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11-03-2004 10:22 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Chavalo

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I was flying my R50 for the 3rd tank of the day when suddenly one of my paddles shoots off from the flybar...I was doing probably about 1900 RPMs at the most!!! Luckly I was able to land with minor damages (flybar and a probable bent main shaft) although the thing wobbled violently like a wounded bird! I've flown my Rappy for about 4 or 5 gallons after my last crash/re-built with no mech mishaps.

Has anyone had a similar problem? I'm pretty sure the paddle was tightly screwed and fastened with the butt screw..

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11-03-2004 10:59 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Eury

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I had it happen on my Raptor 60V2. Turned out to be a $350 crash once it was all tallied. In my case, it was due to a loose set screw. I'd guess the same on your 50. You really have to crank down on them.

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11-04-2004 01:33 AM  13 years agoPost 3
vinrx7

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Luckly I was able to land with minor damages
I wouldnt have worried about the ship but rather my head from getting whacked. your lucky

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11-04-2004 01:38 AM  13 years agoPost 4
AA8VL

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This year at IRCHA on Friday afternoon Curtis Youngblood had a paddle fly off of his Vigor...so it even happens to the best of the best.

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11-04-2004 01:53 AM  13 years agoPost 5
JitsuGuy

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Was Curtis able to save the heli?

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11-04-2004 02:06 AM  13 years agoPost 6
AA8VL

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Yep, landed it like it was nothing at all. Nobody even knew a paddle had fallen off! He landed it because it seemed to be less responsive. He had a paddle that looked simular to a KSJ on the vigor. Never found the paddle nor did anyone look. The only reminense of it was some sheared plastic on the threads of the flybar...and some teflon tape.

However at IRCHA 2003 on Saturday I seen Curtis slightly botch an auto and bounced his heli HARD, while everyone else was busy eating BBQ. It was a hoot for the 6 of us who seen it. Proves that everyone has good autos and bad ones...no matter how good you are!

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11-04-2004 02:07 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Chavalo

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I was going from FF to hover at about 30 or 40 feet when the paddle flew off so I was VERY lucky....I'm no Pro believe me...if this had happened even at FF I would've totaled the heli!

Next time I'm using epoxy on the flybar thread and screwing the set screw as fixed as possible.....I think this will fix the problem...also, I think at 1900RPM's I'm pushing the envelope too much don't you think?

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11-04-2004 02:21 AM  13 years agoPost 8
Jason Cummings

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AA8VL
Never found the paddle nor did anyone look. The only reminense of it was some sheared plastic on the threads of the flybar...and some teflon tape.
Not true, it landed at AJ's feet and he returned it to Curtis.

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11-04-2004 02:26 AM  13 years agoPost 9
AA8VL

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I guess AJ is lucky it landed at his feet and not the eye. EEK

I wonder if Curtis will reuse the paddle

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11-04-2004 10:05 AM  13 years agoPost 10
cjw

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Not a paddle flying off, but I had a white MA paddle shatter in flight.

Take a look at the bottom of the log for picys:

http://www.cjwoods.com/Fury_log.htm

This happened after a couple off loops. The only way I knew something was wrong was that the heli was shaking a little, so I landed and .... only half a paddle on one side!

Clive

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11-04-2004 10:56 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Ringding

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also, I think at 1900RPM's I'm pushing the envelope too much don't you think?
Not really, on a 50 this is quite normal. There are lots of folks running 2000 on their R50s.

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11-04-2004 11:02 AM  13 years agoPost 12
cjw

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1900 RPM is pretty normal

Clive

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