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Old 08-13-2004, 11:18 AM   #21
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On the flip side, last season we had a new flier who lost his Avistar to a tree, in view of the field. The wing came off and fluttered to the ground (with little or no damage) leaving the fuse near the top of a tree some 60 or 70 feet in the air. The tree is on Conservation Land, so it could not be cut down. The first branches were at least 30 feet up, the trunk was nice and smooth (A beech, I thnk) and there were other tall trees close by preventing hitting it with anything.

The owner even brought in a chap who is a "Professional Tree Climber", but he took a look and said "No thanks".

The darned thing stayed there taunting everyone for two months, through multiple rain and wind storms. Finally, one day someone was out looking for their own plane snd found the fuse sitting on the ground on its wheels, with only minor damage.

The owner was able to quickly patch, recharge and it fly again.

We all still chuckle about that one.

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Old 08-13-2004, 12:13 PM   #22
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A couple of weeks ago I was flying my SPAD3D and it went down in the full grown winter-wheat just outside our strip. On my way to retrieve it I stumbled across another long lost plane
Should have seen the look on everyones faces when I walked back to the field with two planes. It turns out that the other plane was gone for two weeks. (Still haven't received a thank-you from the owner )
I doubt i will ever do that again in my lifetime.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:55 AM   #23
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Being new to this hobby, only been flying for a month and a half, I have landed in trees many times now. Well into the woods twice now. I usually carry a digital camera, as often there is something worth picturing every trip to the field. I will probably use that to take a pic of the treeline with point of entry centered for reference after reading the tree line sketch idea. For me I fly an electric, so that is of great help. So far I have not gone into the woods dead stick, so I have always been able to locate it by sound using short blasts on the throttle. Also like the bow and arrow idea, don't waste your time with a sling shot with a nut and fishing line, I assure you that is a waste of time. I also always put my first name and cell phone # on the fuse in case some honest soul finds it before I do.
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:43 AM   #24
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A few things I consider when I lose a plane.

1. Its always about 1/3 farther than I expect.
2. Take a bearing on the direction it went down, and pick a marker (tree, fence post. hill etc.) behind the place it went in, or approximately where it went down.

As well, I always put my name address and phone number glued inside the plane when I build it, so if someone finds it, they know where to return it.

A neat trick I heard (when searching in a corn field) is to take a stick, with walkie talkies. The person holds the stick up so the pilot can see it above the corn. The pilot directs the person in the corn towards the reference point taken when the plane went in, this keeps them on track.


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Old 09-24-2005, 08:27 PM   #25
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I've been told that some people, when searching in a wooded area, will use toilet paper to mark the sections already searched (sort of like when hunters use that flourescent survey tape to mark their trail).

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Old 09-25-2005, 05:39 PM   #26
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about a month ago

My uncle lost 1 about a month ago wjen we were flying.We looked through trees and alders for a long time and he went back to field later that day and when was nearly ready to give up ,seen a part of it sticking up in air about 2 fields from where we though it went down,those things can cover a lot of ground in a hurry,so broaden ur search,might not be exactly where u think it is,Good luck!
At least in rc flying ,we live to fly another day if we crash!
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