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Old Jun 19, 2010, 04:44 AM
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Do you check for loose pieces of paper in your surroundings before you fly?

So do you guys check for objects that can fly away from the rotor wash of your micro heli before you lift off? Perhaps put a heavier object on top to prevent it from moving about (pens, cellphones, beef jerky).

I try my best to check my surroundings before I punch the throttle (I fly in my home office/living room), but sometimes, I just forget. I've had some major yard-sales flying over stacks of paper, business cards, or worst, plate with bread crumbs (at that point I land the heli, disconnect the battery, turn off TX, and break out the vacuum cleaner).

The worst accident I've ever had was when I flew my cb100 twice into a decoration that has literally millions of tiny balls (think sand but a little bigger) glued onto small twigs, resembling a bouquet. Man when the blades whacked into that, it was game over. I spent 30 minutes vacuuming the floor for the little balls, which are very very annoying and noticeable when stepped on.

What are your stories?
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 12:06 PM
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I think that flying your heli around loose objects is a screening test for clutter. I have done it in my living room and what flys around (usually old post it notes, papers) gets thrown away or filed. Sort of like natures way of saying clean up lol!
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 05:01 PM
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Was checking the tracking on my Blade SR right when I first got it. I was holding the skids to the bench as I fired it up the canopy (of course I set it too close) caught a breeze and well I have been flying my SR without a canopy ever since as it was chopped to little pieces.

So yes now I try and make sure every thing is clear before firing up any of my birds.
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Old Oct 16, 2014, 04:37 PM
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Grab that 3D copter, fly it upside-down, and vacuuming suddenly got much more fun!
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Old Oct 16, 2014, 06:18 PM
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my wife teaches and has her students' papers on her desk. i usually try to avoid that area. her anger is a good deterrent.
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Old Oct 17, 2014, 12:46 AM
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i was in my workshop last night fiddling about with a brushless conversion and a thin piece of expanded polystyrene sheet got drawn into the main rotors , instant confetti ...
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Old Oct 17, 2014, 12:55 AM
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I try and make sure the floor is clear, there were a bunch of presents in the floor and when i lost control hit TH hold v977 came down in amongs wrapped christmas presents shredded 1 of the corners of a present and popped my swash plate. Oooops
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Old Oct 20, 2014, 04:47 PM
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I try to split flies over the cat's food bowl. Not sure it's the same as a business card but a whole lot more satisfying. I can't take credit for the collision, but I'm taking full responsibility for the results.
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