Assuming the role of fly on the wall and just to set the record straight .
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)
regarding nojohnny101's post
I was one of the guys at the field you speak of on that Sunday .
You will quickly learn if you ever start frequenting flying fields that sitting around talking is a normal activity in an RC club but that's not all we do .
First , you should never expect other people to make your experience fun . You have to play your part too .
You showed up after most of us had burned a considerable amount of fuel .
What you don't realize is the guy that said your helicopter looked fine from 5 feet away had already been looking your bird over well before you ever set it down and saw nothing that he felt as unsafe . Believe me , he would say something.
You apparently don't remember our attempted help regarding your flybar (or just failed to mention) even some of the suggestions made while you flew .
The use of some of our tools - coming back to you now ?
The guy flying the evo90 is quite skilled but not necessarily comfortable flying other people's models or even giving much advice . He's just that way - I don't see that as a problem and you shouldn't either young Skywalker . He is a great human being with a heart of gold but you have to get to know him .
I was the new guy too not long ago but if I took your stance in dealing with new people - I'd still be hovering only .
They're both great people but it takes a bit of time to get to know them as with anyone . I am advancing nicely into forward flight , autos , small bouts of backward flight and so forth thanks to them . The guys that you say you're not bashing ( but really are) have helped me tremendously but I had to do my part as well and learn from them . And show up at the field more than once . As for myself , I'm still a noob in the helicopter aspect of this hobby and you won't learn anything from me . After reading some of your previous posts , sounds like you give a lot of advice here on RR . Maybe your knowledge is superior to the people you speak of .
We told you the day and time that the only 3 heli-pilots in that club (us) meet and invited you back . You never showed .
If you think we're bad - wait till you meet the grumpy old men groups in any club you choose . BTW - any one caught drinking beer before or during helicopter flying will kindly be asked to leave . It's not a requirement .
No one is going to make fun of you for being inexperienced - you should lighten up and relax
Good luck to you
PS / Your dad seemed pretty nice - he was willing to talk