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04-04-2011 03:29 PM  6 years agoPost 1
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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and how many crashs have you had ?

and how long have you been a pilot ?

would you say 5 crashes a month is to much or not enough cashes for someone thats learning.

Insha Allah made in america

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04-04-2011 03:44 PM  6 years agoPost 2
rexaholic

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United States

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Years flying: 4

Started on: Trex 450

total # of crashes: 5 with only 1 major one (over $300)

current helis: Trex 250, Trex 550, Trex 700e

current skill level: pirouetting maneuvers, invert/backwards flight, etc

The secret is a lot of sim time and DEVELOPING THE BASICS BEFORE YOU MOVE ON! Too many people want to do a piroflip long before they have ever even attempted inverted flight. MASTER orientation flying first, in ALL directions and the rest is only a matter of time. Do what you are comfortable with and with plenty of altitude until you get better at it. Move from the sim to the little guys (t-250 or 450, etc) and go to the big boys from there.

"Helis are proof that God loves us...Wind is proof that he also has a sense of humor!"

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04-04-2011 03:49 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Heli-on

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Southern Cali, CA -​USA

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If simulators didn't exist, that might be an acceptible amount. You're saying better than a crash per week? Even if it were a 450 class heli, those crashes can run you up to $60-80. As long as the person has the time to repair and funds to do so, I don't see a problem with it. I'd highly recommend more sim time and stick with moves that you're comfortable doing. Also, be prepared with bail outs for moves you're not 100% sure you're going to successfully pull off.

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04-04-2011 03:57 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Eury

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Dover NH

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It varies, of course, but on average I crash every 300-400 flights. I do not have a sim, they just don't work for me. So if I want to practice something new, I do it the old fashioned way and get up high and have a bail out plan.

Nick Crego

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04-04-2011 04:18 PM  6 years agoPost 5
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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to respond to all of you i have 1 word id like to say.

WOW

my buddy is a 3d junky and he crashes every other day of the week so i was just trying to see what is average

im a novice and i have had 1 nice crash and 4 maybe 5 heis that have had a part to fall of but i would not call those crashes since i still safely landed the birds .

3 tail pitch sliders come a lose

3 boom supports

2 crashes in 2 yrs

you guys have helped release some of my fear thank you

Insha Allah made in america

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04-04-2011 04:22 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Eury

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Dover NH

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Well, I've been flying for 16 years now, so I've learned how to stay out of trouble. It used to be that I'd crash a couple times a month.

The key is to always have a bail out plan, and stay high.

Nick Crego

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04-04-2011 04:34 PM  6 years agoPost 7
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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Eury Well, I've been flying for 16 years now, so I've learned how to stay out of trouble. It used to be that I'd crash a couple times a month.

The key is to always have a bail out plan, and stay high.
wow 16 years your a real pioneer what a pleasure.

the only bail out plan i can figure is to like you said stay high and fly in a field that has plenty of space so i can almost sim this baby.

been siming for 2 yrs folks say im ready and tho the thought of taken that first leap ugh i feel confident that i can go right to inverted hover and tic tocs simple stuff.

Insha Allah made in america

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04-04-2011 04:47 PM  6 years agoPost 8
sharam

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Northern California​- Fly at Morgan Hill​Field

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I bought my first heli (Concept DX) in 1992/93. Stared at it for about 7 years and imagined how much fun it would be to fly it.

Finally got enough time and guts to learn how to hover. Then bought a Nexus 30 and put on some training gear and learned how to fly.

I have had maybe 10-12 total crashes in many many hundreds of flights.

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04-04-2011 05:18 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Eury

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Dover NH

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wow 16 years your a real pioneer what a pleasure.
I'm a new guy compared to a lot of the people on here.

Nick Crego

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04-04-2011 05:33 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Xichlo

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Tucson, AZ USA

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I only crash when I want to.

Think about it. Unless its an outside factor, wind, distraction or equiptment failure, you only crash by pushing the envelope or not paying attention.

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04-04-2011 06:03 PM  6 years agoPost 11
bhoff

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houston texas

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i cant count how many times ive crashed trying new maneuvers but i think its good to go outside your learning curve, and i agree on the sim time, and going really high for new moves

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04-04-2011 06:39 PM  6 years agoPost 12
JLHarv

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Auburn Hills, MI-USA

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My crashing is directly related to the size of the heli. Since the small ones are cheaper to repair, I am not too afraid to try new stuff. And therefore crash more often.
450 = 1 crash per 25-30 flights
500 = 1 crash per 75-100 flights
600 = no crash so far (over 200 flights)

Also the big birds are more stable and easier to recover if things go wrong so that helps too.

WC if you are asking if you should be taking more chances. I would say you are ready to take it to the next level. I have seen some of your SIM videos and it seems that are capable of flying more than what you are showing in your videos. Please don't take that as criticism. You can do what makes you happy and you feel comfortable with. I am trying to give you a little encouragement.. You can do it.. Go for it..

You obviously know how to work on a heli. What is the worst that can happen. Crash, install a few new parts and she is back in the air. It's all good.

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04-04-2011 06:51 PM  6 years agoPost 13
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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JLHarv My crashing is directly related to the size of the heli. Since the small ones are cheaper to repair, I am not too afraid to try new stuff. And therefore crash more often.
450 = 1 crash in 25-30 flights
500 = 1 crash in 75-100 flights
600 = no crash so far (over 200 flights)

Also the big birds are more stable and easier to recover if things go wrong so that helps too.

WC if you are asking if you should be taking more chances. I would say you are ready to take it to the next level. I have seen some of your SIM videos and it seems that are capable of flying more than what you are showing in your videos. Please don't take that as criticism. You can do what makes you happy and you feel comfortable with. I am trying to give you a little encouragement.. You can do it.. Go for it..

You obviously know how to work on a heli. What is the worst that can happen. Crash, install a few new parts and she is back in the air. It's all good.
(smiles) got it .

but interesting question i just had to ask.

Insha Allah made in america

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04-04-2011 07:16 PM  6 years agoPost 14
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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Funny how I remember clearly the number of my crashes and not the many good flying I made.

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04-04-2011 07:40 PM  6 years agoPost 15
Rogman88

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West Monroe, LA

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my buddy is a 3d junky and he crashes every other day of the week so i was just trying to see what is average
Good heavens who might that be

That's some serious money no matter what size heli it is. That's a lot of flying too.

There's some good info here on steps to not crash. I usually put one in about once every couple of months. Usually do to something coming lose. I'm not a mechanic and don't do my pre-flights checks quite as in depth as I should. It bites me after about 75 flights or so

High Voltage just works better

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04-04-2011 08:17 PM  6 years agoPost 16
Wingman77

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Pulaski Tennessee

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I am crash free for around 500 flights now.

(if you don't count that one midair at BH hat was pretty much unavoidable)

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04-04-2011 09:59 PM  6 years agoPost 17
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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Usually I average about 25 gallons crash free.
My current 90 is close to 30 gallons without a crash.

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04-04-2011 10:37 PM  6 years agoPost 18
max232

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Pensacola

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if you don't count that one midair at BH hat was pretty much unavoidable
That sure made an awesome sound ridiculously loud

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04-04-2011 11:18 PM  6 years agoPost 19
SkyfoxSXer

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Gainseville,VA

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You guys claiming 400 flights or 30 gallons need to fly a little lower. Push the envelope a little more.

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04-04-2011 11:25 PM  6 years agoPost 20
Wingman77

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