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05-21-2007 09:26 AM  13 years ago
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My 1st heli crash, and lesson learned
I thought it'd be beneficial for all who are interested, & primarily for my personal benefit, to have a detail record of my first crash. I find from experience with plane, that documenting detail thought moments of this unfortunate event does help to reduce such future incidences. IMO, First crash carries special significance as I believe it's now that the pilot is extra cautious and conceivably mistakes made during this period emphasizes the inherent weaknesses of the pilot.

I'd been at the field for 5 hours on that fateful Sunday morning. Ever since early morning, things had not been smooth. I only had a few hours of sleep the prior night, my eye sight was getting from bad to worse, my proper presciption glasses would only be ready for pickup the following day. I had mild diarrhea, most likely due to the suspicious chicken chop I had for lunch the day prior. My landing was bouncy, I was not able to hold steady altitude. My hands were cold and visibly shaking even when I flew plane.

So what prompted me to make that fateful flight when clearly I did not have the state of health to do it? Stupidity comes to mind. But in all fairness to the child side of me, I was driven hard by adrenaline and endorphine whole morning long. I flew without training gear for the 1st time, managed to do consistent circuits, managed to hover pointing to all four cardinal points ie. nose in/out/left/right. Well, what could go wrong right?' It's time to change my name to Curtis Youngerblood right?? haha

Well after some basic circuits, I hovered up to the standard 20' level to do the 4 cardinal points hover again!!. It went well, I was happy and while yawing her for tail in landing, my hands started shaking. This time it was harder to hold her still. And instinctively I went to the standard chant in my head, telling myself, "ok.. she is out of control, you need to calm down if you want her back in one piece". This method of calming myself has saved my aircrafts countless times. But that morning my nerve system was not in the mood to listen to me. There was another heli pilot nearby, but he flew mode 2, and it's a sure recipe for disaster to ask a mode 2 piliot to fly with my mode 1 tx.

The persistent chant in my head started to bare fruit, my heli started to hold still in a managable hover. For a moment, I thought I was out of trouble, and with a proud smile on my face I brought her back tail in, ever so gently. Little did I knew, my approach speed was faster than it needed to be. I was lucky that even with severe health impairment that morning, I remembered a tip by one of the expert I know to make the landing approach at a slight angle, for safety reason. By the time I realized it came in too fast, it was too late for a gradual deceleration. So I tilted her nose downward abruptly but at the time of panic, I errornously added some (well alot of, haha) of left cyclic. It was a crucial moment of decision, either to throttle up and try to toss her up into the sky or throttle hold and crash her down to a safe area. I have no regret I made the expensive decision.

The crash was nothing, I feel nothing for the heli, I was lucky nobody got injured. I will always remember this crash.. just as I remember my 1st plane crash.

There you go.. its off my chest now.
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05-21-2007 11:07 AM  13 years ago
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I know what you mean!
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05-21-2007 04:47 PM  13 years ago
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i would recomend spending more time on the simulater and less time writing your life story.
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05-21-2007 08:10 PM  13 years ago
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You detailed a whole list of problems health , no sleep ,wrong glasses,been at the site for 5 hours etc.Your previous flights should have told you that you were a danger to you and others.
Basic good sense should have told you not to fly again , in my view completely irresponsible .
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05-21-2007 11:03 PM  13 years ago
subarus

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i would recomend spending more time on the simulater and less time writing your life story.
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actually I was on sims the whole night prior to that, hence the lack of sleep
Basic good sense should have told you not to fly again , in my view completely irresponsible .
Couldn't agree more.. I fly plane as well. With plane in my case, the requirement for total wellness is less. Heli is new to me. After the incident, I totally understand what you mean.
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05-23-2007 07:34 AM  13 years ago
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good story. i thought it was funny. but the funny thing is you could have had 10 hours sleep the night before and been in the best health ever and still crashed the same or worse.
and as far as those that recommend more time on the sim, well you can only sim so much before you have to actually go fly.
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