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09-01-2009 03:39 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Flying Brian

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By NO means am I attempting to belittle, or bash the said RC Flying Club.

I'm interested in hearing what it takes to become a club member at your local field. Here in Sprinbouro Ohio(Otterbein RC Field), To become a member the rules state I must complete a training course which consists of several visits, fly in front of club officers while perfourming whatever they ask, and to BOOT, let one of the local RC Club officers fly my 2000 dollar helicopter to make sure it is a safe machine and built correctly.

I was also told that if the member crashes the 2000 dollar helicopter, the owner is souly responsible for the crash costs. Does this sound like your club rules for becoming a member?

"I just don't Listen" "

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09-01-2009 03:44 PM  8 years agoPost 2
TDriver

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Portage IN

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No one is flying my heli that i dont know .. You should be able to just go out and fly for them to show you know how . And thats it . And have your AMA

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09-01-2009 03:46 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Cope

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Their club their rules, but that don't sound like any club I would want to be part of..

Sounds like a bunch of old guys, and how the heck would some one who is just learning join said club????

Fear is the little death,The mind killer. I will allow my fear to pass through me.Only I will remain

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09-01-2009 03:47 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Flying Brian

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I have no issues with flying for them. Actully, I think this part is a reativley good idea, just so the officers know who is who. But for them to test fly my outfit, and possibly crash, and hand me a pile of junk, and say, sorry,,,well this just sounds a bit.

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09-01-2009 03:48 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Flying Brian

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From what I have seen, it is all older crowds. But most are nice,,,so far. I was also told that their is a desent gathering for helicopter pilots on saturday mornings..

This site is also around the corner from my home, so that is a good thing.

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09-01-2009 03:53 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Mutt

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Stupid rule that a member has to fly your equipment. I wouldnt join that club. Also why do some of you guys always think its old people who come up with these stupid rules? Get a life just because a person is old as you like to say dont mean they are stupid. Local club here is ran by young guys 40 and under and hence the reasons a lot of us old guys quit we are tired of the stupid rules they put into effect. As far as joining a club showing your capable of flying is fine let a member look over said equipment is fine but to let them fly it bs.

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09-01-2009 03:56 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Flying Brian

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Sorry MUTT, if I offended you. This was not what I meant when I mentioned "Old Guys"..

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09-01-2009 03:58 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Cope

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Almost any club is better than none, and close to home is always a bonus.

I will say for them to demand to fly your kit is out of line. If they cant look it over and watch you fly to decide on the safety of the kit then they must not know much. We see un safe stuff come out to the field and all it take is one look over before all of us are around this knock off kit trying to figure out if we can make it fly (safely).

If you ever move to Tahoe you can join our club no one will ask to fly your stuff promise.

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09-01-2009 04:06 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Havoc

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Do they only test fly one helicopter or every helicopter you own? When it is time to let them fly I would pull out a Blade Mcx and hand it to them.

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09-01-2009 04:07 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Flying Brian

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That is a great idea on the mcx....

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09-01-2009 04:07 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Cope

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When I said old I should have "said stuck in their ways".

You know MUTT I always kinda looked forward to meeting you, You offered to give me covering, You seem like a nice guy. I think you took that a little rough.

Cheer up mate.

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09-01-2009 04:15 PM  8 years agoPost 12
concept1

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it all sounds stupid if you ask me!
in our club generally one of the guys and really any of them would check out a new guys heli on the ground and thats about it. but mostly just to make sure it is semi safe (check his blades and head no loose parts etc...)! although most "new guys or first timmers" would want to see their heli flown by one of the experienced guys. then we would all watch the new guy to see what his level is, if we are comfortable with his skills, let him go. If we are not comfortable then it is a matter of giving him direction and help, or if he is just trying to learn 3d then we explain to him the "saftey rules" and we take cover when he flies! this may sound bad but we have had a guy who would bring 2 helis and a huge box of parts to the field. he was determined to be a 3d Master and didn't care about the cost, crashed every day multiple times. but he was safe, we just stayed clear, and heck he was fun to watch! in 6 months he awesome!

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09-01-2009 04:24 PM  8 years agoPost 13
greenboot

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Marblehead, OH

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The idea of their pilot flying your machine first is stupid. Lets just say there is a hidden flaw that allows it to go out of control. What difference would it make who if flying?

And what kind of maneuvers are they going to do to test it's airworthiness? A simple hover? A full 3D program?

This test flight does nothing for overall safety. Helis are going to crash. If that's a problem, then they need to just ban them.

Tom

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09-01-2009 04:49 PM  8 years agoPost 14
MattJen

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i have been to fields where i have been asked to perform some basic manvouers before i was let loose so to speak..

they consisted of simple hovering manouvers...

But to be fair coming from a comp back gorund simple hovering was not a problem for me..

Normally you can tell how good a pilot is as soon as they lift off the ground... or in some cases by the state of their machine..

We have had newbies turn up to the field, both hellies and fixed wing, seen the way their models were thrown together held together scelotape and cable ties.. i just stood back...

But fortunatly most helli pilots are a bit more careful.. but as someone said a field is better than no field, i would draw the line at letting someone who i dont know fly my heli with all the responsibility on me if it goes belly up..

I personally would follow the rules up to that point.. and if they ask you to do a manouver get them to demo it first on their own machine...

Matt

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09-01-2009 04:53 PM  8 years agoPost 15
Nashville

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Brian seems like you posted something a while back about your first visits to this club? If I'm not mistaken you weren't too happy with them then. These are unacceptable rules in my opinion. They sould like they are trying to be very exclusive. I know I would exclude myself from their group when they demand to fly my helis for no reason. Good luck either way.

I was Spektrum when Spektrum wasn't cool

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09-01-2009 04:57 PM  8 years agoPost 16
Lamar Cooley

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"New Club" rules

I would like to make a deposit.
I see no mention of ("AMA" membership required). Which is required by any club that would be sanctioned by the "AMA". That being said, I would have to believe a reason for this "NEW" club to be in existance is for these few individuals that have a "like mind". SCREWY, HAIR-BRAINED, LUDICREUS, MINDLESS, REDICULOUS, STUPID but ALIKE.(IMO)
I don't know your situation as far as other clubs in your area. But I myself would not even consider joining these guys for a cold one.
I hope this is of some small help
Regards


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There when needed.
Everywhere when looked for.

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09-01-2009 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 17
rcjon

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Macon, GA

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Our club rules for membership: AMA and a check for the dues.

Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Radio Control Helicoptering.

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09-01-2009 05:37 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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Have the club plunk down a deposit then let them fly it.

Thats one of the most stupidous rules I have evevr heard of.

Rick

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09-01-2009 05:40 PM  8 years agoPost 19
Flying Brian

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Brian seems like you posted something a while back about your first visits to this club? If I'm not mistaken you weren't too happy with them then
That was in Houston Texas, and yes, they was A-HOLES!
would like to make a deposit.
I see no mention of ("AMA" membership required
If you seen no mention of it, then do a search on the name of the club.

This club has been here since the 80's. And yes, it is AMA sanctioned. Let me say it again, Im not here to bash, Im just looking for others opinions on these few insider rules is all.

"I just don't Listen" "

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09-01-2009 06:00 PM  8 years agoPost 20
jbdww

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Round Rock, Texas

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I am a club officer at our field, and we do not have this rule. Basically if you have an AMA card and some $$ you can join our club. We have some members that do not really fly that are members and they just enjoy the social side.

The only rule I have seen from the AMA is that if you would like to fly turbine you have to first fly a none turbine aircraft where you take off fly around and land with confidence while an officer is watching.

I would try to go work with the club and see if by flying in front of an officer is going to be enough as you have concerns of someone else flying your stuff. I beat this rule was made with only airplanes in mind. If anything bring out a foamy airplane and let them fly it.

Joe

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