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Quit while you're ahead ...

Posted 04-05-2012 at 06:02 PM by Jermo
Updated 04-12-2012 at 12:42 PM by Jermo

Forcast for today was chance of scattered showers with definate rain in the early evening (5pm or so). Overcast and the wind was calm at the time (10AM ). Pantera .61 pre-flight was without incident. I changed the Normal throttle curve a little. The bird hovers at about 47% output below mid stick so I moved the middle point down slightly. Then I smoothed the throttle curve out a bit so the change around mid stick is slight. I hovered a bit and stated back practicing my tail in T pattern. When I got to the end of the left leg I lost orientation. I immediately added throttle and got her up to about 60'. Wagging the tail a bit allowed me to see what was going on. I turned the nose towards my hover spot (about 20m in front of me) and put the nose down slightly, slowly getting her back where I could actually see ( I really thing I should have removed my sunglasses since it was overcast). Anyway, I finished up the tank hovering at eye level over the landing pad. The wind started gusting as the storm front moved into the area. I landed softly, killed the engine, checked temp at the front of the motor at the bearings (all cool), and packed up for the day. Saturday is supposed to be Sunny and nice so I'll sim tommorrow (it's raining as I write this and I believe it will be raining tomorrow) and plan on flying again on Saturday...

Sometimes it's better to quit while you're ahead. I probably could have flown another tank but with the gusting wind I thought better of it. Had it been a more steady wind it would have been ok to fly in.
Jer
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