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11-01-2004 06:15 PM  13 years agoPost 1
A.J.

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One day this summer i went out to the local flying field to fly my hawk sport. Well it was a hawk II but i just got done upgrading the control system to the sport version. Also i add a lot of new carbon stuff to it. It was a perfect day to go fly and i was going to test fly my hawk with all the new stuff on it. At first the tail was hunting because i added larger tail blades and carbon fins. Once i fix that problem i took it for a couple patterns before i started any aerobatics with it. Well i decided to bring it in to check a few things. When on final and about 40 feet from my landing area it started to yaw. So like most pilots i started to correct for it. But nothing happend. Within a few seconds the helicopter was spinning so fast that i could barely tell which way to try to control it. About ten feet off the ground it roll onto a knife edge while still spinning and went straight into the ground. Total flight time about 2 minutes. I found the problem and it was the tail rotor push rod had is connected from control arm on the servo. So i had power to the tail rotor but no control over the pitch of the blades. I finally got the pictures developed and i thought i would share them with everyone. When it crashed it came to rest on its side but the pictures are after i stood it upright.
Enjoy

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A.J.

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11-01-2004 06:39 PM  13 years agoPost 2
pcliftonjr

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I feel your pain...I just took my Raptor in this weekend. It doesn't look too bad, what are the repair costs?

Paul

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11-01-2004 06:41 PM  13 years agoPost 3
A.J.

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I have not actually repaired it yet. I bought a Raven 50 that i am working on now. I estimated that cost to be about $90 to get it back in the air without any carbon parts. And a whole lot more with them. And everyone knows onces you go carbon you never go back.

A.J.

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11-01-2004 06:48 PM  13 years agoPost 4
flipped2left

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indianapolis,in.

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When i first started i was always breaking main blades and bending something! mainly because i was trying to hover in a too confined area!
now that i seem to have relaxed a bit and have my hovering down,i still have the tendency to drop the throt. too quickly and am now breaking landing skids! not to mention stripping the main gear!
i guess i will be retiring it thru the winter at least until i can get it in my scale fuse and play with my gasser. check my gallery for crash pics also! ken

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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11-01-2004 07:13 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Ubie

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Here is my Voyager 50 after I lost tail control the weekend. The tail pulley on the tail shaft stripped and I lost tail drive.
Hit the ground pirouetting inverted!!
My new colour Carbontech blades were only 7 minutes old!!!!

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11-01-2004 08:01 PM  13 years agoPost 6
A.J.

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Yeah Ubie that looks pretty bad. Man it sucks when your new stuff doesn't last but a few minutes.

A.J.

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11-19-2004 04:41 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Jason WAI

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Sorry to see that

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