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11-14-2005 12:56 AM  12 years agoPost 1
lt1pwr

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Douglasville, GA

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I think it is in the air, here I was reading about two different camera ships that crashed here on RunRyder and it almost happened to me today. I did the normal pre-flight check before cranking up the engine. Everything checked out ok. She flew beautifuly all day, no trouble at all. I put 3 tank fulls on my gasser (about 90 minutes worth of flying) all day. Took the heli home and while I was unloading the truck, I grabbed the heli and heard something loose moving around. I thought, that is too much movement for the clunk line, something is not right. I look inside the floor of the canopy and there is a servo screw laying in the bottom. I thought, oh crap, this is not good. I took the canopy off and sure enough, the servo screw for the right aileron horn was missing. If that horn would have popped off in flight, it would have been over.

So moral of the story, don't be lazy like me take your canopy off when you do your pre-flight check. I learned my lesson without it causing me a disaster. If there are "9 lives", I just used up one of them

Take care,

Jay

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11-14-2005 12:59 AM  12 years agoPost 2
ESWLFSE

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Liberty Hill, TX

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Is Loctite recommended on these?

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11-14-2005 01:11 AM  12 years agoPost 3
fitenfyr

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Port Orchard, Washington

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Usually servo screws are metal into plastic.
In that case loctite would be bad and probably eat the servo gear up defeating the purpose.

I always pull the canopy off before the first flight of the day.
Specifically to check the servo horns and linkages.
Also on the Gasser EVERY bolt gets a wrench put to it before the first flight and after the last flight.

Every few flights I tend to give both ships a good look over also.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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11-14-2005 01:13 AM  12 years agoPost 4
2_Subway

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Daleville/Ft. Rucker, Alabama

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Pheew! that was close!

Glad to hear all is well Jay, you called it a "day" just in time.

Later,
Henry

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11-14-2005 03:12 AM  12 years agoPost 5
CRJBenny

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Pocatello, ID

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Last weekend I had two engine mount bolts break and I didnt know it because I used a little siliconeon the outside of the nut along with the locktite. They felt tight with my fingers I just had a feeling and decided to put a wrench to all the bolts like you said Jason (good call). I probaly wouldnt have caused a crash but who knows? Ill use the wrench every time now!

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