Should have known better than flying on Friday the 13th..

Discussion in 'Cinestar 8' started by Duane Bradley, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Duane Bradley

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    Two and a half years flying my Cinestar 8 and today marks the first damage done to it, and I got very lucky. Simple test flight in the backyard, flipped from Free to Ph and went one click too far and into Come Home, which isn't currently tuned on this copter. CH sent it straight up and into a tree at about 40 feet, I flipped out of CH got the power down but the branch flipped the copter and couldn't right it before hitting the ground.

    My yard is soft, currently really moist dirt, the CS landed on boom 3 and 4 snapping an APC prop and one boom. There was no gimbal on the copter! Whew!

    I've always said it was inevitable that it would happen. I've had ESCs die while flying, and other "land immediately scenarios" but no crashes. Glad I was baptized so inexpensively! :)

    I think I'm going to look into programming PH and CH onto different switches so that can't happen accidentally again.
     
  2. Andy Johnson-Laird

    Andy Johnson-Laird Administrator
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    Ouch.....that PH to CH is all too easy, isn't it?

    You might want to post on mikrokopter.de and see if there's an easy way of separating the controlling channels...

    Andy
     
  3. Duane Bradley

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    Will do Andy. Such a simple slip which could have been devastating...glad it wasn't.
     
  4. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I think you might be able to do it using a Mix on the transmitter. Need to go back and re-think that -- I've not done too many Mixes before.

    Andy.
     
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    Nasty - sorry to hear it Duane!
     
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    Daune ouch!

    when you mean "Come Home, which isn't currently tuned on this copter" the settings where wrong or test it?
     
  9. Duane Bradley

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    The Ch settings have not been tuned at all. Plus, I was flying with no camera or gimbal so was way lighter than normal. When Ch got selected, the copter just rocketed up. I don't think I've ever seen it accelerate upwards that quickly ever.
     
  10. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Yeah....I tried CH on my flying test bed, an MK Hexa without payload, and I chickened out whether the copter shot upwards and came towards me at 50 mph (I think it was that -- it was in the GPX file).

    Andy
     

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