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airboss

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OC ,california

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what happened ? it used to be everyone was flying their helis, making new friends and developing their flying skills.

Now all we have is a few hardcore wont quit guys like me and lots of Drone pilots and their little toy multis

I will never give up building my skills and trying new moves

who's with me ????

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10-17-2016 07:35 PM
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helifanatix

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Fountain Valley, CA

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I'm IN Sir!!!!

... but I realized you gotta be OK with not being OK. Let folks do what they do and we'll still be doing RC Heli's long after they moved on

- Scott

10-17-2016 10:40 PM
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Marinevet1812

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Middletown, CT USA

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I'm definitely building my skills and currently rebuilding my Blade 360CFX

10-17-2016 11:34 PM
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honda411

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Surprise, AZ USA

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Yeah it seems like no one is out there anymore. Less and less show up for local fly ins also.

HeliDirect Field Rep, Synergy N7 w/ OS 105, Torq Servos, Cyclone/ Rail blades

10-17-2016 11:54 PM
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RAK402

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Alhambra, CA

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I'm with you, Airboss!

Team KBDD/Compass Team Manger/Prostar Hobby/Team JR Americas/Gens Ace/WR Field Rep

10-18-2016 12:37 AM
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airboss

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OC ,california

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Its like an abandoned secret test site out at the heli pad .I had to get out the big old planes to feel like one of the club.

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10-18-2016 01:41 AM
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em3jefferson

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jackson ms.

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Heli-lujah airboss

10-18-2016 02:58 AM
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HeliOCD

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San Diego, CA

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I like it. Feels like when i first got into helis.
Maybe soon when i fly, some kid will come up to me and say
"What is that thing?" I will look down at the little guy with an adrenaline smile on my face and say "Its called a Helicopter". Then toss him a coke.

Its all earth!

10-18-2016 04:09 AM
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don s

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Chesapeake, VA

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Is this like Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy??

Sorry, it's late.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

10-18-2016 04:23 AM
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#55

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Chico, CA

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Well Said, Agreed!

My name is Jim, and I Hate quads.

Check!

10-18-2016 02:26 PM
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cdrking

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Seattle

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I love everything that flies. I do agree however, that true builders of these machines (helis) is a thing of the past for the most part. People these days seem like they want everything to work with just plug and play. That doesn't work for helis, at least high end big stuff.

I hope it's just a phase, unfortunately if we don't have a larger consumer base for the helis we will pay the price.

21 years flying helis for me. I do a lot less of it because of family and work but I still very much enjoy it.

Jeff

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

10-18-2016 04:32 PM
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ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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I started flying in '85 with the American Revolution.
It used a .45 Enya, no collective (fixed pitch) and no tail rotor gyro.

Now, I have helicopters and control systems that could have guided an '80's era cruise missile

I was there at the beginning, I'll be there for the end.

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10-18-2016 04:52 PM
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flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Airboss

Since you fly only electrics what ever happened to the nitro guys? I personally got into helicopters as a challenge and I believe many others did the same thing. Once forward flight was accomplished they drifted back to the comfort zone of fixed wing. Your an exception to the rule and now you feel isolated. Why not seek out a club dedicated for rotary wing pilots only and being in the OC they do exist.

10-18-2016 05:03 PM
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CostaRicaHeli

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Costa Rica, Central America

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I started with the Nexus 30 and the mechanical tail gyro in 99. It was a CP heli. Ive had a couple of spaces in time where I did no flying, mainly because of work, but now I'm enjoying it a lot. Building is awesome, as well as learning how to set-up these new systems.

As far as flying goes, I'm still learning new things everytime I fly. The bigger the model, the better. I've progressed form a .30 to a 700, going through 55 and .60.

Now I'm bringing back an oldie (for me anyway). Bought in 2000, an X-Cell 99SE. Hopefully she will be flying soon. Had only 5 or 6 flights back in the day.

My feeling is that the heli industry will come down to two or three players who will serve the niche market profitably, while at the same time competing in the mass market of quads and such. The problem for all of us is that we have multiple models, brands, etc., and support/parts, will be limited eventually to those remaining brands and their popular models.

Franz

10-18-2016 05:09 PM
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airboss

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OC ,california

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I used to fly Nitro and loved it, those days of calm air and skywriting with the heli were fun. I cant seem to grasp nitro anymore due to the mess and cost of glo fuel. they are awesome though and when we get a field full of helis again it might be possible to get another nitro.
I have been elected to become part of BOD for our field again after being just the member for many years so maybe this will be the opportunity to bring the heli gang back together.

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10-18-2016 05:14 PM
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artimus

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Buckley WA

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I started modeling when I was a kid . It progressed to rc in my 20's. But all surface stuff rc boats cars and motorcycles
I started flying helis when I turned 50. I never flew airplanes untill after helis. Ten years later my flying skill got better but my eyesight didnt. So my skill have leveled off just cause I cant see the damn things like i used to. Building them is where i get a lot of enjoyment. 15 helis and 11 planes in including a 50 cc Raven.
I get out to fly on weekends weather permitting....it Washington.

Fly Hard......Team Viagra

10-18-2016 05:29 PM
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jason46

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MI

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Airboss,

Last time I was at the field with an electric 600 I was setting up on a nitro soaked planker bench and OMG the smell!! I decided right then when time and finances permit I'll definitely fly another nitro bird. The cost of fuel is a bummer, I never really had any issue with the mess, love the sound and flight time and the smoke and a 50 has plenty of power for me.

We made up some rules can we have your moneys now.

10-18-2016 07:11 PM
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airboss

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OC ,california

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Heli FF

Yes its true OCMA has approved a Heli Fun Fly
all we need is the schedule from Finless and its on !
http://www.flyocma.com and its BOD approved this event tonight
we will have camping also at the lot next to the gate 50ft from 1 heli area
get your ships together and holler at us when you have a schedule in mind so I can get it on the calendar
Awesome Mmmmm nitro

Urukay HPS3 KSE 700 HPS3

10-19-2016 04:53 AM
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PaulBowen

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Victoria, Australia.

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I've gone back to nitro after flying only electric's and a gasser for around five years.

I have a JR Ergo 30 (flybar), Hirobo Turbulence D3v2 (flybarless), and just finishing building a Hirobo Freya Evolution OPII (flybar). I just love the smell and sound of glow powered helicopters. I have also really enjoyed returning to the flybar heads as well.

Building and flying a glow helicopter particularly with a flybar is enormously satisfying. Unfortunately most of the newer electric helicopters have had the mechanical interest and building skill engineered out of them and rely entirely on electronics. They fly well but lack engagement or romance for me.

I'm a Hirobo, JR, flybar, nitro and all things helicopter fanatic!

10-19-2016 06:32 AM
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switch26

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San Jose

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Real rc heli pilots?

I agree,I started flying helis just before they started producing the piezo gyros around 1996 I flew with a small group at a public park,it really used to be alot more fun and exciting but like alot of other pilots I quit flying due work and other daily obligations,

now that I've decided to come back seems like less heli pilots are showing up at the field,I've also noticed alot on hobby shops going out of business,what happened to readyheli,heliproz,

and others that used to advertise here on the forums home page?
Is sad that now that helis are getting alot easier to fly people show alot less interest

Take offs are optional,landings are mandatory

10-22-2016 09:06 AM
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