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Jan 28, 2007, 11:23 PM
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Today's anomolies

So the autopilot remains stuck at hello world. Managed to verify the flash programming. Turns out the reset pin was never being grounded because it was connected wrong. That led to programming errors. The verify step always worked. Now it appears to either get partway in the program and die or not run the program at all.

Had 2 anomolies during today's flying routine. After a 40mph pass, did a rapid pull up + throttle kill, then rapid push down + throttle spike. Heard the sexy sonic boom chops followed by a new gear clicking sound. Then a sudden yaw to nose-in, against the tail rotor happened. Thought the tail rotor died again but managed to regain control. The tail reduction gear may have slipped from an unusually high rotor stress.

Our final anomoly was a rapid nose-in approach followed by quick pull up + throttle kill + push down + throttle spike. Had a sudden roll left. Fought it for a few seconds but never could regain control. The second day in a row of sudden rolls.

They say dissimetric lift causes retreating blades to gradually lose effectiveness, but we encounter extreme instability and sudden 45` rolls when moving at high speeds. Anything beyond a 33` roll seems unrecoverable with this copter.

Could always just fly slowly and hover once a week, but if you're not crashin you're not tryin.
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