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Old 08-16-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways


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I'm not a free flight flyer, but I may as well be. There are 6 models lost
in the patch of woods nearby, and I just came in from another sweaty search
with a sore neck from looking up. I have so many trips back there I could
set up nature trails for the public! Mostly the lost planes are from staying
too long in strong lift, where the model went out of range, or into impossible trees. Trees are the worst, I lost an 8 ft model there, and never found it.
This one hurt, a very light Smith Miniplane , scratchbuilt, so light, that I
soared it often, it circled so tight.
I read about FAC flyers losing beautiful models on a regular basis, for instance,
and from what I read, they just seem to shrug it off.
Well at least I have lots of models, and went flying as soon as I got home.
I sure would like all those models back.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:01 PM   #2
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

sounds like you need a search and rescue fpv quad lolol
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:49 AM   #3
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

Need to get yourself some GPS trackers on those. I've seen little bluetooth trackers you can put on your car keys and look for them with your phone, maybe those would be good for you!
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:56 AM   #4
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

You need a plane or Heli with a camera. I've seen guys loose stuff that was never where it seemed to go down. Corn fields are probably the worst.
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

something as simple as a buzzer would work too.

They sell em on hobby king for dollars...real cheap.

They plug into a spare channel on your receiver and can be activated by a switch or if you don't have any spare channels they even have ones that pass through a servo in-line and go off if they haven't received a signal from that certain channel within a minute.

They're about 95 Db if I remember correct, have a few myself and saved me a load of time in searching.

You usually can't hear the buzzer from where your flying if it goes down far enough away, but all you need to do if keep walking in that general direction until you hear the buzzer and then walk right too it...easy peezy!!

I suggest you invest in a few for sure!!! They cost next to nothing.
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

thanks, I never heard of such a gadget......I have a big John Deere chain saw

I was thinking how nice it was in the woods at dusk yesterday, with the
sunset filtering in through the leaves. There was a little glade surrounded
by maples, and the ground bare enough to plop a camp chair with a beer,
and forget about lost airplanes. Nearby was a clump of rhubarb, I guess
from an old farmstead, I pulled enough to make a bit of jam.
Never would have gone traipsing through the woods.......
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

Here ya go

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ry_Buzzer.html

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ne_Finder.html

If you have the spare channel in your Rx then that one is nicer to use IMO.
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

This is the best lost page location device for under$100.

Change batteries every year at the start of flying season and your good to go.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...tem_Lite_.html
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

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This is the best lost page location device for under$100.

Change batteries every year at the start of flying season and your good to go.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...tem_Lite_.html

I have that and use it. It's saved my neck more than once!!!

Also use the "lost model alarm" on my racing quads for when they go down in the tall grass. Both work well. Locator is better for longer life. With the lost model alarm, if you don't find the lost model within the hour, the battery goes flat and alarm goes dead. Loc8or battery when fresh is good for a year.
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Re: how do you free flighters cope with fly-aways

this would have been great the other day, a member at mississauga lost engine power and his plane went right into the trees, good thing we found it, but would have been faster with the alarm!
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