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HomeAircraftHelicopterSafety - RC Helis are not toys › Wow did I screw up!
04-26-2010 11:15 PM  8 years agoPost 1
C-note

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A couple of nights ago I decided to finish off my T-rex 500. I sat it on the kitchen counter where my wife has her dishes. Remember that because it's important. While flipping on the throttle hold I commensed to align all of the servo arms to 90 degrees at mid stick. I got a phone call & got engrossed in the conversation, as I noticed the red light flashing on my tx I walked over to it and mistakenly flipped it off. Remember I said I had it at mid stick? Well you guessed it-it came on @ 80% throttle on the kitchen counter! Remember I told you about the dishes earlier? Well glasses flew across the kitchen floor, and so did my 500. My daughter who almost got hit screamed and in came my wife. To make a long story short-remember to keep your mind on what you're doing & don't be like me. Save all your extra $ for crashes after you fly...

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04-26-2010 11:31 PM  8 years agoPost 2
life2short1971

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I am glad no one was hurt. That is why you bind your heli in a failsafe with zero throttle. That way if it has no signal it wont spool up. Bind your your heli with zero throttle. I can't remember if throttle hold should be off or on so you'll need to research that or someone else may chime in.

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04-27-2010 12:03 AM  8 years agoPost 3
ScaleBrad

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Any time you are working on or setting up and electric heli you need to unplug the motor from the esc. That's one reason for the bullet connectors between the two. Glad no one got hurt.

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04-27-2010 01:49 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Been there, done that. I've got scars to prove it.

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04-27-2010 01:52 AM  8 years agoPost 5
philip 01

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set up a fail safe and it won't happen again. that is the problem. no failsafe.

ask me how i know.

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04-27-2010 02:13 AM  8 years agoPost 6
ShuRugal

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Killeen, TX

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when setting up my 450, i unplug the ESC from receiver and just use a ni-cd

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04-27-2010 02:32 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Steff Giguere

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Dangerous mistake, glad everyone is safe. Hope it does not happen to you again. On the bright side most of us go through some form of what just happened to you.

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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04-27-2010 02:42 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Wingman77

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Pulaski Tennessee

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what did your wife say?

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04-27-2010 05:12 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Rick_H

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Boulder City, Nevada

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So how long do you have to sleep in the dog house?

Rick

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04-27-2010 07:05 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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Any time you are working on or setting up and electric heli you need to unplug the motor from the esc.
Probably a very good advise. I think this is equally a good one......Don't be distracted when you work with your heli. If you can't keep your mind on it 100%, put it aside for another time.

It is good to hear no one got hurt.

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04-27-2010 07:24 AM  8 years agoPost 11
philip 01

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the bottom line here is that you need fail safe set up in the radio.

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04-27-2010 06:39 PM  8 years agoPost 12
fla heli boy

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.....or stay off the 1-900 lines while working on your bird...
Glad everyone is OK.

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04-27-2010 10:47 PM  8 years agoPost 13
C-note

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Alberta, Va

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Hey Gang,

Thanks for all the advise, and I am thankful too no one got hurt. What did the wife say? Surprisingly she seemed calm. Not, that I almost hurt my daughter, but the only thing I broke was her dishes. I'm sure I'll be paying for them in some other way at a most inconvenient time...

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04-29-2010 07:15 PM  8 years agoPost 14
popiterflyer

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Va

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Well you know where to get parts
Glad everyone is ok, but thats what I call JOB SECURITY
Call me

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05-02-2010 11:11 PM  8 years agoPost 15
Carbon Copter

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the bottom line here is that you need fail safe set up in the radio.
I'm sorry, but saying that is as dumb a thing as what happen here. The bottom line is you don't leave the motor plugged in when working on your heli. Period. No offense intended.

~oo~ Stop fogging up my glasses

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05-03-2010 12:29 AM  8 years agoPost 16
LaurenceGough

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UK

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Glad no one was hurt.

I like to test fail safes with the motor out of the heli. Do every combo you can think of and the motor should never spool up unless it's "flying".

First step in set-up before doing anything else that way you know you're okay.

But yep, you can always accidentally hit throttle hold (etc) still so best to remove both main blades and tail blades, doesn't really matter then.

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05-03-2010 01:15 AM  8 years agoPost 17
TankDirt

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Illinois

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I'm sorry, but saying that is as dumb a thing as what happen here. The bottom line is you don't leave the motor plugged in when working on your heli. Period. No offense intended.
Dont see why that is..Theres nothing wrong with trusting in your electronics. I do agree its safer technically to unplug the motor, or take the set screw out of the pinion. But that all isnt needed. I personally love failsafe and in this case, and most others, it would have taken care of the situtation.

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05-03-2010 03:24 AM  8 years agoPost 18
philip 01

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if fail safe is set, you're done. nothing else needed.

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05-03-2010 05:32 AM  8 years agoPost 19
G Steyn

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Heidelberg, Transvaal, Suid Afrika

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Been there, done that. I've got scars to prove it.
DITTO

Concentrate on your weaknesses and your strengths will reward you!

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05-03-2010 04:17 PM  8 years agoPost 20
Carbon Copter

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TankDirt & Monkey Nutz, how does failsafe react when you accidentally bang into Idle up or knock the radio off the table and Idle up is engaged?

~oo~ Stop fogging up my glasses

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