|I drilled my KMD into the ground today doing rolling harriers at eye level. I got mixed up and smacked it hard at half throttle, right on it’s nose. Canopy came flying off. I was sure it was a goner and instantly resolved to put in an order for a new red one.
Upon inspection the damage was a stripped right aileron servo and a 5mm paint chip on top of the cowl. I’ve been searching and searching but I can’t find ANY structural damage at all! There is no cracked balsa or c/f anywhere, motor mount is rock solid, motor shaft spins perfectly.
I don’t get it, how could it survive that totally unscathed?
Anyway, thanks Shaun for making such a tough bird, although it looks like it just cost you a sale. (A replacement KMD sale that is, bring on the Addiction!)
|I’m anyways surprised that my Katana MD is still alive but today I nearly lost her and I was thinking about ESC low voltage behaviour again….
After more than a week of no flights today I was so happy to get the chance to empty all my four LiPo packs. I felt very proud since today everything was fine, *nearly* no critical situations and even the majority of the landings like a sofa.
At the end of the last pack the first “beep-beep” of my low voltage buzzer (adjusted to 3.2V per cell) was heard. What the hell I thought – remember, it was my last pack and this meant the end of todays flying circus – ; nobody uses such fancy low voltage buzzers, the low voltage power reduction of the ESC will do it as well – even when I’m just flying some last brave rounds without any 3D attempts
Okay, so I assiduously ignored the beeps which came more often now. But at the end I felt that now it’s really better to turn and prepare for the last landing. In the same moment the ESC reduced the power.
Okay, so I said to myself, be prepared for a fast landing, swinging in for the final curve to reach the landing strip. Not worrying I increased the throttle, but nothing really happend – the plane startet to sink.
Finally – now really a bit alarmed – I moved the throttle stick to its upper position, but I couldn’t prevent the plane from coming down.
Aaarrrghhh: unfortunately the plane sunk behind a little knoll, so I couldn’t even control the emergency landing
After a very ugly sound (plane meets planet surface) now very worried I was running to my plane. But what a luck – there was high grass and PA made the bird really crash-resistant, so everything still was in place *YUPPIEEE*!!!!
|Buddy crashes his KMD on it’s 5th or 6th flights, didn’t even put the wheel pants on. Pilot error, it happens…
We inspected it real quick, put the magnetic hatch back on and he was up enjoying it again. He loves his plane you hear him raving about it just before the crash! I should have kept filming the whole event but was sure it was toast.This is one tough muthah!I too went nose in today! I was torquing 4-5 feet off the ground and hit the cutoff. (forgot i had used that pack to setup and test my eflite extra 260 so it was probably half full) Hmm, how nice it would be to have an audible alarm telling me it was going to happen just a few seconds before… BANG right on the business end… Minor cowl damage, and by minor i mean i need to look really closely to see it. I will give the plane a thorough inspection but so far everything looks fine.
Translation; Right after i say “Uh-oh!” you hear my friend say “Kesse qu’jai fait la” Which in english means “what the heck did i just do?!??” and my reply “I dunno” Priceless. I still can’t beleive the violence of that impact and the fact that everything is FINE! Never seen a plane crash like that and not require extensive repairs if fixable at all!
|I must say that the MD is really tough and in-spite of the wing’s leading edge been hit by the prop in three places, the CF rod on the leading edge did not break. It was a matter of re-gluing the balsa skin back and touching up the covering. The fuselage also had a prop strike just in front of the vertical stab but still intact. The fuselage is in very good condition in spite of the ground impact. Guess the motor mount and cowl absorbed the force.|
|Evo62 @ RCGroups|
|I like how they fly so precisely, and the fibrefusion keeps it nice and stiff with minimum flex. I also think the finish (quality of covering, color schemes and the overall look) of the planes is top notch.
Always excited when I open the box…
|garrcass @ RCGroups|
|I love FIBER FUSION
|Robin W. Karlsen|
|Thank you for providing these great Precision Aerobatics airplanes to the world! Extremeflight, Pilot-Rc, Eflite, Aeroworks, Great Planes, Hangar 9 could go to bed and sleep, compared with the PA machines! I have never seen or flown a electric balsa/carbon plane with this kind of light weight and extreme durability as the PA planes! I’m on my third PA bird now (there will be a fourth), and the best so far. The Extra MX is amazing! It looks great and the performance is fantastic! The only thing I wish you could do to the Extra mx is to add carbonfiber in the front of the glasfiber cowling as you already have in the back, it cracks up really easily.
Again! The best electric flyng machine I’ve ever had.To everyone PA team – Thanks!Best regards,
Robin W. Karlsen
|Thank you so much.
Crashed my addiction X while showing off. Low knife edge over a paved run way… Didn’t have enough juice to gain altitude so cartwheeled hard, about two full flips when it was all said and done. Plane is fixable but will require some serious build time. Luckily I order a back up airframe and only have about an hour of work left.
Please let your designers and engineers know how tough the addiction X is and thank me for me. I expected a complete loss but the plane survived the crash pretty well. A lot of rebuilding to be sure but I have seen many other big name airframes do the very same thing and those were a complete loss. The addiction X biggest damage was a wingtip that will most likely require a new wing as the balsa turned to dust and the carbon fiber strut in the wings leading edge broke in half and a new motor mount. The smaller stuff include minor repairs to the fuse and some mono-coat and the plane will fly again.
The guys I was trying to impress were indeed impressed, but not because of my flying skills, but instead due to the rather minor damage when compared to the speed and violence of the crash. Truth be told the addy x probably would have faired better but it has survived many hard crashes before with almost no visible damage such as an elevator from 100 feet that didn’t work out the way I had planed as I miss judge the distance and lost the plane behind a tree and blender that was so pretty to watch that i forgot to pull out landed smack down inverted on what a we in Arizona would consider grassy field. Both of those crashes didn’t prevent the plane from flying again shortly after.
Thank you for all you guys do and once again please forgive my ranting email. Flying is my passion and my stress reliever, and your airframes are the best I have found in their size.