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04-04-2011 11:43 PM  6 years agoPost 21
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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You guys claiming 400 flights or 30 gallons need to fly a little lower. Push the envelope a little more.
Is this not low enough for you?
Sure its only a hover, still low enough for me.
You should pay for my crash damages and I'll roTor-till the soil like there's no tomorrow.

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04-05-2011 01:28 AM  6 years agoPost 22
dchekas

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Farmington, CT

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My T-Rex 600N is at 275 flights on the airframe, and it's "crash" free so far.

I have had a few landings that took out my front torque tube gears, one flight where one of the washout arms flew off the head, and a rough landing that broke the tail fin and tail blades.

But it still has the Radix 600mm SB's I put on it day 1.

I've had so many close calls with it that I'm baffled it hasn't had a real crash yet.

To make up for this, two weeks ago I was tuning my Fury 55's engine, which requires the canopy to be removed.

Somewhere towards the end of the fourth flight, while inverted, the receiver fell off the radio tray and into the rotor blades.

Destroyed the Blades, main shaft, spindle, tail boom, boom supports, tail blades, paddles, fly bar, R921 receiver, GY701 sensor and amplifier, ripped the connectors off a BLS451 and 9451, and destroyed most of the links in the rotor head. Close to $500 in damage. I won't have this machine back together for another two weeks.

Team Align, Team Futaba, Team Byron Fuels, Team Thunder Power

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04-05-2011 01:59 AM  6 years agoPost 23
Thatlumox

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NY

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Somewhere towards the end of the fourth flight, while inverted, the receiver fell off the radio tray and into the rotor blades.
That's like a MasterCard commercial. "Not using a $2 velco strap and having a $500 crash, - Priceless."

"I'm a dirt torpedo!"

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04-05-2011 03:15 AM  6 years agoPost 24
SkyfoxSXer

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Gainseville,VA

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Damn wingman. As a fellow Rave ENV pilot I must say nice flying. Just imagine how good you would be if you really pushed it to the limit. Just saying..... I wonder how often Kyle Dahl and Nick Maxwell crash.

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04-05-2011 03:49 AM  6 years agoPost 25
Ladymagic

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South Korea

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Trex500- 150 Flights- No Crashes
Trex550- 35 Flights- 2 Crashes in a row (3G glitch and Motor burnout)
Trex600(1)- 200+ flights- No Crashes
Trex600(2)- 175 Flights- No crashes
Trex700N- 150+ Flights- No Crashes
Aurora90N- 6 Flights- No crashes.
Evo50- 150 flights- 1 crash (Pipe broke loose in 3D flight)
Voyager50- 70 flights- 2 crashes-1 minor 1 major ( inverted dumbthumb and battery failure)

In 9 years of flying I've been very lucky. I hope it stays that way

Mellisa

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04-05-2011 04:48 PM  6 years agoPost 26
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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wow ladymagic 9 yrs congrats and youve have a lot of birds too.

i just want a 700 trex nitro next.
zero flights on 4 of them but i plan on taking them all to the field soon and all of tons of spare parts.

Watch at YouTube

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04-05-2011 06:03 PM  6 years agoPost 27
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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I don't discuss crashes, it's bad luck. Also I can't count that high.

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

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04-05-2011 07:03 PM  6 years agoPost 28
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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GyroFreak I don't discuss crashes, it's bad luck. Also I can't count that high.
is it because your always pushing the envelope doing 3d ?
or learning basic flight .

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04-05-2011 07:08 PM  6 years agoPost 29
HeliKopter Ken

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Gray, LA

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5 to 50 if i'm lucky.

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Aurora, Raptor 90 FBL, Logo 600SX

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04-05-2011 07:44 PM  6 years agoPost 30
TwinTurbo95

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Augusta, Ga

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In May it will be a year since I bought my first collective pitch heli, Blade 400. Prior to that I just practiced indoor fixed pitch micro's.

My Blade had 2-3 mechanical failures in 2 months (stupid cheap E-flite servos!) In August I dumb thumbed it after only doing flips for two weeks. Bought a Exi-450 and Raptor 50 around the same time. Both went down once during the next 6 months due to mechanical failure.

I got a Compass 6HV FBL in January. 100+ flights no issues. And now I'm flying inverted figure 8's comfortably.

So...I've gone from beginner to intermidiate in less than a year with 2 or 3 dumbthumbs and 5 or so mechanical failures.

My favorite slogan: "Altitude is your friend"

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04-05-2011 07:53 PM  6 years agoPost 31
relax1

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Tampa, FL

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I keep my flights to one per a month this minimizes my crashing
All kidding aside is relative to how often you fly, pushing the envelope and maintenance is very critical
Luis

I swear never to try that trick again! What the hell is only money!

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04-05-2011 07:59 PM  6 years agoPost 32
Andy.Kim

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Seattle, WA

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3 years. My first year I crashed a bunch. Mainly due to mechanical failure. The last 2 yrs I averaged 1 to 2 crashes a year or about 1 crash per 100 flights.

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04-05-2011 11:55 PM  6 years agoPost 33
Eagle2bravo

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Who me?...I have NEVER crashed..lol. Well none were MY fault...always the helis fault..lol. Seriously...about 2-3 times a year with my 450 and I can't remember the last time with any of my 50's

T-rex 600n super pro , Trex 450 se, Gaui 200, Trex 500, Blade cx, . "If ya plant corn, ya get c

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04-06-2011 01:53 AM  6 years agoPost 34
GetToDaChopper

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Las Vegas , NV

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Crash ? whats this "crash" of which you speak ?

naaa, i'm just kidding, now do you want to know how many crashes caused by pilot error or mechanical failure ?

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04-06-2011 04:01 AM  6 years agoPost 35
Rogman88

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West Monroe, LA

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Clown I love the words to that song in your video "you're never gonna get it", I wonder if anyone else says that about landing gear...

Just Joking, and stirring the pot of discussion.

High Voltage just works better

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04-06-2011 04:19 AM  6 years agoPost 36
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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Rogman88 Clown I love the words to that song in your video "you're never gonna get it", I wonder if anyone else says that about landing gear...

Just Joking, and stirring the pot of discussion.
but omg all these people with at least 65 flights without a crash is jaw dropping compared to that dude that averages 5 flights if lucky before crash but i guess he is pushing the envelope when he flys

and for what it cost him id leave that envelope a lone and play with the newspaper instead might at least be cheaper.

Ive learned a lot from this post and some of my fear is gone lol jk.

Insha Allah made in america

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04-08-2011 02:46 AM  6 years agoPost 37
Ladymagic

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South Korea

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I like to push the envelope, but, I'm still pretty cautious. I hate to crash and crashing all the time is counter productive since you are always fixing stuff and waiting for parts, instead of practicing.

I do envy those guys to don't have any fear when they fly. They fly the crap out of their machines and don't care if they crash and it's a joy to watch. (as long as they are using common sense and safety anyways) Those guys usually progress faster than I did and do things that I still am leary to try even now. I'd like to do some of that blade scuffing and other hard core stuff, but I can't get the nerve up to do it. I don't usually go below 3ft during a 3D. But, I'll do it all day on the sim. I think the only heli I have that's done any 3D below 3ft is my 550 and as you can see, I've already crashed it twice in a row even with only 35 flights on it. All of my other helis are above the 3ft confort zone. Maybe there's something to that. So for the guys that crash alot, my hat is off to you for having the nerve to fly hard. You are the ones who are the most fun to watch at the field any day. I can brag that I've only crashed a few times in 9 years, but you can prolly fly harder in circles around me. Crashing less doen't always mean that that I'm the better pilot just the more cautious one

I can fly piro flips, piro wheels, piro tictocs, snakes, funnels, caoses, hurricanes, stunt autos, and all the technical stuff, but sometimes I wish I could just let it go and do the crazy on-the-deck stuff that I always see you guys doing. Maybe some day I'll be you guys Keep flying hard gentlemen

Mellisa

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04-09-2011 05:50 PM  6 years agoPost 38
billywizz

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South Devon / UK

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Crashes are frustrating

Hi All
I fly a Compass Knight3D and its my first large size Heli and my first Nitro powered heli. I have had it flying now for almost two years but in that time I have had a series of frustrating incidents due on the whole to various types of mechanical and/or electrical control issues amounting to approx 7-crashes? Only one of those crashes was caused directly by pilot error when I misjudged a fast low sweeping pass and the skids caught the grass sending the heli into a tumbling crash! Crashing is so frustrating mainly from a cost and time point of view. I have to say that the Compass Knight3D is a strong little beast and the cost of crashing it has so far been relatively inexpensive EXCEPT for the inevitable replacement of a set of carbon blades on each crash(OUCH). However I do love the hobby despite the cost factor. So to answer the question - I suppose on average (so far)I have been crashing once every 15 flights or so - but I hope to try and improve upon this abysmal record!!! Fitting better on board components and ensuring better pre-flight and maintenance checks is a must from now on!. One other thing - I have found that I have often ignored my gut instinct that something isn't quite right, and have taken off only to later discover that the resulting incident could have been averted if I had only investigated those "subconscious thoughts" that something was wrong!! The moto here must be "if you think that something aint right then STOP and investigate"!!!

Regards Bill

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04-09-2011 08:33 PM  6 years agoPost 39
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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Ladymagic I like to push the envelope, but, I'm still pretty cautious. I hate to crash and crashing all the time is counter productive since you are always fixing stuff and waiting for parts, instead of practicing.
wow i really would like to see one of your video's
billywizz Crashes are frustrating

I have found that I have often ignored my gut instinct that something isn't quite right, and have taken off only to later discover that the resulting incident could have been averted if I had only investigated those "subconscious thoughts" that something was wrong!! The moto here must be "if you think that something aint right then STOP and investigate"!!!
+1

when i have that feeling i try and take it easy with the heli for a couple flights especially with a new build.

ive seen guys with a new build hover for 30 seconds and then just start stick bangin away.

Insha Allah made in america

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04-09-2011 08:39 PM  6 years agoPost 40
gingus1

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Lafayette,La.

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As many as the ground will let me....

You Da-Man

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