How to Get Your Helicopter Out of a Tall Tree

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Remote control helicopters are a passion for many. Piloting the whirlybirds through the skies can certainly provide a thrill, but there are times when the crafts get lodged into the tops of the tree line, frustrating the pilot and risking damage to the sometimes expensive copters. By taking a few simple steps, pilots with stranded helicopters can rescue their investments and minimize potential damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheets
  • Nylon rope
  • Small stone
  • Turn power to the helicopter off by powering down the remote control console. This will help prevent leaves, twigs or vines from wrapping around the rotors. Look in the trees to get a visual on the aircraft's location.

  • Have two friends hold a sheet for you, while you gently shake the tree (if the tree isn't overly large, as in the case of a small spruce or pine). Should the copter fall, the sheet will be there to prevent the dislodged craft from hitting the ground.

  • Tie a small stone to one end of some nylon rope. Throw the stone over the branch that's holding the helicopter, taking care not to hit the craft with the rock. Catch the stone on the other side of the branch; hold both ends of the rope and pull down to bend the branch downward. Be prepared to catch the unit if it falls.

  • Climb the tree, just to the height where you can safely touch the helicopter to push it out of the branches, allowing it to fall into a waiting sheet. Only do this if you feel comfortable climbing, the tree isn't overly tall, and the tree has several climbable branches.

References

  • "Radio Controlled Helicopters: The Guide to Building & Flying RC Helicopters"; Nick Papillon; 1996
  • Photo Credit Jim Wehtje/Valueline/Getty Images
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