Originally Posted by Waffleman
Becuse if you do it in the air and the engine decides to quit at the most unfortunate moment, suddenly you have balsa spliters instead of an airplane.
If you do it on the ground end the engine dies, nothing happens to your precious model.
When the engine quits in the air does balsa lose it's integrity?
I've had many dead stick landings over the years and have yet to loose a plane because of it. The plane will still fly, YOU have to change your method of flying. Maybe it's all those years of 1/2A and Quarter Midget racing where we always landed dead stick that taught me to land, sans engine power
Breaking in an engine in the air is the best thing you can do for your engine. I only run on the ground long enough to get a steady reliable idle. Usually no more than two or three tanks of fuel.