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Posted by deckert | Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:50 AM | 4,597 Views
I guess it was bound to happen. I don't have the area to fly planes in here at the house unless I get up around 60 feet or so. The usual trees, powerlines, buildings, etc. etc and I'm only operating on 1/4 acre. Sounds big but it isn't. It runs like 90' x 121' or 99' x 110'. But you have to understand, there are 30~60' treees on three sides and 20' powerlines on the 4th side. None-the-less, I dummied up today and sent my foamy into the the skies under 10~15mph winds at ground level. Understand I can only see about 100' in three directions because of tree height when I'm about 60' up.

Here's where & when things went wrong. I 'had' the bird pointed upwind on the only 'clear' side when the darn winds sucked that poor bird towards its eventual demise. Pretty much like a bird of prey grabbing a fish from a lake. It was there and then it was gone. My immediate reaction was to pull up and go vertical so I could see the bird. Alas, it was not to be. It disappeared. I pulled the power back and went looking. Much to my surpise, it was lodged in my neighbors tree about 40' up and in 1 piece. I knew it was there because I could throttle up and hear it running. For whatever reason, it quit running but I could now see it. Now the fun begins, how to get it down.

Let me preface this story by telling you I'm no longer 12, 16 or even 18 years old. But, I'm WAY to darn old to be climbing 40' into the trees to get a 100 dollar foamy back. But being the tightwad I am, I WANTED that...Continue Reading