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11-30-2005 12:46 AM  12 years agoPost 1
V8Buggy (RIP)

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OK, at great personal risk, I’ll admit to being a “Fun Fly Chicken”. I love to fly with friends, and don’t really mind being watched, but just can’t bring myself to fly at a fun fly. Skill wise I am about middle of the pack where I fly, I help some, and some are helping me. I go to 2 or 3 fun flys a year, but I don’t even bother to take my helis any more as I know I won’t fly. Anybody else have this same issue? Anybody found a way past it?

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11-30-2005 12:51 AM  12 years agoPost 2
dgshaffer

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Looks like there's only two of us.

I don't dare take my heli's up in the air with all the tallent watching. I crashed once when my neighbor walked up to see what was going on.

I imaging that'll change in time. I'm also a lot better than when I crashed for my neighbor.

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11-30-2005 01:02 AM  12 years agoPost 3
AirWolfRC

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And I thought you were talking about chicken at a fun fly.

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11-30-2005 03:45 AM  12 years agoPost 4
RobRoy

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I have flown and do fly at all them I attend, but feel you dilema. I'm always very self consience about both my performance, and if I might crash or not. So far, I've been able to struggle through it, and enjoy my flights and the events.

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11-30-2005 04:05 AM  12 years agoPost 5
spritefiend

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yep im a fun fly chicken, ive only really been to 2, registered for one and backed out. novice class too none the less

i flew for my first real audience last sat for some plankers, not really a routine just happened to turn out that way. got an applause afterwards, quite rewarding regardless of the fact i was quite nervous.

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11-30-2005 04:16 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Brian91

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Fun Fly

When I go to a fun fly I sign up to fly because that is what most people do and I want to see what it is like. I get nervous before it is my turn but because I signed up I fly anyway. I feel a lot better once I start flying. Ive been in three novice competitions and gotten first place twice and third once. Now I will always sign up and it is fun to fly and see how good you can do.

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11-30-2005 04:21 AM  12 years agoPost 7
fritzthecat

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I don't fly much at fun flys mostly because I hate waiting for the frequency pin. Also I usually fly alone so standing there with two wannabe 3d gods doing their stuff 10 feet in front of my face is not my idea of fun.
However, on smaller flyins I do cruise around. I don't worry about the 'talent' laughing at me. I watched Curtis crash lots of times (including his shortest demo ever at 4 seconds). If I crash, I at least get sympathy from a lot of fellow pilots - the 'talent' included.

You don't have to impress anybody. I know I'm not at Curtis' level and I'm better than lots of other pilots. So I fly and have fun.

To sum up my attitude towards others when I'm at the sticks: F@#k 'em all, I'm flying and having fun.

Fritz


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11-30-2005 07:06 AM  12 years agoPost 8
doorman

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Fun Flys....

It is common to be a little nervous at first..... but as the title suggests, it is a FUN FLY.... so you are there to have fun....
Nowhere in my mind do I feel that I am going to impress one person there, and I don't really care to... that is not why I am in this hobby.... I am in it to have fun....and I do and a lot of it.... when I go up, I really don't even know there is anyone behind me, and when I am done, if someone says, hey, nice flight, that doesn't hurt either.... and I promise I am about as far as you can get away from being a 3D pilot!!!
What I have gained from going to the fun flies and actually flying in them is a lot of good friends and even more knowledge and ideas of how to do things... so bite the bullet and get out there and give it a go......and have Fun!!!!!! Stan

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11-30-2005 11:48 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Leif

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Things that can help with the fun-fly jitters:

1. Join an RC club and fly with a small group of spectators. It helps if they're plankers as then you know your heli skills are better than any of theirs.

2. Many RC clubs have members-only events. Start there.

3. If you're at a larger funfly, try to find a lull in the flying routine. The last one that I attended had three crashes in a row. Naturally the entire field was suddenly available.... and just bringing my heli back in one piece made me feel like a hero!

As was mentioned, it's supposed to be a FUN event. Keep in mind that flying RC helis is extremely difficult and except for a few "personalities" that might be present most people are impressed with even a novice pilot's abilities.

I never enter competitions, as that's not my thing. However I have flown demos at a community event. That was extremely rewarding and I only have intermediate pilot skills. Most non-flyers are blown away just seeing an RC heli FLY. You get standing ovations just by pulling off a loop or doing a fast vertical climb! It doesn't have to be 3D. The first time I flew in front of a large crowd I could barely hold the transmitter, my hands were shaking so much. However, these jitters go away pretty quickly.

I've also crashed at funflys. Hey, if you're gonna crash it's best to have an audience, right? You get lots of sympathy, even from the most advanced heli pilots. They've all been there. Remember the motto of the Maryland Helicopter Association: "We hate to see you crash, but we hate to miss your crash." (or something like that).

Leif

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11-30-2005 11:55 AM  12 years agoPost 10
ESWLFSE

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I was thinking the game of chicken at fun flys with helis. I'd pass on that!

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11-30-2005 12:25 PM  12 years agoPost 11
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Relax and have FUN. Get out there and fly even if you're just learning to hover with the "sticks" on. Remember, everyone of those "other guys" was in your shoes at one point. I see this way to often. 80% of the folks that show up are there for the "social" part of the event even though they brought their helis with them. FLY! ENJOY! The only way to get past it is to JUST DO IT!

-Mark

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There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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11-30-2005 12:36 PM  12 years agoPost 12
nojohnny101

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hey
my experience in RC helis i think is alot different from you guys and i find it harder to "fit in" then probably most of you.....

i haven't even attended a funfly....even though i am yearning to get some help with my bird (raptor 30v2) but the intimidation factor of only being 16/17 and everyone else drinking beer just doesn't do it for me...

the one time i did visit a club was not a negative experience but not a very fun one.....i dont' know if this is how all clubs are but most of the flyers there just sat around and talked...

i did see a guy fly an evo 90 and that was an experience of a live time...how big and powerful....and he was very skillful....but other than that.....not much action

i asked them to look over my bird and one guy from about 5 feet away said "looks good to me"......now i'm not trying to bash anyone or say this hobby blows cause it don't.....but it just seems it's hard to get the seriousness and respect you would get if you were 40 years old and had 5 helis.... (i only have 2)

i guess i'll try a funfly someday.....maybe when i get out of college....i was just thinking of going and not even packing up my helis for the fly....it would be kool to see others helis upclose and see good people fly.....


anothering thing i noticed is some people on here have said "stop scaring off the little kids" and "the kids are hte future of the hobby" and stuff....but i don't seem the same attitude happening like when someone visits a club......now my ranting is too long and i've said probably too much......if there are any more youngens' out there tha hve the experiences...share please!


Thanks
~Will~

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11-30-2005 01:12 PM  12 years agoPost 13
ESWLFSE

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There is a lot of hanging out and talking that goes on, but I found the exact opposite to be true at the club I visited twice so far and at a fun-fly in Des Moines. I went with a friend and we had 2-3 guys hovering around us for hours going over our setups and teaching us everything we needed to know. Sure there weren't helis in the sky constantly, but everybody took their turns flying, trying new things, etc. When someone flew everyone dropped their conversations, beers, or projects and watched. After the flights everyone discussed them. My experience in this segment of the hobby couldn't have been better so far.

When I used to race nitro boats I found situations like you described to be more of the norm and this was after years of racing. That segment of this hobby is definitely one where you better be in the good old boys club.

I can't wait for the next fun-fly! I'll be doing more than hovering this time though.

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11-30-2005 01:43 PM  12 years agoPost 14
ghettoflyer

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I'm with Fritz, I am no pro but i do fly at funflys. At the last one I attended in L.A. I was able to get help on the buddy box. With friends from Vegas watching and everyone else too, I did manage to go up, fly and not crash. True I puckered but I did fly. Just fly. Even if it is a slow hover around from side to side. No one laughs at you.
Jerry Mundy
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11-30-2005 01:43 PM  12 years agoPost 15
Pete Niotis

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i asked them to look over my bird and one guy from about 5 feet away said "looks good to me"......now I'm not trying to bash anyone or say this hobby blows cause it don't.....but it just seems it's hard to get the seriousness and respect you would get if you were 40 years old and had 5 helis.... (i only have 2)
Shame on Them! Definitely not the norm

Will, you should look up Mike Trueblood (RR Nick - mikencg)..he is in or near Cincy and is an excellent pilot just out of college. I am sure he will help and advise you well.
i haven't even attended a funfly....even though i am yearning to get some help with my bird (raptor 30v2) but the intimidation factor of only being 16/17 and everyone else drinking beer just doesn't do it for me...
Usually the guys will help anyone regardless of age, don't be intimidated. Most guys in this hobby are extremely classy and helpful, don't let anything you heard, read or experienced hold you back from seeking proper help.


I don't think anyone should hold back from flying at an event, skill level does not matter. The important thing to remember is don't fly passed your skill level. I have never heard anyone making bad comments about pilots flying or hovering around within their abilities. The pilots that attract attention are the ones flying out of control and beyond their skill level or the more advanced pilots. If you fly out of control, other pilots will pay attention to you because they are worried about safety or they don't want to miss a good crash. Just remember to fly within your skill level and save any new stuff for your local field. Usually the less experienced pilots fly really good in my opinion, small arsenal of maneuvers but usually performed good to excellent.

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11-30-2005 02:05 PM  12 years agoPost 16
webbhost

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I don't dare take my heli's up in the air with all the tallent watching.
Taking a helicopter up with all that tallent watching is one thing

Taking that helicopter up with all the new comers to the hobby is also another thing.

you may think that the tallent is going to be looking at you thinking "yeah he's crap" or something similar, but you forget that they themselfs went through the same stage of experience, and thus they are alot more likely just going to watch you to enjoy the flight, they are not there to judge you and will not judge you.

At the end of the day these tallented people might even give you a few tips on how to improve after your flight.

meh

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11-30-2005 02:18 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Eury

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Like many have said before, I also get the jitters when I first bring the heli up at a fun fly. My hands literally shake for a minute or so. I find that it's much harder for me to fly my helis at heli fun flies than at general club fun flies because of the nature of a heli's flight path being unpredictable. I just have a hard time flying at the same time as 2 other guys who I don't know and can't predict what they are going to do. It seems like no one has any concept of airspace. When it's just me and the other guys at the club, we routinely fly 3 at a time, and I don't have any problems, because we all know each other, and can predict where the other guy is going.

Nick Crego

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11-30-2005 03:02 PM  12 years agoPost 18
V8Buggy (RIP)

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No Question airspace is a large part of it…

I still fly mostly left and right, not very good at out and back yet. Most or all of the FF’s I’ve been to, place several pilots side by side fairly close, so they fly pretty much out and back patterns, or the better one’s, what I call “3-D in a cube”. Oh well, as they say, “practice, practice, practice. And as a few have said, it’s supposed to be fun, and I have a lot of fun just going and watching.

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11-30-2005 03:14 PM  12 years agoPost 19
webbhost

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if you think you are a funfly chicken, prove it and make yourself a fun fly funky chicken dance with your heli.. then not only are your a funfly chicken, you are THE funfly FUNKY chicken

meh

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11-30-2005 03:20 PM  12 years agoPost 20
BJames111

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i've only been to two, and one of them i flew at. Not much, but about 3 flights. It was fun, but yeah i was nervous. I didn't compete, as i'm still novice/intermediate 3d, but hey who cares if people are better than me? I did crash my old Trex in front of about 30 people...he he.

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