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11-26-2006 08:18 AM  11 years agoPost 21
falcon

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As this year comes to an end how many crashes have you had this year.
I have had one crash, inconclusive as to whether it was my fault or the wind. It was blowing a gale at the time

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11-26-2006 05:07 PM  11 years agoPost 22
Two Left Thumbs

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Houston, Texas - USA

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I think the wind falls into the pilot error category. Not criticizing your skills, just that if the heli is performing properly and it crashes, who is to blame?

I have had hard landings due to wind, but ideally I would have allowed for that in my flight. I knew it was gusty, I just didn't know when one was coming. I suppose I could say the same thing about the ground, I knew it was there!

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11-26-2006 05:18 PM  11 years agoPost 23
piroulift

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Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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As of right now, no crashes. It'll probably be a different story after today DOHT!

Off the ground....now onto moving forward

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11-26-2006 06:39 PM  11 years agoPost 24
jjeaster222000

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Bedford in

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i have been flying for about two years and last week was my first crash.. i was taught on the buddy box. but you will not crash until you start pushing your limits and thats what i am trying to do.. good thing for the trex it was only a 15.00 crash

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11-26-2006 06:46 PM  11 years agoPost 25
falcon

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I think the wind falls into the pilot error category.
OH!

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11-26-2006 07:22 PM  11 years agoPost 26
Yug

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My wife has never crashed a heli. Something to do with the fact she's never flown one

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11-26-2006 07:26 PM  11 years agoPost 27
falcon

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Yug
Yep you got it, but you want to see the state of her car.

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11-26-2006 07:37 PM  11 years agoPost 28
Portblock

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Van Nuys, CA

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Speaking of wind, I was having a great day at a new field, all was good, no crashes, I came in from an auto, I am not great at them, but I try to end every flight with one from about 10 to 20 feet to get better. anyways, I came in and all enerygy wasabout gone, and a gust of wind pushed it into the wind sock pole (it sits 5ft from runway, end of pits, pit side) wraped the blades around it.

All I could do was stare at it and go hmmm.

The voices in my head can beat up the voices in your head.

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11-26-2006 08:53 PM  11 years agoPost 29
catzazz

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Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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I never really call them crashes, I just use the excuse that it would just not fly at ground level.

Cheers, MM.
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Fly like you borrowed it!! Land like you stole it!! visit www.virc.ca

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11-26-2006 09:10 PM  11 years agoPost 30
piroulift

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Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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Well, one bad landing and one light crash....no broken parts though. I'm sure that's not far off though.

Off the ground....now onto moving forward

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11-27-2006 12:47 AM  11 years agoPost 31
sticknruddr

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Again!
I tend to temporarily re kit a heli once a week. Learning new things, and having fun. Yes for the most part it is dumb thumbs. Good thing for the Trex.

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At least until the bill comes

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11-27-2006 12:47 PM  11 years agoPost 32
felix12

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Wales, UK

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I have a raptor 50se and a venture 30 cp flying, the rappy has 105 full flights completed and the venture 460 flights completed. On one occasion with the venture on the ground with the engine turning over at high revs I fiddled with the trim tabs and it toppled loosing the main rotors and tail, but I fitted new parts, it was not a crash as such. Other than that I always think of myself as not having crashed yet! I proceed very slowly and carefully though.

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11-28-2006 04:33 AM  11 years agoPost 33
Flyupsidedown

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Billings MT

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Yup you need to flip the switch!! When i started, i had 4 crashes in about the first 5 tanks, Didnt really know how to make it work right much less fly the thing, when i got it doing what it was suposed to, havent looked back, Have had some close calls though, I will not advise trying to go inverted, or do loops with a 30 size machine with training wheels!! Close calls.... o and all they guys selling their helis on ebay... they have never ever crasshed them!!! happy flying all!!

money cant buy me love so im goin racin!!!!!!

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11-28-2006 10:40 AM  11 years agoPost 34
AH-1 pilot

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Tampa, Florida

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No crashes
No crashes to date...

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11-28-2006 11:56 AM  11 years agoPost 35
darrens

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United Kingdom

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A guy in my club has had 22....yes 22 crashes this year!!!!
His dad must have deep pockets and seems to be able to keep smiling every time

He who dies with the most toys is the winner!

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12-01-2006 12:41 AM  11 years agoPost 36
MadCityMan

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Madison, WI

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My motto is: If you aren't crashing,you aren't challanging yourself.

Failing is part of the path to success. It is easy to confuse failing and failure. But, in order to succeed at something that is challenging to you, you may need to fail first.

I could go on all day about this, but I won't. Just remember that failing doesn't make you a failure, not trying makes you a failure.

Dood, no way!

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12-01-2006 03:23 AM  11 years agoPost 37
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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Well, I managed to crash pretty early on with Helis but probabaly not till I had about 20 sessions. Crashing got more frequent after that, due to dumb thumbs. Now crashes are mostly cause of equipment problems.

With planks, my crashes have all been dumb thumbs. Started crashing them early and still do from time to time but now mostly cause I'm doing something low and have a flame out of some kind and don't have enough height to recover.

Then with the Heli I've had some dumb thumbs like doing a roll and instead of moving the collective, move the rudder. You get a real wierd action. Probably a good move if I was expecting it and could control it.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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12-01-2006 10:34 AM  11 years agoPost 38
nivlek

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Norfolk England

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But, in order to succeed at something that is challenging to you, you may need to fail first.
Yes , but failure doesn't have to end in a crash! . I've had hundreds of really badly failed attempts at manouvers without crashing as a result .

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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12-01-2006 04:53 PM  11 years agoPost 39
Turk10mm

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Houston, Tx USA

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I've been flying for about 3 months now. I'm getting into figure 8's and decent forward flight. I'm autoing from 15-20 feet and flying all orientations.

No crashes yet.

But I spent 2 months on the sim before ever buying a heli. My raptor 50 thanks me, and so does my wallet.

Its also helped to have a great group of guys at my field to coach me through the basics and force me to progress when I become stagnant. I was so scared to take the training gear off after the first month, that when I finally did I realized the gear was holding me back.

I need to get a little more proficient with my orientations and I'll start landing and taking off in different orientations next. When I get comfortable with that......

I'm going INVERTED!

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12-01-2006 06:08 PM  11 years agoPost 40
quadrotor

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Union, Missouri-USA

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How costly is it to successfully learn to fly a Heli?
As I read your post about who hasn't crashed a Heli I start to get the idea that learning to fly this type of bird is not for someone that has a very limited source of income. I just got my solo wing from the club I belong to in St. Louis Missouri, I learned to fly fix wing aircraft and needless to say I enjoyed it a lot flying my airplane but now I'm also seriously considering on getting into a Heli but first off I would really appreciate if anyone can tell me how many times should I expect to hit the dirt before learning to fly a Heli, that is of course after spending significant amount of time on a sims before actually trying to fly the real thing? Also which maneuver do you first learn while you are in training?

Thanks,

-Robert

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