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05-04-2005 08:04 AM  13 years agoPost 21
rcheliflyer

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The videos of a CH-46 shaking off its tail while tied down are awesome, but how does that apply to our relatively much,much stiffer model helis?
Well I'll admit to tying down a heli to test it when I first started in the hobby, trying to earn the award you know
This particular heli trainer 30 was tied down to my deck railing .
Got away with it a couple of times and thought it was a good way to
setup since I did not know how to fly or even hover yet, I was afraid it would get away from me.
It caught me off guard started to spool up ok, then a wobble started and multiplied, then I tried to let off the collective , as it slowed it wobbed even more almost boom striking .
I did'nt do that again for a while then thought the railing was'nt solid enough , tried it again on a metal pipe that had a plate on top of it.
This pipe was cemented in the ground, used a different heli 60 size
and spooled up and the result was another violent gyration that left
me startled, never again.............

Sometimes seeing is believing, that last one made a believer outta me

PS, both these helis survived my torture testing and flew normally in the air.

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05-04-2005 04:48 PM  13 years agoPost 22
MJWS

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It's always fun to watch the peanut gallery jump down someone's throat. Put the words strap, heli, and/or garage too closely together and all hell breaks loose

You had a hot start. You killed it perfectly. No award necessary.

It wasn't REALLY that long ago when it was common practice to fly these things on a stand or strap them down. Of course all those pilots are dead.

It's a pretty large percentage of experienced guys that have strapped a heli down at some point. Contrary to popular rhetoric we are not all candidates for a darwin-award, dumb-asses, or even mildly retarded.

Don't get me wrong. Heli's DO NOT like to be strapped down. It is not easy to do safely, and typically unecessary. But you're hardly 'EVIL' you weren't the first and you won't be the last.

Have a blast. Be safe.

Mike

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05-04-2005 08:34 PM  13 years agoPost 23
marc8090

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Alright, enough was said about strapping the heli down but I got a story about running your heli in the garage. Many years ago a buddy of mine started his heli for the first time in his garage and let it idle on the floor. The phone rang so he went to answer it and left the heli running. Somehow the idle crept up, or was too high to begin with and the blades were spinning so the heli eventually crept around causing the tail fin to raise the trottle stick because the tx was sitting on the floor. Well, the heli flew up to the ceiling, wiped out the lights, and of course crashed. So along with not strapping down a heli, please don't leave them running unattended.

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05-04-2005 08:57 PM  13 years agoPost 24
MJWS

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DO NOT LEAVE HELI FLYING UNATTENDED IN GARAGE.

LMAO

Mike

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05-04-2005 09:36 PM  13 years agoPost 25
Tanner Hall

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DO NOT LEAVE HELI FLYING UNATTENDED IN GARAGE.
oh NOW you tell me. brb...

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05-04-2005 11:34 PM  13 years agoPost 26
rcnuts

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Millersville, Penna

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DANG! I was just going out to my garage and do just that! You guys kill all the fun in this hobby! I dont see anything wrong with leaving your heli running while no one is around. After all, if it goes nuts, nobody is there to get hurt-----right??
Harris,

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05-05-2005 12:34 AM  13 years agoPost 27
Lapointe

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Enumclaw, Wash

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Full throttle
Been there done that!!!
Wrong model but saw it by looking at throttle position.
I HATE HOT STARTS!!!
Allways lean model over and look at carb and throttle arm position before crancking over.
Never strap a heli down especially in a garage.

Keith Lapointe

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05-05-2005 01:25 AM  13 years agoPost 28
wolfdad

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Southern Maryland

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Mike,
Dude, you probably said it best...nothing wrong with the way he shut it down and, my guess is that 50% of us are morons who tried it once...maybe more than once and admit it, and maybe 40% are morons who have tried it and won't admit it and there may be 10% who were lucky enough to have an experienced moron who HAD tried it and learned from the mistake and passed it on (now, that's the best of the best IMHO). No, we are not all morons, however we all pull Delta Sierra's....just which DS we elect to try.

The only award due here is to the guy who did it, learned a hard lesson and passed it on....that takes cajones to step into this ring and open yourself up to a multi-million full broad-sides from.....you guessed it...."those who have and those who will."

BTW, I won't even comment on the garage.....I don't have one or.......

wolfdad sends....

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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