I was forced to attempt an auto rotation with my Raptor 50 tonight while flying over the corn field behind my buddies house. Apparently the heli was using more sky than I realized during those high speed passes. I was flying balls to the wall in level flight, just setting up for a pylon style "bank and yank" style turn when the engine quite. I was further away from us than I thought. While descending, I thought I had cleared a neighbors tree, but I quickly discovered that the heli was falling behind the tree. I added collective and tried to extend the glide. I was speechless at the results.
Boy, that Raptor sounded horrible as it scraped along the shingles of the neighbor's roof!!!! Yep, the neighbors came out of their house and looked around for the source of the clattering and banging they heard and quickly went back into the house when they couldn't figure out exactly where the noise came from (she actually went back in to see what could possibly be making all that noise inside the dishwasher she had recently started) he, he, he. Meanwhile, my heli was laying a few feet from the gutter and on its side just quivering away because I collapsed my radio anten. as I figured we would be a while.
I felt silly carrying the ladder to their house and asking permission to retrieve "my toy that fell out of the sky". Fortunately there was no damage to the house, the roof, the neighbors, and only minor damage to the heli. The neighbors found the whole incident funny(knock-knock-knock) and were extremely pleasant.
I scuffed a lima bean sized chip of paint off of the canopy, cracked one main blade, and the shingles ground through the NHP carbon tail blades. The flybar was bent, and I assume the main shaft and feathering shaft are toast also. Typical botched auto rotation damage.
I have been using MS 600 mm blades for the past year with great success. Are there any better blades for the money? I fly smooth 3D and want to continue to practice autos. I don't want to spend $125 for Vblades, though. Autos are my first priority, then good 3D performance.
I hang my head in shame. Flame suit is fully prepared for the torches.