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Old 08-02-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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Well it was a beautiful evening here and I decided to go for a flight. My engine was all out of tune so I played with it and got it running nicely. I refueled and took off. Everything was going great until the end of the flight. My engine started going in and out and I was trying to rock the power and take her down. But it was way out over the woods and went in. A friend and I looked right up until dark with no luck. I'm going out again in the morning. Any search tips would be greatly appreciated please. It is the most awful felling leaving your plane lost in the woods. I'm going nuts hoping it's alright and I find it. Thanks Daniel
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Old 08-02-2004, 07:18 PM   #2
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Bring a long rope with a piece of heavy wood attached. If your plane is in a tree, the rope/sling might be able to pull the plane down.

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Old 08-02-2004, 08:46 PM   #3
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Offer to buy your pals a coffee if they come out and help you do a sweep of the woods
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Old 08-02-2004, 09:24 PM   #4
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I have had good luck (with recovery, anyway) using my son's GPS receiver. I take a line on where I saw the plane last and start walking. I use the little LCD screen to establish a line and basically follow it. When I cross a creek, climb a hill or get detoured by an ostacle I use it to get back on my line and I have recovered three planes lately that were well out. On one, I started my timer at takeoff, and forgot about it when the plane crashed. Three of us put on protective gear to defeat the mosquitos and went hunting. When we got back, I remembered the timer, and it was 42 minutes 30 seconds after my takeoff, with the recovery complete.

The first one, after giving up the night before, I picked up the receiver at 7:56 AM. I drove about 10 miles to the field, took my line and went walking. I was back to the flight stone with the plane by 8:50 AM.

The way I've been flying lately, I better buy one of my own and keep it in my flight box, along with a garbage bag in each plane.

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Old 08-02-2004, 10:29 PM   #5
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One thing I do whenever I have a plane go down is take my transmitter with me.

Especially in woods you would be surprised how loud the servos and control surfaces can be in a quiet wooded area.

Unfortunately tomorrow your batteries will be dead in your receiver.

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Old 08-02-2004, 10:38 PM   #6
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If the plane is found and is higher than you can through a rope then the method I have used is to buy a adult recreational bow and arrow from Canadian Tire. Fasten a fishing line from a rod to the arrow then shoot the arrow well above the plane with the fishing reel in the cast position and stay out of the way of the unspooling fishing line. The line must come from a rod and through the guides on the rod to allow for a free spooling type of action. If there is the slightest friction on the line it will slow the arrow down and fall short. Needless to say make sure you have a safe area for the arrow to come down. Most often the arrow will come down with the line attached even through fairly heavy trees. Then once the line is down you attach a bigger rope/really good string to the fishing line and start reeling in pulling the heavier line back over the branch. Once you have BOTH ENDS of the heavy line you can yank like crazy and hopefully the plane will drop out without to much more damage then it already has sustained.

If you should happen to do this again, do not move from where you were standing while flying. Take your transmitter with the antenna fully extended and lay it on the ground with the antenna pointed towards the last place you saw the plane. Then leave it there so you can come back to it and still have the line of where it went down. A compass in your field box will be most helpful too.

To me, leaving a plane out over night is like leaving your lost dog in the woods over night, just pure agony.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-03-2004, 05:55 AM   #7
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Well my plane is still lost. I got up early this morning and searched for over an hour with no luck. I have heard that flying over in a full scale plane has helped many find lost planes. So now I think I am gonna try and get a ride at the airport from one of the guys. Thanks Daniel
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Old 08-03-2004, 07:11 AM   #8
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I know how you feel
my ultrasport 40 decided to head north on it's own yesterday
something airborne electrical quit - battery, switch, the new receiver.
will likely never know. - but what a sinking feeling.
one of o ur club fellow has an ultralight Challenger and is gonna fly around where it may be

might get lucky
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That's how I found my LT 40. Someone in the club knew someone who had a full scale and he asked him to fly over the next time he was up. Took no time for him to find it ( white plane, dark green trees ) . It was up a lot higher than I thought and therefore had to get a friend who does tree work to climb for it. He had the proper gear for this, I didn't.

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I know how you feel. In 89 at Orillia (Atherly field) some gentlemen gave us permission to test our racer's out before the Nats. Everything was fine until it came to a brand new F1. Got about 6 laps in all trimmed out and mentioned to Chuck my friend that something was wrong. Watched it go north over the trees at full bore. We searched for a day with no luck. Next spring I got in the mail a ST engine/spinner and radio with the comments plane was a little broke and the pilot didn't survive.
All I can say is see if your friends will help and check further out. They get a lot farther out than you think.
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