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05-03-2005 02:41 AM  12 years agoPost 1
JohnL

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I'm curious why the hell plank fliers are so against heli flyers. I've been in r/c for approx 3 months now (started with planks). I'm now into heli's. Air time can't be shared? Heli's get 1/2 of the room and so on, planks get pretty much everything they want. What gives? I'm just curious here.

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05-03-2005 02:49 AM  12 years agoPost 2
MikeC

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It isn't my experience that plank fliers (I also fly planks) ARE against heli fliers. At least not at my field. Granted there are only 2 of us out of about 80 members but I have not experienced any problems co-existing with the plank fliers at my club. It just depends on the person and mainly if they've had bad experiences with heli fliers in the past.


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05-03-2005 04:12 AM  12 years agoPost 3
JohnL

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Just seems to me that there is a big boundry between the two. I'm getting out of planes and into heli's. I think I know where I belong lol. Planes have been fun, I've actually gotten bored with the trainer. Now to liven things up a bit!

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05-03-2005 04:21 AM  12 years agoPost 4
jbiter

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Hi,

I have had good success flying at plank clubs. I think a lot of this success is due to being understanding to the needs of the planks. (ie not hovering over the runway for extended periods thereby closing the runway for plank use). I think the runway issue is the biggest gripe I have heard as related towards us heli pilots.

It also helps to show some interest in their pride and joy whether you really like planks or not.

Jeff

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05-03-2005 04:24 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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a lot of people don't like change
a lot of plank pilots are older and really don't like change
at many of the clubs I have been in or to there has been some
friction between the old guys and the young guns like they fly too
fast or too dangerous and a lot of the plane pilots do not like helis
flying down the runway as they fly it seems to be a tough balancing
act to get the two together.
My old club had the heli pilots fly on the hour for 15 minutes worked OK


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05-03-2005 04:29 AM  12 years agoPost 6
srslamalot

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It’s like segregation between hobbies. I has happened before, it will happen again. I remember back when snowboarding was fairly new. Many ski resorts would ask snowboarders to stick to certain trails. Eventually, that ended, and everyone could go anywhere. (Then again, I haven’t been skiing in 10 years, so maybe it’s not that way anymore) Hopefully, in time, we can all fly together.

This is the major reason why I’ve never joined a club.

Tom

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05-03-2005 12:32 PM  12 years agoPost 7
ez2bgman

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N'awlins, LA

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One of the nicer clubs down here don't allow helis. As Ted mentioned, I think that alot of people are resistant to change. This particular club is run by a couple of older gentleman that are "set in their ways". They do not even like planks doing 3D. They like the more conventional sport/scale flying. It really is a shame because this field is probably the nicest field in the New Orleans area.

The club that I belong to has only 3-4 heli pilots (to my knowledge). They actually enjoy seeing us get out there and spool up and fly around. One of my buddies has let several members try their hand at hovering his Rappy. The club president, a good friend of mine, is now considerig buying a heli to compliment his fleet of planks. He is into 3D and has a few 25% and bigger birds.

I believe that everyone should have the right to fly in the same airspace, regardless of what they fly. The R/C community isn't exactly the largest, and we could all benefit if everyone would get along and enjoy each others aircraft.

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Gary
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05-03-2005 12:46 PM  12 years agoPost 8
piroflip

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in England the heli/plank divide is as bad as ever

i try to fly my helis early morning or when its too windy for the plankers

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05-03-2005 02:51 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Gary

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This has been beaten worse than the republican/democrat debate. I used to think it would never change but I really believe it's coming. With land getting more and more scarce due to development, flying fields are starting to slowly dwindle away. There will probably come a time when there won't be enough room for anything but the park flyers and helis.

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05-03-2005 05:54 PM  12 years agoPost 10
BC Don

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Gee, can't we all just "get along" (oh yea like that'd ever happen).

Pick your club and fly. Nobody every said that you have to be friends with everyone (although I do admit, having people curse you out loud isn't nice).

I've found that the clubs that have lots of 40% and other similar sized planes like to "stick to their own". They will tolerate 40 size planes bt are not keen on Helis nor on 3D flyers.

Clubs that are mostly 40 size planes seem to be more OK with 3D flyers and Helis.

Sailplane clubs won't allow anything with a gas engine. I should get a Logo 20 and show up and see if that's OK

But, I'm pretty fortunate here, Heli pilots are in the minority in the 2 fields I fly at but so far no-one has bitched at me and there are others flying Helis. As we pretty much in early learning phases, we tend to fly in the "off" runway so we are out of the way. Not sure where I'll be flying when I'm more competent, likely the same air space as the 3Ders.

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05-03-2005 07:15 PM  12 years agoPost 11
raptor50luvver

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Dorset UK

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The field i fly at has mainly plank fliers but there are a few heli pilots.I fly planks as well but mainly helis.The guy who runs the site does not really like helis but will let members join at his discretion and the members that do fly helis are well accepted and a good time is had by all.The 2 disciplines may not go well together but we mainly fly 1 at a time anyway as its not normally that busy there..

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05-03-2005 07:32 PM  12 years agoPost 12
Darksider

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Derby United Kingdom

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i fly at a mixed site, and there has been times when there's been a certain amount of friction, but i have to say to be fair at our site the largest majority of the plane flyer's seem to be pretty tolerant, so mostly we all get along, of course there's the odd 1 or 2 who look for an opportunity to "have a go" but when they do you take them pretty much with a pinch of salt because it's just the usual raving's of the old boy's who want everything their way, and it's all talk anyway so these days i tend to just leave it and not let them bother me, i'm a safe and considerate flyer and thats all that really matters.

Gareth

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05-03-2005 07:38 PM  12 years agoPost 13
raptor50luvver

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Dorset UK

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Hi Ade

Things are pretty settled there at the moment,myself and the other heli fliers are getting some good flying in and the fixed wing guys who mainly turn up there are no problem at all.One of them has just aquired a heli and has done much on the sim with one,i let him fly my 50 on a buddy lead and he was straight in to circuits and nose in landing/takeoff etc.I did not take over once for a whole tank but i must admit he is a bloody good 3d fixed wing pilot,i watched his sticks while he flew one and saw plenty of stick stirring going on..top bloke!

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05-03-2005 08:11 PM  12 years agoPost 14
zoom boy

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Luckily the people I fly with are all heli pilots with one exception, but he enjoys watching when the helis are flying.

So its not a planker/heli flyer thing, its an A-hole/heli flyer thing, where conicidently the A-hole is a planker.

We dont have anyone like that in our group, so its quite good, but when I was in another club a few years back there was this one guy that just made it his buisness to do anything to cause trouble for me.

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05-03-2005 08:40 PM  12 years agoPost 15
TurboRacer

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CT

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Ford Vs. Chevy
Surfers Vs. Bodyboarders
Skiiers Vs. Snowboarders
Plankers Vs. Choppers
Import Vs. Domestic

It's just that it's two different, yet almost the same things, and people want a reason to be miserable and competetive.

I love them both, and I fly them both. If anyone on either side gives me shti I'll tell them to go ..... themselves.

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05-03-2005 08:49 PM  12 years agoPost 16
Gary

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I guess it goes along with just about everything else in society. If people can't find something to bitch about we'll find something. It's really kind of funny, it goes back to when we were all kids not wanting to let anyone esle in the sand box.

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05-03-2005 08:59 PM  12 years agoPost 17
spiked_three

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Sterling, VA US

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I'm not sure what is up at my field. But I moved to the area last year and brought my Raptor 60 with me. A couple of the plank guys had lite machines but nothing more. I am slowly getting them to move up to raptors and the 'just planks' guys have quit coming to the field.
I don't know if they are pissed off or what, but I'm not going to complain if it turns into a heli field.
We all still get out our (3D) planks when we are bored

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05-03-2005 09:59 PM  12 years agoPost 18
FLAP

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Michigan

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Helicopters are for boys and planks are for girls. Same with dogs and cats. just kidding. I think this problem illustrates why there will never be world peace. Yea, we can get along if we try real hard, but it will always break down into us and them, even in something as innocuous as our little hobby. The day we are all flying helicopters and start getting along, we will start fighting about which helicopter is the best (Oh...forgot, we already do that...see!)

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05-03-2005 10:24 PM  12 years agoPost 19
MikeC

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people want a reason to be miserable and competetive.
I think you hit it right on the head there. Some people just aren't happy unless they're miserable and they want to take us with them.


Mike

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05-03-2005 10:36 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Rappy da Raptor

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Recently (over past 2 years) helis have shot up at our club.. The old Grimmers just winge and winge they says its too nosiey and to technical!!

They allways complain about flying times (At our club: Planes fly first half hour and then its the helis turn) well i flew 3 mins into the plane slot and all i got was moan moan moan

All i can say to them is go home
Helicopters are for boys and planks are for girls
exactly no debating it!!!!!!!!!!

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