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HelicopterMain Discussion › Am I too aggressive? How many times have you crashed this year?
10-12-2013 02:44 AM  4 years agoPost 1
devin120

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I feel as though maybe I need to change my flying habits and style but I also push myself to better my 3d the quickest I can. Albeit, having crashes is part of it.

Am I a professional crasher or just an avid heli pilot? I've planted an X7 and a Whiplash a combined total of about 8 times.

And you folks?

DC

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10-12-2013 02:54 AM  4 years agoPost 2
Flys4Fun

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wow, so my question is deep pockets or credit debt to fix?

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10-12-2013 03:04 AM  4 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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Sorry, Crashing is part of the game! The trick is to crash the cheap ones!

Bill Whittaker

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10-12-2013 03:07 AM  4 years agoPost 4
jackp332

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Is the crashing helping you achieve the outcome you desire? Ie- accelerated learning of 3d? If it is, and you can afford it, then by all means carry on. I personally put my 700size machine in only once this season due to a failed servo, not pushing the limits, and i was very upset. Not just because i was very emotionally attached to it and had invested alot of time in it, but i knew how much $$ it was going to be to repair.

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10-12-2013 03:10 AM  4 years agoPost 5
devin120

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answer
wow, so my question is deep pockets or credit debt to fix?
No wife or girlfriend.

Ok so I shall slow it down then. I was thinking I was way to aggressive.

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10-12-2013 03:11 AM  4 years agoPost 6
ICUR1-2

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Crashing sucks not just because of the money but the time it takes for shipping and the time to repair and hopefully get all the parts needed the first order.

but mainly taking the wreck apart and rebuild time

if your crashing too often work it out on a sim and fly a bit higher

spending time, paying attention

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10-12-2013 03:16 AM  4 years agoPost 7
BOB WHO?

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Downey, Ca.

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Goblin 700 two crashes (one re-kit), Trex 550 two or three crashes, various 500s three or fours crashes, Trex 450 many crashes. Repair costs covered by cash; best deal at my local shop. If you are flying timidly to avoid crashes, you are missing part of the thrill IMO. I'm not sayin' crashing is fun, but being afraid to crash takes some of the fun out of it. Don't you agree?

Good topic!

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10-12-2013 04:43 AM  4 years agoPost 8
doug p

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Are you talking 8 mishapps a year?

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10-12-2013 04:53 AM  4 years agoPost 9
JKos

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If you are flying timidly to avoid crashes, you are missing part of the thrill IMO. I'm not sayin' crashing is fun, but being afraid to crash takes some of the fun out of it. Don't you agree?
No, I don't agree. Crashing takes the fun out of it. I don't agree with the whole "if you're not crashing you're not trying" mantra.

Crashing means down time and wasted money.

- John

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10-12-2013 05:00 AM  4 years agoPost 10
RM3

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crashing just means you did something wrong. If your crashing trying to do the same thing over and over, you need to take a step back and practice the building blocks that lead to that 3D move. Ive crashed less and less by taking my time with learning the "baby" steps....learning to recover and auto is a big part of not crashing even when trying new stuff.

Just going balls to wall every time will lead to a broken heli for sure.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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10-12-2013 05:07 AM  4 years agoPost 11
AWittleWabbit

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Is the crashing helping you achieve the outcome you desire?
^^^This

If I don't crash anymore this year, I will have 3. Two to equipment, one to brain latency. All on the 450dfc. Micros don't count If its worth anything to you, I wonder if don't push enough sometimes.

Would a bit more altitude have prevented those crashes? I use a imaginary box in the sky, I know when go off course. I tend not to do anything low till I'm reasonably certain I won't screw up(most of the time).

Heli-itis sufferer.

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10-12-2013 05:14 AM  4 years agoPost 12
devin120

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Altitude
Altitude, Sun, and tree line really screwed me up today. It was sunset and everything's ok until its low at the treeline, and it just blends in to the darkness and bang too late. My fault.

Blades
Tail blades
boom
torque tube
main shaft
spindle
jack shaft
all front tt gears
vertical fin
misc links

Pissed and they don't have the parts in stock here. Im going to order next day shipping to new York and drive to get it.

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10-12-2013 05:17 AM  4 years agoPost 13
PilotPin

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I have 2 450's and a 300 I use these three for all my daring stuff. The one 450 I consider my beater. I have probably 10 to 12 crashes between the 3. My large helis I fly more conservative.

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10-12-2013 05:21 AM  4 years agoPost 14
ICUR1-2

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If crashing was really a part of the hobby we all would have 4 or 5 of the same model ready to go.

The hobby is more a pay as you go type of deal.

you pay as hard as you play

spending time, paying attention

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10-12-2013 05:22 AM  4 years agoPost 15
Einzelganger

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Campbell, Texas

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In the past year, I practically destroyed a Raptor Titan 50. I lost orientation in a stationary roll left and planted it head button first.
I planted my Titan 50SE due to a locked aileron servo.
My NX4 went in on it's 4th flight due to a tail rotor without thread lock.
All three are rebuilt and flying but each crash made me nearly sick.
They taught me to pay better attention to my building, and sim until I'm completely comfortable in all directions and orientations before I push the real bird. I also learned that sometimes s#!+ just happens.
I need to burn a lot more fuel.

Wayne

I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman

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10-12-2013 05:23 AM  4 years agoPost 16
AWittleWabbit

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My backup field is surrounded by trees. There are times of the day where even loudest brightest colors will disappear in the tree line. I'd fly facing the other way but can't for certain reasons.

Hats off to you for being motivated. Nothing like flying when you are really itching to do it. Best time to progress too.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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10-12-2013 05:27 AM  4 years agoPost 17
devin120

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Thank you
Very motivated. Almost feel like selling my jet to fund another whiplash exact same setup for.... occasions like this.

Anyone with an MA Whip want a Turbine? :P

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10-12-2013 05:34 AM  4 years agoPost 18
AWittleWabbit

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Another Heli-itis sufferer!
Keep at it! I get motivated in waves and promised myself this time I'm going to ride it all the way in.

I don't know how economical it would be for your heli, but I keep a complete head/ mast at the ready as a spare. It's my mental trick to motivate myself to rebuild that day. "You just need to rebuild the servos" I lie to myself!

Heli-itis sufferer.

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10-12-2013 06:06 AM  4 years agoPost 19
RogerRabbit62

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So far

Last year i had 2 700 crashes, one due to technical, one due to brain shutdown.
This year two Auto mishaps (tailstrikes) one of them extremly expensive because of the not really auto-friendly construction of the Henseleit.

Two crashes on the 500 due to tech-fail.
a few crashes on the 500 in the rebuilding phase due to the reconstruction until xchanged that faulty BEC

None on the 800 Birds (knock knock)

Since i structured the training i only dumbthumbed (not even dumbthumbing?) one heli into the ground the last 12 month.

I was flying fairly fast backwards while talking to my buddy standing next to me. The heli was crossing over us (never fly over you...) in a "no problem"-way but the path was at a towards earth descending vector.
When he said "watch" the crash was before the "out".

Too fast, too low, over us, near terrain.

Lesson learned, do not fly fast and low while talking.

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10-12-2013 06:33 AM  4 years agoPost 20
Craigdieslemac

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Valdosta, Ga USA

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I crash micros all the time.. In the 300 and below category.. Someone said that doesn't count, but it does for me. All the crashed on them saves me crashes on the big ones. Folding up a 130x or a 300x is a lot more pallatable than anything above a 550. I learn everything on them first.. Someone also mentioned baby steps.. That's what I do when applying new stuff to larger aircraft.

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