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HelicopterMain Discussion › Our primarily planker club has a "Heli Pilot" as​president for next year. Uh, Oh...
12-14-2011 01:31 PM  5 years agoPost 21
unclejane

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One thing I'll say: If you think helis and planks in R/C is bad, you should get a load of the situation in full scale. Talk about pattern nazis, fights on the radio and hatred and moaning and groaning between plankers and helis..... At towered airports it's not so bad because the controllers help keep everyone separated and prevent fights from breaking out on the comm, but at an uncontrolled field.... Oh man...... Sometimes it's best to just keep the plane in the hangar and go home....

So don't feel too bad when the plankers get all riled up at your heli. You could be having to deal with that crapola....

But full scale has pretty good rules that help with that situation that could help us - basically helis have to generally avoid the fixed wing traffic. Maneuverability is the metric for right-of-way, the most maneuverable aircraft are the ones expected to yield RoW as you'd kind of expect. Helis usually have a separate pattern or some other standardized method of approaching the airport. Else, they fly the pattern with the fixed wing traffic and then sidestep to a taxiway or something like that on final approach.

That's generally what I do at my field when the plankers are there. I either stay out of the way, say, remain off to one side of the runway opposite the pattern they're using (and announce this when I go out to the pad) or I fly the pattern with the planks. Otherwise, I sit it out and wait my turn. That's usually just as fun because I get to watch the other planes fly and BS with the other pilots.

So I'd say a good set of standarized rules will help keep tempers down and avoid accidents. It generally works in full scale also unless you have a lot of students in the pattern - helis really freak them out and there's not much you can do about that until they get some more flight time under their belt. Helis don't bother me in my full scale anymore, but that wasn't always true at the beginning....

LS

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12-14-2011 10:41 PM  5 years agoPost 22
jgunpilot

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Unclejane, I'm glad you posted that because after 33 years of flying both types of full scale aircraft, I hadn't noticed. Now I'm prepared for my next flight.

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12-14-2011 11:18 PM  5 years agoPost 23
JasonJ

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Now we've got the one guy that I mentioned in an earlier post who wants to be the only aircraft in the sky when he flies his heli, and that includes other helis as well. That was the only real tension that I've seen at our field in 3 years of active heli flying.
I don't like to fly my heli with others in the air. I fly sport which means lots of airspace. It's easier for me to just fly my 3D profile slab with other planes and wait for the eventual lull to fly my helicopter.

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12-14-2011 11:27 PM  5 years agoPost 24
unclejane

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Unclejane, I'm glad you posted that because after 33 years of flying both types of full scale aircraft, I hadn't noticed. Now I'm prepared for my next flight.
Could just have been at the airports I've hangared at over the years, and those were mostly uncontrolled. But my hair stands on end remembering some of the fights I've heard both on the comm and on the ground on several occasions. I've never personally had any trouble from helis, so I never knew what those guys were on about griping about how helis were making their lives difficult. But what I've seen amazes me (not the flying, but the fights).

Fortunately I fly out of a class D now so what problems there are are of a different sort. Nobody here gets riled up and it's much more laid back....

LS

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12-15-2011 01:26 AM  5 years agoPost 25
f2000ez

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Plankers vs. Helis

Fotunately at our field we don't have the planker/heli problems. It's a heli field first, planker second. If a planker shows, they are allowed to fly and are directed to the far end of the field........... Of course, when you have almost 100 acres to fly, who cares where anyone flies.

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12-15-2011 01:16 PM  5 years agoPost 26
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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At our field, we heli pilot stick to the ends of the field. Unless no one else is there, then I'll use the whole field!

Team Miniature Aircraft
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12-15-2011 08:38 PM  5 years agoPost 27
BobOD

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I'd better go ahead and dust off some old planks...
Any pitfalls that I should look out for?
Yeah...all the ribbing you're going to get from the Heli guys.
Let me give you just a little advise. Don't fly a foamy. And, avoid showing up with a plane with cute little wheels. And, for God's sake....no wheel pants.

Just kidding Rog.

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