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I had a great flying weekend! I went to my brother-in-laws house out on Sullivan's Island near Charleston, SC. His house overlooks a marsh. I was flying my helicopter by taking off of the road, then doing all of the flying over the marsh. In order to see it I had to fly from the second story deck of the house. Kind of interesting flying.
Well, I had flown it well on Saturday, so Sunday I started it up and lifted off. Kind of bone head because I did not really do a good pre-flight check and did not really do any test hovers. I made a couple of passes and noticed that it really seemed sluggish. I went into a hover over the marsh, probably about 50 feet up. The Hawk just started sinking. I applied a little more throttle/collective and it just started sinking faster. I lost rotor speed and my motor just bogged down. The motor didn't quit, but by the time I realized what was going on I was going straight down into the marsh grass. As the blades started hitting the grass I just chopped the throttle completely. I made my way through the marsh to the heli expecting to have to buy new blades. But much to my amazement everything was perfect. The grass had gently slowed the blades and the heli stayed upright so the blades did not hit the mud. I adjusted throttle and flew it a few more flights.
I wish all of my "mishaps" would end this way.