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10-09-2005 05:19 PM  12 years agoPost 21
NEIL2-UK

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No Richie...

Richie

NO I did not say that... There are a number of people that just jump into a 90, gasser, or turbine without experience...

These machines are all basically the same for any experienced pilot... that is when you have gained experience in a less expensive machine.
BUT some people are saying that a turbine heli should require a 'B' Cert for no reason.

Yes a larger machine is potentially more stable... but you also need to learn the ropes on a machine that is potentially less stable, to hone your technique and response to the twitches of say a 30 machine on a gusty day.

On another note... Joining a Club is always useful (advisable) as you get help and advice usually from people who have a lot of experience!

NEIL

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10-09-2005 07:03 PM  12 years agoPost 22
richie1967_uk

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I am not really into the whole BMFA/club thing, I have access to land where there is just me, my brother inlaw and our helis.

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10-09-2005 09:54 PM  12 years agoPost 23
coolice

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richie1967_uk,

Go for the Century / WREN Predator, you will not be disappointed in both the performance of the helicopter or the reliability of the power plant.

As to if your ready or not for a turbine, do you feel ready in yourself?
If so then thats all you need, you can fly a helicopter competantly and safely already so thats covered.
Guidance on operating a turbine you can gain from all of us here and also WREN themselves will guide you every step of the way.
Helicopter setup, again myself and others on this board will be more than willing to help you out there to.

Any helicopter, be it IC, Gasser or Turbine requires you to be vigilant and aware of your surrounds at all times, so do not be put off by fear of the unknown. You will soon pick up a lot working with turbines and be excited ever single time you start the model ready to fly.

See the Century / WREN Predator here :

Century / WREN Predator @ Jet Power 2005

As mentioned earlier joining a club has a lot of benefits, including access to a lot of experience and also the social side of it is a big part also.
.

Ian Contessa
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10-09-2005 10:16 PM  12 years agoPost 24
PETER ROB

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NO MAINTANENCE

Bell Bloke after 12 galls you said NO MAINTENENCE, why change the primary gear oil, is this not maintanence? I bet the bloke at Charmouth this weekend had checked his gearbox for oil it seized up solid resulting in a very expensive crash

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10-09-2005 10:46 PM  12 years agoPost 25
helimechanic

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To all looking for a start in Turbines,
At the end of the day, If you have common sense, can stay within the law, know your own limits and have the money, Turbines are within your reach. Stop fretting over if you are ready or not because if you have the above, you are.
The best thing I've done so far in this hobby was to go see Neil at Turbine Technics, get properly briefed up on how it all works (There are no books on turbine helis....Might be worth thinking about Neil..), get the machine and have a superb time building and flying.
I'm not a club flyer and I'm not obsessed with 3D, but I am an appreciator of high quality engineering and technology. You will get all of these with turbines and that's why I chose the heli I have now..
If you are really serious, call Neil and pay him a visit, then make your own judgements.

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10-10-2005 10:51 AM  12 years agoPost 26
Bell Bloke

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Hi NEIL2-UK, Peter Rob, yes I know Gearbox oil is maintenance, but at six hours flying time mine had only used 5ml, so I guess you could probably go for 10 hours? So mine will be due in another 3 hours again! As for the losing count of start-ups, well I'm just addicted to the sound of them and so are all of my mates, so we keep on starting the little chap up. The only problem I've had this weekend with the helicopter is nearly crashing into some power lines, must have been interference from them, now I know why they say, stay away from powerlines, it's NOT because you might hit them! I did think they were phone lines though.
Finally folks, what's a flame-out?

All the best, Bell Bloke

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10-10-2005 10:59 AM  12 years agoPost 27
NEIL2-UK

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Bell-Bloke... Flame-out!

Hi Bell Bloke

Flame-Out might be found in your trousers when you nearly hit power lines!

Ref engines and gearbox... see other posting here somewhere for my comments.

NEIL

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10-10-2005 05:41 PM  12 years agoPost 28
Bell Bloke

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Hi Neil, yes I did find something resembling very old primary gear oil in my trousers after the pylon incident! What I do want to know is why on the Realflight simulator there is a pylon-racing set piece; this just sets a bad example for people like me.

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