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Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:04 PM
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[LOST] My Dynam Hawk Sky Flew Away from Me


I was flying my hawk sky today in about 10Km/h wind condtions. Took off into the wind and elevated to 100 feet. Banked it to the left and let the wind do its stuff. When it was about 200 m away i started to turn but it got caught in a gust of wind and it got further away. At this distance I lost orientation - I though I was bringing it in towards me but it kept getting further and further away. I dont know if anyone has been through this before. The final moments were excruciating. I tried to do some inverted loops so I can figure out where it is heading but even this did not help. This has happened to me on the SIM as well. At certain distances I completely lose the sense of which direction the plane is (I always fly on the sim without using chase camera and keeping the ground in view which is pretty similar to actual flying). I am sure experts can offer a lot of advice and I look forward to hearing from you. I had atleast 20 flights with this one so this plane was not new to me.

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Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:25 PM
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Welcome to the club. I spent 3 different evenings finding one that I got into this kind of mess with. It still flies great though. Hopefully this gets better as we get better. Go find it, fix it up and go again.
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:28 PM
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Yeeshhh. Sorry about that. Lost my champ to a 14 mph gust that way. Just came out of nowhere. It was 3mph winds all before and after that gust.
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:31 PM
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Yeeshhh. Sorry about that. Lost my champ to a 14 mph gust that way. Just came out of nowhere. It was 3mph winds all before and after that gust.
Well I was in control but just could not see which way the plane was heading. are there any special flip on telescoping lenses that can be helpful?
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:39 PM
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One more mistake I made is I did not keep the plane upwind at all times.

WIND ->

I was doing this:
ME <=> PLANE

But should have been
PLANE <=> ME
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:40 PM
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When this happens next time, do a gentle turn to the left. If the plane goes left, it is going away. If it goes to the right, it is coming to you. Just don't panic..it will take a while to come back, fighting the wind.
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:41 PM
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That happened to me about 3 months ago. But I was night flying and it got to a point where the plane was just a blob of light. Never did find it.
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:46 PM
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I have flown off on the simulator to practice this type of situation. If you can see a dot you can tell orientation by the direction it takes when turning... Sometimes. Good practice though.
Besides having a spotter with binoculars this is about all you can do.

If you had a return tag as required by AMA then there is a chance you will get it back.
If not, happy hunting. Don't get discouraged. Once you graduate to war birds and 3D you will no longer have a problem overpowering the wind.
Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:47 PM
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It happens. I've a few close losses over the years.
Take the opportunity to learn from this event and to not let yourself get into the situation again.

If this were a FPV plane you would be crucified for almost killing people. Of course the RTH would of just brought it back.


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