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04-03-2005 02:21 PM  13 years agoPost 1
baba78

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Hi,

I was wonder,
yesterday I read somewhere that the first and most important rule is not to fly alone at the field however it looked bit strange because its like saying dont drive your car at 2am because you might eb alone on the road and if something happens no one will help you.

can you please share your thoughts about going to fly helis alone in the field ? is it safe or is it very dangerous and shouldnt do at any case and why ?

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04-03-2005 02:29 PM  13 years agoPost 2
RobRoy

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I agree with your driving comparison. I fly alone in my back yard all the time. Just practice the same safety percautions alone that you would use with a crowd.

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04-03-2005 02:58 PM  13 years agoPost 3
clearsky

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Depends on weather you are in a remote area or not. If there are people near by that may come to your aid then the risk is minimal.
On the other hand if you are flying where no one can see or hear you and accessibility is limited well then DONT HAVE ANY ACCIDENTS!


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04-03-2005 03:46 PM  13 years agoPost 4
rcheliflyer

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It's a lot safer to fly with others and a lot more fun too,
but I'll be out flying alone most of the time.

That being said always be as safe as possible and at least have a
cell phone with you.

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04-03-2005 04:24 PM  13 years agoPost 5
pcliftonjr

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I think it's safe...not as much fun, but safe. I just make sure I tell someone when I go it alone.

Paul

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04-03-2005 08:33 PM  13 years agoPost 6
35Y IFTE

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go ahead I agree with RobRoy. Use the same precautions as you would with people there. Its good to go by yourself and just practice some moves. Just remember that no one will be around to take pics and see your bird take a nose dive and laugh at you when you move the sticks the wrong way.

There is NO Ejection Seat In A Heli !!

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04-05-2005 03:43 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Gary

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If you take the time to be careful and not put yourself in a position to get hurt it's no different than flying with other people. As far as it being more fun or not, I like flying by myself.

"Who said obsession was a bad thing"

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04-07-2005 10:37 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Dustoffer

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This is always a great topic. I know I fly alone at our field quite a bit just because nobody comes out. However, I have seen pics and have been there when someone did get injured. In this case he couldn't drive himself to the ER and it was good that other people were there to assist him. Bottom line is if you do fly by yourself be careful, but they don't call them accidents for nothing!!!

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04-24-2005 03:54 PM  13 years agoPost 9
foo

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I prefer to have a spotter, but just one, and a person who realises what rc helis can do. I dont like to fly around anyone that isnt involved with me though. When i fly with a spotter i have them standing by me and they are aware of what to do in case of out of control heli, RUN !

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04-24-2005 06:14 PM  13 years agoPost 10
vortechZ230

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Foo........ You forgot one very important safety item!, Your Foo Shield!!!!

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04-27-2005 11:43 PM  13 years agoPost 11
catzazz

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If you take the time to be careful and not put yourself in a position to get hurt it's no different than flying with other people.
I will never fly my heli alone, our feild is a remote location and there is ALWAYS the chance of an ACCIDENT. No matter how carefull you are there are risk involved, it is much safer to fly with other people or at least take someone with you who can assist if something goes major worng.


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04-28-2005 12:04 AM  13 years agoPost 12
jb_turner

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Think of it this way...if you fly with another person that increases the chance of someone getting hurt.... just another point of view.

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04-28-2005 02:43 AM  13 years agoPost 13
ScareCrow_Delta

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but that also reduces the chance of YOU getting hurt by about 50%

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04-30-2005 09:28 PM  13 years agoPost 14
AlanR8

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Saddleworth near Manchester (UK)

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Flying solo is DANGEROUS!

The other week, djandyling was just about to start the climb for a death spiral. I was spotting and saw a microlite just about to do a touch and go in either our field or the next one.

The shout was ABORT

On his own, could have been an accident

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07-10-2005 07:35 AM  13 years agoPost 15
Vinnypt

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I NEVER fly alone.
I think it's very dangerous. An accident could happen and there is no one to help me.
It's true that i can have an accident in other situations but our "friends" (Glow Helis) are dangerous by nature.

And..................... It's not fun to !

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07-12-2005 03:13 AM  13 years agoPost 16
jb_turner

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Yes it is safe!

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07-12-2005 04:38 AM  13 years agoPost 17
Salty

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I prefer to do all of my practicing alone....but keep my distance and have a cell in my pocket....yeah I wont be able to call if I take one to the head....I'll take my chances...I fly for me not for anyone else, I compete after many many hours of alone practice time....been doing it this way for a number of years, and hasnt bitten me yet....

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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07-12-2005 05:53 PM  13 years agoPost 18
rwp42

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I think it comes down to risk tolerance. I am perfectly willing to fly my T-Rex alone -- of course being careful when I do so -- but I will only fly a larger nitro heli at my designated flying field with others around.

Richard

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07-14-2005 03:02 PM  13 years agoPost 19
baba78

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Israel

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Hi
since I asked this question I flew many times alone,

I must say what the people wrote here gave me alot of confidence to go and do it alone.

I took 3-4 lessons with instructor and started to fly alone,

my first crash was also when flying alone .

while there was much damage to the heli it was the only damage and after taking some time to fix it , we got back to the air.

I find it much more nice to go and fly alone as its only me and my sweet heli, I have all the time in the world to sit and tune everything, check it 10 times and slowly go up in the air.

pure fun.

however I do tell someone that is not on the field that I go fly and I will check with him every 30 minutes.
they know where I fly and they know that if 35 minutes passed and I didnt called and not answering the phone they should call 911 and tell them where I flew the heli

I came to a conclusion that it really doesnt matter if there are people around me, if the heli will hit someone in the head or body ,
we all still have to wait to them to come.
no one will evacuate someone with head injury without ambulace.

thanks alot for your comments,

I guess some find flying with others very important part of the flying.
and some find that flying alone most of the times is very important part.

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07-21-2005 11:03 PM  13 years agoPost 20
MicroDOC

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I have a instructor that I fly with most of the time. If I fly alone I limit it to low hover practice at a safe distance. I don't fly FF alone.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it!

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