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Sep 01, 2012, 08:14 AM
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First flight - disaster and yet still a happy chappy

Went out for the first actual flight this morning since the very short test day before yesterday and actually I'm a happy chappy even though both first and second flight ended in disaster.

I take off too close to the edge of the clearing and 30sec into the first flight it gets into some trees, crashes to the ground and brakes a leg right at the landing joint.
Good thing? It hit the tree about 10meters up, so that's a major improvement as far as the hopping goes

Second flight I learn from the first and take it to the middle of the field. There's quite a bit of wind and it takes a few tries before I get the hang of hovering at a certain height. As the minutes (which feel like seconds) go by it gets harder to control and the end of it is a hard landing whereby one of the motors comes right off. Closer inspection shows all the screws have gone. Probably due to vibrations and lack of locktite
Good thing? I got to see it working properly and even switched from acro to level to baro to mag. And could see the result of each!

Okay so it resonated up and down a bit but it did so keeping itself pointed in the right direction and pretty much level. I didn't get to try RTH out but was happy to see the GPS unit got a fix in seconds!

Done flying for now and won't have time for a few days either but in all honesty, all in all, I'm a happy happy chappy!

Oh yes, I used Q-bond to fix the broken leg and boy is that the best buy ever!
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