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05-31-2010 09:03 AM  7 years agoPost 5561
Andy.Kim

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Nice smooth flying Shizack, the 500 is a great heli. Headspeed sounded much better

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05-31-2010 02:34 PM  7 years agoPost 5562
Solmanbandit

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I crashed Saturday from loosing orientation in the sky. I got just at the right angle in the sky and got confused. It sucked because I was doing really good. I will be doing a test flight today for repairs done on it. I found something interesting, I thought my cyclic rod end on the elevator was going bad from wear and it turned out to be a loose ball link. It was the kind that the screw goes thru the center and hate that design, so I switched it out. No slop in it now.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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06-01-2010 01:56 AM  7 years agoPost 5563
MMike

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I liken the step to a 500 from a 450 to going from a 25 watt amp to 100 watts.

Every move looks cooler. That thing rocks!

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06-01-2010 02:39 AM  7 years agoPost 5564
Heli_KV

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I still do not understand that hype of 500. Not saying there is no benefits - just do not understand or don't see. Move is a move - just a bit easier to do - less deviations. I have now 500 and a good one. Well, it flies bigger and more power than 100 class and that's it. More space required. More noise. More tolerant to wind, but I have FBL. Just my thoughts. Would be happy to see actually more differences, but I don't do it now. Looks like that's just me. And more scary to fly 500, rather then 100 class

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06-01-2010 03:13 AM  7 years agoPost 5565
racin06

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Nice flying and great stall turns, Shiz. Looked like a wall cloud was dropping from the sky in the background .

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06-01-2010 04:37 AM  7 years agoPost 5566
shizack

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You know, that storm never developed. Just blew on through. That one cloud did look menacing.

Hence the main reason I got a 500. Wind tolerance. The 450 would have been bouncing up and down like a newlywed bride "going to Chicago". I've already gotten at least 10 more flights than I would have with a 450 or smaller.

I do miss the nimbleness of the 450, but this is SOOOO much easier to see in flight. Worth the trade-off.

And Solmangrundy - what kind of ball link are you talking about? If you've found something that makes adjusting the elevator servo-to-swash link easier to adjust, I'd like to know. I hate removing the AR bracket or swash ball to adjust that link.

A soul in tension is learning to fly

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06-05-2010 01:18 AM  7 years agoPost 5567
Melnic

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Attended Day 1 of the Maryland Helicopter Association fun fly.
Won a 2200 25C 3S pack from the door prize raffle. I think they gave out around 30 items. Plus a free T-shirt
Flew the 250, 450, 500 and 550. I was really rusty but with all the 3D going on around me I tried to push myself. There were Zero crashes today. LOTS of .90 sized helis. Bunch of Align 700Ns. One guy bought a 5503G, set it up and test flew it in about 2 hours. There was a Turbine 700mm sized heli there. It was a short flight but did not find out if that was normal or some issue. About 6 or so sponsored pilots doing lots of good stuff.

Helihut was there along with reps from Futaba and Hirobo. I met up with some Newbie guys who looked at my 450's. I got some video I'll work on editing when I get time.

I'm back there tomorrow afternoon after coaching baseball.

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06-05-2010 02:07 AM  7 years agoPost 5568
Gregor99

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Heli_KV I still do not understand that hype of 500. Not saying there is no benefits - just do not understand or don't see.
Not addressing the hype as I think that blurs the facts. Most facts you already know, but maybe don't see them as benefits.
I have now 500 and a good one. Well, it flies bigger and more power than 100 class and that's it. More space required.
You say that like its a bad thing. If you are cramped for space, I could see why. To me, this one of the benefits. A larger heli can make better use of more space. It has taken me a long time to adjust to flying from in the cramped space of my backyard to the virtual endless space of my club field. At first I would just fly like at home, close, low and precise. When I got a larger heli I challenged myself to push past my comfort zone and use up more airspace. It turns out that I really like to fly like that.

If you are doing mostly low, close-in precise flight, you are missing part of the benefits of a larger heli. Try a few MarketPlayer sized loops, cuban 8s, tail slides, high speed passes. Its different than you normally fly, but its fun too. Oh and is less scary if it fly it higher and farther away.

I'm not saying its better, just different and both are good. For many larger is just easier. Especially for older eyes and slower reaction times.

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06-05-2010 02:30 AM  7 years agoPost 5569
Heli_KV

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I think what you described Greg, it all makes sense, because I really fly in confined area, surrounded by trees and close to house, which restricts my flight to 450 size and smaller. With 500 size there, I just can circle, 8s, flip, hover and that's pretty much it. I flew one time at flying club as a guest and it was scary to have that unlimited space. I guess 500 size would help there. I think I should push a button, join the club and enjoy large sky, rather than my big, but still restricted flying area. I think I am technically almost ready to fly in public, not being laughed at.

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06-05-2010 12:18 PM  7 years agoPost 5570
Melnic

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06-05-2010 03:12 PM  7 years agoPost 5571
Solmanbandit

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they won't laugh at you. They all started the same way as well and they would be idiots if they did so. it is a hard hobby to master and takes a lot of skill. Now if you showed up with an air hog, then that may be a different story.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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06-05-2010 03:18 PM  7 years agoPost 5572
GyroFreak

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Did you fly today?

No.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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06-05-2010 03:35 PM  7 years agoPost 5573
Heli_KV

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they won't laugh at you. They all started the same way as well and they would be idiots if they did so. it is a hard hobby to master and takes a lot of skill. Now if you showed up with an air hog, then that may be a different story
Sure thing nobody will laugh. But I always want to show up with 4G6, get some laugh and then start flying 3D on it. At least flips, rolls, etc. Not many people saw that tiny heli capable of pretty agressive flying. It requires collective management a lot - motor easily bogs.

I did fly today!

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06-05-2010 04:50 PM  7 years agoPost 5574
Melnic

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Different clubs have different feels for sure. Pilots who fly at airplane clubs do tend to fly differently than those at Heli only clubs. From my experiance, if you are only around helis, you get better at helis significantly faster than being around planes.

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06-05-2010 06:02 PM  7 years agoPost 5575
Gregor99

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I think I am technically almost ready to fly in public, not being laughed at.
Everybody is a different place on thier heli-journey. Everybody progresses at a different rate. The minimum skill require (in my view) is ability to show up at a club, ask questions and be willing to recieve answers. Unless there are personalities you'd want to avoid anyway, laughing should not be a part of peer evalution.

There are guys at our club that show up, hover for a couple tanks and call it a day. There is no laughing. Good for them that they showed up. Many club members (myself included) have hard time even getting to the field.

Sure, we all have egos that are fragile and we want to fit in. But in the end there will always be someone better than you and usally someone not as far along as you. Enjoy that we are all on this journey, both invidually, but also collectively. I once heard the heli hobby drop out rate is about 90%, as in 1 in 10 stick with it. That makes us a small group with a unique skillset.

I will admit, occassioanlly feels intimidating when all the top pilots at our club throw down thier smackdown routines. Then its my turn at the flightline with the row of lawn chairs at my back.

If there's laughing going on, I never hear it. Instead I often get positive comments which I often feel I don't deserve. Occassionally I'll get some constructive feedback which I am always grateful for.

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06-05-2010 07:00 PM  7 years agoPost 5576
Heli_KV

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Well, I start to be sorry saying about laughing. When I showed up at our club, asking for help to inspect heli, I was very welcomed, heli was inspected, advises were given and I was offered to take a flight, after which I got whole bunch of credits, which I do not think I deserved. Unfortunately I drive every day more than 2 hours and club is one hour drive from me, maybe even more. So being tired of driving for a week and having flying possibilities at home, I prefer to stay home and to have a virtual heli club - you guys.

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06-05-2010 07:01 PM  7 years agoPost 5577
Andy.Kim

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When I first saw 3D I was just able to do FF with some flips and rolls. It was intimidating to fly around the 3D guys so I know what it's like. I just told myself those guys used to struggle with tail in hover at one time. We are all at different stages in this hobby but with a common beginning

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06-06-2010 01:38 AM  7 years agoPost 5578
Melnic

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Fender, I guess either we did not run into each other or you did not make it down to MHA.

I won the Obsticle course with my EXI 250

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hezy07hSPk

Align 450 Pro ESP kit. Anyone wanna buy it ?

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06-06-2010 01:40 AM  7 years agoPost 5579
Melnic

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HeliKv, the club is Heli Only or both planes and Helis?
If you fly for 5 or so hours on the weekends, it might be fun. Part of my fun at my club is the talking to the people. It's like a boys club (just don't happen to be any girls who fly).

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06-06-2010 04:47 AM  7 years agoPost 5580
Andy.Kim

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Melnic, that was fun to watch. Good job

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