Aloe Vera Helicopter

Helicopter incident

I had an “incident” involving the helicopter last Thursday evening.

I was flying it in our small apartment, first off I was just lifting only a few mm’s off the floor, then trying to control it, this was proving difficult, so i Googled why it was setting off left every time. Turns out that since the helicopter has only 3 channels of control and no blade pitch control, it will suffer from that effect, caused by the tail rotor resisting the torsion of the main rotor.. so all helicopters suffer from this to some extent. To mitigate this effect it is best to reach a height of 3 feet in the air before trying to hover etc, this also gets away from ground effect problems.. Ground effect makes all the controls far more sensitive apparently. With this in mind I went back to trying, and soon was up above 4 feet, then I went towards the window, reduced throttle a lot to avoid a collision with the window, the helicopter dropped into my Aloe Vera plant, the rotor sliced up the leaves a treat… poor plant.

I have been nurturing this plant for a few months now, I think I got the plant in May, it was quite weedy then. The leaves were doing very well. I hope it recovers. If not there are a few small plants which have sprung up, so they will succeed it if not.

All pictures of plant and helicopter.

One reply on “Helicopter incident”

The best entry yet Brendan! It really made us chuckle.
We were in Canada soon after the Aloe Vera plant joined your ‘household’ and we witnessed your loving care of it when you came in from work.
Be careful – you might get hate letters from the Aloe Vera Protection League – they can be quite passionate. However, I am sure they will appreciate it was a genuine accident!

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