An LMA is not a luxury, but a Llama is
Lost model alarms…. seems to be a dirty word these days.
Skill levels have risen and so the apparent need for a LMA has disappeared.
NOT SO it would seem, based on the last 2 weekends events!
Damian was involved in some heavy combat, took a break and then threw out the BEE in some iffy lift.
The BEE wing dropped slowly down the slope and headed into some
seriously thick bushes down the front of the Red Hill slope.
Using an old technique, he pointed his radio in the direction of the last known position
and discontentedly tromped off into the bush. We carried on flying as the lift improved again.
45 minutes later Damian had no resurfaced out of the deep bush and
we then went looking for his BEE and him!.
We found him with ease. The liberal use of flowery language and creaking of load bearing branches,
supporting human weight as he gamely tried to swim his way through the dense vegetation,
gave away his desperate position.
A Llama chomping path through the bush would have probably been quicker.
The BEE however, was nowhere to be seen or heard due to a broken LMA.
Granted, Damian actually had an LMA in the BEE,… it just wasn’t working at the time.
After a good few minutes in the bushes, three guys in a line, advancing forward as the terrain allowed,
we finally chanced on the wing hidden under a shelf way down the slope.
This once more brought into rather tiring focus the need for an LMA in a glider.
The bushes at Red Hill are alien and as thick as thieves,
so one of the only real chances you have is to be equipped with an LMA in each aircraft.
Based on the fact that an LMA generally only costs about 10% of the value of a BEE wing,
it’s overall value in the ability to help you get your 2500-00 rand glider back,
is cheap at the price. Never mind a full composite ship at 3 times that price!
There are new 2.4 Pathfinder LMA’s available, at bout ZAR 180-00
and both Hobby Warehouse and Clowns have these available.
So now there is no excuse for the 2.4 guys, myself humbly included,
and the sooner we get our fleet equipped the better.
I have one in my BEE wing and its loud, has voltage warnings and works like a treat
the minute I flick my gear switch.
PathFinder emits a piercing alarm in the event of radio signal loss or interference
– invaluable in locating your downed model when out of sight.
PathFinder also incorporates an audible battery indicator (0.1V resolution) on start-up
with an in-flight low battery warning and alarm at 4.4V and 4.2V respectively,
giving enough time to land before batteries run out.
Now compatible with Spektrum radios!
Weight: 5g / 0.18oz
In the end we will spend less time in the bushes, sounding like a bunch
of disgruntled idiots doing a barn dance on a pile of dry leaves,
and more time with gliders in the air…