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What not to do

#1
A thread of what not to do....Post more suggestions of what not to do, and I will post it, along with your username
Here's my list:
Fly behind a building.
Try to show off.
Spin a motor with a bent shaft in your hand
Try to do a roll with a Rudder-controlled plane(Luckily this didn't result in a crash!)

And now list of other people's not-to-do's
Throw your glider in front of a labrador retriever. --earthsciteach
 
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earthsciteach

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#2
First hand experience learned about 45 minutes ago: try to outmaneuver a small bird with a 50mm EDF F/A-18. The result is a spin to the ground. Luckily, no real damage was done to the bird or the rc plane.
 

Brian fred carr

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#5
Don't fly without having a clue about cg
My first arf build i just slopped everything together took it to a field. Hand launched........ then picked up all the bits
went home and watched flitetests episode on cg....wish i done it before
 

DejaD

ARG=almost ready to glue
#9
Don't take it for granted that your ailerons move in the correct direction during you pre-flight. Verify Before You Fly! Just because they moved doesn't mean they moved correctly...I know this for a fact.
 

ananas1301

Crazy flyer/crasher :D
#10
-Don´t forget to turn on your timer on the radio! I keep forgettin that and end up with a morer than empty battery.
-If you built a plane from scratch and check(!!!) if the connections are soldered right and don´t become loose with vibrations, because any plane will vibrate.
-Check your radio! Sometimes you end up taking someone elses radio!
 

jetpackninja

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#11
Don't skimp on rubberbands. How much do they cost?
I've ripped a couple of wings off the old slow stick making a not sot gentle pitch change that pulled the wing free from the mounts. The Slow Stick fuselage with no wings makes a graceful but violent decent to the ground. Can you say lawn dart?
 

JimCR120

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#12
Don't take it for granted that your ailerons move in the correct direction during you pre-flight. Verify Before You Fly! Just because they moved doesn't mean they moved correctly...I know this for a fact.
I agree and would add that that goes double for elevators. Been there done that.

Don't ignore peculiar sounds. I ignored this once, even knowing why (usually use two rubber bands on prop saver) my prop sounded a little loosey goosey. But it wasn't until the prop left the plane (last band snapped) that I realized what a bad choice my complacency and procrastination was.
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#13
Hahaha- but so satisfying to watch that prop float safely to earth straight to the ground.
And so challenging and rewarding to bring that plane safely down dead stick- unless you crash ;)
 

Emparri

Junior Member
#14
Don't take your eyes off your plane!

Just started the hobby and was barely familiar with my 2nd hand 9CH Tx. Made a successful take-off, went into straight and level (still on 3/4 throttle or more) and decided plane needed slight trimming. Looked at my Tx and dialed in a few clicks. Friend (experienced) saw me doing this and immediately asked where's my plane. It was a tiny speck in the horizon heading towards the sea! Luckily my friend brought it back for me.
 

colorex

Rotor Riot!
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#15
Just started the hobby and was barely familiar with my 2nd hand 9CH Tx. Made a successful take-off, went into straight and level (still on 3/4 throttle or more) and decided plane needed slight trimming. Looked at my Tx and dialed in a few clicks. Friend (experienced) saw me doing this and immediately asked where's my plane. It was a tiny speck in the horizon heading towards the sea! Luckily my friend brought it back for me.
I'm scared about that...
 

JimCR120

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#19
Hahaha- but so satisfying to watch that prop float safely to earth straight to the ground.
And so challenging and rewarding to bring that plane safely down dead stick- unless you crash ;)
Hahaha not. No the plane, my accursed "Funbat" was at a distance so I didn't see where my prop floated safely nor was my landing so rewarding.:black_eyed: