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Old 10-05-2005, 07:37 AM   #11
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i agree with the invisible tree thingy, had some experience with one of those myself.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:47 AM   #12
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Ok, this is fun, let me take a stab at it.

We all know that trees clean our atmosphere by taking in CO2 and releasing O2.

Well, with the unusual weather and resulting smog alerts, it's obvious the trees are seeing an increased source fo CO2. This, coupled with the recent humidity and rains results in an increase of this exchange previously unobserved.

The result? Unusually high windshear in the vicinity of trees... you aircraft was sucked into the vortex of mother nature's air cleaner.
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:19 AM   #13
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:39 PM   #14
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Unfortunately the theories put forward so far regarding trees and planes are flawed and have no basis in fact. In reality trees are magnetic. Like all magnets they have a North and South Pole. Typically in the Northern hemisphere the northern pole is in the crown and the Southern pole is in the roots. Aircraft flying north of the equator are positively charged which is why you can normally fly above trees without incident, the two positive charges repel, so your aircraft is not drawn into the tree. How many times have you flown over trees with no problems? The tree in question is an anomy or possibly a lightening strike has reversed its polarity, or worse yet perhaps it is bipolar.

Many reading this may scoff at my conclusion so I would ask them to explain the fact that at any field that has trees there is always one or two trees that attract an inordinate number of planes. They could be reversed polarity or more likely the dreaded bipolar version, safe one minute and very dangerous the next. In the extreme, these types of trees have been known to cause engine out or loss of control just prior to drawing the hapless model into there grasp.

At our field we tried cutting one of these devils down only to find it upset the magnetic balance of near by trees, and in fact it seemed to multiply the affect. This is not a force to be taken lightly…. In fact at one point in the clubs history we were called “The Dryden Tree Toppers” in an effort to appease the tree magnets. This offering was spurned by the tree magnets and they continued to consume planes. A subsequent name change did nothing to appease them. May be some day science will unravel the mystery surrounding magnetic trees but till then…………….bert
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Old 10-18-2005, 05:02 PM   #15
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Helicopters to are not immune to the effects of these magnetic trees. On one occasion my heli came near one of these trees and seemed to loose power resulting in a stall turn right to the tree.

There have been thoughts through out clubs across Canada that perhaps some types of grass can be of this sort. Though this activity with lawns are found at spring.
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Old 10-18-2005, 08:10 PM   #16
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C'mon, Pipercub, this is serious!!

Here we were just getting into the Bumpkin Science here and along comes the perfesser.... :P
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