Posted by wamsy55 |
Feb 14, 2011 @ 06:50 PM | 3,286 Views
Well since the winds here were absolutely crazy this weekend some friends and I decided a slope trip was necessary. Well they decided , I just tagged along.
We were Sloping off a small dam out in the middle of nowhere.
I have never flown a slope plane before, but will some guidance by some good friends it wasn't as hard as I thought. It was really fun, and I managed to get myself into about five midair collisions.
I was flying some EPP Foamy and it was basically unbreakable, while we were at the dam no ones planes where seriously damage except for one. I was flying a borrowed plane so I was extra carful not to do anything stupid. We stayed for over four hours and I was in the air almost the whole time. It was much different than I expected, especially for someone like myself who has only been flying 3D for the past five months or so.
We packed up and went searching for a new spot to fly at, we drove up into the mountains and found a nice little slope, but it turned out to be very perilous. The lift was much different that at the slope, and if you lost lift you were headed straight into the trees and we probably never could have found it. I at first said I wouldn't try to fly but I did and it was really fun. Then it came time to land, which was extremely difficult. The foamies were not to bad, but the "Crunchies" ... AKA carbonfiber and balsa planes were predicted not to make it. But due to extremely good and crazy approaches all planes where able to make it down without to much damage.
Overall it was a blast and I would definitely do it again. I also maidened my 51" Slick last week and it flys extremely well.
I might even get to try some indoor flying this week to.
I tried to save it, but their was nothing I could do. I managed to keep it in the air for a couple seconds up in the panic it was nearly impossible for me to land it. The plane went in nose first and totaled the airframe. Me and some friends went to go find the wing that came off, and after a nice long walk found it at the far end of the flying field. We found the wing had a really bad structural failure, it seemed the glue joints just gave out. Both wing-bolts were still attached to the fuselage.
It is the first time ever loosing a plane this size and it truly does suck.
It seems the engine and servos may have survived. The airframe and some of my dignity are toast.
My dad and I sent an email to them , but unfortunately since the airframe was so old (its not even made anymore) they really can't do much for me.
They did give me a little discount on my next purchase , I really can't ask for much more than that.
Even after my crash , I didn't let it get me down. I flew my Vyper , Slick and foamy. I also got to fly a friends FancyFoam Yak 55 and its amazing so I will have to have one.