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09-14-2007 07:31 PM  10 years agoPost 1
rcchauffeur

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Vancouver BC

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I have been flying for only 10 months,and today noticed that with a very overcast day I could not see white Blades,and came to the conclusion

White Blades Great Blue Sky

Black Blades Great Overcast Days

Luckily I have Both Colours of Blades

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09-14-2007 08:35 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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how about painting the tips white on the black blades?

no need to change then.

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09-14-2007 08:47 PM  10 years agoPost 3
SSN Pru

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Taxachusetts

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why are you looking at your blades in flight?

Thats a bad way to learn to fly and keep orientation.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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09-14-2007 09:07 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Pistol Pete

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why are you looking at your blades in flight?
uuhhhhh....because they're there?

are yours transparent?
Thats a bad way to learn to fly and keep orientation.
some can, others try and the majority just can't.

Try it...you might learn something new.

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unlike lemmings, some of us embrace diversity, colors, flavors and the unknown.

Edited...like i said...in bold.

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09-14-2007 09:10 PM  10 years agoPost 5
SSN Pru

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are yours transparent?
When they are spinning, they certainly appeared to be...
Try it...you might learn something new.
I have and what I found was that the rotor disk gives no sense of orientation or direction.

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09-14-2007 11:47 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Motions

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Tallahassee, FL

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It's a well known fact that watching the blades during flight is not recommended. You should be focused on the body. I run black blades for that very reason.

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09-15-2007 12:38 AM  10 years agoPost 7
HHawk

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Gardnerville Nv.

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For me V blades with the white tips are the most visible in flight. You dont have to focus on the blades to see them, Even while focusing on the heli as a whole, you can see the blades. At least if the sun is shinning I cant speak for the cloudy days, since the weather around here is so nice.

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09-15-2007 12:45 AM  10 years agoPost 8
midwestpilot

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Crystal Lake, IL

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not looking at the blades..

hmm tell that to us who night fly.. if they did not want you to see the blades they would not make them light up so nice

The entire heli should be used for orientation.. any visual clue is a good clue

In life there is no spacebar!

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09-15-2007 01:10 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Yug

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Black blades are the worst for visability, well at least in the UK where it's usually grey.
It's a well known fact that watching the blades during flight is not recommended
not at all true; you need plenty of clearly visible cues. For example if your doing chaos manouvers, being able to see the disc clearly is important if you want to get things smooth and rounded. This can make a big difference if you're doing sustained piroflips or chaos as the rotation of the disc axis gives you the necessary visuals to keep it all together. Of course, watching the whole heli goes without saying.
My favourite blades are Vs, Radix and Maniacs, however, Vs come at the bottom of the list simply due to them not being very visible. Manics are without doubt the most visible while also having the advantage that they are clearly different when viewed from the top or bottom. My favourite all-rounders are Radix because they offer good visablility (not as good as Maniacs) and their flight characteristics are nice and progressive.

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09-15-2007 03:21 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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i agree with Yug.

also....when i fly, i find that i dont specifically look AT the blades, but i use them to HELP with orientation. there is a lot more to look at.

a fellow pilot told me this quote from a race car driver...or something close, its been a while...

"Focus on nothing specific, but look at everything at the same time"

Shawn
Team Leisure-Tech
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09-15-2007 03:39 AM  10 years agoPost 11
spog

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Ontario, Canada

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I agree with Yug, the blades assist with orientation. I used to cover my woodies with yellow vinyl when I started flying, this helped a lot on dark cloudy days.

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