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08-04-2013 06:45 PM  4 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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08-04-2013 06:59 PM  4 years agoPost 2
Raptorize

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Wow, he is damn lucky. Look like AMA is going to have distance rules now. I hate it when pilots became cocky with their skills

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08-04-2013 07:04 PM  4 years agoPost 3
Dennis (RIP)

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Wow, he is damn lucky. Look like AMA is going to have distance rules now. I hate it when pilots became cocky with their skills
Yeah, we have a few of those in this area. And, they have paid the price. Not by hitting anyone. But, by crashing a lot.

A lot.

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08-04-2013 07:23 PM  4 years agoPost 4
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What a friggen idiot.

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08-04-2013 07:52 PM  4 years agoPost 5
salrica

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Am I the only one seeing that the tail blades touched the ground?
He wasn't expecting that, I guess.
But yeah, it was so close to them.

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08-04-2013 08:48 PM  4 years agoPost 6
garyl

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I saw he did hit throttle hold at the last minute which did save his back side, literally.

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08-05-2013 01:13 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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Nothing against the kid, but kids shouldnt be spotters. Who hit himself and how long has he been flying?

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08-05-2013 02:24 AM  4 years agoPost 8
SuperSixTwo

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A little higher up on his body and he wouldn't need a new Christmas necktie..

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08-05-2013 02:50 AM  4 years agoPost 9
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bottom line is WE all need to respect these things, no matter how good or bad you are.. "distance is KEY".. regards..

Watching guys do 80mph passes on the deck and at kneck level is just irresponsible...... JMTC...

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08-05-2013 03:03 AM  4 years agoPost 10
Scott1115

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I agree he was flying too close. I agree it is dangerous. but...(1) What does the age of the spotter have to do with this incident? This had nothing at all to do with a spotter. (2)Before people start slinging mud you should know who and what you're talking about.

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08-05-2013 03:30 AM  4 years agoPost 11
GREYEAGLE

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Kinda depends on what value do you put on a kid -and the future year's.
For some -not so much.

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08-05-2013 05:57 AM  4 years agoPost 12
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I said nothing against the kid, just the idea of putting him out there. And also, nomatter how great a kid is you dont put them in a position of responsibility like that. The kid couldve had ptsd if the guy died.

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08-05-2013 06:47 AM  4 years agoPost 13
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What does the age of the spotter have to do with this incident?
well maybe some one with more years on him would have thought the pilot was flying to close and told him so

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08-05-2013 08:45 AM  4 years agoPost 14
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It looks like a power hour flight, I missed it and never heard of it.

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08-05-2013 08:58 PM  4 years agoPost 15
Tyler Benson

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Who ever said he was an idiot is not right! He's a very competent pilot! And made the right choices, in the heat of the moment he reacted the best he could and did a great job!!

If you actually watch the video! And pay attention! You can see the heli was 25 to 30 feet away! The way the tail hit and him continuing cyclic input until he realized what was going on is what flew the heli in his direction, You can see the cyclic inputs clearly that he was making to steer it away from him, last second he bailed, If he would have pulled negative it would have pushed the heli out and away from him, but he did the best he could with what he had! And I'm glad he didn't get hurt!.

For those of you that say he is flying to close, I think 20 to 30ft out and away for smack is fine! Any further than that your gonna crash! because you cant see what you need to see.

Say you were higher and something failed! there is a higher risk of the heli flying into the crowd and injuring a number of spectators! V.S only the pilot or in most cases just the ground! There are risk involved in this hobby just as in any other hobby! like the racing of anything, fishing, hunting or skydiving. They all have a deadly risk!.

He was one of the least dangerous pilots there! I know because I was there in person watching, there were many! many! more dangerous pilots there!.

If you want to fly 60ft in the air and 100ft out! Go for it! But if your doing a demo at IRCHA nobody really is gonna be interested in watching! LOL!!! This hobby is all about risk no matter how you look at it!! Some are more comfortable with taking a higher risk! some are not! but to call someone an idiot! Is disrespectful!. it's his choice to fly like he wants! Just like its yours to fly like you want!!

All in All he's ok and that's all that matters!

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08-05-2013 09:14 PM  4 years agoPost 16
Gearhead

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If you actually watch the video! And pay attention! You can see the heli was 25 to 30 feet away!
you are right, I see that now, but he hit the tail on the ground, he was flying too low

Jim
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08-05-2013 09:20 PM  4 years agoPost 17
Tyler Benson

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But that all goes back to being his choice! Flying lower has become a huge crowd pleaser at events! At IRCHA every time someone was flying it never failed that you would hear Someone scream "lower!!" It's the cool thing to do!! LOL!!

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08-05-2013 09:32 PM  4 years agoPost 18
Dennis (RIP)

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Who ever said he was an idiot is not right! He's a very competent pilot! And made the right choices, in the heat of the moment he reacted the best he could and did a great job!!
You can grade a "Competent" pilot as being competent any way you choose.

I have witnessed many a pilot doing the exact same thing with the low and close type of 3D style. Most are very entertaining.

But, I have personally witnessed the damage one of these things can do. I was standing right next to a guy that was smacked by a 60 size heli going full throttle directly into his chest area. The main blades cut a path from his left ear lobe all the way down and across his chest and the cut was not all that deep. But, there was a huge amount of blood and he had to be airlifted to emergency on that one. All we could do was get him down on the ground and pack towels on his chest to help stop the bleeding until we could get him to help. We thought his throat was cut. He was in shock and could not speak for awhile.

After all was said and done, the cut was superficial and not that bad. But, if he was by himself, he would not have made it. He would have bled to death for sure trying to get help. The cut across his chest area was to long and bled profusely. His left ear lobe was cut off as well. The transmitter he was holding was completely destroyed along with the heli. It was not even his equipment. He was setting it up for another guy that was not there in the field. It definitely affect him in a big way. It took him several years before he was actively flying again.

It was also the last time that I went out flying by myself again. Prior to that accident, I did go out flying by myself quite often.

It was a very rare thing to witness. Whenever I see these guys that do the low and close thing, I back off. I have no desire to be anywhere close to them. Being a spectator from a distance is not only prudent. But, very wise.

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08-05-2013 09:33 PM  4 years agoPost 19
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But that all goes back to being his choice!
would you have said that if someone else got hit bad,

I just know, if things like this happen too many times the FAA and AMA will be setting new rules and standards, THIS is why people should think, and make better choices in this hobby,

also, this clip tells you why the older plankers do not like helis

Jim
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08-05-2013 10:41 PM  4 years agoPost 20
Tyler Benson

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We all know the risk involved! Whether we're standing in a crowd or spotting!

The AMA has given us a minimum distance for a flight line to be set from a crowd or Pitts, and that's where the flight line is? you can do what you pleas up until that line so who's to say he's flying to close?.

Would you tell a rally car driver to drive slower because of bystanders?

We could go on and on with: would you? questioning all day! LOL!!! And giving our opinions.

I don't think we should keep using him as an example..... I know he's not happy this happened! Or that he is now being used as an example for what could go wrong!.

The fact is he and everyone else is ok! And he is now reconsidering the way he flys! He learned a lesson and is using it to fly safer!

That's all one can ask for!

I'm out!

Team Ready Heli
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