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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:03 PM
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Plane stuck in tree

The dreaded day finally happened. The plane eating tree got me. I've searched the archives and didn't really find this problem answered. In my case the tree was at least 60' tall. And of course it was in the very top wedged nice and tight. I had no idea how to get it out. I ended up using a hammer and about a 150' of nylon line. It's incredibility difficult to throw a hammer through thick branches! After about an hour of awkward throws I lucked out and caught a branch or two. Is there a tried and true method for plane retrieval?

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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:06 PM
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Cut down the tree?
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Well, I did pull down a lot of branches. Most of them on my head.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Is there a tried and true method for plane retrieval?

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Yes.
I have used my cell phone and credit card.
Both tools are necessary, unless you have $60 in lieu of a credit card.....In which case a cell phone would be adequate.

I have the local tree climber on speed dial.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:19 PM
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Get someone with a tall cherry picker before you wind up hitting yourself with that hammer. Unfortunately, there is no other easy method.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:31 PM
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If you cant climb it and retrieve the plane yourself then you cant wait for the wind to bring it down or like mention above call the tree guy.

I once heard someone call the fire department but he got slap with a hugh fine BUT he did get is plane a name and photo in the local news paper.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:38 PM
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Our club has a 50' linemen's telescoping pole. It works pretty well. I've seen people use a bow and arrow with a string tied to the arrow. He shot though the plane and then pulled on the string. It worked....
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 09:39 PM
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I have used the lineman's telescoping pole method myself, and it works quite well, as a rule.

On the other hand, I would think that in idaho, you could find a tree trimmer that would get the plane for a case of beer, or perhaps, $50 dollars.

Yep, I keep a tree climber on my speed dial. No need for me to spend hours to get a plane out of a tree when a tree climber can have if for me in 20 minutes.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 11:10 PM
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A fishing rod and a lucky cast has worked for me.

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Old Jul 09, 2010, 12:22 AM
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A friend that is good at fly casting does help.
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 01:04 AM
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I've gotten two planes stuck in trees. Both came out with the trusty "throw your shoe at it!" method. The first was a bit hairy since the ESC was burning and I was afraid it might light the tree on fire!
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 08:25 AM
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The method to use depends a lot on how high the plane is in the tree. At lower heights, I've successfully used the stick tied to the end of a string. Hook the branch and then shake it to dislodge the plane. Higher up, the bow and arrow method did not work well for me -- string was too heavy, aim was bad.

There was thread that suggested stacking 10 ft lengths of PVC pipe with couplers between. The key to this method was to attach guide lines (rope) along the length of the pipe to prevent it from bending too much and to guide it's tip to the plane. Others suggested leaning lengths of pipe on lower branches to support and guide the pipe.

Alan

pipe size recommendation: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2988
Another retrieval discussion after post #8: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=980116
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 09:01 AM
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I have used the lineman's telescoping pole method myself, and it works quite well, as a rule.

On the other hand, I would think that in idaho, you could find a tree trimmer that would get the plane for a case of beer, or perhaps, $50 dollars.

Yep, I keep a tree climber on my speed dial. No need for me to spend hours to get a plane out of a tree when a tree climber can have if for me in 20 minutes.
I had considered the Fire Department, a tree trimmer or even the Power Company. But, I figured the service would cost more than the value of the plane. I can imagine calling a tree trimmer and asking him if he would get my plane down for a case of beer. But, you are right. Here in Idaho it is very likely they would do it. Even for generic beer.
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 10:58 AM
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I flew a plane into a tree once. It didn't stay in the tree though. It came down in about 1,000 pieces.

Good luck with the recovery. Be careful with the hammer. It sounds like a potential disaster. Better to lose a plane than to lose consciousness and short term memory.
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 11:14 AM
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Ive seen results with a good casting rod with a good size sinker at the end... If you use a strong enough line, you may be able to break surrounding branches.
Last time this happend to me, I contructed a long PVC pipe and simply knocked it out.. If one needed to lift the aircraft, I suppose a NOOSE could be tied at the end.
You will be surprised how inexpensive the 8-10' pipe segments are at the home stores.. the ones i used had built in couplers and required no glue... MAKE SURE THE DIAMETER OF THE PIPES ARE THICK ENOUGH TO PREVENT BENDING AT LENTH AND HAVE HELP BECAUSE THE PIPE GETS SQUIRLEY WHEN LIFTED. YOU CAN RUN THE PIPE UP THE SIDE OF THE TREE AND USE THE BRACHES AS A GUIDE.
GOOD LUCK....
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