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07-16-2002 01:10 AM  16 years agoPost 1
rcpilotsteve

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I was down at the field having a great fly. About 10 minutes into my flight I noticed the black clouds were not breaking so I landed. After refueling I decided to go back up thinking nothing of the still lingering Storm Clouds. I was 20 feet or so off the deck when a crack of lightening lit up the sky and blinded me. I focused in on my bird just before the crash and cranked up the collective. To my surprise nothing happened. I had no control of anything. The Heli hit Engine running.
Well today I flew my other bird with the same flight pack (less two Servos) and no problem. Would the Storm cause such a long glitch? Was it the electricity in the air ?????

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07-16-2002 01:16 AM  16 years agoPost 2
Mosiris

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I noticed last night when lightning was near while cleaning the bird with power on, that almost every blast of lightning would make my servos jump. Glad I wasn't in the air !

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07-16-2002 01:25 AM  16 years agoPost 3
BladeRunner

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Lightning???
rcpilotsteve,,,,,,you're a lucky guy!!!! Standing in an open field with a lightning rod in your hands is a dicey thing to do......the lightning that was so close it blinded you could have easily travelled down your TX antenna!!!!.........and come out in a painful place!!!......

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07-16-2002 01:30 AM  16 years agoPost 4
rcpilotsteve

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I have never flown in these conditions. It was a rather interesting trip to the field. I honestly thought the Storm was going to blow over. However:
I thought it was kinda strange that I had the whole field to myself :

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07-16-2002 01:32 AM  16 years agoPost 5
ncostes

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The guy flies in a lightning storm and meanwhile thinks I'm reckless cause I didn't learn nose in before flying circuits?

He's a modern day Ben Franklin

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07-16-2002 01:35 AM  16 years agoPost 6
rcpilotsteve

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07-16-2002 01:49 AM  16 years agoPost 7
ncostes

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Transmitter? What is this "transmitter" you speak of. I thought this was free flight.

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07-16-2002 03:38 AM  16 years agoPost 8
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Just had to reply to this lightening story. Your radio is just a lightening rod on your flying field. If you hear thunder, give it up. Short story:
A few of us were flying at our field here in Mt.Pleasant, Tx. . Thunder sounded maybe 2 times a couple of miles or so away. I had just put my ant. down on the transmitter, as it started to rain and thunder again.

I then jumped into my friends Lincoln Continental, air-conditioning going and his 10' C.B. ant. waiving in the wind off the rear trunk of his car. Just as I shut the door, lighting struck the ant., knocked hole in trunk of car the size of a large dinner plate, curled the 10' C.B. ant., up like and pigs tail 5 inches long now, glowing orange/ red. All 4 steel belted tires had holes in them and sat going flat now in the down-poor, and the electrical system fried. His electric opening headlight covers stayed open from then on, even after his auto repairs.

My new red truck I bought the night before, had my heli in the front seat, and not enough room for it and me in the truck and I had to protect it, so I got into the other car (Lincoln). My new truck had 13 to the metal gouges on it, and paint job needed, not even 24 hour old.

My other friend running for cover, was knocked to the ground while running in front of us. Now this is the short version of the story, but still.. I hope you all get the message. Put your radio up and don't take a chance. We fly on a flat plain area next to the Lake.

Weldon

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07-16-2002 03:51 AM  16 years agoPost 9
ncostes

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Would your TX antenna really be the deciding factor or isn't your body enough to send up a leader?

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07-16-2002 03:56 PM  16 years agoPost 10
funder

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lightning rod
It wont make any differance to you one way or the other.

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07-16-2002 04:09 PM  16 years agoPost 11
BladeRunner

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Lightning????
It's even worse than you think!!! I saw a story on Discovery (I think that's where it was) about lightning......you can get lightning strikes from a CLEAR BLUE SKY!!! It can strike from a storm system up to ten miles away!!! The odds are probably low......who cares.....run!!
There was a person killed (in the story) exactly from that!!! If you even see a storm system that you think may be electrical......put away your stuff and live to fly another day........not worth the risk.

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07-16-2002 04:39 PM  16 years agoPost 12
pileit1

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I used to work for a company which owns a small jet, an IAI Westwind. One year they took the jet on a trip to Mexico City. On the way down there, they were dodging storms for part of the way. On a pass by one thunderhead, at a distance of approximately 12 miles, the plane was hit by lightning,,,,,,,,,12 MILES!!!!! The plane suffered enough damage to delay their return by several days while repairs were made.

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07-16-2002 04:56 PM  16 years agoPost 13
bigwave

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VERY DANGEREOUS
With the Exception of Flooding, Lightening is the number one " killer " from weather related deaths in the US.
Since lightening occures because of a massive buildup of electons between the two points ( no different than a static shock ) I would guess that it could cause radio interference even shortly before the actual strike. I mean you can fry an electonic componet from one small static charge ( but that's direct contact I know). I'm not absolutely sure about the relationship between frequency modulation and +/- electrons without doing more research.
Anyway, sounds like you guys got Lucky this time.
Chalk that one up to experience.

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07-16-2002 05:10 PM  16 years agoPost 14
rcpilotsteve

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For thirty years I've been outside enjoying every lightening storm that comes accross our sky. For the last 12 years I've been telling my wife "don't worry I'll be in in a minute" Once I was stuck on the lake in an Aluminium fishing boat during a very bad storm. I think your chances of simply being struck by lightening are not quite so high, although I would agree being caught in the Lightening at the field is not cool, especially when you lose your Rig

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07-16-2002 05:19 PM  16 years agoPost 15
ncostes

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You got hit by lightning? How was it? Do you have super powers now?

(not making fun of folks who have had permanent damage due to lightning strikes - clearly steve had his damage before any lightning strike )

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07-16-2002 05:22 PM  16 years agoPost 16
rcpilotsteve

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Nick, what have I done to deserve this
Where do you get I was struck by lightening??

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07-16-2002 05:33 PM  16 years agoPost 17
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I had to read it twice too......
He was STUCK on a lake in a boat..........not STRUCK.

I always have to read 'em twice!

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07-16-2002 05:35 PM  16 years agoPost 18
Rotor

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Transmitters! We don't need no "stinking" Transmitters!!!

My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly

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07-16-2002 05:40 PM  16 years agoPost 19
ncostes

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I assumed he just misspelled it - I think we've all been stuck in a boat on a lake in a thunderstorm at one time or another - I figured he had to have been struck I mean just read his posts

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07-16-2002 06:42 PM  16 years agoPost 20
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Storm??
A friend and I got caught on the water in a steel row boat (rental).....it's neat how you can hear and see the rain comming from quite a distance, when it caught up with us I was just rowing normally.....until he said.....dosen't lightning hit the highest point? Aren't WE the highest thing on ther water???........I never knew a human could row that fast!!!! We were soaked but still in one piece when we hit shore!!!......

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