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06-02-2009 03:36 AM  8 years agoPost 1
aadams1278

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my local club is having their second annual heli fun fly. the first event didn't have a lot of events because the club is new to the idea of heli fun flys.

we are looking for ideas for events to have at our upcoming heli fun fly.

let me know your suggestions.

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06-02-2009 03:40 AM  8 years agoPost 2
AltecLansing

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How about a small autorotation contest. A hovering contest for newbies. An inverted contest for skilled pilots.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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06-02-2009 04:18 AM  8 years agoPost 3
buzzsaw

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We do a thing called Bud tipping.You place 5 2x2 pieces of plywood 20 ft apart from each other in a square box and 1 in the very center.Now the beer bottles have to be filled with water as we do not want to waste any good beer,centered them on the boards.The guy/gal who can lay them over with skids the quickest does not have to buy any beer after the event is over aswell as the flying if you know what I mean

Option B:If you attemp this with moonshine jugs the effort may be at its peakI know,us cajuns and rednecks come up with some crap,dont we

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06-02-2009 04:23 AM  8 years agoPost 4
c54fun

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Go to wallmart and buy some of those whistling nerf football darts. You can rest them on your skids and take them up in the air and then tip them off. The wistle pretty good on the way down. Maybe have some kind of contest. Just a thought.

Put a plank out there and bomb it...

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06-02-2009 04:44 AM  8 years agoPost 5
aadams1278

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Put a plank out there and bomb it..
not a good idea. out of probably 40 -50 in our club, only about 5 have helis. that probably wouldn't go over well. i've got nothing against planes either. they're my living...

however, a target type game would be cool based on that idea...

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06-02-2009 04:45 AM  8 years agoPost 6
rilopez825

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get with your local hobby shops and see if you can get some prizes. also a BBQ is always a plus. that beer thing may not work athough it sounds fun. you don't want a bunch of drunk guys flying heli's

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06-02-2009 04:49 AM  8 years agoPost 7
aadams1278

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no, not with beer, but the idea of tipping over some kind of object is good.

and we've already got prizes/plaques set up.

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06-02-2009 05:14 AM  8 years agoPost 8
rilopez825

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well also post on helifreak.com and also contest of flying with the music. well not contest but just eye catching moves to music is neat some times.

you know I would do a funfly in my area but I know I'd run into the same problem. we have a huge free field and we only have about 1 to 2 heli guys sometimes 3 at most on Sat's and Sun's.

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06-02-2009 06:31 AM  8 years agoPost 9
tskg2

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30 Second Hover competition?
Like Altech said a few replies back- a simnple hovering comp can be simple but good fun.

We have run this at the most recent events, and it's one that everyone- from newbies who are on trainers to the Szabo wanna-bees- can take part in.

Simple rules-

The judge has a stop watch, and starts the timer when the skids of the heli leave the ground- and stops it when they touch down.
No timer on the TX allowed.

Closest to 30 seconds- and not over- wins.

Doesn't matter what the hover looks like, how high, anything- just a hover.

At the event over the past weekend, we had .03 of a second seperating the top two positions. And at the event several months ago- the winning time was 29.96!

Amusing fun. One of the top flyers in NZ did this simple comp- and lost- because he tried to 'show-boat' Instead of just hovering- he raced into the sky to setup for a auto. The problem was- he went too high- and he realised it- and raced to get down on time. Came in so fast, that he couldn't stop- and went over time. Close- but more than 30- so he was out.
He's a good guy, and we all had a good laugh over it. I'm sure he'll get it right next time.

Give it a go. And if you want another idea- PM me about another game we do- called 'Sheep Herding'!

G2

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06-02-2009 08:20 AM  8 years agoPost 10
desulli

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We had one where we had timed flying for 2 min. Anything you wanted for 2 min, no TX timer. Who ever was closest to that time won. Kinda like the 30 sec one posted above but harder to judge timewise since it was to long to just time in your head....made it more interesting.

Also, bomb drop. One of those plastic easter egg things filled with chalk. Fly up, drop, try to come closest to the cone in the middle of the field. Closest wins.

Poker (21). Big 3X3 box marked out with engineer tape. Cards laid out on the table (face down) in a 3X3 square. You fly around, land in a square. You get the corresponding card. If you like your card you stop. If not fly and land again. Closest to 21 wins.

Limbo. Self explanitory.

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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06-02-2009 10:57 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Hamo

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Don't forget food and drink. Barbecue, coffee etc.
Hamo

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06-02-2009 11:15 AM  8 years agoPost 12
dhoffack

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dancing girls

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06-02-2009 12:22 PM  8 years agoPost 13
ErichF

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I wouldn't bother organizing any events other than maybe an auto contest. Fun fly participants these days for the most part don't want to do anything...they "just want to have fun". Which to me, is just like any other day at the field...but that's just me.

Back when fun flies were interesting, there usually was a range of events based on skill level. Newbies usually had a pad hop, timed or organized in a variety of ways. Intemediate pilots usually had something where they performed a set of manuevers (stall turns, loops, rolls, etc) twice, and closest times won. Advanced pilots had to perform more difficult manuevers (maybe backwards or inverted) under some timing scheme. Then, you had the limbo, auto contest (or both combined), and drag races.

Today, all a CD has to do is box off the flightline for as many flight stations as possible and watch everyone go nuts. The real work for a CD these days is begging for free stuff to give away.

Oh, and notice above that a couple interesting events are suggested by folks from outside the US.

Erich

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06-02-2009 01:39 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Yug

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Bowling is great fun using a 12 foot rope and small football suspended below heli. Empty fuel jugs make good targets.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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06-02-2009 02:43 PM  8 years agoPost 15
doorman

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Trolling For Gold
Hang about a 3-4 foot piece of plastic chain from the skids that has a 2-3 inch magnet attached to it... Make up some body washers with numbers on them a place then in a marked rectangle in the grass.. Give each pilot 1 minute to gather as many washers as they can.. Then total the random numbers on the waashers and the highest total wins!!! Great equalizer for both the newe and pro's
Good Luck with your first event!!!!
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06-02-2009 02:50 PM  8 years agoPost 16
desulli

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Oh, and notice above that a couple interesting events are suggested by folks from outside the US.
If your talking about me....

I am military (US) and was stationed in Okinawa at that time. It was pretty fun though.

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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06-02-2009 02:54 PM  8 years agoPost 17
Shawn Pierce

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we just did a poker fly. Every time a pilot went up they drew a card. at the end of the day the pilot with the best hand won $100.

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06-02-2009 02:54 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Havoc

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I think ErichF is right. They like to fly and talk with others they don't see often. In fact they like to talk so much that it can be hard to keep the helis in the air for the spectators. So one easy contest to have is a reward for most flights or they earn extra raffle tickets for flying.

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06-02-2009 03:27 PM  8 years agoPost 19
ErichF

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So one easy contest to have is a reward for most flights or they earn extra raffle tickets for flying
This was a real good idea back in the radio impound days. It did a couple things: It rewarded pilots who put in flights by giving more chances in the raffle. It also encouraged people to get their radios back in the impound, which freed up freqs for others. Each time a radio was checked out of impound, a raffle ticket was issued.

Kinda hard to manage with 2.4 now, though.

Erich

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06-02-2009 05:50 PM  8 years agoPost 20
rilopez825

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here's another idea, but I forgot whats its called, when you bring the heli in from an auto skidding across the runway. provide you have a concrete runway and see which heli slides the furthest.

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