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05-08-2005 09:47 PM  12 years agoPost 1
ez2bgman

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What a blast. I and 3 of my friends, from the New Orleans area, went on the 3 hour road trip Saturday morning and returned Saturday night. Since I have been flying helis (a Raptor 50v2) for only 2 months now, this was my first fly in that I have attended.

We arrived around 9:00 am. I and my best friend brought our Rappy's out there. After registering, we proceeded to walk the pits. The helis that everyone brought were absolutely gorgeous. I think the most popular heli out there was the Raptor 50. There also some very impressive scale helis. Another one of my buddies from New Orleans arrived there on Friday with his helis. He ended up taking first place in the scale heli competition with his converted E-Raptor 50v2 in a Bell Long Ranger fuselage.

One of the best parts of the fly in was talking to and watching Curtis Youngblood fly. He is truly an amazing pilot. Not only can he make ANY heli perform amazing things, he is a down right nice guy to talk to. I saw him stop what he was doing several times to help out a fellow pilot. He not only provided advice, but also hands on setup tips.

The highlight of the entire day for me came when Curtis Youngblood came over to the "Beginners" area. He was assisting another pilot. I approached him and asked for some tips. After finishing with the other guy, he came over and looked over my Raptor 50v2. He said it looked pretty good and then asked me to start her up. After flying a couple of circuits and performing a couple of rolls, he brought her in. He then informed me that the throttle and pitch curves need tweaking and asked if I minded if he changed them. Of course I agreed. After making the necessary changes, he brought her back up to test the new settings. He landed again and made a couple more changes to the throttle curve. That's when it got exciting. He hovered it for a few seconds, and then shot it straight up like it was on rockets. He proceeded to do more rolls, some flips, very low (about 2" off the grass) inverted flight, high speed inverted circles, a pirouetting circle, and few other things. This flight lasted about 5 minutes. After he landed, he informed me that the blades appeared to go out of track during some manuevers. After looking at the head, he said that it was just the woodies that I am still flying. He also told me that the heli was setup very solidly and that with the addition of a pipe and some carbon blades this heli would be very capable. He also advised me to upgrade to the metal headblock as soon as I can.

To get a compliment on the setup of my heli from one of our hobby's best pilots was very satisfying. It is nice to know that all the hard work and many hours checking and rechecking every linkage and screw payed off.

After he flew my Rappy, he signed the canopy. Now I am scared to put that canopy back on for fear that the 30% fuel may wipe out his signature. I know it may sound silly, but to have one of the best pilots out there fly my machine and then sign my canopy, meant a great deal to me. Especially since I am so new to the hobby. I may just put this canopy up and save it.

Later.

Gary
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05-08-2005 10:14 PM  12 years agoPost 2
inkspot1967

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yes it is a great time at the mayday as always im having so much fun im staying until tuesday

yes there are still guys here and me and couple others will be here till tuesday so come back and fly......

you shouldnt have left yet today mike scoles was letting whoever wanted to fly his prototype ma stratus (on buddy cord of course) and was giving us lessons on piro flips with it ....hows that for a ma rep...boooyaaa mike


mike scoles you the man.......

and his night flying was just absolutly awesome with the night blades with the message in them....

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05-08-2005 10:22 PM  12 years agoPost 3
genovia

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Thank you for sharing, I love reading your post and how excited you were, specially when someone like CY works in your heli. not a lot of popular pilots are like that. JK and Todd Bennet are great, when ever their in a funfly they also help a noob out...

Once again, thanks for sharing the fun

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05-08-2005 10:27 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Mike Freas

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Hats off to anyone and everyone involved in putting this even together. I had a blast flying and looking at all the expensive exuipment. I'm glad I drove the 400 miles to come.

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05-08-2005 11:27 PM  12 years agoPost 5
TonyTypeS

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Hey Gary,

Where due you usually fly at? Is that Chappel High school in one of your pics?

Wish I could of made it out there to Sulfur.

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05-09-2005 12:23 AM  12 years agoPost 6
James Vaello

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Did anyone get a photo or video of the message blades yet? That was the bomb! I missed flying the Stratus today...had to bail out and head home

JV

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05-09-2005 01:16 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Buzzin Brian

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I had a good time as well. To bad I had to head out this morning, but it is a 9 hour drive home, and I have to work tomorrow. Still had a great time, and will attend again. I beleive the total was 117 registered pilots. Quite an impressive turnout. See ya next year!

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05-09-2005 01:24 AM  12 years agoPost 8
TonyTypeS

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I heard at one point they had 15 pilots fly at one time. Wish i could of been there to see that.

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05-09-2005 02:05 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Butch

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Gary, What a great experience! I enjoyed reading about it very much. Thanks for sharing!

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05-09-2005 03:08 AM  12 years agoPost 10
ez2bgman

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Thanks

Thanks guys.

I enjoyed writing about my experience almost as much as the experience itself.

The total count was 117 registered pilots. But there were many more spectators that were not registered. I would estimate that at the peak there had to be close to 200 people out there. LARKS really puts out a first rate funfly.

Tony, yes there was about 15 pilots at one time in the air. The advanced area had 10 pilots' stations and the beginners area could easily handle about 5-6 pilots in the air at a time. The school you see in the background Tony, is actually John Ehret High in Marrero. I live in Harvey and sometimes I go behind the Wal-Mart on Lapaco Blvd. to fly in a pinch. When I go there, I fly between John Ehret and what used to be Bellepromende Mall. But usually I fly out in St. Bernard Parish at the field I am a member of. Shoot me a PM and we can exchange numbers and hook up.

I did mess something up tonight. I was trying to preseve Curtis' signature on my canopy and sprayed some Lusterkote Clear on it. Well it ate right through the sharpie permanent marker and made it run immediately. Consequently I had to wipe it down with some thinner. Well his signature is all but gone from my canopy now . Oh, well. At least I still have a Mayday Funfly T-shirt that he signed.

Later

Gary
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05-09-2005 04:41 AM  12 years agoPost 11
jcrack_corn

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New pilot in metairie

Hey guys (gary and tony), I'm a new pilot in metaire that could use some help staying on the right track...I sent you a PM gary. Thanks.

I almost made the drive out to Mayday also, but just had too much work to do around the house so I the six hour roundtrip drive was out of the question...ohh well. Next year (hopefully Youngblood will be back).

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05-09-2005 08:40 AM  12 years agoPost 12
TonyTypeS

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Hey Gary,
I stay like 5 mins away from the walmart. I live in the back of Woodmere. Sent ya a PM.

jcrack_corn
Sent ya a pm too

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