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05-03-2005 06:24 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Yard Pilot

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Vancouver BC

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When you guys were new at this were you crashing often?

Frustrating...

I think I have to learn restraint. I seem to push the envelope and get burned. I find it hard to stick to the basics of hovering and working on the basics BEFORE forward flight manuverers.

Anyhow, great hobby but the little women is going to start noticing the Modefo's parts charges on the VISA if I don't slow down, and then I'll get cut-off (and I won't be able to order more parts either)

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05-03-2005 06:45 AM  12 years agoPost 2
x_Tomi_x

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TX

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I crashed about 1-2 times a week for the first month. Now I crash like 1 time per 2-3 weeks. Most of the time just flying too darn fast..
You'll grow out of it. Keep them spares in stock..

-Tomi

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05-03-2005 12:31 PM  12 years agoPost 3
infinitemass

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All the repair costs on the visa is how I talked my wife into letting me buy a sim.Sure wish I had bought one in the beginning

How did THAT get in there?

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05-03-2005 03:00 PM  12 years agoPost 4
StrangeRanger

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VT

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Naww...what really sucks about crashing is when you live where there is no LHS and you have to wait for everything to show up. I'm such an impatient bastard that I bet I spend 2x as much on shipping as I do on parts
j

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05-03-2005 03:23 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Herc

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Cranbrook, BC - Canada

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Simulator and Open Spaces

I was crashing all the time when I started. I got a simulator and that has really, really helped.

I found also that I was flying in my back yard and didn't have a lot of room. I was striking things very often and going through blades, grips, spindles, etc. I moved to a larger area with the training gear and then it was just the odd landing strut.

I've had the training gear off for about two weeks now and I have only broken one set of blades (tip over) and one gear strut (hard landing). Haven't had a real hard rebuild everything crash in about three weeks. I try to fly everyday for four packs.

I found the sim and a large open field to be my best friends. This after buying tons of spare parts to have on hand. I'm sure I'll be using the spares when I start nose in hovering this week.

Just keep practicing, get a sim if you don't have one and fly in the largest area you can.

Herc

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05-03-2005 04:20 PM  12 years agoPost 6
PetSketch

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Stormville, NY

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infinitemass

Same thing here .... while attempting a landing on our glass patio table (I've done it many times before), I lost it in a slight gust, tried to abort with power, and ....... WAP WAP WAP WAP. My wife said, "That didn't sound good!" (as she ran to hide the credit cards) and I said simulators, even though expensive, are a whole lot cheaper than what you just witnessed . G3 was delivered today .... who knows, maybe I can even get her flying.

<>< Jim

"My wife is definitely a saint"

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05-05-2005 04:20 AM  12 years agoPost 7
infinitemass

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PetSketch

Just installed the reflex XTR sim. Could kick myself for not getting this sooner. Wife still not interested in flying though which is strange since she`s so into her nitro truck.

How did THAT get in there?

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05-05-2005 06:12 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Ka-man

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Hong Kong

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YES.............I crashing often............(evey 2 flight crash 1 time)
but i wont giveup

X-Cell Stratus...Fury Tempest 3D...X-Treme 50

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05-05-2005 02:01 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Gary Hoorn

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Annapolis Maryland USA

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the little women is going to start noticing the Modefo's parts charges on the VISA
Eating breakfast, Wife looking through the mail. "Hmmm, this credit card bill doesn't seem to be going down!" Scowl in my direction. Continue eating while looking out the window to see if weather is suitable for flying while ignoring look from across the table
Gary

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05-05-2005 04:05 PM  12 years agoPost 10
PetSketch

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Stormville, NY

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LOL

Must be a universal thing ... they just don't get it! We're still all boys, just the toys are more expensive.

<>< Jim

"My wife is definitely a saint"

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05-05-2005 04:22 PM  12 years agoPost 11
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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There are two types of flying:
1. Fly and chase the next move or
2. Fly and maneuver the heli to what you intend to do with it.
You need to master all orientations of the heli - crash is eminent but when you get there, satisfaction is guaranteed. .

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05-06-2005 01:58 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Graybug

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Melbourne, Florida

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GOOD one, UK-Ashley! My wife and daughter together cost me $180 at the hair salon just last week...If I spent at that rate on my heli, I'd be airborne a lot more often!

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05-06-2005 02:03 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Yard Pilot

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Vancouver BC

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Hah!

good one indeed UK-Ashley. I don't play golf or hockey or any expensive sports like some buddies of mine, so she's doing ok I figure.

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05-06-2005 05:46 AM  12 years agoPost 14
jmehok

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western Pennsylvania

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I would seriously recomend getting a good sim. I got Reflex XTR months before I attempted my first flight and after getting my heli set-up fairly correct I found it quite easy to hover. I used my sim for about 20 minutes a day 3 days a week, although I'm far from a good heli pilot. The Trex model by Ezfly for XTR seems quite accurate.

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05-06-2005 06:50 AM  12 years agoPost 15
JJGONZO

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Mission Viejo, California

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Dude,

This is the greatest hobby!! I spent ten years playing video games. I did not know how much fun I was missing out on helis.
I started flying in January and it took me a lot of patience and perseverance to be able to hover and try to do some piruets which is all I can do (trying to learn to fly nose-in).

I can completely empathize with the situation with the wife. Boy, I remember one day, (I'm actually pretty ashamed to admit it) After having crashed more than allowed by my budget, I needed some parts and could not order them with a credict card because I was going to be, pretty much, castrated, I went to the gas station and was asked about cash back. Guess what I said? the money went to my parts.

I guess I am adicted.

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