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Old 10-22-2007, 11:12 PM   #11
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:49 AM   #12
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Running out of fuel at the wrong moment or place . Not a good thing. I empathize with you Don. It happened to me couple of times. I wish it did not happen to you.
Low fuel warning light sounds like a good solution. But would it be possible to see the tiny warning light in the day time? Perhaps putting on the timer may still be the best option. Especially if that timer comes on automatically every time you turn on the TX.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:09 AM   #13
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Timer? Naw... the problem is so obvious, I'm surprised no one else has suggested it.

You need to set your Electronic Ignition Module for SOFT cut-off... you obviously currently have it set for HARD cut-off.

This works great on all my electrics anyways.

Sorry to see the pictures... we've all been there. At least it happened now, and not next May at the begining of the flying season.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:17 AM   #14
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Re: Here's what happens when...

Originally Posted by goneflyin
Having a great time... running perfect... beautiful day... just one more TR on the deck...

Who needs a fuel timer???

That was an expensive lesson/reminder.

From my limited knowledge of planes, I would assume that "TR" is an abbreviated form of "torque roll"? I've seen videos of guys flying their planes over the runway...tail down...just sitting there and spinning to the left....way too cool. I guess my suggestion would be, why not do that sort of stuff at the beginning of the flight? That way, you are guaranteed not to run out of gas in that situation....timer or no timer.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:14 AM   #15
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Aw Don... and it was such a great flyer... I have lotsa video of it tho when you came down here... now it's time to TR Dad's holds LOTSA fuel.

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Old 10-23-2007, 02:26 PM   #16
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:05 PM   #17
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Thanks for all your comments guys, I just decided to post this to remind pilots that it's too easy to forget the basics. Not sure how a fuel gauge could ever work in an aerobatic airplane, that gas has gotta be sloshing around like crazy! Seems the timer could be the only way.

Tmaxx, you're quite right about doing the on-the-deck flying early in the flight, the result is this screwup.

Good one about the cutoff Tom, I knew I shouldn't have thrown the programming instructions out!

Hey Chris, I think the 12X will need 2 more channels to run the fuel gauge... and Ron, my Dad ruled out 3D with his Mossie...

Gulp... new one ordered, back in the saddle again. (back to rice and water for a while too)

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