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09-18-2017 01:02 AM  3 months agoPost 1
Heli_Splatter

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Has anyone done it? Does anyone have experience starting from scratch to teach an octogenarian to fly?

Would you do it?

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09-18-2017 01:18 AM  3 months agoPost 2
zonker

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Likely depends on the person like all other age groups everyone ages differently. I think I'd start them on a SIM to see how they do.

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09-18-2017 02:29 AM  3 months agoPost 3
utahbob

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I Think

Eyesite and reaction time would be two big factors..I'm 62..I have floaters in both eyes and my closeup vision is gettn real bad..never really had quick reflexes with the heli's..

I do a great decending funnel!

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09-18-2017 02:45 AM  3 months agoPost 4
Gearhead

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how about RC Helis, nothing to it man LOL..

I helped a man from NH, as I remember he was 72... the guy had only lifted off 6 times, he had a Shuttle and he said he had problems while turning in FF, trying FF in only 6 lift offs, wow, told him with only hovering 6 times he should only be hovering and not trying FF so soon. well the truth is, he told me "he had little time left so he was pushing himself", yes, that's just what he said !...
so this is what I did, it was very simple, I stood behind him and put my hands on his shoulders, and as he hovered away in slow FF and he when into a right turn I turned his shoulders and body so he would constantly be Tail In on the Sticks, yes the heli was off to the right side of him but he was still Tail In on the sticks, I did this so he could get the feel of the sticks in the turn, we did only 2 right turns and then I had him land, at that we would walk over behind the Heli again and lift off and go in slow FF and do 2 more right turns, then we tried left turns, he flew the fist flight with me like that for only 6 or 7 minutes and landed and shut down, at that he told me he got the idea,, we had 2 more flights and he did very well.. we were at a fun fly at my club's field, after those 3 short flights he said he had enough and packed up, I never saw the guy again..
that was some 13 years ago, I have often thought and wonder about him, wonder just how far he got,,,,,,,, any hoo, I had that whole routine typed out and saved on my PC and would send it to guys on RR that were asking for help with turns, but that computer crashed years ago and I lost it

Jim
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09-18-2017 02:59 AM  3 months agoPost 5
co_rotorhead

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Has anyone done it? Does anyone have experience starting from scratch to teach an octogenarian to fly?

You're 80? I had no idea.

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09-18-2017 03:18 AM  3 months agoPost 6
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Oh you so funny. I will not be there for a while. Even at 50, I was told that I was too old to learn to fly.

I just wanted to know if anyone had succeeded.

He has Real Flight sim, so I told him to use the hover rings practice area to learn and not try the real thing until he could hover one battery without crashing.

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09-18-2017 01:34 PM  89 days agoPost 7
TheMainShaft

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74 years old here and still rocking helis.

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09-18-2017 02:40 PM  89 days agoPost 8
Heli_Splatter

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Great... fantastic... good for you. When did you start flying CP helis?

Do you think that you could start from scratch now?

Keep 'em spinning.

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09-18-2017 04:21 PM  89 days agoPost 9
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I taught a guy to fly rc planks who was around 80, he did quite well, but he had been an ultralight pilot before. I have flown with a guy who was unsuitable in his 40's, even after years of trying, he scared the sh!t out of me. Each is different. Sim is the right place to start. Let him work that for a while, see how he does.

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09-18-2017 06:47 PM  89 days agoPost 10
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Spaceman,

I would say that that is a real accomplishment. Good on you! You must have a lot of patience and understanding. I know that at 80yo nobody is going to teach me anything... cause by then, I will know it all.

If this guy can hover, we will go from there.

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09-18-2017 08:13 PM  89 days agoPost 11
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He ended up being a pretty decent pilot, one of my favorite students, and it did not take a whole lot longer than normal.

If his hand eye coordination is good on the sim, and he is methodical and careful it will work out fine. If not it would be a every bad idea to turn him loose on a flying lawnmower.

Maybe sim, then plank, then heli if he is up to it. ?

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09-18-2017 09:18 PM  89 days agoPost 12
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You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but if the "Seasoned Gentleman" WANTS to learn, then he can be taught.

Steve

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09-18-2017 11:41 PM  89 days agoPost 13
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My question was; "has anyone done it", not "can it be done". Has anyone had success? Please don't turn this into an "old guys can do anything".

Have you done it?

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09-18-2017 11:55 PM  89 days agoPost 14
ssmith512

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I beg your pardon. Your thread title CLEARLY asks the question "Can you teach an 80yo?", so yes you did in fact ask "can it be done". I answered that question; if the students wants to learn, then they can be taught. Then you asked different questions within your thread. I did not answer those questions. My apologies for not "finishing" the assignment.

Steve

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09-19-2017 12:13 AM  89 days agoPost 15
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As usual.... ends in an argument.

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09-19-2017 12:14 AM  89 days agoPost 16
mike123

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[quoteHas anyone done it? Does anyone have experience starting from scratch to teach an octogenarian to fly?
Would you do it?

Whats your point plenty of older people fly aircraft to include RC aircraft and rotary craft. You have examples of people age 62 to 74 that presently fly so why is the thought of an 80yo learning to fly so ridiculous to you.

Maybe you should ask yourself if you're the one to teach this person and if not send him to someone that can and quit trying to figure out if its possible before trying.

Asking if someone has taught an 80yo to fly rc helicopters is asking an extremely small subset of rc instructors good luck.

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09-19-2017 01:18 AM  89 days agoPost 17
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Thanks for the responses. A good story of one guy learning to fly airplanes in his 80's.

Sure, I admit it is possible. Anything is possible with enough time. I hope he does it.

I don't have any success stories to point him to. Yet

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