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03-14-2003 04:57 AM  14 years agoPost 1
HeliDude24

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I'm new to this hobby. I know that there's a restriction on flying near airports. Can I fly in my back yard? I'm on the east coast and all I've got is 2 acres. Are there any restrictions regarding flying in residential areas? I live a block away from the county park. Has anyone flown at a public park when there's no one around?

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03-14-2003 05:06 AM  14 years agoPost 2
quick

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San Francisco

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As long as there are no cops

Actually, I really don't know about the restrictions. I would imagine it would be fine if you flew in your back yard as it is YOUR property. Neighbors may complain though from the noise. Just make sure you have plenty of room. The less trees, the better.

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03-14-2003 05:18 AM  14 years agoPost 3
Michael Shetler

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Twin Falls ,Idaho

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flying anywhere

I have flown for about 1 1/2 years now and I fly everywhere. And never once has anyone told me not to fly. Nor has any of my neighbors said anything. Everyone love to see them fly so everytime they see it in my pickup they say pull one out and fly it. When you first start its better you stay somewhere you feel safe for both you and the spectators. Once you get really good its allot more fun to fly in diffrent places with diffrent audiences. The more testosrone the better the show!!!!!!!!!! Have fun and be safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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03-14-2003 06:23 AM  14 years agoPost 4
gwallace1

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Susanville, CA

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I fly everywhere as well. Big school yards or soccer fields are great as long as you watch out for kids that get curious. I won't fly with a bunch of uncontrolled spectators (kids). But so far nobody has complained, quite the contrary most people are very interested and curious. I also fly at work, which happens to be at our local airport. But it is pretty slow there and no where near traffic patterns. Mainly at the school across the stree from my house though. Have fun!!!

Greg

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03-14-2003 06:25 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Ken B

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Phoenix, AZ

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I have had no problems flying anywhere I want to, Except Club sanctioned flying feilds. Can't fly there because I am not a club member.

Ken B

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03-14-2003 10:23 AM  14 years agoPost 6
Copter Doctor

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Enterprise/ft.rucker ,al- home of army aviation

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flying sites

i have been flying on non rc club flying sites for as long as i have been flying rc. and as one guy said, i have had more challenges from the club site than at a random site. the general public and law eforcers usually welcome the sight of a model heli flying. i work at the local airport which has an active controll tower and as long as they say its cool, i fly out on the ramp where i work. of course i only do that when the weather is ifr so not much fullsize activity then or if its a holiday and slow. i believe the rules for flying at or near an airport is as long as you have permission from the controlling agency(tower or airport manager) as for at a school park or a public place, i recomend having another person with you(girlfriends work fine) to keep kids or curious spectators from seaking up behind you and getting too close. also i would wait until the confidence in your flying ability doesn't make you nervous about the restrictions and obstacles. other than that and exercising safety, have at it. i once had the police in new yourk city close off a street block to traffic so they could see my heli fly. i guess the excuse of the street not being a good place to fly it wasnt gonna be an acceptable one for them. it was fun.

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03-14-2003 11:16 AM  14 years agoPost 7
Al Magaloff

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Out of courtesy and safety, I would not fly within three miles of an AMA sanctioned RC flying field.

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03-14-2003 01:39 PM  14 years agoPost 8
Bird_E

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Erie, CO

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I fly everywhere as well.

I have about 2 acres of land as well that is heavly wooded (Big Oak Trees), but I have a patch of grass that is about 35' X 100' and its plenty of space to hover and play around. The trees keep you in check, and has really help out with my low speed manuvers and controll. I truely believe close by obstacles help you fly better! I have two big trees that are about 8' feet apart that I fly between then all the time, it has really helped me learn better control of the heli. I aslo hover in my driveway that also has the overhead wires comming into the house about 10 feet up.... It also helps with collective control!

The only thing I would recommend about flying every where is be safe and take a good look around before you fly. Take note where the people are and who they are! Just use good common sense!
Bob

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03-14-2003 02:22 PM  14 years agoPost 9
Obsessive

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41.73N 71.41W

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If the plan is to avoid established clubs and crowds;

Just don't go to the same place two days in a row. Find two or three places, and rotate use of the site. That way, you're not a persistent pest.

And if someone approaches you while you're flying that really looks like they want to talk to you NOW, they're probably the landowner.

Be respectful, and use your Dale Carnegie training. It works.

I was flying all over a site next to an airport several years ago. I never crossed the airport property line, and I was within site distance of the tower; they never complained (the site was between two runway paths).

One day, a big cadillac came barrell-a$$ing across the site towards me. I said to myself, "someone REALLY wants to talk to me". The car stopped about 50 feet from me. A tall skinny guy got out of the passenger side, a short 300#+ guy got out of the driver's side.

The skinny guy leers at me and says "Who gave you permission to fly here".

I said "No one Sir, I'm trespassing".

There was a pregnant pause as the skinny guy continued to eye me.

He then said "I flew choppers in Nam, You can fly that thing here anytime you like; I own the place".

(Ed. Note: The "Dale Carnegie" rule is: When you are wrong, say so, emphatically).

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03-14-2003 02:46 PM  14 years agoPost 10
mrNoodles

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Borlänge, Sweden

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Was out flying for almost 3 hours today, at a large open area (industrial area)containing some soccer fields, I was the only one there, oki one or two cars came and went, since its a common place to let dogs run a round a play. But they where at the other end of the "field".

Obsessive

I´ll keep that in my mind!!

/Fredrik
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03-14-2003 02:48 PM  14 years agoPost 11
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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I fly anywhere there not covered in trees, water or people, including our town centre!

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-14-2003 02:53 PM  14 years agoPost 12
mrNoodles

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Borlänge, Sweden

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Back in -97 when I lived with my parents, I was showing my Concept30 to my cousin and his family in our backyard. It all ended up nose in beneath an apple tree...

You figure out the rest

Since that I´ll keep away from trees, especially the ones carrying fruit!

/Fredrik
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03-14-2003 03:03 PM  14 years agoPost 13
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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Our garden is quite small, but I have flown most of my helis here, only the Sky Fox has escaped it so far...

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-14-2003 03:35 PM  14 years agoPost 14
NitroSpazzz

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Knoxville, TN

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I am still somewhat new to helicopter and airplanes and I have a few tips:

-Stay away from tree

-Stay away from power lize (ZAP )

-Dogs, cats and animals either hate the engine and run away, or chase it

-Kids are a bad thing to fly around unless they are far back and controlled by someone.

-Most cops like to see ya fly if your careful. I have been asked to fly at the cop station a few times. But if they ask you to pack it up do it. (DUH)

-If all else fails and you can land somewhere high. I land on my roof rack on my car if some kid comes running up or something. I have a big yukon that I take to the field. Or just keep it rather high so they can't reach it if someone is coming to help.


I fly in my yard, at school, and events if they want (I still suck but its ok). I am able to fly everything in my driveway which is nice, I got an ultrra stick form a great member of the boards and I can land that in my driveway. Just have fun and be careful. Remeber SAFETY FIRST

Blake

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03-14-2003 06:53 PM  14 years agoPost 15
kirk

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Northern, Colorado

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Flying anywhere

Thats why I started flying helis. I like the freedom of not needing a runway. Its not uncommon for me to have a heli with me that way if the mood strikes I can just find a safe open place to fly and do so. Almost everyone who has stopped to watch (including the police) has been very interested and full of questions

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03-15-2003 05:38 AM  14 years agoPost 16
heliman100

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CLOVIS CALIF

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ONE QUESTION

If your flying at a site that's not an AMA approved club field,and someone was hurt or property damaged. Would our AMA insurance still cover medical bills / property damage.
What brings this up,is that a glider piliot came to a friend when he was flying in a ponding basin "in town" and read him the riot act about flying intown and how AMA would not cover any kind of accidents,
Now we have been flying helis at this particular site for months and have had no complaints from the residents in the area,some pretty regularly come and watch,this is a BIG grass covered hole in the ground surrounded by trees.
Is this guy correct in his statements or was he just playing
"PARK POLICE"

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03-15-2003 05:59 AM  14 years agoPost 17
fran

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HONEA PATH, SOUTH CAROLINA

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flying anywhere

Remember that if you fly anywhere outside of club fields or AMA events...THERE MIGHT BE ANOTHER SOMEONE DOING THE SAME THING ON THE SAME CHANNEL YOU'RE ON!!!

Know your area and who else is flying in your area...the local hobby shop should be able to give you the info!!

Enjoy the hobby...but above all be safe!!

Take care!!:

Fran C

FRAN SR. ( FAI-F3C)

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03-15-2003 06:25 AM  14 years agoPost 18
heliman100

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CLOVIS CALIF

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HMMMM

My local hobby shop doesen't even know what a helicopter is,let alone who's flying in the area or on what channel.
If there is flying in the area they would have to be flying in the STREET, wasn't somebody just typing about this.
Our hobby shop suxx, they don't stock anything for heli's,not much for planks,they just cater to the 4 wheel variety mostly.
You would think a town with 500 thousand people would have more than one hobby store,but we don't.

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03-15-2003 06:33 AM  14 years agoPost 19
fran

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HONEA PATH, SOUTH CAROLINA

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I hear what you're saying

Yeah! I remember when a couple of us started here...we new exactly when someone bought anything for a chopper...we had to pay up-front at local hobby shops just to get them to order anything concerning helis...but I'm here to tell you..THEY KNOW WE'RE HERE NOW!!!

Keep pluggin' away...it will happen!

Keep hovering!!

Fran C.

FRAN SR. ( FAI-F3C)

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03-15-2003 08:06 AM  14 years agoPost 20
Chef

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Derbyshire. United Kingdom

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Over here we have the BMFA http://www.bmfa.org/ which i presume is similar to the AMA over in the States. I fly at my local club and hence have insurance.

I also keep my Heli in the car, perhaps with the odd delta wing for a quick mess about somewhere. I live very close to the Peak district which is a very large Country Park so i get out and fly whenever i can, making sure it is safe. Quite often if i pass a farmer ill ask him if i can use a field for an hour and i have as of yet never been refused. Most people are interested in watching them and of course saying the typicall "how much / how fast / can i have a go mr"

BUT my BMFA insurance is only valid for flying at approved flying sites, so i have to be carefull and never fly near house or when there are children around. No point in taking risks.

and i always do a range check just in case there is anyone in the area also flying on the same frequency as myself.

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