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Old 04-05-2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Funny how distorted ones depth perception becomes during a long distance dead stick approach.

This is an old plane, a dirty fuel tank, a sudden engine failure.

And then there is that unexplained parts of physics : the magnetic attraction to trees!:

This was part of Saturday's training period, lessons on how to dislodge a Telemaster from a 35 foot Poplar.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

Wow that's up there.

Did you get it down OK?
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Caption it? Who says money doesn't grow on trees?
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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

I used to fly off a lake that had been damed and all the stumps were still there. Stumps Suck! Trees are just extra big stumps.
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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

Something similar happened to me this winter. ESC low voltage shut-off at a bad time. I was a little to far past the tree line and into the upper canopy it went, though not quite a high as yours. Ended up going to Home Depot and picking up an extension pole for a painting roller... got the plane down... returned the extension pole an hour later.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:01 PM   #6
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I,ve seen this before , not the same place . Are we allowed to laugh , you could wait till the wind blows it down .................. but than again . Anyone have a chain saw ( just kidding )

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Reminds me of the poor guy that hit the Tower Crain at our feild. That was up there too
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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

Been there, done that!! Had a couple of similar incidents even though the trees in question are way out from the normal flying area. With the wind in the "right" direction, they seem to pop up & grab the plane! Have developed the long pole technique down to a fine art. Two swimming pool poles on top of two 8 foot 2 x 2's standing on 9 foot step ladder rescued plane from 55 feet up. Evidence attached.

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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

Trees are sneaky buggers, especially the ones behind your back. They come closer when you're not looking.

I think it's a conspiracy!
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Re: Magnetic attraction to trees

We were flying at a friends field on a beautiful sunny, still day. My friend's plane was a big boxy type trainer that flew beautifully. There wasn't any reason to expect anything but an uneventful flight!

Only problem was, like all planes, they require keeping the on board batteries charged. Yep, the controls went dead at about 200 up. Panic insued! But fortunately, the controls froze with the plane in a slight decent flying in a circular pattern so some hope was restored as we helplessly watched the plane slowly circle towards the ground. It just might possibly land itself! Hey, its happens!

Now, the field was huge! Not a tree in sight within a 1000 feet in any direction. Believe it or not, as the plane seemed to be making a gentle approach to a landing, all of a sudden...CRUNCH...and we could see pieces of plane flying everywhere! What the heck?

In all that huge open area, had the plane touched down anywhere else it probably would have, for the most part, been fine! But right there, in the middle of nowhere was a 2' stump sticking out of the ground!

Honestly, it was the only stump for as far as the eye could see, so what are the chances? It's true! It has to be! There could be no other explanation! Trees & stumps have a powerful magnetic draw on balsa wood!

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