Originally Posted by erkq
You think he's kidding, right? I have successfully auto-rotated a heli in a panic situation. I have never been able to do anything but a face-plant in a power-off situation with the Beast. You need better timing than I've got! If you pull out of the required vertical descent too soon or too late it just doesn't work. That's assuming you have time to get the nose down and speed up in the first place!
lol no I know he wasn't kidding, I was serious when I said I was fixing it!!
I've had to deadstick the B3D a half dozen times before I got those heatsinks from you. I think the B3D has a 1:5 glide ratio on a good day. I lost power about 15 ft above a pine and it was all I could do to avoid putting it in the tree on the way down just because of the slope of a typical pine!!
and yeah the flare has to be timed perfect, I used to just aim for a tiny bit early so that I'd get a less than graceful plop onto the gear and probably a nose over. It was better than taking it square on the chin!