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01-23-2013 02:07 PM  4 years agoPost 21
helidevil

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Everything said in the topic so far is true, just be sure to have something interesting going on all the time. Doesn't have to be a drag race or an auto contest, maybe a micro heli smack into each other contest, or something stupid funny to watch like that. Change it up a little

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01-23-2013 03:09 PM  4 years agoPost 22
Solmanbandit

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just be sure to have something interesting going on all the time.
I don't find that the case, Keeping it too busy can burn people out. Slipping a little something in once and a while works good.

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01-23-2013 03:28 PM  4 years agoPost 23
Santiago P

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I don't find that the case, Keeping it too busy can burn people out. Slipping a little something in once and a while works good.
Agree!

My perspective is the average guy gets tired of watching company demos all day and wants to FLY.

Is ok to offer auto, drag races and other simple contest, but the majority wants to relax, fly without havint to fight for a flight station, and not fly next to Mr. Hot Shot for sake of sanity and safety.

Having someone on the mic all the time gets on most folks nerves. Is ok to have a narrator when you have "a" demo is the pilot agrees, for the most part, good flight demos need no hype.

Food is your make it or break it. If you offer something, it better be good and plenty. Included all drinks too (no alcohol).

If you have experts and pros, encourage them to play mentors and help the guys in need rather than fly all day. Ask anyone who is been help by a pro, it makes a life lasting impression.

I have been lucky in being part of some of the most successful fun flys and contest held in Dayton OH.
The key ingredient for success is to put your heart and soul in it. No matter how exhausted you are after the event, you wont regret it, and your guest will be anxious to come back again.

Santiago

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01-23-2013 03:56 PM  4 years agoPost 24
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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We have our funfly every two years, and we do spend 2 years to organize the event. 8 guys around a table, with monthly meetings.

One guy is responsible for field
One guy is responsible for food
One guy is responsible for pro pilots
One guy is responsible for daily agenda
One guy is responsible for raffles
One guy is responsible for event web site
One guy is responsible for registration
The last guy is responsible for coordination of the 7 other guys and to pick up the slack that anyone guy leaves behind.

We have:

Great food;
a MC (last 3 events was me);
close flight line 4 times a day for 10 minutes (for pro demos and games (last year we have MCPX last one standing));
2 to 4 pros per event;
lots of free flying;
great weather;
lots of raffle prizes;
last year we had 82 registered pilots;
We have press conferences with local papers to announce our event, this way we get lots of spectators;
Night flying by members and pros and fireworks.

Don't think it's quick and easy to have this type of event.

Good luck.

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01-23-2013 05:05 PM  4 years agoPost 25
Mike Fortin

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Making sure you have all the correct permission & permits from the city well in advance of your event so that you don't have to blame someone else for your shortcomings and lack of responsibilities.

Also, make sure that the profits of the club go to the club and not for a single person or few peoples personal gains especially when the club is funding said event.

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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01-23-2013 05:09 PM  4 years agoPost 26
Havoc

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Probably best just to attend several and talk to the CDs of the events you like.

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01-23-2013 06:40 PM  4 years agoPost 27
helitom

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Pine Grove, Calif, USA

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Running one of these events is not something that starts two or three weeks prior.A successful Fun Fly, no matter how you divide up the work, is a year long effort. However, during the event the work does not stop.

I think it is important that the flight lines be equally used by all levels of skill. When the beginner and intermediate pilots get shuffled off to the back 40, your follow on years attendance will suffer mightily. You must be proactive to prevent this from happening, because the less skilled will naturally gravitate away from the very skilled to the point where they won't fly at all. Take steps to force mixing of all skill levels. Simple fun fly events help here, or maybe having a pro inpromptu stand in to provide tips when a beginner is flying.

Get the pros to hold seminars on whatever. Make sure all get the word of the where and when of a seminar. You will be surprised how a gathering of four or five people talking helis will rapidly grow when a expert starts talking about set up/radios/electronics/etc/etc. The seminars take on their own life when the questions start flowing. This gets the pilots of all skill levels together as a group and aids in getting the same mix at the flight lines.

The older I get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

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01-24-2013 01:40 AM  4 years agoPost 28
ch-47c

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AceDude I agree. Pulled pork is good and simple. Unfortunately out here, they don't know how good pulled pork is like in NC and the rest of the South. Burgers and hot dogs are definitly bad. Always a cheap brand and dried out or boiled till the taste is gone.

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01-24-2013 02:34 AM  4 years agoPost 29
povern

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For me a great fun fly is two things.

1. Do not have, nor allow douchbaggery.
2. Let me fly. Do not shut the main part of the flight line down for an hour for a pro flyer, or a contest. If there is a pro, people will watch him and wait for him to fly on the line like everyone else. Doing an auto contest? go to one end of the flight line, don't shut the whole thing Down.

Oh, and number 3: have a fire at night, brings people together that usually wouldn't talk on the flight line. Breaks up the cliques.

Screw It, I'm gonna fly
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01-24-2013 03:48 AM  4 years agoPost 30
johnmemphis

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Let us fly, Let us fly, Let us fly
It's a fun fly, NOT a "we have control" fly

Example, the last fun fly I went to
Sat.
8:00- 9:45 pilots meeting no flying,
10:00-12:00 open flying no more than 5 helis allowed, no 3d
12:00-1:30 noon demo, no flying
1:30-2:15 group photo, no flying
2:15-4:00 open flying no more than 5 helis allowed, no 3d
4:00 field closed, something to do with the "deal" made with the club to allow a heli fun fly

We called this the fun "NOT" fly event.

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01-24-2013 04:01 AM  4 years agoPost 31
Roger Rocket

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+1 for MoneyPitVictim and povern. I have attended a few FF's and I think it is important that if you expect that people might be driving 2 to 5 hours to attend, be honest, is it a FF or a SHOW. If it's a show, that's good to, as long as I know. If it's a FF, also be honest. I attended one were there was about 60 pilots and 3 flight stations. That's 20 pilots per station, and if you figure say, 11 min. per slot, that's about 3.5 to 4 hours between flights. Add in Demo's and contest's and well you might get 1 flight in per day. And that's ok to, as long as I know in advance. Anyway, that's just my opinion.

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01-24-2013 04:16 AM  4 years agoPost 32
FireNWater

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Collierville, TN

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Let us fly, Let us fly, Let us fly
It's a fun fly, NOT a "we have control" fly

Example, the last fun fly I went to
Sat.
8:00- 9:45 pilots meeting no flying,
10:00-12:00 open flying no more than 5 helis allowed, no 3d
12:00-1:30 noon demo, no flying
1:30-2:15 group photo, no flying
2:15-4:00 open flying no more than 5 helis allowed, no 3d
4:00 field closed, something to do with the "deal" made with the club to allow a heli fun fly

We called this the fun "NOT" fly event.
.
John,

We're having a heli fun-fly out in Arlington at the Prop Busters field this August. You can come out Friday afternoon and fly for 48 hours straight.
.

Buy Cheap, Buy Twice . . .

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01-24-2013 04:26 AM  4 years agoPost 33
Santiago P

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South West, Ohio

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Thank you Roger!

The last 3 posts perspective is what I cater to.
My focus is not on making money, is to put a great event for the average guy.

Is not about the companies
Is not about the pros
Is not about a competition

Is about the average pilot having the opportunity to:
-fly
-meet other pilots
-have one on one time with pros and experts
-enjoy good food, good music, and relax
-make new friends

We still have amazing flights to watch, companies showing their goods
I set a landing fee includes all the food and drinks for the fun fly.
A grand $25
You think I am crazy? We serve the best food of any funfly around. If you bring your family, I feed everyone. Somewhere around we put a donation jar.
I still make more money than you would think.

I don't advertise besides the add in RunRyder and HF. Its all word of mouth. Just ask anyone that has been to the Dayton FF.

BTW, Im planning to ADD a pig roast this year.

Santiago

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01-24-2013 06:00 AM  4 years agoPost 34
rbort

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Let us fly!

Not everyone wants to fly tight 3d in and out. Try to make flight stations as wide as possible and maybe some off to the side that are larger.

Flight stations don't have to be a straight line on one side only. I've been to some events where they have FAI stations on one side and 3D on another. If you have the space please try to use it.

One event I went to last year was at a grass airport strip. The airport is rarely used but they closed it for the event. They made only 3 flight stations right in the middle of the runway (1/2 way down) where they usually fly, and left all the rest of the space just open and unused. Yes at one end there were airplanes parked about a 1/2 mile down, but at the other end there was nothing. A lot of pilots showed up and there were lines all day long, and long lines and lots of wasted space. Even though we asked to open another station, couldn't be done....What a tease!!

Then on Sunday, get this, they closed one of the 3 flight stations because there wasn't enough people there, so yes 1/2 the people were gone but with only 2 flight stations now the lines were just as long as Saturday...

-=>Raja.

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Spectra 27 3DMax, 3210 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1440 flts
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01-24-2013 04:22 PM  4 years agoPost 35
Ace Dude

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USA

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ch-47c, Believe it our not, out here Tri-Tips are hard to find. I've been wanting to make some for a while now. Guess I have to go visit a real butcher shop to get one.

  

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01-25-2013 12:38 AM  4 years agoPost 36
Alpine

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Lexington, Ky

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Santiago, hermano, you got it . Dayton has always been the birthplace and you keep it going ! you got the right aproach and frame of mind on the FunFlys philosophy. No BUSINESS here , just FUN .

Roberto.

Roberto Munoz
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01-25-2013 12:47 AM  4 years agoPost 37
Santiago P

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South West, Ohio

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Thanks Roberto, hope you can make it this year.
Not sure of the dates yet since I want to make it to the Reno Air Races.

Santiago

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