This is flying?????
Topic: Slipping the surly bonds
Well, yesterday, 12 June 06,I went flying. I went to Brady's run, where I found another spot, a double softball field which appeared to be more than large enough, surrounded by trees. I put the FC2 together, checked that the control surfaces were operating as normal, walked out to the right field corner, faced into the wind, brought the motor up to full power, and launched! The FC2 climbed well, and started to bank slightly to the left, so I added a bit of right elevon. Then some more, and more and more, and I realized that the FC2 was not responding to my control efforts. It promptly flew into the trees to my left. I found it lodged in a tree about 15 feet high. "So," I thought, "I'll just climb up and get it." YEAH RIGHT! My middle-aged butt wasn't getting up in that tree, no matter what I tried. So, I looked down and found a softball, and started to throw it at the plane, hoping to break a couple of the branches holding it up there. I DID eventually get it to a point which I could use a long branch to get it the rest of the way down. The Firebird Commander 2 did have a couple of dings in the wing, but seemed not much worse. So I walked back to the field, powered the plane up, and launched again. This time it climed steeply out, stalled, and flew into the chain-link fence. This time, it dinged the wing up a bit more. My next attempts resulted in flights into; the trees (again), the fence (again), the infield (port wing first), a couple into the out field, etc, etc. At this point I was a bit frustrated, my plane was fairly well damaged (wing mostly), and I couldn't quite understand why I couldn't get the plane to go where I wanted. It had invariably chosen it's own path, generally to the ground. (violently, I might add) So, I sat down in the middle of the outfield, transmitter off wondering what happed. I heard an odd buzz buzz sound. I stopped, wondering what the hell that was. Buzz, buzz. Buzz, buzz. I looked down at my somewhat mangled plane, and saw the elevons moving up and down to the sound. Radio interference? I then remembered that the radio frequency that the FC2 uses is 27.5 mHz, which is just .15 mHz away from CB channel 40. Someone was talking on a CB nearby, and apparently interfering with the FC2! So, maybe it wasn't TOTALLY my fault. Well, maybe just a little! Anyway, I take the plane back to my Jeep, and start to pack it back in the box, when I notice a County employee standing nearby next to his truck with a microphone in his hand. BINGO! Well, Now I need to figure out if the wing is repairable, and also fix the place for the battery inside the fuselage, a piece of foam had loosened up and the battery was moving about inside. This may have also contributed to the odd flights I was having. Anyway, check the photos in the gallery of the damage whilst I figure out what to do next.
Posted by rcrookie1
at 12:23 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006 6:11 AM EDT