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09-03-2009 06:29 PM  8 years agoPost 1
jaseyb

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hi this may have been asked before but why do people velcro strap gyros?what are the benefits/disadvantages whats the point in foam pads then strapping it hard down crushing the pad thats ment to stop vibration?
thanks for looking

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09-03-2009 06:34 PM  8 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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Done properly it merely keeps the gyro from falling off completely if the pad fails, if its too tight it will transmit vibration directly to the gyro.

I dont bother with it and check my pads on every pre-flight

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09-03-2009 06:35 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Dale M

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It's insurance against it falling off in flight.. A gyro coming loose in flight isn't pretty. Mine are strapped just tight enough to stay put without crushing the foam tape.

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09-03-2009 06:37 PM  8 years agoPost 4
jaseyb

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just wondered as the curtis gyro comes with a strap

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09-03-2009 06:44 PM  8 years agoPost 5
LonR

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Velcro is a MUST.I was doing funnles one day and my tail started banging pretty good like I turned the gain up 15%.I landed and checked for binding ect.. and my buddy Rrok came over and moved my gyro.It was held on with 1/4 of the dubble sided sticky tape,allmost flopping around ,if I turned the gain down like I was things would of been very ugly.Think god my buddy walked over cause I never would of thought to check the gyro.Now I no matter what strap my gyro down with velcro,don't put it on tight but not too loose.I put mine on so it holds the gyro down and won't slide off but not smashing the gyro on the dubble sided sticky tape.A few bucks for velcro will save you a few hundred dollars one day .

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09-03-2009 06:51 PM  8 years agoPost 6
GyroFreak

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Yep, I had the gyro fall off the sticky foam and WOW, it was very exciting. I now have the foam plus the velcro strap.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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09-03-2009 06:53 PM  8 years agoPost 7
jaseyb

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Got ya thanks for the info

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09-03-2009 06:54 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Zaneman007

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Pre-flight check

I have had the gyro come off and hang by the wires twice, not pretty,

Although I am not sure how, I did managed to get it down safely both times.

Yet, I still do not strap the gyro down. Instead, I do a preflight check. The gyro being loose is just one of the many items to check for prior to flight every flight, IMO.

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09-03-2009 07:01 PM  8 years agoPost 9
jackheli

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I have my gyro upside down on my T-rex 600e and one day at home it fell off! After that I always strap my gyros, no matter what orientation they are mounted. It doesn't seem to hurt performance, so why by lazy and not do it?

Now, even with the gyro strapped I do a pre-flight check.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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09-03-2009 07:21 PM  8 years agoPost 10
jaseyb

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Ok so its just for peace of mind theres no performance gain to be had from doing it. Im just unsure on how tight to put it on?

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09-03-2009 07:26 PM  8 years agoPost 11
chopper_crazy

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I have never used velcro strapping tape around my gyro and have never had any problems.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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09-03-2009 07:38 PM  8 years agoPost 12
jackheli

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Yes I know...there are those that don't do it and never have a problem.
Nobody has a problem until they have a problem...

What I do is stick a tiny piece of velcro on the top of the gyro and then wrap it with a double-sided velcro strap, while looking from the side to make sure the pad is not being compressed.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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09-03-2009 08:33 PM  8 years agoPost 13
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09-03-2009 08:47 PM  8 years agoPost 14
LaurenceGough

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I don't strap on the gyro myself and I check my helis regularly before and after flying (and inbetween). Never had one come loose with my 450s and below. If it goes wrong it'll have symptoms first if you didn't catch it while checking IMO.

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09-03-2009 08:48 PM  8 years agoPost 15
rotormonkey

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My argument is this. Suppose you have the strap, and it's on, and it does it's job. The tape fails, but the strap holds it on. Because it's still on there and nothing seems out of the ordinary, you just keep flying. Sooner or later it's just going to fall out anyway.

imho, you're better off just checking it on the preflight.

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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09-03-2009 08:49 PM  8 years agoPost 16
jackheli

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Now, even with the gyro strapped I do a pre-flight check.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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09-03-2009 08:53 PM  8 years agoPost 17
rotormonkey

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Then what good does that strap really do? If you make sure it's stuck to the tape good on the pre-flight, it's not going to fall off anyhow.

If it gives you a little peace of mind, then sure, do whatever makes you happy.

Ultimately my point was that you're better off just doing a preflight. If you already are, then you've nothing to worry about.

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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09-03-2009 09:34 PM  8 years agoPost 18
jackheli

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The answer is obvious...

How much do you pull on the gyro to see if the pad holds? Could it still come off in flight? does it hurt to add the strap? would the strap save your 3 grand heli? does it look cool?

and most important: does it look to the other pilots that you know what you are doing?

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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09-03-2009 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 19
LonR

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Well you'll find out one day.Sure you can check it during the preflight but what about the 7-8 mins your flying around inverted and stuff,thats how they come loose.Rather be safe than sorry,its your heli so argue all you want and don't strap it down.Your preflight might go good but like I said,it can come loose with in 7-8 mins of flying.The velcro strap is insurance cause it keeps the gyro on the heli and its still a good thing to do the preflight after every flight.Velcro is a few bucks and will save you 2 hundred bucks one day.

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09-03-2009 11:10 PM  8 years agoPost 20
mferraz

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Agreed

My Spartan on my 700N is on that zeal gel stuff and has a lightly strapped valcro across it, just in case. Check on pre-flight, but have the strap. Lose the gyro, lose the bird...

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