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My raptor bit the dust today, in the stupidest of ways: I was fine-tuning the engine and the throttle curves, and after landing for the 4th or 5th time, I decided it was spot-on, and took off, well-intent to put it into inverted flight at 15' off the deck, and to fly away backwards inverted, which is my current favorite manouever to practice. Great, except in his haste, Chief Dum-Dum forgot to engage his idle-up! This is something I do on the ground, prior to take-off, so as not to forget. But since this wasn't a regular flight, the regular routine went out the door.
'Needless to say, if I had 6 times the altitude I had, this wouldn't result in the upgrade opportunity I now face. On the plus side of things, damage is pretty minor, about $100. A friend just crashed a Century Predator, and rang up a $400+ tab. Not a typo. So I guess I won't complain too much, specially considering it really was 100% my fault.
The sad thing is that I've done this before, but I evidently did not learn well enough the first time around. Hopefully, this time, the lesson will stay current much longer.
My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)