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  Reply # 708045 28-Oct-2012 18:24 Send private message

michaelmurfy:  They asked what kind of damage it could do if it dropped out of the sky. Multikill?


Less than a 747 ;)




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  Reply # 708097 28-Oct-2012 20:21 Send private message

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michaelmurfy:  They asked what kind of damage it could do if it dropped out of the sky. Multikill?


Less than a 747 ;)


That would sorta hurt :P




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  Reply # 708118 28-Oct-2012 20:58 Send private message

Could've been worse: you could have lost it in broad daylight surrounded by skyscrapers, onlookers, and someone with a video camera :)

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  Reply # 708123 28-Oct-2012 21:09 Send private message

jus101: Could've been worse: you could have lost it in broad daylight surrounded by skyscrapers, onlookers, and someone with a video camera :)

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Haha - we are quite lucky here in Christchurch in regards to tall buildings and a city centre :) - I'm surprised that didn't smash the window when it crashed though, looks like it was carrying quite a bit of weight.




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  Reply # 708209 29-Oct-2012 09:06 Send private message

jus101: Could've been worse: you could have lost it in broad daylight surrounded by skyscrapers, onlookers, and someone with a video camera :)

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What a stupid place to fly the thing, he got we he deserved. Also hope you get yours back

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  Reply # 708223 29-Oct-2012 09:41 Send private message

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jus101: Could've been worse: you could have lost it in broad daylight surrounded by skyscrapers, onlookers, and someone with a video camera :)

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What a stupid place to fly the thing, he got we he deserved. Also hope you get yours back


It looks as though it might have been some sort of 'commercial' video-recording fliight. Seems to be a camera slung underneath, in addition to the pilot - a guy with a movie camera and another guy with a video headset?

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  Reply # 708363 29-Oct-2012 12:50 Send private message

Part 101.211 prohibits the operation of model aircraft at night outdoors.

And from the possible map area, although unintentionally, 101.205 is also violated.

If it has flown higher than 400ft, 101.207 too as you are well inside controlled airspace there.

I don't think you want to draw the attention of the CAA.






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  Reply # 708518 29-Oct-2012 16:13 Send private message

Have you got a link to where you are getting those from?







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  Reply # 708527 29-Oct-2012 16:39 Send private message

Looks like coming from here...

http://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/rules.htm

Scroll down to part 101

P.S. Hope you get it back!



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  Reply # 708762 29-Oct-2012 21:53 Send private message

UncleArk: Looks like coming from here...

http://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/rules.htm

Scroll down to part 101

P.S. Hope you get it back!


No comment ;)

 

Good news!


I did get it back, it was off in an open field in Papanui near Northlands Mall, a guy saw my article in The Press and contacted me, turns out it almost clipped his house at high speed and crashed in the field behind his house, was still going for a good 1hr before the LED's turned off.

 

The guy got the tip from one of his mates on Facebook about seeing it in the paper, he then got the paper and saw my article, he actually picked me and my flatmate up from my house to drive us out there, had flown for 10.4km according to GPS.

Anyway I am a happy man!








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  Reply # 708766 29-Oct-2012 22:03 Send private message

All's well that ends well! Good stuff.

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  Reply # 708774 29-Oct-2012 22:11 Send private message

Indeed... what condition was it in? (i.e., any damage?)




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  Reply # 708778 29-Oct-2012 22:19 Send private message

mjb: Indeed... what condition was it in? (i.e., any damage?)


Pretty good condition, it was half in water so lost a few of the speed controllers & landing gear. But frame was fine and the half that wasn't in water is all spotless. Quite a good test!




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  Reply # 708813 29-Oct-2012 23:44 Send private message

Awesome, glad you got it back! I'm tempted to build one now :-)

Out of interest, not knowing the area at all, how did where it ended up tie in with your original predictions?

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  Reply # 708818 30-Oct-2012 00:05 Send private message

Virgil: Awesome, glad you got it back! I'm tempted to build one now :-)

Out of interest, not knowing the area at all, how did where it ended up tie in with your original predictions?

Cheers


400m off! I was stoked!



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