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I feel I must share this story with my fellow pilots....a hidden danger in this great hobby we all love.

I had my DX6i around my neck with it's lanyard, and had just plugged in my Alby for a sunset flight. I picked it up by it's axle to flip it over and set it on the runway, when the clip on my lanyard broke, and the Tx hit the ground, pinning the throttle wide open. The Alby pitched up, and the Xoar 12x6 shattered as it hit my right forearm.....I now sit here, fresh out of the Emergency room with six stitches.

I always hold the throttle with thumb and forefinger to prevent accidental throttling while testing control surfaces, but I never imagined a lanyard failure would happen. From now on I am keeping the Tx laying flat until the plane is safely on the ground in takeoff position.

I also think the damage (to myself) might have been worse if the woody hadn't shattered....a plastic prop wouldn't have.

I am really just hoping the Alby wasn't trying to pay me back for crashing it early due to a Tx falure.....coincidence?....
Wow Chin! so sorry to hear about your arm, and your Alby. But mostly your arm... I had a new DX6i with a new neck strap... and was new to RC. Someone on RCG saw my video and noticed that I was using the bind plug extension as part of the neck strap. Told me to remove it pronto... I did. I think it saved me a similar catastrophe.

Hope your arm is feeling better...
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Thanks,....I'm still numb for now, tomorrow may be a little different.....

Mine had a plastic quick release, and that's what broke.....I thought as I got older, I would have less things to learn the hard way....
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Thanks,....I'm still numb for now, tomorrow may be a little different.....

Mine had a plastic quick release, and that's what broke.....I thought as I got older, I would have less things to learn the hard way....
The most important thing is you still have your arm, no matter how many stitches you got. Accidents happen in any sport, so don't beat yourself up. I don't use neck straps because of the position I hold my Dx8, so I have no choice but to lay it down first. Glad your going to be okay buddy!
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I guess it just depends on what side you're on.....

Today was 78 and sunny with 0-2mph puffs the kaiser couldn't resist a mission even if the enemy was using the same runways
Lookin' good buddy! Looks like my first "window of opportunity" may be Thursday at sunrise. 1st day of summer vacation!!!
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Hi all,

I'm to tired tonight, to respond to all your posts, okay

But here is another vid from my home base.

Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXPDa_gzppk


Happy landings
CCC on the road again
Nice youtube vids and music Cap!
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Had a Great first flight of the year with my Albatros, landing wasn't to great though. Field was a little wet and rough. Painted the upper wing with a lozenges camo but not that scale but looked awesome in the morning sun.
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Nice vid also! Pretty puppy too....
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I feel I must share this story with my fellow pilots....a hidden danger in this great hobby we all love.

I had my DX6i around my neck with it's lanyard, and had just plugged in my Alby for a sunset flight. I picked it up by it's axle to flip it over and set it on the runway, when the clip on my lanyard broke, and the Tx hit the ground, pinning the throttle wide open. The Alby pitched up, and the Xoar 12x6 shattered as it hit my right forearm.....I now sit here, fresh out of the Emergency room with six stitches.

I always hold the throttle with thumb and forefinger to prevent accidental throttling while testing control surfaces, but I never imagined a lanyard failure would happen. From now on I am keeping the Tx laying flat until the plane is safely on the ground in takeoff position.

I also think the damage (to myself) might have been worse if the woody hadn't shattered....a plastic prop wouldn't have.

I am really just hoping the Alby wasn't trying to pay me back for crashing it early due to a Tx falure.....coincidence?....

Worst of all, my "last plane, promise!" budget will now have to pay for copays and E-room visit....
I'm not sure of the DX6i but my transmitter has the ability to assign a switch as a throttle lock. So anytime the switch is flipped the throttle is not active no matter how much the stick is moved.

I've been flying for about 10 yrs now and have yet to use a neck strap.
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Cheer up buddy . . .

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I feel I must share this story with my fellow pilots....a hidden danger in this great hobby we all love.

I now sit here, fresh out of the Emergency room with six stitches.
(
I wish you a quick recovery.
What an unexpected and unwanted experience!
It did hurt by just reading it.

We all have had these or other oops moments by now, where you ask yourself how could I've avoided it.
Despite all afterwards thoughts or advise,
you simply can't prevent things from happening.

It's life- for the more careful ones
It's no risk no fun - for all others
It's actually only different views for the same fact:

Sh...omeshing happens


So get better soon and remember that your Alby is not only beautyfull
repaired and outstandingly detailed, but the following applies too

The Albys are good at heart
The Ugly Birds are evil

Okay both are fun to fly, but don't let anyone else know I said that.
I have a reputation to loose.

In order to cheer you up I will publish the unfinished preview of
the Wilfred von Wichthofen Saga
the storyline is missing yet but you know it anyway.
For all others here is how it started:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=4811

get some


the Wilfred von Wichthofen saga (3 min 24 sec)



Best regards from Me. the fellow pilots and the ground crew from Jasta vW
CCC
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My latest TX has throttle cut. On older models I always used a throttle to throttle mix on a switch to avoid accidentally bumping the throttle and starting the motor. Takes only a few minutes to setup and could save a trip to the emergency room...
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Thanks,....I'm still numb for now, tomorrow may be a little different.....

Mine had a plastic quick release, and that's what broke.....I thought as I got older, I would have less things to learn the hard way....
I found out that that quick release is just to attach a bind plug. And that you have to use the clip. I thought it was a quick release also! Evidently many have dropped their DX6i's using it the same way. It's confusing a bit.
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I feel I must share this story with my fellow pilots....a hidden danger in this great hobby we all love.

I had my DX6i around my neck with it's lanyard, and had just plugged in my Alby for a sunset flight. I picked it up by it's axle to flip it over and set it on the runway, when the clip on my lanyard broke, and the Tx hit the ground, pinning the throttle wide open. The Alby pitched up, and the Xoar 12x6 shattered as it hit my right forearm.....I now sit here, fresh out of the Emergency room with six stitches.

I always hold the throttle with thumb and forefinger to prevent accidental throttling while testing control surfaces, but I never imagined a lanyard failure would happen. From now on I am keeping the Tx laying flat until the plane is safely on the ground in takeoff position.

I also think the damage (to myself) might have been worse if the woody hadn't shattered....a plastic prop wouldn't have.

I am really just hoping the Alby wasn't trying to pay me back for crashing it early due to a Tx falure.....coincidence?....

Worst of all, my "last plane, promise!" budget will now have to pay for copays and E-room visit....
What a freak accident! I sure hope you recover fully and have no nerve damage. I, too, was once bitten by a prop on an electric plane and had to have 8 stitches for my foolishness (totally MY fault!) and was lucky with no nerve damage. We just can't take anything for granted in this hobby, and I wish you rapid healing!

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Thanks for the replies, everyone...I'm sore as heck, can barely use my right arm at the moment, and I do have possible nerve damage....part of my hand is still numb.

I have spent time researching throttle stops and ways this type of thing could possibly be avoided. My DX6i does have a stop, but the button must remain pushed...no help at all, and I already keep my finger and thumb on the throttle at all times. I have seen many mods to add a throttle stop switch, but most had their own glitches.

As an electrician, I am aware that any electronics can fail, so I started thinking in terms of a "lockout-tagout" procedure used on equipment I service, which is a mechanical lock preventing startup during service....so I applied this to my Tx.

It's not perfect yet, but I feel safer using it now...I'm sure it will need some tweeking. The band is completely out of the way when disengaged. No matter how confident we feel in our setups and procedures, it seems that Murphy always wins.........

It's always great to hear from you, Cpt., but I'm not fully convinced the Alby isn't out to get me....not sure if I can trust Baron von Busey now....
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Thanks for the replies, everyone...I'm sore as heck, can barely use my right arm at the moment, and I do have possible nerve damage....part of my hand is still numb.

I have spent time researching throttle stops and ways this type of thing could possibly be avoided. My DX6i does have a stop, but the button must remain pushed...no help at all, and I already keep my finger and thumb on the throttle at all times. I have seen many mods to add a throttle stop switch, but most had their own glitches.

As an electrician, I am aware that any electronics can fail, so I started thinking in terms of a "lockout-tagout" procedure used on equipment I service, which is a mechanical lock preventing startup during service....so I applied this to my Tx.

It's not perfect yet, but I feel safer using it now...I'm sure it will need some tweeking. The band is completely out of the way when disengaged. No matter how confident we feel in our setups and procedures, it seems that Murphy always wins.........

It's always great to hear from you, Cpt., but I'm not fully convinced the Alby isn't out to get me....not sure if I can trust Baron von Busey now....
Get a patent on it. You'll be rich!
Get better soon my friend...
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