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05-16-2004 04:00 AM  15 years ago
rcnuts

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Started flying planks about 15 years ago. I got into it big time, flying everything from ducted fans to big, and I mean BIG giant scale planes. Couldnt get enough! Then, all of a sudden, I got bit by the heli bug. The challange of being proficient with a model heli is nothing like a plank. Much more difficult, but the possibilities are much greater too. It kind of sucks being an intermidiate pilot with helis, but thats OK, as I consider myself being aggresive on the learning curve. Im an addict!!!
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05-16-2004 08:32 AM  15 years ago
heli widow

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Why did you get into helis? and what makes ou stay?
Well the response has been great, everyone story is different and very interesting. Keep the posts coming..

I have to agree with the above posts about planks. I find them very boring to watch in comparison to helis.

Although there are exceptions with the scale planes, they are pretty cool. Especially if you get a guy like we have in NZ (Fraser) who flies his to music, now thats pretty amazing. I haven't had the opportunity yet to see any other scale planks fly as yet.

But I have to admit I do prefer to watch helis, and the 3D stuff is just amazing. As are the turbine helis they are completely different, and in a world of their own.

Helis are awesome!!!

Sharon..
often partners don't get the recognition they deserve.
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05-16-2004 09:24 AM  15 years ago
w.pasman

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At one point I remembered that I already wanted this as a child and I decided to give it a go
I'm still here because I didn't find anything better yet !
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05-16-2004 01:40 PM  15 years ago
donlynn

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Gidday Sharon

Howz it going , I was one of the 2 mainlanders who came trans continental to the last jr challange, great barbie you folks put on
I rekon we'll have a couple more with us next year.

I run a cordless buddy box for any one who is keen on my choppa, above 100ft $40 risk if we stack it , you wanna try takeoffs or landings if I'm comfortable with it 100% risk. Works really well sofar.
Had no crashes in over 150 buddy flies, all at 2-3 crash heights.

We have reached our membership cap at 35, we have a waitng list !!

we have ~10 choppa pilots.

Regards Don


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05-16-2004 01:54 PM  15 years ago
440GTX

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Calgary, Canada

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Helis
Almost 3 years ago at our club. I had a few Heli questions for a heli flyer. Just before I left the field he put training gear on his heli and told be to try it. I said " No Way " About 1 hour later after his help I was skidding his shuttle around the grass .
2 weeks later I owned an R 30 V1
I have never looked back.
At that time there were 2 heli pilots and there are 6 at our field

Fred..
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05-17-2004 11:08 AM  15 years ago
BigBobby

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Yass NSW Australia

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I flew planks for 20 years and had never flown a heli. I had some cash and spare time so I got a Rappy and am now hooked. Flying helis has woken the brain up a fair bit so am pretty keen to keep it going.A few helis, this and that
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05-17-2004 04:06 PM  15 years ago
Branzzz

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i've always wanted to become a pilot since i was born 17years back. couldn't really explain it. been reading books on aircraft since i was 2 and making scale models. but that was boring, and i thought about what i could do to prepare myself for the future. decided to learn something about it first hand and try out r/c stuff. as singapore is a big city, the only places where i could fly plank was in the outskirts, and i had no car and absolutly no intention of lugging a 40size plane around in the bus and subway. i found helis as a result, requiring very little space to hover. the mechanics were very complex and interesting too, compared to a piece of wood that a plank is. i eventually starved for a year and got my raptor. have never looked back since. i felt kinda lucky i didn't get a plank. i would get totally bored by it within a few months. now when i look at the 3d masters manuever list, it's totally mindboggling how a human could actually do them. its fantastic.

what kept me in the hobby was the sense of absolute control over a powerful machine, and most of all, the sense of satisfaction. relaxation was never an issue. flying a heli is to be at the edge of your seat all the time. 3days of building or repairing a machine, and then seeing your creation defy gravity really feels good. flying heli has given me a little confidence boost.
Raptor 50V2
OS 50SX-Hyper
GY502/9253
Hitec 6975
Airtronics ERG-VB
JR 3810
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05-17-2004 05:06 PM  15 years ago
B/T

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Hi, I'm a aussie and I've been into helis for 10 or more years, and I got into them because there mechanical and they fly.

B/T
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05-18-2004 06:45 AM  15 years ago
pcliftonjr

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Phoenix, AZ

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I got in because I love the challange.
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05-18-2004 06:55 AM  15 years ago
flmgrip

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irvine, CA, United States

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can't fly airplanes
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05-18-2004 07:04 AM  15 years ago
pilot74

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This tv show beyond 2000 about 18 years ago was a guy flying a hirobo shuttle. i was hooked, i bought airborne magazine here in oz and was really interested that way for a lot of years but could never afford to buy one. didn;t think about it again until last year, when i saw a guy fly one at a club with a friend bang then i was hooked ..
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05-18-2004 12:45 PM  15 years ago
bald eagle

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because i did not have enough problems in my life and i had way to much money in the bank and i also heard that helicopter people are cool


thanks jeff
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05-18-2004 01:29 PM  15 years ago
BlackThunder

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Cambridge, ON

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I saw Scott Gray fly at our planker field during our annual Scale Rally. Needles to say I was hooked, I think it's the noise the blades made when chopping the air

Cheers,

Tom
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05-18-2004 01:39 PM  15 years ago
Amethyst_knight

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I got interested in flying for a couple reasons. (I just started in Jan.)

1) I needed to scratch my "engineering itch." Went to Virginia Tech for engineering and am now a programmer. I don't get to build things. Now, I do.

2) I have another hobby that takes up a bunch of time and energy, and I needed an escape that was totally different.

3) I have always been fascinated by RC, and never had the opportunity. When it came my way, I jumped. I went the Heli route because of the rarity and difficulty.

My main "goal" if you want to call it that, is scale. I have built miniature models since I was old enough to twist the parts off the sprue. Now I can build one that can really fly. I started work on a home-made plug for a 1/6 Apache and I figure I should have the project done in about 2 years. Maybe by then I will be able to actually fly it... (learning on a rappie)

...it's all about the Journey.
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05-18-2004 05:14 PM  15 years ago
Jarold C

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What got me into it?

I gave up my crack habit and had to do SOMETHING with $1000/week

What keeps me in it?

The new Prozac I've been taking!

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Guess what? I just saved a ton of money on my Auto(rotation) insurance!
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05-18-2004 09:42 PM  15 years ago
heligoole

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i got into helis because although i knew that they existed i never saw one fly...i firstly bought an electric piccollo and crashed lots...after my first hover i was well hooked(i did get a guy in model shop,another customer,to demonstrate one hovering before i bought it though)...the thing that keeps me in is now i fly glow helis and get better everytime i fly...joining a club after building my first glow heli is another reason...great people great times....ADRENALINE ADDICTION
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05-19-2004 12:09 AM  15 years ago
Sar

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Did planks when I was a kid, had fun with them. I wanted a heli but couldn't afford it, dropped the hobby, about 12 years later I bought the R60 and I'm having a blast with it. The most attractive part of the hobby is it's something new for me to learn. It's a very expansive hobby too, I don't think I'll run out of new stuff to learn for a while

When I started a year ago I knew of only one other guy who flew helis (the guy who took the time and effort to show me how to set them up, etc). Then he ran into a couple more guys, and then it just grew from there, more and more people. Someone invited us to his field so my mentor and I went to visit, about a week later that person ordered an R50, he's just starting on building his Fury now and is part of our club along with some of the other guys that were in his club Our group is growing close to 20 people now, we just secured a huge field so summer looks great! Lot's of really good and decent folks in our club, another great reason to stay involved. Been a heck of a year
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05-19-2004 12:17 AM  15 years ago
Raffy

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My adrenalin just keep pumping, only the helis can satisfy it!
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05-19-2004 12:25 AM  15 years ago
pilot74

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Hey Jonny those cox planes they were awesome, fun for a kid. You brought back memories wirth that post. I forgot i had one till u mentioned it, with the tiny fueltank on the back where u need a syringe to fill it thats what mine was like. . the springloaded Prop. man!! those were not the dayz. I can;t belive my parents let me stuff around with thos e things back then..and to think i never even got it off the ground. i think the engine kept falling off coz of those rubber bands =) but it was fun starting the motor and smelling the nitro burn.
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05-19-2004 01:05 AM  15 years ago
pilot74

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Jonny ,

yeah definatly a rack of balls flying them eh =) They were a blast =) the only time i ever got it flying was once it was airborne for like 1 minute i was in heavan . then one day the thing stopped starting so i swapped it at school for i think soem football cards geez what a dick..

I often think back and remmber wanting a shuttle in about 86 0r 87 thinking man i could fly it , what a load of crap ,. there is no way i woudl have any idea of how to set iit up let al one fly it back then. i don;t know how to now and i can read now
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