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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:46 PM
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Plane Lost on Building Roof

Hey guys, 1st flight out at a local park and my plane fell on a building roof. it has a 2200mah 3s battery in it -- is it worth the embarassment to recover for fear of future fire? please let me know! it's really hard to scale the building, i've tried.


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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:49 PM
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The risk of fire is pretty low. The pack, if it is still connected to the ESC, will discharge to zero in a day or two.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:15 PM
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I assume it has a flat roof. If so, it also has an access hatch inside the building. If you can find out who uses the building they will likely allow you or a staff member to retrieve the plane. If the roof is sloped, just check back on a windy day.

I "landed" my nephew's Tiger Moth on his school's roof one summer. It was up there a few weeks. One day we spotted a janitor going in and he let me climb up to get it.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:21 PM
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Hey guys, 1st flight out at a local park and my plane fell on a building roof. it has a 2200mah 3s battery in it -- is it worth the embarassment to recover for fear of future fire? please let me know! it's really hard to scale the building, i've tried.


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I would do it in a heartbeat. You will probably never see the manager of the building again in your life. ( well unless you repeat your landing) Explain to him what happened They would send maintenance crew up to get it for you.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:39 PM
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success! grabbed a ladder and climbed up, grabbed the plane! Nearly zero damage (Bixler <3)

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:50 PM
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success! grabbed a ladder and climbed up, grabbed the plane! Nearly zero damage (Bixler <3)

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awesome dude. I sent my son in fla a blade mini helicopter in Sept. I talk to him after and ask how it went. Well he didn't heed my advice of not flying outside in any wind..Sure nuff landed on his neighbors roof.. So he bit the bullet knocked on the door and they helped him get the ladder up and get it down. Not everyone is a total d**k when stuff happens.

Good luck on your next flight.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
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success! grabbed a ladder and climbed up, grabbed the plane! Nearly zero damage (Bixler <3)

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Now you can change your name.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 11:35 AM
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I lost a plane up on a schools roof once, luckily there was a couple playing tennis in a court next to the school and they had lobbed several of their tennis balls up there. While circling the school looking for a way up I ran into the guy that was playing tennis circling the building as well, he was looking for a way up. I gave him a boost he got my plane and their tennis balls, everyone but my plane went home happy. It was totaled.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 06:27 PM
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"Maintenance" at out local county college routinely has to recover planes from the roof. I don't think they mind. I would give them the warning to stay clear of prop.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:59 PM
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Wow!

...well, there's no Kalifornia answers, I don't know where the OP who did recover his plane is, but someone from Kalifornia might read this thread and get ideas of self-recovery...

I could not advise anyone to go on any property, especially a building roof, that was not their own, without specific permission from the owner of the property.

Most, if not all school grounds here in my county seem to be fenced completely and all gates are locked up tight as a drum! There might be low security prisons easier to get into, or out of.
IF you could get onto the school grounds and flew a plane around I think there might be a possibility of an encounter with enforcement.
IF you were seen on a roof top??? IMO, it's most likely you WOULD be arrested.
I would be reluctant to walk into a school office and ask them to request staff to remove my plane from a roof.

Years gone by, I've played sports on school grounds, shot archery, driven golf balls, flown FF, CL, and RC planes, launched model rockets, and metal detected... myself, with friends, and with our children... NOT in a few years, at least...

YMMV

Exercise caution!
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:31 AM
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About a month ago I lost a Flyzone Focke-Wulf FW190 on the roof of our local senior center. We have premission to fly there so it was not a big deal. The senior center management allowed one of my flying buddies to go up on the roof via their elevator and get my plane the following day. No damage was done to the building but the plane was pretty well trashed and the battery had run all the way down. BTW - I am in California.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Good deal, Chuck.
I think the key word there might be 'permission'.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 01:07 PM
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Yes, they were pretty cool about granting us permission. We told them we are all AMA and explained the insurance part to them. We adhere strictly to the AMA safety guidlines and we fly pretty much as if we were a "real" club.
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Wow!

...well, there's no Kalifornia answers, I don't know where the OP who did recover his plane is, but someone from Kalifornia might read this thread and get ideas of self-recovery...

I could not advise anyone to go on any property, especially a building roof, that was not their own, without specific permission from the owner of the property.

Most, if not all school grounds here in my county seem to be fenced completely and all gates are locked up tight as a drum! There might be low security prisons easier to get into, or out of.
IF you could get onto the school grounds and flew a plane around I think there might be a possibility of an encounter with enforcement.
IF you were seen on a roof top??? IMO, it's most likely you WOULD be arrested.
I would be reluctant to walk into a school office and ask them to request staff to remove my plane from a roof.

Years gone by, I've played sports on school grounds, shot archery, driven golf balls, flown FF, CL, and RC planes, launched model rockets, and metal detected... myself, with friends, and with our children... NOT in a few years, at least...

YMMV

Exercise caution!
rc
In my locality schools are public property the only time access is denied to a school is during school hours then you must have immediate business at the school in order to be there. If school lets out and all the kids leave I can waltz in and fly on the fields as long as there are no after school activities using the field.

The rooftop venture had I been caught would most surely have been trespass, I'm sure though any officer responding to a report of someone on top of the schools roof once they got there and I explained what was going on, I'd most likely get a "just don't let it happen again" speech.

Niceties go further than being abrasive in those situations.
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