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Mental aberration

... or is it merely old age?

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Geoff Sleath09/04/2017 20:50:38
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Yesterday should have been a great flying day warm, light winds etc, but it wasn't so good for me and I was glad to escape without a seriously damaged model.

It started out with the first flight (with the Riot, as usual) when It didn't seem to be flying as well as usual and, as it turned out back at home, it was faulty esc.

So I flew my Ballerina. It was a bit out of trim as I was needing to hold in some right aileron so I started adjusting the trim and adjusting more as there didn't seem to be any improvement. In fact at one point it got so bad the model actually rolled! With some difficult I got it down undamaged.

On checking there was loads of left trim on the ailerons ... and then it dawned on me! I'd been holding in right aileron on the stick and trying to correct it with left trim!! I don't know why but it seemed the right thing to do at the time. O course by then I'd got so nervous of flying a model I had a lot of me invested in I couldn't even fly properly after I'd sussed out my stupidity.

It would have been different if I could have flown the Riot, a model I enjoy because it's both fun and easy to fly and I don't have any real investment in. That would have convinced me I could still fly. As it was, I didn't bother rigging my GP Super Stearman on what would have been perfect conditions for it.

It's funny how the brain works ... or, in my case, doesn't!


Denis Watkins09/04/2017 21:22:15
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With so much previous poor weather Geoff, over the last six months, a good day seems to put us under some pressure to enjoy it !

Hindsight easily criticises us too, but your analysis at the very least explained everything, and you were not left with the "unexplained" bag of bits, that can happen.

I never "ad lib" a flight at my age, I have a plan, dictated to me by the weather, the light, wind direction and the model.

Then I stick to that plan, having done preflight checks and settled my mind, and I drink a good quantity of water, just for comfort on a warm day.

If the model offers a " surprise", I always reduce whatever attitude that may take by reducing the throttle

This immediately halves the "bucking bronco" and gives you time to tackle the trim or the decision to land.

A faulty component broke your stride, and a precious model tugged at your confidence

You care, and you are human

Edited By Denis Watkins on 09/04/2017 21:23:47

john stones 109/04/2017 21:45:29
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Just "one of them days" Geoff, happen when your younger as well, but you shrug em off easier.

Or you could be past it ? face 1


Martin Harris09/04/2017 22:46:44
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At one time biorhythms were all the rage - and I'm open to believing there's something to them - I certainly find things just seem to go better some days than others...perhaps the low points in your cycles just happened to coincide yesterday?

Edited By Martin Harris on 09/04/2017 22:47:18

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/04/2017 22:49:33
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We all have those moments Geoff - I really wouldn't worry about it too much! Its all part of life's rich tapestry!


bouncebounce crunch10/04/2017 05:01:35
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Geoff, we all have days like this.

Geoff Jackson10/04/2017 10:10:05
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BEB. My friend calls it "life's rich guano heap". Sometimes seems more appropriate!

malcolm woodcock 110/04/2017 10:16:14
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First day's flying after winter layoff, we all have to be extra careful before we're back in the groove.

ken anderson.10/04/2017 10:17:49
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don't worry too much Geoff...put it down to one of them days...... its when you have to buy a newspaper to find out what day it is.....that its time to hang up your TX.

ken them days dept.

Josip Vrandecic -Mes10/04/2017 10:38:18
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Hi Geoff , today, when I'm in the 70's ''them days'' there are more and more , so I can predict and then I'm not going out on the fly....sad

Note:first morning signs of  ''them days'' are falling of the toothbrush or spilling of coffee during the breakfast ... not much but enough that SHE raised an eyebrow...angel

Edited By Josip Vrandecic -Mes on 10/04/2017 10:43:41

Peter Miller10/04/2017 11:11:44
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Well in our club we all seem to have had a run of problems for weeks but yesterday we all had a good day. Maybe the run has ended.

I too flew Ballerina, the first time in months and she restored my confidence in my flying

Geoff Sleath10/04/2017 11:25:12
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Posted by Peter Miller on 10/04/2017 11:11:44:

Well in our club we all seem to have had a run of problems for weeks but yesterday we all had a good day. Maybe the run has ended.

I too flew Ballerina, the first time in months and she restored my confidence in my flying

In that case, Peter, you should give the designer a pat on the back If old age hasn't diminished your flexibility to the point where that's impossible.

I'm just glad the builder of mine retained enough skills to get it down with almost zero damage.


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