Whirly Update

May 25th, 2012 by Chris

Well after about 24 hours and nine complete battery discharge cycles[1], I’m yet to do any serious damage. There have been a few pretty gnarly crashes… the kind that sounds like a mix between a weed-whacker and an over-taxed wind-up toy. Or even worse a single sharp metallic ‘whack’. I’ve had several walks to the ‘landing site’ with the sunken “about to consult the parts list” feeling. So far, so good.
I’ll admit the main and tail rotor tips have some pretty good “grass”[2] stains and a couple of visible nicks, but the spare set I bought are still mint in packaging. The canopy has a few Darlington Stripes and the skids are a bit scratched up, but well… that’s why they’re called skids.

So far I’ve learned:
1) Flying in the garage is nice because there’s no wind. Unfortunately, it has much tighter control requirements… and more rigid penalties for failure.
2) Flying outdoors is great for (relatively) soft landings in the grass, but even a slight breeze can make things really complicated.
3) If all else fails, throttle back and wait. This will probably be a less helpful technique as I start to get into more forward flight.

  1. The bird came with one battery and I bought two extra. One of those was free from Walt’s. Thanks guys! []
  2. And maple leaves, and spruce tips.. []

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