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Old 07-24-2010, 02:29 PM
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.....and into the Sun. Brought this down on the roof of the Pavillion over the benches at our Club. Thankfully, it was so hot that only one other pilot was there, and he was in the Restroon.


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Old 07-24-2010, 02:56 PM
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Now that is sad. <sniff>

Time to begin the RC grief protocol. Bought the 6 pack yet?

Hafta buy some balsa and lite ply but definitely rebuildable. Wing ain't so bad and fuselage behind the nose is intact.

My sympathies. But when the going gets tough, the tough buy balsa.

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Default RE: A Reminder not to let the plane get over your head....

The sun will blind you just long enough to lose orientation of your plane whether or not you wear sunglasses. Our field runs East to West with the wind normally coming from the west so in the evening it is difficult to take off away from the setting sun. If there is no wind in the evening I'll take off west to east and keep the plane away from the sun.
During the day the sun is behind the flight line (we face north) so unless you get the plane behind yourself it isn't a problem.
I find flying over my head gets me confused easily so I avoid doing it.


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That stinks, I'd sell you mine cheap if it was not such a pain to ship.
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Default RE: A Reminder not to let the plane get over your head....

One of the airfields I fly out of runs north to south, so the afternoon sun is right in your face. In the late afternoon there are so few fliers there that they go to the west side of the runway so the sun will be to their backs. Not following club rules, but I don't say anything as there are usually only two to three people at the field and they fly one at a time and almost always flying small electrics.
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Looks like she took a hard hit.
I hope the Saito survived.
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This one is toast and went in the trash. No balsa required to put this one back together as everything under the canopy forward to the firewall was toothpicks and the underside of the wings were much worse than the top looked. I hit the roof on a straight in dive. The plane wasan't the worst part, as the Saito had the muffler pipe ripped out of the threading. I'm not sure yet if I can bring that one back. The Servos and Rx survived and have tested fine.

On the upside, UPS tells me that the U Can Do 60 I ordered Wednesday will be here on Monday. I guess it's a Natural Order kind of thing....
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If that's one of the 100s then Oh MY, rest in pieces!! The 100 is one of the planes everyone here is still looking for NIB.
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ORIGINAL: Gray Beard

If that's one of the 100s then Oh MY, rest in pieces!! The 100 is one of the planes everyone here is still looking for NIB.
Nope, that was an older X50. I've had it for a good while. Maybe it just hit it's expiration date.

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Default RE: A Reminder not to let the plane get over your head....

Our field flies north-south to eliminate the Sun problem. We fly in the morning with the Sun behind us. However, this has and does happen. The technique I personally use is that when I get into the Sun, I dont do anything till I can see my airplane again. If I am doing aerobatics, I rely on my reflexes to hold it straight & level till I can see it again.

However, that happens little these days. I practice (on the sim) and fly well infront of the flightline. Also, I flew the Reflex sim earlier and it would prevent me from flying behind the flightline. It also had the sun on the extreme left and it gave me the reflexes to react when the airplane merges into the solar disc

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