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HelicopterMain Discussion › Guy hit by nitro 700 at IRCHA...Luckiest man alive.
08-05-2013 12:33 AM  4 years agoPost 61
AWittleWabbit

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You forgot the Sunday school bus full of kids

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08-05-2013 01:08 AM  4 years agoPost 62
altima1779

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I don't think it is about being scared to go to an event. why does it have to be so black and white? "Don't go if it scares you?" Sorry, Thats ridiculous.

It's about flying in a manner to minimize risk for yourself and others. I agree there will always be risk but again it could be minimized.

I know I fly different when there are two of us at the field. compared to when 20 guys are there with planes up and down the flight line.

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08-05-2013 01:13 AM  4 years agoPost 63
sabooo

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The combination of throttle hold and getting hit with the center section of the rotor instead of the blade tips prevented some nastiness here. Glad everyone is ok. The young spotter has reflexes like a cat - he had even less notice than the pilot that things were not as planned.



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08-05-2013 01:48 AM  4 years agoPost 64
McKrackin

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For many of us,life is not about minimizing risk to ourselves.

Maybe it is for you and that's fine.

Don't try to force it on the rest of us.

If it's too risky for you...stay away. It really is that black and white.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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08-05-2013 01:51 AM  4 years agoPost 65
altima1779

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Like I said for yourself and others. Do what you want with your life but don't put others at undue risk.

Did I say it's too risky? I said use common sense when there are many other people around.

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08-05-2013 02:25 AM  4 years agoPost 66
Dr.Ben

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I talked to him last night before the fireworks. He said in so many words that he felt like he had been beaten up. At that time I had not seen the video. If he had not had the presence of mind to hit throttle hold, this would have been a very sad story. Suffice it to say that he is going to be keeping more distance between the model and himself. He has been humbled to say the least.

Watch the video over and over and visualize a 2300 rpm 700 class model hitting him without ever having first touched the ground or throttle hold having been switched.

Scary.

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08-05-2013 02:33 AM  4 years agoPost 67
altima1779

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Very lucky indeed! Glad it turned out the way it did!

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08-05-2013 03:51 AM  4 years agoPost 68
Stephen Born

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Pilots name is Paul Andreoli.

He is an RR member.
https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/...fo&userid=88648

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08-05-2013 04:22 AM  4 years agoPost 69
jadams

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Was it at all necessary to share his identity and contact information ???

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08-05-2013 04:58 AM  4 years agoPost 70
RappyTappy

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I am going to contact him to buy me some lotto tickets pronto

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08-05-2013 05:11 AM  4 years agoPost 71
TMoore

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Was it at all necessary to share his identity and contact information ???
Why not? Better to know who it was and celebrate his luck.

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08-05-2013 06:04 AM  4 years agoPost 72
Felino

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He was lucky because he was hit by the root and not the tip of the blade. Flying so close to a person is not a good idea.

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08-05-2013 07:31 AM  4 years agoPost 73
Sam2b

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Agreed. My other thought was if he gave full positive collective to drive it into the dirt after hitting throttle hold the heli would likely not stay airborne long enough to travel and intercept him. It appears to me he was holding some negative collective as a natural reflex.

I totally realize that he had all of 2 seconds to think about this, so I'm not blaming him. I'm bringing this up because some pilots believe in completely driving it into the dirt before it hits anything else instead of fighting to save it. I'm starting to agree with that line of thinking more and more.

I know that hardly applies to this situation. This guy (Paul?) did a GREAT job by hitting throttle hold so quickly!! I can't pat him on the back enough for that. Awesome job.

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08-05-2013 07:32 AM  4 years agoPost 74
HotsHabit

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You in to blood sports mcrackin? My comment is flying way to close to people, not close to the ground. Pay attention before commenting.

I read it right.
Don't go if it scares you.
Leave the people it doesn't scare alone to go and enjoy it.
Brilliant answer Mcrackin, I wasnt at the event, and if I was I sure as hell wouldnt have been standing next to him flying that close. Its obvious that common sense left you long ago, that is if you had any to begin with.

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08-05-2013 08:07 AM  4 years agoPost 75
RappyTappy

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How is flying close anymore dangerous the helis doing speed runs well in excess of 100mph? In my opinion a flying missle heli is far more dangerous than a heli on the deck doing flips, i ain't even mad..lolz

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08-05-2013 08:41 AM  4 years agoPost 76
HotsHabit

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You know this isnt rocket science, are you flying a 100 mph helicopter straight at yourself or other people? Why is it so hard to grasp that the closer you fly to yourself or others that the risk factor goes way up.

My whole comment on this topic is that there should be a minimum safe distance between yourself or other people and the helicopter. I think that say like a 20 foot minimum or something like that would be prudent.

What do people have to prove by flying a helicopter right in their face? Is their vision so bad that they cant see it???? I just dont get it.

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08-05-2013 08:53 AM  4 years agoPost 77
IYKIST

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A Very lucky guy he is, it amazes me how a lot of pilots both new and old have so much trust in their machines and have taken the safety rules for granted, these machines are like flying chainsaws which can malfunction without notice due to mechanical, electronics, electrical, human or even a gust of wind, flying too low or near does not give you enough time to react, from what I saw in that video the guy was flying the helicopter so close and was unable get out of the way which could have been really nasty.

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08-05-2013 11:37 AM  4 years agoPost 78
McKrackin

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My whole comment on this topic is that there should be a minimum safe distance between yourself or other people and the helicopter. I think that say like a 20 foot minimum or something like that would be prudent.
Well....the heli was more than 20 feet away when it broke...that's only a little over three times the length of the heli.

And the existing rule is already 60 feet or something like that.
Brilliant answer Mcrackin, I wasnt at the event, and if I was I sure as hell wouldnt have been standing next to him flying that close. Its obvious that common sense left you long ago, that is if you had any to begin with.
In all likelihood I wouldn't be standing that close either because it would actually scare me....I don't do things that scare me.

I am just saying I have no problem with HIM doing it if he wants to.
It would also be ok if others want to stand closer to see it and feel the rush.

I don't need to outlaw everything that scares me...I just have to use MY OWN common sense and stay out of harms way.

He wasn't doing this in the camp ground...He was center stage on the flight line...That would be a logical place to avoid if you don't want to be close to a flying heli.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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08-05-2013 11:38 AM  4 years agoPost 79
pigs dont fly

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Perhaps we need to invest in 'Foo Shields' This is an old arguement, fly as close to yourself as you like..it's your life, you know the risks..I just feel sorry for the spotter, but I would imagine the pilot does too...my 2p

Warning...This hobby is very addictive and may damage your wealth

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08-05-2013 01:09 PM  4 years agoPost 80
icanfly

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lucky lucky, he just demonstrated how not to get chopped by the chopper. How it took him so long to bury it before it got him, did he not see it coming. Oh well, not everyone has mutant Ninja reflexes.

Acktually, the best way to crash a heli is top down, inverted, not on yourself, doh. One must learn how to crash before they can fly that close.
flying chainsaws which can malfunction without notice due to mechanical, electronics, electrical, human or even a gust of wind,
is this not funny, partly true, partly hysterical?

The tail touched, it piro'd toward him, he realized a millisecond too late to dodge and or bury, heli said hello on his back near the root, tips narrowly skinned whatever hair he had left on his head, wheeeew, too close for comfort.

THANK GOD IT WASN'T THE KID that got it AYE? WTF is a young guy like that doing spotting? I guess spotting doesn't involve fighting off a ooc heli.

Scary, cool, like getting hit by lightning and living to talk about it.

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