Safety Measures for your Remote Controlled Equipment
Have ever had an embarrassing moment when you wished that the opening of the earth could save you from the agony that you go through. I have, and I know the pain that one feels when such things occur, especially at a tender age whereby they could result to some form of psychological trauma. It was back in the year 2007, I was thirteen by then. I had this love for RC equipment – they were the fad then – that I frequented to my neighbors home to play with him – sorry my parent couldn’t afford a device for me.
My craving made me better, and I even became more of a pro flying the helicopter than my friend, Billy. He was always nice to me and let me practice with him. There are times that we could go to local playground in the estate to play with other kids who owned the prestigious planes, and they all marveled at my skills.
Then one weekend we heard that there was a flier’s competition taking place in town. I knew my mum would never let me go, so together with Billy, we sneaked away and off we went to the event. We wanted very much meet the other flier ‘gurus’ as well as get acquainted on what happens there. It was my first time at the event.
Being the pro I was, Billy suggested that I compete with the other competitors. In case I won, he would carry the credit. We had no money for registering, but stranded as we beseeched the clerk to give us a chance, a Good Samaritan came, feeling pity at us decided to pay the entry fees for the competition.
Always Take Precautionary Measures and Information Prior to Using Your RC Equipment
Within no time, I was there with other participants. However, I skipped a major step that I hadn’t known because I came to the pitch quiet late. My flier was not tested for the pre-flight precautionary measures. The worse thing, none of the officials at the event or the participants bothered to ask me. Why would they? I think I was the only kid there and they thought I was just a fanatic.
Billy flier was a Futaba 2.4GHz model using a 6EX FASST transmitter. I didn’t know that the transmission system had been incorrectly programmed and when the competition began, I launched my flier with full enthusiasm just like the others.
Within a minute of flying, I realized that something was wrong with the transmission. I tried my best to keep the flier from hovering as it was doing, but I tried to navigate (it was in full speed) the flier came crushing on the wall of the building and before I realized what was happening, another flier too crushed.
I was frightened. This had never happened and I didn’t know what to do. Apparently it happened that the flier of the other competitors’ which had too crushed had a transmission interference with mine because they shared the same module. I didn’t discern this immediately as I ran to pick mine. Looking at where Billy was I could see the sadness as I carried the pieces of the helicopter in my hands.
It took a while before the official realized the mistake and I felt personally liable for the loss. Although they let me go, at home we were tasked at explaining what happened and it was so embarrassing given that we had sneaked out. It took a whole year before Billy was bought a new RC helicopter – a full boring year. What a loss? It almost killed my flying passion.