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10-21-2004 10:46 PM  13 years agoPost 1
wsteve

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When you go to a fun fly what are you looking for. Things that are controlled by the event coordinators not the weather.

Do you like to have contest? Do you prefer a centralized location for the pilot's gather or a strung out flight line? Is a free dinner a plus? How many flight stations are to many? How about golf carts to carry your stuff to and from the flight station? Do you like to see the Full Scales fly in?

Thats just a few suggestions. If you have ideas I would like your input.

Thanks, Bill

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10-21-2004 10:50 PM  13 years agoPost 2
DrScoles

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OPEN FLYING Been to too many events that shut down the flight line too many times so some guy can demo is foamy 3D wizbang plank..... When I go to these events, (particularly the ones I fly to to get nice weather) I wanna fly!!!!!

Mike

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10-21-2004 10:55 PM  13 years agoPost 3
wsteve

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I agree I been to events where they would have a demo that has nothing to do with the event.

How about a good raffle and pilot prizes to they make a difference. Would you like to see a pilot's only raffle as well as a general raffle.

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10-21-2004 11:15 PM  13 years agoPost 4
RotorHead486

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Hiya Guys,

You wana good raffle!!! then get to the North Nott's Fly-In in 2005!!!!

The 2004 event went down a storm!!!! excellent event!!!

I been to numerous fly-ins around the UK during 2004 including the 3D Competition '3D Masters', 3Dmaster was superb and not to be missed but for fly-in's! the North Nott's fly-In has to be the best by far this year for me, the days flying was superb, a good mix of flyers from novice to the 3Dmaster and even a good mix of scale flyers too, something i have not seen much around the general fly-ins as these seem to be mainly 3D flying with the scale machines going to scale fly-in's but the North Nott's fly-in had it all!!!! and some very nice scale machines too!! (drible!!!....drible!!!....)

Plenty of space and a superb flight line, with plenty of room for numerous pilots to fly, good food an all!! Plenty of representitives from the trade and distributors.

Evening/night flying then BBQ and Beer till late!!! does'nt get any better!!

If this year North Nott's Fly-in was anything to go by!! the 2005 fly-in is going to be awesome!!!!

"I came for the beer and the bitches" - Little Nicky!!

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10-22-2004 12:07 AM  13 years agoPost 5
BigRob

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Events

I've just started getting involved with the contests at these events and enjoy them a bunch! Although, I do agree withScoles and suggest that open flying not be shut down altogether during contests and to limit demo's to one hour.

Raffles are cool..I never expect to win anything. But mainly 'contribute' to it to help support the FF/Hosting Club/Sponsors.

Oh did I forget to mention...the food. Fun Fly food rocks!


Off on a tangent here....

Well, what I've noticed in California this year, was a lot of events were scheduled on the same weekend. For instance, the SoCal Classic was scheduled the same weekend as a Scale fun fly up in Central, CA. Another was the Circumgyration funfly and Sandy Eggo FF earlier this year. More care should be taken when scheduling and marketing these events. I for one, would love to see scale ships, but being more of an average pilot, rather attend the non-scale event.


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10-22-2004 12:19 AM  13 years agoPost 6
rcadd1ct

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The most fun I had at a funfly was a Hirobo Cup.

They had an enduro event.

He who had the most flights wins.

It was great because it catered to all levels of flying. You had the beginners hovering in one area and the experts beating the heck out of their helis in the other.

The spectators got to see all aspects of the sport. Controlled flight of those hovering and the watch it 'til you are dizzy 3D.

The big thing is that there was ALWAYS a heli in the air so it was non stop action!

Fun, Fun, Fun!

-RCA .......... Making Cuisinarts Fly!!!!!!!

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10-22-2004 12:26 AM  13 years agoPost 7
SteveH

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I enjoy the open flying, but I also enjoy the funfly contests and the scale contests.

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10-22-2004 01:28 AM  13 years agoPost 8
Boom_Strike

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Meeting new people that share the same interests as you.

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10-22-2004 01:38 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Clayman

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Up here more helis usally there is maybe two to three sometimes when most guys are out up to twenty But most the time it is me and some else But I can fly real well so they don't mind me flying with them. I like the draws, Events even thou they are for the plankers, And all the great pepole are events are mostly uncatered but the large ones are great.

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10-22-2004 01:56 AM  13 years agoPost 10
Spitfire_mk5

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Clayman: go to assissippi for thier funfly. there usually is at least 10-15 heli pilots there.

Also going east there is Thunderbay that has a funfly (never been myself) and if your really up for some driving there is Strathmore (outside calgary), this year I counted over 60 helicopters at the funfly (heli's only funfly that is).

There long drives but a good time at the other end.

Personally i like freef lying, skip the demo's if its worth watching people ussually stop and watch, if it isn't...

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10-22-2004 02:20 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Clayman

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Going next year, There is some heli only's in Ontario that I want to go to
aswell.

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10-22-2004 02:32 AM  13 years agoPost 12
Spitfire_mk5

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We might be having one in 'toon town next year as well.

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10-22-2004 02:26 PM  13 years agoPost 13
groran

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Forageing through all the stuff for sale can keep me occupied all day

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10-22-2004 03:35 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Heli143

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The Dalton Scale meet put on by Darrell Sprayberry is my kind of fly in.
There is competition but in a very friendly way. everyone cheers each other on and supports each other. In 2003, Greg McNair loaned me his Giant Scale 300 to fly because my heli was not ready. Emile loaned his Alabama State Trooper Long Ranger to Mark Guidry. this was done to promote the sport/hobby and introduce us to competition.
Darrell provides a steak dinner on Saturday evening. There is time for open flying and Darrell does his best to balance everything so that everyone is happy. Mike Demita even flew some 3D in between his scalers, and I believe everyone enjoyed watching him fly it.a
Greg McNair put on an impromptu heli get together at Birmingham last year which brought a lot of folks, scale and pod/boom from all around the area. he had a full scale come in which everyone enjoyed. I think this is always enjoyed at fly in. I think both pod/boomers and scale guys alike enjoy viewing a full scale bird up close.
If the area is very large, then having a golf cart to carry folks is appreciated by most.
A concern for most is how many flight stations. I think if the CD is experienced, he has a good idea of what is too much and plans accordingly. IRCHA was the only place I thought there was too many stations, but it turned out that it worked and everyone had a great time.
Looking forward to next year's flying season.
Take care.

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10-22-2004 03:51 PM  13 years agoPost 15
BladeRunner

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Bill! You got Fun Fly mixed up with that Fast Fry place you always go to...

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10-22-2004 06:52 PM  13 years agoPost 16
wsteve

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I'm sure it would be nice to have the Hooter girls serving up some wings. I can't imagine to many pilots willing to pay the registation fee that would cost just for a teaser.

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10-22-2004 07:03 PM  13 years agoPost 17
RotorHead486

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I'll pay!! When's the fly-in?? put my name down!!

Hooter girls!!!!! Hmmmmmmm!!!!!

Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhhmmmmmmm!!!!!!!! (That's me trying to type a Homer Simpson drool!!!!!!)

Speaker of hooter girls, Bobj did'nt do too badly at this years 3DM!! He had too VERY nice ladies following him round all weekend, fueling his heli's up and carrying them to and from the flight line!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!! All hail Bob!!

Cheers!
Rotorhead486

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10-22-2004 07:58 PM  13 years agoPost 18
kirk

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Fun Fly

Meeting new people and open flying...

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10-22-2004 10:31 PM  13 years agoPost 19
wsteve

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I'm sure there would be a bunch of stiffie's walking around, line for the port-a-can and not much flying but who would care.

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10-22-2004 10:31 PM  13 years agoPost 20
warner11

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Do not keep the entire flight line shut down for demos, or events. Paying pilots want to fly,and have a McDonalds close.

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