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What did you crash today

The Hangar

Fly harder!
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Well I flew and crashed the eflite leader lol. Got two FANTASTIC flights on it, what a perfect plane, I love it! It flies on rails and is perfect for sport and pattern flying! Halfway through the third flight the battery decided to eject and took the canopy with it. I was in an inverted bank when it lost power so it slowly made several inverted circuits and landed perfectly inverted out in the middle of the field. It could have not landed in a better way, and the only damage was a slight crack in the rudder.
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Mr_Stripes

Well-known member
Flew the mini scout. Had some trouble with the controls not being centered but I put it up anyways. Flew very nicely (other than lacking in control). Flight ended in crash that tore firewall from the power pod. Already fixed all of the problems. Weather was nice and drizzly. Keeps the people away.
 

Wildthing

Legendary member
Well I flew and crashed the eflite leader lol. Got two FANTASTIC flights on it, what a perfect plane, I love it! It flies on rails and is perfect for sport and pattern flying! Halfway through the third flight the battery decided to eject and took the canopy with it. I was in an inverted bank when it lost power so it slowly made several inverted circuits and landed perfectly inverted out in the middle of the field. It could have not landed in a better way, and the only damage was a slight crack in the rudder.
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Very lucky, now fix the hatch :)
 
Well I flew and crashed the eflite leader lol. Got two FANTASTIC flights on it, what a perfect plane, I love it! It flies on rails and is perfect for sport and pattern flying! Halfway through the third flight the battery decided to eject and took the canopy with it. I was in an inverted bank when it lost power so it slowly made several inverted circuits and landed perfectly inverted out in the middle of the field. It could have not landed in a better way, and the only damage was a slight crack in the rudder.
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ttthat looks so much like a sig kobra
 
I managed to lose a FT Bushwacker and a FT Viggen on the same day last weekend.

Frist I was flying my Bushwacker. Literally on the last turn back to the airflied I got the speed and the flaps wrong and lost control. The Bushwacker was hanging in the air like a 3D plane (just that I cannot fly 3D). There was a bit of wind that carried it away behind a treeline and into a rapeseed field. I had a rough idea where it came down but when I walked to the field, the rapeseed was already chest high and the field was humming like a beehive. I walked in eventually but no chance of finding that Bushwacker.

This is where desaster was immanent. I had my Viggen with me at the field and with the FT Aura board in it I was way to confident in flying it. So I put the little Runcam on it facing downwards because I thougt its a bright idea to do some reconnaisance. Not such a bright idea to send one aircraft after another one I had already lost. So I took of, did a few turns over the field and then lost sight of the aircraft. In panick I switched on level assist and pulled up but I never saw that Viggen again. It took about 15 to 20 seconds before my radio lost contact.

I was very depressend of loosing my two favorite aircraft on the same day. Luckily someone at the airfiled made a few calls and an hour later we had a drone making pictures from above the rapeseed field. And we found the Bushwacker. With the geodata from the drone footage I got out the field the next day. However, the Viggen remains missing in action. I am still looking at drone pictures from the rapeseed fields but with the level assist on and me pulling the aircraft up, there is a very good chance that it flew until the battery died.

What did I learn?
  • Don't do your landing preparations in the last turn before you land
  • Careful with the flaps downwind
  • Avoid unclear terrain
  • If you lose line of sight, switch off throttle immediately (finding a crashed aircraft is probably better than no aircraft at all)
  • Buy a GPS tracker ;-)

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JB SimpleStick, my go to plane as of late. Would love to blame it on the electronics brown out, servo malfunction and the like, but.. no. I flew into the sun, lost orientation of the plane and dived it inverted into the ground all on my own. Wondering how many more of these poor Leopard motor will take, it survived two, so far.