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01-24-2010 12:50 PM  8 years agoPost 1
rnkasp

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I have a new Logo 400 with approx. 12-15 flights. All easy circuits and mild 3D. It has never been crashed. Yesterday while flying I noticed it started having a slight mind of its own. Nothing major just a little drift here and there. Upon landing I noticed the swash plate had all kinds of slop in it and upon further inspection saw that the bushing and ball joint had seperated from the inner ring. I have to give praise to the minivbar as I'm sure it was working overtime to keep the heli stabilized and allowing for a sucessful landing. My question is, has anyone experienced anything like this and do you think I would be OK to CA the nylon bushing back to the swash ring? Like I said this is a spotless, brand new heli and a factory assembled swash. Does anyone think I will get anywhere contacting Mikado with a factory defect?

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01-24-2010 03:19 PM  8 years agoPost 2
clayboy

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ca will not work. contact the company where u got it from.

i is the old swash the new 1 have a screw to adjust the ball joint

on mine i punched the edges where the nylon bushing sits so it can not come out, like they used to do with bearings before locktite came in to the market

i started with nothing and still got most of it left

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01-27-2010 06:46 PM  8 years agoPost 3
rnkasp

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I just wanted to post a follow up to my problem. I sent the swash back to readyheli for them to examine. Ready Heli's support was awesome. They repaired the swash and on it's way back home. By the lack of responses to this post I guess (and hope) that this was just an isolated incident.

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01-27-2010 07:56 PM  8 years agoPost 4
dahld

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Issues like this are rare with most quality heli manufacturers today, and Mikado is no different. Considering the thousands of swash plates in use as we speak, many with hundreds and hundreds of flights on them, the evidence is that it's an usual incident.

But IF you're the guy that gets that one bad part that slipped through the process, Ready Heli is the dealer you'll be glad you had to deal with (-:

, Dave

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01-28-2010 01:48 PM  8 years agoPost 5
rnkasp

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Dave,
Thanks for the reply. I absolutely agree. I was the unfortunate one though. No complaints. I'm still very happy with the quality of my Logo and with Mikado as a whole. I again want to state that Ready Heli is top notch in customer service.

Question for you, in your opinion was it that I had the Vbar that saved the heli or would it still have been controllable with the swash failure I experienced?

Thanks

Ron

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01-28-2010 06:14 PM  8 years agoPost 6
dahld

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Hard to really know for sure. But we can make an informed conclusion.

But one thing we do know, is that if failing mechanics are causing the heli to move without pilot input (in your case due to the swash plate failing), the V-Bar will automatically compensate to keep the heli positionally stable. Just like when we check for proper sensor direction on the bench. Move the heli in a right roll, and the swash moves left...etc.

So was the V-Bar primarily responsible for saving the heli? Don't have enough information to know for sure. But it certainly helped to some degree.

, Dave

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12-22-2010 05:49 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Smacka

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Just saw this due to another pilot having the same issue recently...

All manufacturing is subject to Statistical Process Control (SPC). If your product line falls within an acceptable "bell curve", 2% will be above the nominal dimensional range, and 2% will be below the nominal dimensional range. If allowed to drift outside of nominal during the manufacturing process, it is perfectly acceptable (in the automotive industry) to have 4-parts out of every one-million out of tolerance.

So, four pilots out of one-million stand the chance to receive a faulty part.

Knowing this to be true, it is not the 4 in one million that is the issue...it is how do companies like Ready Heli respond to the 4 in one-million. They back what the sell, that's what they do, and Ready Heli is no exception. They are fantastic to deal with on many differing levels.

If you end up one of the four people, give them a call. In the mean time, take the opportunity to grab some quality sim time until you can get your heli back to RTF status

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