Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00 07:00

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(8-12 mph) Gentle breeze

700e A
21 flights
Avg. flight time 00:05:00
Radio related

Arrived super early. My genny wouldn't start due to low oil, so I had a drive around looking for a garage.
Everything was going so well, really enjoying the day, loads of flights and talking rubbish. Eventually a reversing chaos got away from me. I had easily enough height to stop and regain control, but I thought I'd take the easy route and hit the rescue. Cue a tail slide into the ground. WTF?
The log doesn't show much, some raised vibration levels, Bailout Start, and me activating throttle hold after the hit.
Basically 2 crashes in 1 month due to me using rescue when I could have easily saved it normally. I think it gives a false sense of security, so I will be removing mine.
The damage isn't too bad, mostly to the tail, and there are the usual summer discounts on this weekend, so hopefully should be back by next weekend.


Tony Rocco (Forza) on Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:36
WTF? :-( I wonder sometimes if the rescue is a bit fierce on default setting and whether this could have an impact on stuff like this happening.....from a mechanical standpoint.

RichardV on Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:30
Without video recording and exact time references, it's impossible to say exactly what happened, but I'm not interested in finding out. It's let me down twice and I also dislike that in the middle of something requiring focus, occasionally you find yourself thinking about bailout instead of concentrating. It was an experiment, but it's not for me.
The heli's pretty much back together using spares I had available. Just awaiting some bits from Midlands.and it'll be running by Wednesday. I did a proper rebuild too, changed all the worn ball links, main shaft bearings and shimmed the head to take the play out.

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