UPDATE: Here’s the video. Pretty damn funny.
Today on TVNZ Breakfast we witnessed a horrific helicopter crash. Video to follow later today, but Paul Henry’s flying skills were to blame, not the Dauphin Helicopter from the great guys at RCBandit.co.nz! You can also grab the RC forklift from them too – they don’t have it currently listed, but just give them a call or pop into the shop at 2 Harris Rd, Ellerslie and ask in person.
Again I’ll say that the helicopter kit comes with a simulator so you can practise your flying BEFORE you crash the chopper. If Paul hadn’t hit the studio lights he would have been fine. Also, the smoking was caused because Paul left the throttle open on the controller after he crashed. If he had cut the throttle, the chopper would have lived to fly again another day.
If you want something more sedate than the chopper, I can highly recommend the RC forklift. It’s incredibly easy to use, and perfect for stealing your colleague’s computer mouse at work.
In an amazing piece of flying, a pilot of a helicopter “on a venison recovery operation” (deer hunting?), landed the chopper after the tail rotor was completely destroyed by something that had fallen out of the open door of the helicopter.
Southern Lakes Helicopters operations manager Lloyd Matheson said after the “complete disintegration” of the tail rotor at an altitude of about 4500ft, Mr Hayes’ only option was to maintain forward momentum to steer the aircraft and keep it stable.
That meant him landing at a speed of 80 knots, risking his main rotors hitting the ground and possibly destroying the aircraft as it skidded some 45 metres along the ground.
Amazing stuff.? This comes only a day after another bad helicopter accident in New Zealand, where a plane and chopper crashed into each other.
Luckily nothing too major. Just a pair of smashed blades. The result of a fraction of a second contact with a chair leg while practising hovering indoors. Well, actually just practising spooling up and down inside, but it skittered across the floor and contacted with the chair.
Live and learn. New blades installed, waiting for calm weather outdoors.
The helicopter has arrived. Bigger and scarier than I had expected after reading reviews and watching video. Battery is charging, expect a flight report later today.
Review: This thing is completely awesome. I can’t believe what they have packed into it for the incredible price of around US$80. It is twitchy enough to be a challenge, yet stable enough to be buckets of fun. After 3 battery charges (about 30-40 mins total run time) I could hover capably and generally move the thing to an arbitrary location of my choosing.
Four weeks later, and I’m zooming around the room, landing on a 12″ square footstool, and considering how to rig up some sort of hook system for carting cargo around the house.
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He’s pretty good, considering that directional control is totally arbritrary on this thing even when I fly it!