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12-18-2011 02:19 AM  5 years agoPost 1
ferrellmc

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I'm new to helicopter flying and for that matter any type of RC flying. I can't emphasize how valuable it is to find a good mentor. In my case, I was lucky, to meet RotorheadBob while visiting the local airfield in Maryland. He suggested a T-rex 450 sport, Futaba 8fg, Thunder Power 820CD and spare parts. Once I had the everything we met for a review of building it, (the do's and don'ts) he didn't build it for me but guided me, that was the right approach.

Once the heli was built we met 5 times for about 2 hrs each. He checked my build (every screw), adjusted linkage, blade pitch, discussed the transmitter set-up and battery charging. He was very methodical and thorough. We met for the first flight which was a huge success. Looking back on all the information covered I have to say this would have been daunting for me to learn on my own. A big shout out and many thanks to Rotorheadbob for his time and support. Mentors in this hobby are essential and need to be appreciated.

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12-18-2011 04:25 AM  5 years agoPost 2
mr dan

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Great to hera that. Sounds like rotorheadbob is a true mentor that knows how to build , give propper advice, and most importantly, he actually knows how to fly .

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12-18-2011 04:49 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Aimhigh

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Ditto. I'm new to this and can't find a mentor. I'm taking it real slow, but struggling.

Newbee

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12-18-2011 05:16 PM  5 years agoPost 4
mr dan

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Ditto. I'm new to this and can't find a mentor. I'm taking it real slow, but struggling.
Alot of good pilots up there in your state to get in touch with.

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12-19-2011 04:27 PM  5 years agoPost 5
ferrellmc

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It would be good to hear from others, whether they had (have) a mentor or went it alone.

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01-02-2012 05:13 PM  5 years agoPost 6
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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ive had a few mentors and you will meet more of them as you progress
somedays you will go it alone and then you will mentor someone else while still being mentored at times as you get better

Insha Allah made in america

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01-02-2012 06:31 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Egroeg

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People who consider them selves to have "fallen into good hands" should consider themselves lucky.
I have had a pretty bumpy start...
I went through a period where I had to get back on track...
Today 4 years later I have learned allot and have made progress.
I once saw a vid on you tube where the guy said..." this is finally getting to be fun"...
At the beginning there is allot of reading to do...especially if one goes into Helis from scratch.
For those who have been in cars planes,
It is easier...but for those who came in just like that...and assuming they are responsible sensible people cause not everybody is...it takes allot of reading...but it's rewarding after some time

No Pitch...No Fun!

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01-02-2012 06:48 PM  5 years agoPost 8
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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Egroeg
People who consider them selves to have "fallen into good hands" should consider themselves lucky.
you can say that again
i was half lucky
but now i try to mentor who i can in my area since there are no other pilots here or people who know how and i try and do a better job and threat people better then i was .

i had some very good mentors but there will always be a mean egg in the bunch.

i mentored a pilot yesterday he is a veteran 25 yr rc plane pilot

and needed mentoring with his helicopters we had a very very nice time.

i hate to use the term mentor i like to use a word that makes us more equal even if i know more.
i like to be called a heli partner and we share advice and coach each other where needed.

2 hours of my time for free and i enjoyed every minute of it he was a very good guy

i like good people ,kewl cats and good guys

Insha Allah made in america

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01-03-2012 10:24 PM  5 years agoPost 9
rockrand

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Mentor

I wish I had one when I started out,would have saved me a whole lot of pain and suffering for sure,You owe that guy a great deal of love for sure

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01-03-2012 11:04 PM  5 years agoPost 10
VKGT

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Having a mentor is very valuable. I had one as well and he was very patient with me as I was learning. The only thing I'd have done differently is built my first heli myself.... The main problem is that I am a deal shopper and used heli deals come with better pricing

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01-04-2012 12:11 AM  5 years agoPost 11
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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rockrand
Mentor

I wish I had one when I started out,would have saved me a whole lot of pain and suffering for sure,You owe that guy a great deal of love for sure
yes i do love them they are very nice guys

one of them was a kinda angry guy and i pissed him off was not intentional wish i could do it all over again he was a kewl guy
to.

he just liked to stay to his self but went out of his way to help me.

but i still love and dream about our days at the field.

and as a simi mentor i have been lucky and meeting really nice guys who need help.

we dont have any heli repair shops in long beach i feel for some of the guys that i help .

once i told them i was tired and i was gonna quiet repairing in my area and i was begged not to and i can understand why.

they have no one to turn to but me at times i wish i had support from more experienced pilots then my self.

Insha Allah made in america

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01-07-2012 12:58 AM  5 years agoPost 12
neilg.

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what the **** is a heli repair shop

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01-07-2012 03:25 AM  5 years agoPost 13
mr dan

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what the **** is a heli repair shop
neilg Its a mythical place the he touts to newcomers. This thread is a scamers dream pond to fish for a new victim .

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01-07-2012 03:37 AM  5 years agoPost 14
Solmanbandit

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they have no one to turn to but me at times i wish i had support from more experienced pilots then my self.
I wish you did too. The beginners would be much better off.

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

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01-07-2012 01:28 PM  5 years agoPost 15
neilg.

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so it is like a field mouse running in the open and that crow sitting on a tree top waiting to pounce

side note: youtube is being overtaken by bull**** artists

In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti

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01-07-2012 01:59 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Egroeg

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@ wc wicked clown...you are into ea games I saw...I was addicted to command and conquer red alert ...so with the heli hobby I get more out...better than beating the hell out of an imaginary enemy.
I like cats too...and I live near the sea too...

No Pitch...No Fun!

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01-07-2012 08:54 PM  5 years agoPost 17
chamler

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what the **** is a heli repair shop
My wife says it's also known as a dining room.

trex 250-450v2proFB - 450 v2pro FBL-500-600-700 / Mini Protos / Synergy N5C

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01-08-2012 12:22 AM  5 years agoPost 18
elkmaster01

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There are good mentors and bad mentors. Bad mentors need to be exposed before they can harm beginners and our hobby! Ask for references if you do not know the person.

I'll offer up my help to anyone in my area,,,FREE OF CHARGE!! That area being the U.P. of Michigan. Not a lot going up here,,no clubs or LHS locally.

I did everything on my own,,and that sucks,,,a decent mentor would have saved me a bunch of money.

So,,,if anyone knows of a good mentor,,,or even a bad mentor,,,point him out please!

Randy

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01-08-2012 01:18 AM  5 years agoPost 19
neilg.

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mentors don't ask you for cash or a credit card number.

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01-08-2012 03:15 AM  5 years agoPost 20
Heli0228

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mentors

If any of you guys are looking for a mentor go the AMA web site
http://www.modelaircraft.org and look for a club near where you live. If a club is close to you there will be a person there that can help you, and it will most likely be free, the only charge will be club dues for the most part. Do NOT PAY some person to help you learn to build and fly most all clubs have people that love to teach for FREE!!!

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