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03-13-2003 11:07 PM  14 years agoPost 81
Kam Wyatt

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cottondale, Fl.

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2 crashes in one day at fun fly

I was at mac hodges and popped two machines in one day.


BOTH PILOT ERROR.

I tried to blame it on wind shear and a micro burst but!

I don't think everyone bought it !

My furys are tough!!

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03-13-2003 11:20 PM  14 years agoPost 82
ez-flier

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Vermont

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Quick question, whats a micro burst? Thanks,
Aaron

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03-14-2003 12:24 AM  14 years agoPost 83
Briliu

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Rome, NY

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Its a freak weather event that occures in a relativly small area. Its a massive amount of air surging DOWN. We feel it as wind, but an airplane or heli looses almost all lift and down they go. Most airline crashes are caused by them.

Thats the best i got, try looking it up on the weather channel or somthing =) That info was from the discovery channel. I learn more from that than from school!

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03-14-2003 01:02 AM  14 years agoPost 84
BladeRunner

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Ontario Canada. ​Member of "some​sort" s

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Ran my R-22 out of fuel.....damage was surprisingly light considering that it came in from 70 ft. and went downwind about 500 ft!!! I don't know how to auto and all I could think of at the time was to give it neg. pitch.....after it went so far and at the last second I gave it full pos. and it went in behind some hay in the next field!!!..... Hehehe.....learning autos is high on my "things to do list" this season......

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03-14-2003 01:07 AM  14 years agoPost 85
7lbs

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Atlanta

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My last crash (yesterday lol) was a pretty amusing one. I was cutting a small tuft of grass inverted, and my paddles smacked it, sending them 90 degrees from where they should be. You don't have to be a genious at aerodynamics to know they don't work great like that I took it up to about 30ft before the blades were going too slow to keep going, tried to get upright.......with not much luck. Landed hard on the front of the skids and blades, broke my frames, skids, only thing that was ok was the tail section. I could have easliy avoided this one......by not trying to show off in the first place lol

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03-14-2003 03:16 PM  14 years agoPost 86
rob_jones

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Perry, GA

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Hey Kam, I did think it was suspicious that nobody else had problems with wind shear

I saw both crashes, and if it's any consolation, they were good ones. Particularly the first one!

Blade 550X, T-Rex 450 Pro FBL

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03-15-2003 07:11 PM  14 years agoPost 87
Fact-Hunt

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Penarth

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I thought it was flying itself


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03-17-2003 08:32 PM  14 years agoPost 88
zabir

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Leicester, UK

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My first crash and my ego got the better of me, I thought I could hover without training undercarriage and with a crowd watching planted my heli from about 40ft.
At that moment in time I wished the ground would open and swollow me up.

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03-17-2003 10:31 PM  14 years agoPost 89
ChrisW

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Bonsall, CA

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Dumbest crash...

Around 12 years ago when the XL40 was a "new" machine...

I was working on it Friday night getting ready for a Saturday at the field with my buddies...

Saturday AM...Fire up the machine... Start spooling it up...just as the headspeed starts getting "right" and all of a sudden the heli leaps in the air about 20 feet...at the time it looked like a 100ft!

The heli kinda just fell to the ground with very minor damage...Turns out I forgot to put the screw back in the servo arm on collective...

Luckiest crash...
During my 6 month stint as a Yankee ( I took a job in Rockford, Illinios...the winters suck, but they have very nice flying sites!)...

My Ergo 60 goes into hold due to low battery voltage...inverted. ( I set everything to hold except throttle which I failsafe to idle)
Just happened to have just enough negative that the heli just flutters down and the head stops spinning about a foot above 4 foot tall beans (out in the bean field adjacent to the flying site)...heli went in inverted.... When I found the heli , it was sitting on a cushion of bean plants.. skids up and engine just purring at a nice idle!The only damage was a torn ball link on the head (the older gray JR links were pretty weak)... I flew the heli in a club demo the next day...

These are the only one's I "choose" to remember...I got lots of stories hehehe
-ChrisW

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04-01-2003 11:22 PM  14 years agoPost 90
jonnyergo

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Palm Beach , Fl +​Hereford , UK

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My Poor Shuttle

When i was learning with my Shuttle to do slow circuits i let the heli go slightly higher than i normally let it. I always decended once it passed me . I lost perspective of the heli and basically went dead i kept decending at about a jogging pace and the heli ploughed nicely into the ground. I managed to laugh at it as i learn very quickly up to then and kept saying to myself i deserve a crash. I was dissapointed once i saw my NHP's in the state they were in. and there £110 repair bill

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04-02-2003 12:29 AM  14 years agoPost 91
Kam Wyatt

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cottondale, Fl.

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Original Crash Master!!!!!

Well since I am trying to get my long time title back . Here is another crash that I had recently had.

Even though there was a temperature inversion hanging around. I really don't think a microburst or windshear problem was in the area that day

Radon gas seeped out of the lake on a fly by and caused my heli
to pirouette violently into the water!

There was no way that I could have possibly over looked anything from a previous crash. So after calling the EPA without a return phone call.

I am chalking this crash up to " loss of direction control(rudder) radon gas seeping out of lake causing failure of 9251"

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04-02-2003 04:21 PM  14 years agoPost 92
Lars Blaabjerg

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Aarhus, Denmark

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Throughout my career as a model heli pilot, I have been watched over by some kind of heli-guardian angel. My trusty Raptor 30 has seen me through 2 years of neck braking, dare devil flying from the learning stages to the beginning of inverted flight. It has had many hard landings and autorotations. Numerous recoveries from completely lost orientation less than one mistake high. It has even finished a loop i a wheat field (no damage). The raptor only ever crashed once shortly after I purchased it, due to me being an overconfident beginner surely capable of slow pirouettes

Well, I wanted something more powerful. I sold the Raptor and bought a Freya. After assembling it, it wasn't really weather for flying, but I still wanted to start the engine to hear it tick in idle. I had of course checked everything (twice). I took all the gear out on the porch and started the engine. As it turned out, I probably should have checked the throttle servo direction one more time. The OS70 jumped into action at full throttle with the starter shaft lodged in the starter coupling. I had not put on the blades or the canopy, and I was so surprised, that I didn't manage to grab the bladeholders firmly enough. I spun out of control. The flybar pounded the starter and managed to fetch the wires from the starter and the glow starter, sending them both flying as well as the paddles, while the wires constricted around the washout snapping several links and bending most control rods. In the ensuing chaos of whirly things the heli managed to turn around and put me on the opposite side of the heli than the fuel intake of the carburaetor. I wrestled with the beserking heli to turn it around so that I could pull of the fuel tube, which I finally managed.

Total damage:
Besides the obvious damage to the flybar and washout
Fast spinning tail rotor bashed my brand new 9CHP breaking of a switch and giving it a good scratching. Destroying the tailblades and the tail rotor hub in the process. It also managed to hit my field box, badly scoffing it. This also broke the gears of the 9253 tail servo.
The electric starter apparently hit the GY401 right in front of the start shaft pretty squarely, smashing it completely.
The starter extension shaft was pretty badly bent, as was the output shaft of the electric starter.
Broken radio tray.
Compromising pictures taken of the entire incident by my girlfriend (I have since forgiven her).

This is definately the most expensive incident I have ever had with model helicopters (apart from actually getting involved with them). And the Freya has never even flown yet.

/Lars

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04-02-2003 04:32 PM  14 years agoPost 93
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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My God, think of the devastation if you get it airborne! Stick to the Raptor!

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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04-02-2003 04:38 PM  14 years agoPost 94
Lars Blaabjerg

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Aarhus, Denmark

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Im a little worried too. The Raptor seemed to have some kind of ground repellent device. I could fly it "head off" without crashing. The Freya is the opposite. It doesn't want to leave the ground at all (ground attraction device??).

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04-02-2003 04:49 PM  14 years agoPost 95
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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I think all your bad luck is concentrated in the new heli, you have to find to a way to exorcise it!

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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04-02-2003 04:59 PM  14 years agoPost 96
Lars Blaabjerg

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Aarhus, Denmark

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Know any good heli witch-doctors?

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04-02-2003 05:12 PM  14 years agoPost 97
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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'Fraid not, needs to approached with a pair of crossed rotor blades.

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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04-02-2003 11:31 PM  14 years agoPost 98
Noflyzone

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Bucks, UK

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my little mishap was, whilst having my heli setup by a more experienced pilot , the heli being about 8-10 ft of the ground.......the battery connector came apart..........................a beautiful arch and my poor raptor hit the dirt..............
blades, flybar, blade spindle, boom and a cracked servo casing ..

you can bet that battery connector is well and truly fastened now

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04-03-2003 12:49 AM  14 years agoPost 99
OnceALegend

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Santa Barbara, CA

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Back in roughly 1983 I had a GMP Legend. Really a nice bird for the technology of the time.

Robert Gorham showed up at our heli-fly-in and demonstrated the new flybar-less rotor head. He claimed up and down that it was as docile as ever.

Well I had to have one. The thing looked sexy without the flybar and there was one less thing to balance.

I received the flybar less head and set it up very carefully. Balanced everything etc. I then strapped a set of training dowels and plastic balls on the Legend and went out to the field.

Robert was right! It was very docile. After a few quick hovers I quickly took of the training gear and was back in fast forward flight again doing figure eights.

I flew the Legend this way for almost 2 months and it was quite the attention getter. Most people had never seen a flybar-less R/C heli.

Well one morning I attracted quite a crowd with some fast fly bys and was feeling pretty gutsy. My R/C heli buddy said, "Say Mark... Why don't you take the Legend up and show off a bit".

Wrong thing to say... I filled it up, started it, went out to our designated heli take off area picked it up into about a 4 foot hover. Things looked and felt good. There were about 15 people watching.

I knew my bird was fast as I had easily blown away most other R/C helis. Well I decided to do a radical take off. I pushed the collective full forward and pushed the nose hard over...

I had done this MANY times with the flybar head. This is one way we used to start heli drag races. With the flybar head it would pitch the nose about 40 degrees over then the collective would start pulling the heli forward. After about 20 feet you pitch back and climb.

Well I still to this day don't know what was different but my flybar-less head Legend pitched forward. Took off like a shot and dove into the ground even though I was pulling back HARD on the cyclic. It made about a 8 inch hole in the dirt.

It was one of those rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr zit type sounds were you hear the thing reving up then zit it is silent.

Lots of Oh and Ahs from the crowd. I walked over slowly and gathered up what was left. My servos and receiver were toast. The receiver was in 5 pieces circuit boards showing. The main shaft was bent in a nice 30 degree arc. The rotor blades were non existant. The tail boom had accordianed about 3 inches then folded over.

It was a total loss. I called Gorham in disgust the following Monday and he said, "Oh yeah... that is the one negative I found on the flybarless head. Lots of power and pitch are not a good thing".

Thanks for telling me. He actually sold me the replacement parts (basically a whole new Legend) at 50% off.

M

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04-04-2003 06:19 PM  14 years agoPost 100
Kam Wyatt

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cottondale, Fl.

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