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My inverted landing

Post  Theo Kleynhans on Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:52 am

Hi Guys

Over the weekend I was flying my 15size trainer. Over time it seems the tank lowered. Then while flying inverted, it was too rich and cut on me. So I had to land it inverted. Took the rudder off half way and bent the needle. Lukily I could get it on the grass to land. We fly on a tarred circle.

Will teach me to check everything before flying.






But at least it was an easy fix:



So, back to flying.

Theo
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Re: My inverted landing

Post  GallopingGhostler on Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:23 am

Nice plane. Stuff happens. Good that your plane suffered minor damage, and needle could be straightened. Good rudder repair, can't tell it was broken.
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Post  ian1954 on Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:00 am

It maybe an ides to consider shortening the needle "handle" - I think you were lucky that it gave way rather than damaging the NVA or the venturi.

The plane looks good and I am sure that you are enjoying flying it.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:42 pm

Welcome to the club, those things do happen. Like Ian suggested now is a good time to shorten the needle.
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Re: My inverted landing

Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:15 pm

lol, that was a "good" crash, very little repairs needed.
Be careful, every time I straighten a bent needle like that i'll end up breaking the needle, I've heard of people heating the needle before rebending?
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Post  Theo Kleynhans on Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:35 pm

Hi Guys

Thanks for the comments. The guy I fly with says that you heat it up until it is nice red hot, then you can bend it.

I will try and shorten the needle. Better that way than bending or breaking it again.

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Re: My inverted landing

Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:55 pm

yep, it makes sense to heat it up, also a small wheel collar works great for a knob to help turn it after you cut it.
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Re: My inverted landing

Post  getback on Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:18 am

Yeah Theo , Not that bad of damage is right least didn't get the wind and you flying so what the heck / nice repair job / good looking plane . Eric Airplane
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Crash damage: You got away easy!

Post  706jim on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:56 pm

I've seen a lot worse crashes.

My first "inverted landing" with my PDQ Circus Prince pretty much totalled the plane, although it was eventually repaired.

And, a bit of trivia regarding this plane: It was advertized as being powered with an "A" sized engine which I believe was 0.09 to 0.19.

My Fox 0.09 didn't even have enough power to pull it into the air from a hand launch.

My Fox 0.15 ("same mounting hole pattern as the Fox 0.09!") flew it just fine, save for the aformentioned "inverted landing".
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