Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:15
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Jeez, a hard day, just starting to feel better about it now.
Forecast was for the best weekend of the year. Arrived at 9, sat reading in the car until the fog lifted. Started getting a few really nice flights in, and then I ploughed the 700. I think it was blade stall running the lower headspeed as I was coming out of a loop, but a few people said it looked like I saved it and then it dropped again, so I don't know for certain what happened.
It normally takes me at least a week to get things back to flying, 2 or 3 orders from various places and a little personal time to get over a crash, but the guys at MK were incredible, Andy and Dean offering parts off their own helicopters and Dave rebuilding it for me. He had it stripped down in half an hour and made a list of parts. I did a 2 hour trip to Midlands and by the time I got back, he'd cleaned all the parts, ready for putting back. He then rebuilt it and we had it flying before the end of the day. Unbelievable. He makes me laugh though. Absolutely refuses to use pliers on a nut, it has to be a spanner.
Got to watch Duncan fly at the end of the day. The heli just seems so locked (I hate that word, but appropriate in this case). He'll do some hard stop based moves and the heli will just stop, no wobble. His headspeed is just so consistent as well, just perfectly set up. I need to get my heli there. I get nervous flying the higher HS, all that energy just waiting to go wrong but it has to be done.
So, already feeling better about the whole thing, about to go out and get some flying in and sort my head out.
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