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06-06-2009 03:54 AM  9 years agoPost 1
Nashville

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Today I was programming a new speed control (thanks Hoverking), and I should mention that I have been away from electrics for a couple of years, and I did it without first taking off the blades or better yet the entire head, as I knew I should have. I was just finishing up the 14 step process when my neighbor walks up from behind and pats me on the back and says hi. Well of course it distracted me and I thought I moved the stick in time but I didn't. A few seconds later I had an out of control heli on my table. After suffering a stripped main gear and some mean blade wacks to the chest and arm and I got it unplugged. So I thought I'd share this mistake in hopes that someone may learn something from it. Anyone got any other mistakes we can all learn from?

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06-06-2009 04:18 AM  9 years agoPost 2
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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yup, this is what happened from my stupid mistake. this pic was taken a day later when it was all cleaned up. i was pretty much holding the tip of my finger together with bandages.

Normally when im doing work on my 450 i have one of the motor wires disconnected.

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06-06-2009 04:23 AM  9 years agoPost 3
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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safety should always come first. We need to respect these machines as they are dangerous. Good advice.

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06-06-2009 09:55 AM  9 years agoPost 4
swasey1982

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La Ceiba, Honduras

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That looks painful. I do the same, unplug the wires.

Richard

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06-06-2009 10:31 AM  9 years agoPost 5
LONEWOLF2440

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Rule always back pinion off or unplug esc wire. Had a friend do that before

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06-06-2009 10:35 AM  9 years agoPost 6
duceduc

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It is very easy to forget and cut corners when it comes to safety. I caught myself doing it all the time.

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06-06-2009 10:38 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Sonic88

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Murfreesboro, TN

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Man, thats rough. Glad to hear you came out relatively unscathed. I always get anxious when programming ESCs.

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06-06-2009 02:40 PM  9 years agoPost 8
JRjoe

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Live and learn.
The school of hard knocks can be rough some times.


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06-06-2009 02:42 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Nashville

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The only good news is I bet I don't make that mistake again, lol. Back on the road to rcheliworks...

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06-06-2009 02:52 PM  9 years agoPost 10
DougsRC

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Mass.

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Here's one that can take ya by suprise. My friend had his heli plugged in, had his transmitter on the table, picked up the heli, someone asked him a question and he turned with heli in hand and hit the throttle stick with the tailfin of the heli Woke him up REAL quick. He just let go of the heli and wasn't hurt but a lesson learned.

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06-06-2009 05:53 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Eric Giorgianto

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New Jersey

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Mistakes I've Made a Few La La La La.....
Hi Guys, sorry to quote ol' Blue eyes, Frank Sinatra song I Did It My Way,and I paid the price, over a 15 year period I have had 55 stitches on my left hand 13 stitches on my right hand from 5 different moments of complacency.I figured I know what I'm doing so I get lazy and boom I get medical bills from my stupidity. I have learned many ways how not to do a task, and I have the scars to prove it. I now unplug 2 motor wires when setting up my planes or choppers,as I have had a motor turn on me with only one wire unplugged, I also will never fly if I am alone at the field like I used to do, this is one of the most dangerous things anybody can do. I also use a neck strap and when I start my chopper or plane the neck strap goes around to my back.and for my glow stuff I always use either on board glow, or a remote glow so my hands are away from the spinning stuff.BTW I was a jeweler with my own business and lost a lot of money cause I couldn't work from my injuries.
So take a step back, take a deep breath, if it's not finished today you can fly it tomorrow,don't rush that's when sh*t happens.
Be safe, be smart, and as long as we learn from our mistakes we will have fun.
Regards Eric G.

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06-06-2009 06:40 PM  9 years agoPost 12
what_the_helli

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cookeville, tn USA

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Just because I narrowly avoided a bad incident, and walked away with only a stripped main gear, with my Atom at the funfly you don't need to one up me
After suffering a stripped main gear and some mean blade wacks to the chest and arm and I got it unplugged
Hope your ok, I know you had to feel those, the Atom motor is a beast.

I put the fun in dysFUNctional :)
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06-07-2009 02:18 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Nashville

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lol. Always trying to 1 up you.

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06-07-2009 03:32 PM  9 years agoPost 14
nivlek

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Norfolk England

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An engine is a device that sometimes won't start when you want it to and electric motor is a device that can start when you really don't want it to !

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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