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Old 08-14-2016, 04:45 PM   #1
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I may not be a hot doggin's 3D flyer. Actually, just happy doing circles in the sky. But today, I found out the hard way that I can still do an auto when I need to. I was probably only about 3 minutes into my flight with my X-Cell 60 which was running great, good power, nice smoke trail, when out of nowhere, it just flamed out. Ok, one chance at this and a gentle touchdown. I take it back to the pit area, put it on the bench and start with what I thought was the obvious, let's check the glow plug... wait... where is the glow plug... spit it out somewhere. Put in a fresh plug and went flying again.
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Old 08-14-2016, 04:59 PM   #2
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Re: I can still auto!

I'm impressed and you have a heli in one piece! My version of auto rotate would be more akin to a stone.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: I can still auto!

Good on ya! There ain't much time to react in a real, unplanned emergency landing. Quite different than shooting autos on purpose, from your preferred height, from you preferred location relative to the field, etc...

I can do a good 'greased brick' imitation with sufficient planning. Is that worth mentioning?
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:31 PM   #4
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Anything that keeps it in one piece and nothing bent or out of align is worth mentioning.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:47 AM   #5
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Re: I can still auto!

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I may not be a hot doggin's 3D flyer. Actually, just happy doing circles in the sky. But today, I found out the hard way that I can still do an auto when I need to. I was probably only about 3 minutes into my flight with my X-Cell 60 which was running great, good power, nice smoke trail, when out of nowhere, it just flamed out. Ok, one chance at this and a gentle touchdown. I take it back to the pit area, put it on the bench and start with what I thought was the obvious, let's check the glow plug... wait... where is the glow plug... spit it out somewhere. Put in a fresh plug and went flying again.
Nice!

Xcells were always good at autos. At least better than some of the other helis in those days.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:23 PM   #6
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Ya, it caught me off guard and I'm sure I paused a bit before dropping the collective, but it set down quite nicely and when it was fully on the skids, did a little 180 degree spin around on the ground, but stayed firm and level. I was actually pretty calm throughout the landing.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:24 AM   #7
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Nice to hear for sure. Haven't flown in a couple months now. Lost interest due to know one to fly with, glad you were able to recover and land it Dave.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:03 PM   #8
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Yes they are expensive but once you got the bug you'll be back, make my words.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:23 PM   #9
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Re: I can still auto!

I've been flying them about the same amount of time sworn off them several times but they have a challenge like no other. I did have a 600 size but I found it too big and scary tried a 450 but found it too twitchy and a victim of wind. Now I fly a 500 and it's just right for me not too big not too small and the cost is manageable. I'm 61 now and I too am a little long in the tooth but still a teen at heart.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:49 PM   #10
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Re: I can still auto!

True enough they're not for everyone. Just like the 3D flying, not for everyone. I don't think my reflexes are there for that.
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