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11-06-2004 02:41 AM  13 years agoPost 1
deafheliflyer

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Here is a brief background.. I have a Raptor 30,V2... with an OS MAX .37.... I learned how to hover last month with buddy cord (no training pods)......

Last night went again with buddy cord for the second time....... with my friend who instructed me...

This morning, I flew two full tanks by myself at a local park.. Hovered, no problem.. This afternoon, hovered AGAIN, no problem... another tank.. Took the copter home, cleaned it all and noticed the Auto gear hub... I put the four screws on BACKWARDS.. Supposed to go from down to up not up to down so I noticed that the top frame had some shavings off from the screws rubbing off.. So, I took the shaft apart, fixed the four screws into the right place and locklited it and then put it all together.. Guess What? I went in my front yard, and hovered in the dark to make sure everything worked good (I put my headlights on, and had some spotlights)... everything worked good!!!


Tell me, you guys.. am I an addict already? WHY IN THE WORLD would someone hover in their front yard on their third time.... to see if things work out okay??? Am I nuts? Am I going out of my mind? by the way, Im hovering very very well.. not bad for the third time around (thanks to sims)


Any comments, thoughts, PLS LET ME KNOW.. Im an addict, dammnit

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11-06-2004 02:56 AM  13 years agoPost 2
rob10000

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Western Massachusettes

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Welcome to The Sickness!
Your lucky to be in a warm climate.
I remember flying in below freezing weather when I first started flying helicopters. Now, I'm content to rebuild my ships, and use the sim during the winter months.

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11-06-2004 03:23 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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Welcome to The Sickness
It can be very compelling to fly
It may get worse before it gets better
you may only fly 10% and think about it 90%

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You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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11-06-2004 03:42 AM  13 years agoPost 4
okw14

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Morgantown, WV

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Looks like we've hooked another one!

And I thought I had it bad when I went out the other day in 20-30mph winds just because I hadn't flown in 2 days! Every morning I leave the house carrying my briefcase in one hand and the transmitter case in the other (my heli's seldom leave the truck), and that's after 12 years!

Keep up the sim. At the rate you're going, you'll be doing 3D by next week. Good job!

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11-06-2004 06:23 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Phranque

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Tell me, you guys.. am I an addict already? WHY IN THE WORLD would someone hover in their front yard on their third time.... to see if things work out okay??? Am I nuts? Am I going out of my mind? by the way, Im hovering very very well.. not bad for the third time around (thanks to sims)
Yes....you are now an addict.....congratulations. I started on the sim as well.....you're doing great, but you've taken that first "hit" off the proverbial crack pipe. I hate to tell you this, but your screwed....

I have a big school yard behind the house, and just to get a "fix", I will go fly a tank or two around the parking lot if I can't make it to the field (as long as I'm not attracting a crowd of kids). If a crowd starts gathering, I shut it down. I'm very confident in my abilities, but all it takes is one mechanical mishap. Better to be cautious.

Flying a heli is like seeing the Matrix, it is a mind bending experience.

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11-06-2004 12:05 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Rappy da Raptor

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Dorset

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When I started i got hooked straight away. I want to get a electric heli so i can fly indoors but i need more cash

I have just bought a new heli (Raptor 50) and A FF9 but its put a huge dent in my bank account.

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11-06-2004 03:10 PM  13 years agoPost 7
xagent

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Centreville, VA / MHA member

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What is an FF9?

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11-06-2004 03:40 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Phranque

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When you have more than 20 helo's then your an addict.
I think that would be more like obsessive.........

Flying a heli is like seeing the Matrix, it is a mind bending experience.

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11-06-2004 04:45 PM  13 years agoPost 9
zagidave

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uk.(north london)

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whats an FF9?
an ff9 is user slang for the futaba 9cap/chp, this radio was a replacement for the FF8 hence the slang name FF9.

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11-06-2004 07:26 PM  13 years agoPost 10
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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Hmmmm, I started out great, did all the SIM stuff, went through about 20 flights (hovering) and a gallon plus of fuel before my first crash. Got bored with hovering and started trying to move the Heli around a lot more than I was ready for (although of course I thought I was ready) That resulted in a crash. Started flying in windier conditions, started trying piroets, starting spending more time repairing. Now been "down" for a month, winter is setting in. So, that step from hovering to moving all over the place can be treacherous.

But as far as "addicted". Lets see, my Hawk is back together waiting to fly and my Raven kit just arrived and I'll start building that soon. Then add the electric Heli and that'd be 3. On the plank side, I'm at about 3 electrics (don't fly too often) plus I think 5 glow planes and another waiting to build and I'll likely get another ARF for the winter so I can put skiis on it.

Just don't go and add up the money you spend - it gets large quickly.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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11-07-2004 12:43 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Butch

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New York

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Bravo for you!!! Flying r/c helis is a profound challange and will make you reach deep inside and bring out all your talents. As for the addiction..."You are not alone!" Enjoy!

The Whirlybug Bit Me!

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11-07-2004 03:17 AM  13 years agoPost 12
yugi

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Maryland

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Yes you got it, but your not as bad as some people I've seen!

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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11-08-2004 08:41 PM  13 years agoPost 13
greenboot

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Marblehead, OH

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You're not a Copteraholic by any measure
I'd say you're only mildly interested in these things. The true copteraholics sleep with the machine, pour a little nitro in their coffee, and tell their wife they went to the topless club when in fact they are out flying.

Tom

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11-08-2004 09:48 PM  13 years agoPost 14
the collective

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Bayside, NY, U.S.A

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A true copteraholic would be someone addicted to "copterahol" whatever the hell that might be.

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