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12-19-2011 12:59 AM  5 years agoPost 1
taxus812

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I don't know what got under my skin today. I realized that I have to drive past two great flying clubs to get to one that will allow helicopters. I live in northern CT and both clubs I go past (wintonbury and somers) are perfectly suited for helis. Heck somers is probably more suited for helicopters than airplanes. (one approach is blocked by the state police gun range. hard for a plane but not for a heli. )

Is it the same way everywhere ?

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12-19-2011 01:12 AM  5 years agoPost 2
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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I lived in new england for 4 years back in the 70's when I was a child (groton, mass) and as I recall, NE is a lot more like England than, say, here in New Mexico . The towns were smaller and less spread out and things just seemed closer in and cosier.

Maybe that limits the size of the fields there?

Out here, there's just miles and miles of nothing, so you can kind of go fly wherever you want. The field I fly at is primarily plankers, but I'm usually the only one out there anymore these days . So I have it to myself most of the time...

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12-19-2011 01:36 AM  5 years agoPost 3
JOLT

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Baltimore, MD

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In my area it seems that heli guys seek each other out. I spent a long time flying (re: crashing) alone. I visited a couple of plane fields. Although the club pres invited me to become a member, I did not want to stop the field to fly a heli. I also knew it would bother others and on busy Saturdays in the summer, I would be relegated to a small awkward corner of the field. I found a heli field and have been happy ever since.

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12-19-2011 01:41 AM  5 years agoPost 4
flybarless

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Torrington, CT

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My club in NW CT gets along fine with helis

Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.

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12-19-2011 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Zaneman007

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Texas - USA

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Plankers are clueless.

A few years back the planners at our club were complaining that helis were dangerous, the next week a planker almost looses a digit.

That shut 'em up for awhile.

I've had a few run ins with plankers.

The only way to deal with them is to join the club as a planker, then become an officer of the club.

Good luck with your ventures.

Old Guys Rule!

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12-19-2011 03:06 AM  5 years agoPost 6
taxus812

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My club in NW CT gets along fine with helis
Flybarless,
I live in Windsor see how far I would have to go to get to a club that likes heli's. I would pass several clubs on the way.

(side note: Farminton does currently but there are rumblings)

I was just curoius if it was just a New England thing.

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12-19-2011 02:02 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Lebanon CT

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Down here in the Southeast we have seperate sides of the field and helis are always welcome.

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12-19-2011 03:10 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Yogi 1

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Clinton,CT USA

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As Bob said here in Salem Ctat the RC Propbusters field we actually have two seperate fields divided by a row of trees so there is no conflict of air space at all and some of the heli flyers are also fixed wind flyers like myself. We are a very Heli friendly club along with Gliders,Pylon racers,3D big and small scales and Sport/Giant Scale.This is a very nice well kept place with a very open minded club membership which is open for new members anytime come on down and twist some sticks with us and have a few laughs in the meantime.BCNU Yogi

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12-19-2011 05:29 PM  5 years agoPost 9
taxus812

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Conecticut - USA

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Wow what a great site and so close to a lake. (I want floats for my cub ).

It is too bad it is over 50 miles away from me (auto fuel would kill me). I will have to get down there for a fun fly this summer at least.

(ps I love the basic simple rules your club has). Enough to be safe but not to restrictive.

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12-19-2011 07:12 PM  5 years agoPost 10
MartyH

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USA

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Yeah, I didnt used to believe it until I experienced it but there are clubs that are very weary of helis. In my case I'm not sure what their concern is even based on but a % of the club wouldn't mind seeing heli's disappear.

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12-19-2011 07:48 PM  5 years agoPost 11
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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Plankers are clueless.
Hey, I represent one of those plankers you speak of. You need to qualify it further, rather than making a blanket statement.

You should say something like "Circle flying plankers are clueless."

Just remember, huckin' plankers are cool and bad ass, and we don't use up more air space than a typical heli flight station at a fun fly.

www.JustinJee.com

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12-20-2011 02:34 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Erwin Atchison

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Winsted, CT USA

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Taxus, The Bloomfield club has a new board as of this month. All Heli friendly. Things will be changing there. There are rumblings at Farmington, but the election of officers is this Wednesday. The current officers I think will prevail. Good news for all RCer's.
People also fly right here at my shop. We have about 6 acres behind the building.
We believe it's supposed to be fun, whatever you fly, drive, etc. I GOT INTO THE HOBBY TO HAVE FUN!!!! I opened my shop partially in the hope of bringing fun to both new and experienced people. (It's a lot easier with the new guys). Don't want to sound like an ad, but stop by sometime, and bring a flying machine.

Your fun starts here!

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12-20-2011 02:41 AM  5 years agoPost 13
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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Erwin

If you were a bit closer, I would go up there to fly. Are there any indoor foamy flying area by you?

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12-20-2011 04:48 AM  5 years agoPost 14
relax1

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Tampa, FL

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The fact is planes and helis will never be able to share airspace flight characteristics are to different. I have manage to fly with other airplanes pilots but these are the 3D guys that feel comfortable no matter whats airborne. The club of sparks in Florida where i fly is friendly to the heli guys, but we still show up in the later part of the day when the wind kicks up and plane guys are few.
We fly as a small group and take turns going up whether is a plane or heli by sharing airspace it works for everyone.

Luis

I swear never to try that trick again! What the hell is only money!

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12-20-2011 04:53 AM  5 years agoPost 15
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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I have manage to fly with other airplanes pilots but these are the 3D guys that feel comfortable no matter whats airborne.
You should know that 3d planks and circle fliers do not mix well in the same air space either.

www.JustinJee.com

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12-20-2011 01:30 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Helizrule

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Lake Ariel, PA

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A few of us started our own "Heli" only club down the road from our primarily planker field. It really wasn't too much of an issue other than a few bad apples. Now we just run 2.4 only and it isn't an issue. Of course we live in rural PA and securing a field is not to difficult. I fly both planks and heli's so I just go to the field I am in the mood to be at.

One mile of road will take you one mile. One mile of runway will take you anywhere in the world.

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12-20-2011 03:17 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Wedge77

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St. Charles Missouri​USA

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The club I belong too has been around for 35-40 years. There are members that are still there from day one. I think the problem is, that when helis first came out they all jumped on the wagon, and were NOT able to fly a heli, couldnt control it, (no gyros no fbl, no nothing basically) so after all there bad happenings, they frowned on helis. I came to realize this after talking to a few that have old heli boys in there basements, just hanging for old times sake. After showing them a few things at our meetings, like the 3 axis gyro on an mcpx, they were all amazed at how far helis have really come since the days of them not being able to fly. also, they had a few really bad guys that joined that didnt really know how to fly a heli, didnt follow the rules, so they kinda bunched us all in as bad apples. It has taken a few years to get them relaxed enough to stop complaining about them, but there are several who wouldnt mind if helis went away all together.

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12-20-2011 03:25 PM  5 years agoPost 18
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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Hackensak NJ has a club that voted out the helis altogether. Sad.

www.JustinJee.com

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12-20-2011 04:00 PM  5 years agoPost 19
abwomack

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Houston, TX - U.S.

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I was the only heli at a planker field​forever

They wanted me to fly in a back corner out of the way

They thought helis just hovered. Funny how the mood starts to change when they want helis too.

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12-20-2011 04:06 PM  5 years agoPost 20
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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They thought helis just hovered.
Did they give you 6 x 6 area to fly in?

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