|09-26-2005, 11:36 AM||#1|
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I am: Eric T
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Mississauga, Ont
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Dumb thumbed my bird on an auto.
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At some point we all need to learn auto's.
After loosing a heli to tail drive trouble it has been a goal to add auto's to my list of can-do.
This is a case where my confidence is not up to my skill level. After shooting a couple of pretty nice auto's, I got edgy with the head speed on my last one and hit throttle hold just as the skids were touching down. The torque pirouetted the heli into the ground and left a good sized divit in the turf.
What had I done---- Turned what should have been a good landing into a disaster.
Luck was with me because the only damage was to the flybar. Headspeed was low and the ground was soft. Thank you September rain!
For me, shooting an auto is a relatively low risk maneuver but still a gamble. I need more time to learn how the heli should sound and feel without the engine. The more I practice the more the odds will always be in my favour.
Is this worth it????
Yup, I have already developed enough patience to land my heli after the rudder pushrod snapped in flight eariler this summer.
Just my 2 cents worth
|09-26-2005, 01:02 PM||#2|
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I am: Jim McIntyre
Join Date: Aug 2002
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Yep, it pays off.
I avoided autos for my first year of FFF. I paid the price.
I did botch a few autos and cost me the usual tail boom, blades, flybar etc. but I had a ball shooting good autos, especially sliding autos which I find easier with a .30 size.
The practice saved me on two occasions last year, one when I lost the tuned pipe, and another when I ran out of fuel (DOH!).
I still get nervous when I pull the trigger, MUCH worse when I decide I have to bail out.
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere - (If it ain't broke, don't fix it).
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