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10-06-2005 12:39 AM  12 years agoPost 1
ShellDude

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I purused the search engine prior to writing this. I'm sure all my answers are embedded in various threads, but at this point I've only gotten an answer to what to do with my transmitter....

so here goes... probably for the umpteenth time.

What is the best way to transport my electric Helicopter and equipment while traveling via America's fine upstanding commuter airliner service?

I've gathered from another thread its completely acceptable for me to bring my transmitter as carry-on. What about the helicopter itself? Seems to me that having both would be a very bad combination.

Ideally, I'd like to take all my stuff on as carry-on. Helicopter in one box (I'll let them pack it with the strollers and wheelchairs if necessary). Transmitter, charger, and batteries in my flight bag (its a cool red bag I got from tower a few years ago).

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10-06-2005 01:16 AM  12 years agoPost 2
ShellDude

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figured it out... did a few more searches and finally broke down and called the Airline.

According to Delta:

Helicopter in box = carry on item. if oversized it may ride with the strollers and wheelchairs

Transmitter in box = personal item

Charger, flight batteries, etc are fine as part of your checked luggage.

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10-06-2005 02:35 AM  12 years agoPost 3
k0tbt

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Rudy,

Did you just move to Eagan? Where? You'll notice my QTH is also Eagan.

Karl

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10-06-2005 03:09 AM  12 years agoPost 4
getfurious

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Just be nice to the TSA workers and remember that it is just a toy (no remote controlled nothing). Otherwise, I think you will be all set.

A skilled pilot without flight discipline is a walking time bomb.

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10-06-2005 03:30 AM  12 years agoPost 5
ShellDude

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That I will be. I'm leaving for San Antonio tomorrow connecting via Atlanta. I got the T-Rex in a nice sized box (its actually the box that my Walkera #35 / Z400 rip-off came in) with a handle that I'm pretty sure they're gonna make me check at the gate... but better there than with the rest of the baggage.

My flight bag will be toatin' a shoulder-back... complete with transmitter and battery in case they wanna see all the bells and whistles.

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10-06-2005 03:40 AM  12 years agoPost 6
ppridday

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I just came from MN down to Louisiana with a Home Depot style carry case with my 8103, my Realflight TX, Duralite charger, and a million cables etc, and the screeners never even opened it after going thru X-Ray. Surprised me to say the least. Another one slightly larger should fit the T-Rex and spares. (I hope to be going home with one anyway) Should not be a problem to get both carried on. A bit different for me as I also have a laptop case with peripherals to carry on as well. Usually you only get two carry ons.

Cheers,

Paul

"There's someone in my head, but it's not me..."

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10-06-2005 03:58 AM  12 years agoPost 7
lt1pwr

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Shelldude, your right about the rules with Delta. I happen to work for them. Just be prepared for the security check point to ask you to open the boxes to inspect them. After that, it should be fine. Make sure your box fits in the "size wise" container in the lobby of your airport. That will let you know if you will be hassled about it not fitting in the overhead bin. Also, if you are asked to check your box with the transmitter in it, be aware that the airline will not cover your electronic equipment, if it ends up being damaged. Really $hitty rule, but somehow, they get away with it. Just a little heads up on what could happen. Hopefully everything will be smooth for ya. Have a safe trip!!

Take care,

Jay

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10-06-2005 04:54 AM  12 years agoPost 8
ShellDude

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Truthfully, it wasn't a hard decision for me leave the laptop at home. They're such a hassle as it is.

Just wish I had a less flashy box. I might pick something up while I'm down there. I got a nice flight bag with a shoulder strap I keep my transmitter in. It'll fit perfectly under the seat so no problems there.

Thanks for all the info.

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10-06-2005 11:54 AM  12 years agoPost 9
bwellmaker

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Shelldude,

Dont carry any tools in any of your carry on items, ie. allen wrench, small screw drivers, pliers etc. Last time I flew with my e heli stuff they removed from my carry on, 1.5,2,2.5, and 3mm allen wrenches, and get this, you know the little plastic adjustment tool that comes with your GY 401 that clips to your radio handle, its about an inch long, well its a good thing I have several of them. I could not understand one thing. I had a picture frame, 8x10, in a back pack. When it was packed in the trunk of the car somehow the glass got broken. Well as they removed the picture frame, with the broken glass, to get to my tools, the glass was never an issue. A sharde of glass with a cloth or t shirt wrapped around it, which was also in the back pack, would have been far more lethal than my 3mm allen or my 401 adjustment tool.

Butch

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10-07-2005 12:23 AM  12 years agoPost 10
raptorchris

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1st hand experience!

I brought my T-Rex to Vegas with no problem. I carried it on with me in a metal tool box. I was able to fit the heli, transmiter, and charger, along with some spare parts and batteries, all in the same box. Yes, I got checked several times. At the x-ray, a separate search after the x-ray, and once just standing there. But each time, eveyone was nice about it. As long as you aren't a dick about being searched, and remember they are just doing their job, there shouldn't be any problems. Once I explained that it was a "toy helicopter, on it's way to a toy helicopter show" there was no problem. I was asked once if it was gas powered. A few times I was asked if there were any tools in the box (there weren't, and don't try!). Other than that, no problems. The case fit under my seat, and I just put one foot on top of it as a foot rest for the 6 hour flight. They never gave me a hard time about the size (30" long).

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10-12-2005 07:41 AM  12 years agoPost 11
ShellDude

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So my trip was totally uneventful. TSA could've cared less about my "toy" helicopter and radio equipment.

Although I did notice at the Atlanta "smoking" room that I was one of the few people with a lighter or matches....

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10-12-2005 07:45 AM  12 years agoPost 12
spritefiend

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hehe any of you tried flying them in the terminal, etc?? ;D

and thats cool they didnt hassle you, didnt make you turn it on?

im really surprised about the batteries, those lithiums light up if theyre shorted =\ considering theyre rent-a-cop's though maybe 1+1=chair

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10-12-2005 07:58 AM  12 years agoPost 13
ShellDude

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nah, batteries were in my checked luggage. The only thing they asked was to see my boarding pass and id.

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10-12-2005 08:02 AM  12 years agoPost 14
spritefiend

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batteries were in my checked luggage.
ahh thinking ahead

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10-22-2005 10:07 AM  12 years agoPost 15
oneooneeagle

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Ok heres my stupid question. once I forgot I had some a hunderpower 1320 in my jacket pocket. TSA found it in the xray. they noticed a small silver pack with wires and a large yellow sticker that says "caution: may ignight under certian condtions" i told them they were batteries for RC airplanes and they were the same kind in every ones cell phone. they pulled over several levels of TSA and cops before letting me through. now I understand no tools in the carry on but i'm afraid if i drop several batteries and possably the charger in my checked bags will TSA think there little bombs and toss them, out? will they see a triton charger with wires and freakout. would it be wise to have a note in the bag that states what they are and what they are for and maybe with a add from the magazine? i donno. just dont want $300 in batteries tossed out because some rentacop decided they looked funny. also does anyone know if the ALIGN aluminum case will be a good travel option. and does it meet the Delta reqirements (Heli in the case with TX, batteries and charger). I know the tools would have to go in my checked bags which is fine. or do i need to put the TX in a differant bag? also does anyone know what the size of the box is at the airport that your carryon must fit into?

Thanks

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