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Old 06-13-2018, 06:02 PM
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Default Hey all, lost my first plane today.

hello fellow flyers.


bought a t-28 Trojan micro plane last week had about 10 flights on it, brand new still but a few small dings. Could not believe I lost it. I feel like such a noob. And yes I am still new to the hobby. I learned back in April to avoid trees at all costs after getting my sport cub stuck in one, and light poles and mailboxes, etc.

but was getting a bit overconfident, went to bank it around for a final approach today and lost line of sight behind the one tree that was in the way should have been a 3 sec timeframe but the plane never reappeared. So I jogged off to the ortherside of the tree, didnít see it, then back again to the other side of the tree and it was gone..gone gone gone.. it didnít hit the tree it was just blocking my view.

i did have safe mode active since it was a new plane. Gave it a bit of up elevator and started banking it to the right even though I had no idea where it was. Did this while I was scrambling to find it. Two minutes later I gave up. Then I spend an hour and a half walking around the residential area I live in, then the bean field, then the corn field, then in the car retracing the area....very bummed.

the area outside my house isnít perfect for flying but I have a corn/bean field across the road and usually keep it out their but it was a landing approach run. Whitch mean I have to bring it in to land in a tighter area and of course it was downwind when I lost it. (I was turning it into the wind).

anybody ever find a plane after losing it like that? What do you guys do when you lose sight of a plane? Any advice is welcomed. I wish I would have just plowed it into the ground now, having it disappear is the worst.
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:19 PM
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I would have pulled it straight up. Once it cleared the tree tops, it would have been visible again and you could have brought it down without losing it.
Unfortunately, this also illustrates the unspoken flaw of using safe mode, the plane will fly until the battery pack dies or it hits something tall enough to be in the way
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:13 AM
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If you can't see it or don't have control anymore best thing to do is pull the throttle back and hope for the best . Less change of damage and not likely that it will go to far away.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:18 AM
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I feel your pain. I once parked my first plane in a waist high hay field. The only way I found it was by listening for the servos when I moved the sticks. This is probably probably good advice too late but things like this are the reason for putting a label with a name and address inside the plane.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:34 PM
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A good reason to join a club and have a proper place to fly. Another is you would learn the rules and know that you are to have your name and address including your AMA number and FAA number. Oh, but wait, you have probably never heard of them.

Oh well it was just a toy foamy anyway.
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Maybe my depth perception is not good . When I have lost planes I have always found them alot closer than I though would be. I would just go to the tree where you lost sight of it and work out from there.

If you were give​​​​​ing it up and right to get it back to you and it never reappeared from behind the tree I would look at that tree really good and the area around it.

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Thanks for the posts, good info except for count law, I do have a registration number. Why not for 5 Bucks, it worth peace of mind if somebody ever did call the cops. AMA number huh? Why is that required... thankfully people in my neighborhood love seeing me fly. The bigger planes get flown off a level B service road.

anyhow, yes I should have kicked off safe and taken it straight up. I will remember that.

i never did find the plane.
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