

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It's very dangerous to approach a lost control heli as broken blades/parts may spurt around. I met this situation before and I saw once a guy stepped on the rotor head to stop the spinning heli (but I think it's too dangerous). For the other cases, we could not do anything but just watching the engine to die out and mourn for it. After the incidents, I can only think of bringing a large towel or blanket to cover the heli such that it can stop the spining. Do you think it works? do?

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10-20-2004 04:10 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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what would the out come have been if he would just have
stepped back out of the way
a broken thumb and radio could this not have been avoided?

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10-20-2004 04:16 AM  13 years agoPost 10
CWC

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Tossing the radio into the blades is too dangerous as the blades might break and spurt into your body, eyes....... Your friend is lucky not to have his hand chopped!

Calm down first and never risk yourself.

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10-20-2004 04:34 AM  13 years agoPost 11
sixeven

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Ft. Myers Florida

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If the heli was truely not taking any commands (battery disconnect etc..) your only real choice is to GET THE HELL AWAY FROM IT and wait for whatever result may occur.

As others have said, if you are nearby or you're trying something stupid (like reaching for the fuel line or trying to slow the blades) and the blades hit and fracture... you could have become a human-kebab from a flying blade chunk, lose an eye in flying debris, or be cut to shreds by the still spinning chunks of what would be left of your blades.

Yeah, it sucks to watch your heli beat itself to death but it still beats pulling a piece of heli debris out of your face!

Remember.. those blades are spinning at 200 MPH +

SiXeVeN

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10-20-2004 04:44 AM  13 years agoPost 12
orlee008

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Miami, FL USA

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i have a solution, just get a long handle with a hook at the end, hook the fuel line and pull it off.

I would never let my heli spool up and burn for 15 minutes. i think that would be way to much stress on the head and components.

orlee

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10-20-2004 04:58 AM  13 years agoPost 13
sixeven

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Ft. Myers Florida

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OK...OK.

I still say that if a heli is spinning out of control on the ground and unstable. GET THE HELL AWAY FROM IT.

However, after some deep thought I do have one solution that one could use to stop a heli without having to damage it or get close to it with sticks or towels or whatever.

Grab a chemical fire extinquer and spray the hell out of it. It should cut off enough O2 to kill the engine.

SiXeVeN

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10-20-2004 05:11 AM  13 years agoPost 14
B.Hofferth

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walkerton in.

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radio into blades

why on earth would you throw your transmitter into the blades???? if you are going to throw something at it be a shoe or something soft, low cost or hated. i just cant see throwing a transmitter at it unless its a futaba or something, just kidding!! before everyone freaks on me, i like futaba equipment. i just cant fatham throwing my tx at a spooled up heli. what was going through his mind???

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10-20-2004 05:12 AM  13 years agoPost 15
JitsuGuy

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Stop, drop and roll... Oh wait, I think that's something else.

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10-20-2004 05:30 AM  13 years agoPost 16
Roamer

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Albuquerque, NM

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Ok, I've been in situations where the ONLY thing that can go through your mind is "OH SHIIIIIIII>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!" Asking why this guy tossed his TX at his heli is sort of a silly question in this case. There is no way in heck HE knows why he did it!!! I bet the only thing he can remember is "MUST STOP HELI... MUST STOP HELI...MUST STOP HELI..."

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10-20-2004 05:40 AM  13 years agoPost 17
orlee008

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Miami, FL USA

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lol!

i think a a chemical fire extinquer would make too much of a mess. you ever seen one of those things spray? you would be cleaning the heli for days.

then again im sure there are many ways, maybe try stopping the tail rotor with your shoe.... but that might tip over the heli and you'll have to have a get a rotor blade surgically removed from your head.

Flying in Miami, FL (Kendall Area)

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10-20-2004 05:45 AM  13 years agoPost 18
B.Hofferth

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walkerton in.

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silly? i think it was SILLY to throw a transmitter into an out of control helicopter. hell you might as well started throwing you flight box tools in there as well, add some fuel in there as well for the grand finale. i think this guy ate paint chips as a kid depending on how old he is. anyways im sorry for the mishap. try to find out what happend and be safe in the future. maybe get a sim.

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10-20-2004 05:52 AM  13 years agoPost 19
drsuessmn

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Ellendale Minnesota​USA

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just out of curiousity was it a futaba Rx I had one lock out on me on the table for no reason and never came back to life

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10-20-2004 06:34 AM  13 years agoPost 20
fritzthecat

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Virginia Beach, VA

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I've seen somebody throw a blanket at an out of control 60 heli that was spinning around on the ground. It just made the heli mad. The was a big noise, parts of the blanket and rotor blades flew everywhere. Then the motor sped up even more along with the spinning.
Another time there was a gasser with a broken throttle linkage. Guy crawled under it with a 3 ft stick to get the fuel line. A trip to the hospital was involved too.
The only sane thing to do is to get the F#*% away, screaming like a little girl to let others know about the rapid heli. Then, while hiding behind a solid object, you can speed dial Ron Lund to order the parts you will need in a few minutes.

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