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Old 04-21-2007, 10:59 AM   #11
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Let's just say the pilot I was buddy boxed with was flying a little low to the ground, and tried to turn, but instead of doing a proper turn, ended up with the plane upside down and he had pulled up on the elevator to get out of it. Needless to say, I didn't have enough time to recover from his mistake in order to save the plane, so the plane did a nice straight nose-dive into the ground.

Here's the amazing thing. The plane is a .40 size trainer converted to electric power. The motor was quite literally buried half way up the can. I brought it home, cleaned it all up and sure enough, motor works flawlessly. Not even the main shaft was bent!

Of course, the LIPO flying the plane had the misfortune of slamming into the firewall and now very much resembles a pancake. Sigh...
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:28 PM   #12
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Re: First crash of the season

Hi Tom,

Sorry to hear about your crash.

Even though the receiver appears undamaged, it may be damaged internally. Please check it very carefully before using it again. Better still (and this is something I do anytime one of my receivers has been in a crash) send it in for a checkout.


The reciever will go in another junker plane (arf) for awhile to test it, maybe i'll put an unbalanced prop and run it on the ground and range check. I don't really want to send it back to the states, i just bought it![/quote]
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:59 AM   #13
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I hear what you are saying, but consider this:

A few years ago, one of my ducted fan jets crashed on its 12th flight. It had a brand new receiver in it. It was apparent that the crash was not due to interference, but it was not "dumb thumbs" either. Best guess was that the battery came unplugged, or the switch failed. Anyway, the receiver looked fine, no crash damage. I tested it at home, and it worked just fine. But, as I always do, I sent it in for service, just in case. In this case, it was a good thing I did, because the service center found an intermittent fault that only showed up at a particular vibration level. Now, it is possible that I could have flown with that receiver for a long time before having any problems, or the problem may have shown up immediatly. There was no real way of telling.

Your choice, of course. But do you want to take the chance of saving a few bucks now, but maybe lose another plane?

There is a safety aspect as well. What if the receiver appears ok, but when you are flying it craps out and the plane crashes in the pits? Or in the parking lot? I'm not saying this will happen, but what if it did?

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Old 04-22-2007, 10:24 AM   #14
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OK, i will ground test it first and see how it works then decide what to do.
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