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05-03-2005 10:43 PM  13 years agoPost 21
JamesV

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I fly in a plank club. There are a few heli pilots around my area. none of them ever flew at the feild and always went to school yards due to thinking the plank guys didnt like helis. I came along and brought the heli guys to the plank field. I had no option, I flew planks too! haha. Some guys like the helis some dont. ome think they are dangerous, others like seeing the crashing. People new to the hobby are always intrigued by helis more then planes.

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05-03-2005 10:50 PM  13 years agoPost 22
JohnL

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LOL I go out to the field to see the crashes, That's 1/2 the fun (as long as it's not your's!). I keep hearing about the noise factor...get over it! We have no noise restrictons at our field...the louder the better, noise is good LOL! Maybe I have a problem....I see they can do alot of damage (or even kill you) but still I have no problem with them. You can kill yourself with a plank as well! I keep hearing about the scary aspect of flying....I doubt I'll be feeling that.

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05-03-2005 11:01 PM  13 years agoPost 23
zoom boy

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Noise factor, year right, my evo is whisper quiet, especially now its a little under the weather

I think that all the anti-heli plankers are just [austrian accent]Gurlie men[/austrian accent]

They are just terrified of them because of the rotor blades, and remember when model helicopters where like their fixed wing models (never working, aways breaking and usually as well maintained)

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05-03-2005 11:11 PM  13 years agoPost 24
Enrico

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Daytona Beach FL

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Here we have 2 flying fields, one consist of two asphalt landing strips and the other location has a grass landing strip. At our club we are 5 heli pilots, of which me and a buddy are the active flyiers. (The others too scared to fly!) anyway, we all share the air space and fly together trainers, f3a pattern and helis at the same time. Of course we have a very strcit training once you become a member of flight lines. Something like a control tower in which pattern flyies the outer window at a high level (meaning Altitude) Trainers fly a pattern in a lower level but at a intermediate distance, an we fly our helis close to the strip or hog the strip for hovering and stuff. We usually call for a landing and the strip is cleared inmediately by anyone who is using it. and when taking off we also request for take off, not the permision thing but for anyone that is on the strip to clear.

Most part of the time, plank flyiers enjoy letting us heli flyiers alone for a nice show of control, loops and rolls and autos. Then again whe we just train hovering we use the alternate landing strip and do some drag racing, pilon carrying and can knocking WHILE planks are in the air. Just a bit of understanding and discipline!

Happy flying
Enrico

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05-04-2005 02:42 AM  13 years agoPost 25
xagent

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I tried flying at a plank club (10 minutes from my house) with a very nice f ield. Ruled thier dont allow heli hovering except for take off and landing, and of 5 pilot positions heli are only allow to fly from position 1 while plank can fly at any of the positions.

Well when i try to fly the planker always grab position 1 to make sure I could not fly.

I gave up and now drive an hour to a heli only club.


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05-04-2005 02:58 AM  13 years agoPost 26
FLAP

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At least all your disagreements have been verbal. We had a plank guy show up at our helicopter field and turn on his radio without checking what frequency we were on. Put a friend of mine's heli in the ground. He walked over to the other side of the field where their plane was l and we thought he was going to give them an earfull. Instead, he stomped the poor, innocent balsa wood airplane into bits without saying a word. The guy never said a word either, just packed up his radio and left. Guess it could just as well have been a heli guy that shot him down, but it would have been harder to stomp to bits.

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05-04-2005 09:51 AM  13 years agoPost 27
RotorHead486

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Hey,

It seems to be an 'issue' at practically every club unless it is a Heli only or fixed wing only club!

At our club we have had our fair share of problems, none so dramatic as FLAP's (Great Story! Feel like that sometimes! ) but we have had them, in the first instance it was people, including myself learning and the only thing that learners do???? Yes!! you guessed it!!! HOVER!!! and the fixed wing lads hated it because we would fill up our tanks on our Rappy 30's and 2-3 of us would walk out and grab a corner of the field and do our stuff for 10-15mins or so. We usually called a heli spot when we wanted to have a flight but it took ages to get one as the fixed wing lads would just keep flying and flying, one after the other.

We even got fixed wing lads coming flying and seeing us there and either turning around and going home or getting into the pits area but then they proceded to moan and groan at us all day long even when we would be out hovering we would get them shouting at us and we could hear them bitching behind our backs, they would shout "is that all they do" and " ###ing helicopters, just flying lawnmowers!"

We got to the point where they were a good 1/4 of the club into helis at one stage and some days they would out number fixed wing, we even had one of the club officals flying helis but he only lasted a couple of months and gave up and went back to fixed wing but then proceded to have a moan and groan and pick up on every little thing like some hovering too close to the flight line!! We would never hear about the fixed wing lads taxing into the pits or overflying the pits or the many other 'Safety Issues' NO!! we would just hear about the helis and normally it would be something petty and i mean really petty!!!!

It got that bad that i was considering moving clubs or giving up the hobby!!! But once we all started to advance and put our fixed wing knowledge it use with the heli we were throwing them about and the maoning and the bitchyness stopped and we started to fly together!!

We now have a seperate heli patch for the lads that are learning and the main patch for flying of fixed wing and heli's. The seperate heli patch is a little small and can only accomodate one heli at a time and does feel restricted but it serves the heli lads for setting up new machines and gives the new learner the chance to get some flying in.

Everything runs smooth, and still does but as we have advanced into 3D the fixed wing lads have stayed the same and it's starting to cause friction again due to the heli's requiring airspace for 3D either airspace for learning new moves or low level but the fixed wing are still flying at the same time and taking off when you are in the air, the risk of mid air is high!

I tend to fly alot in the evenings now as i can get more flying done without having to watch out for fixed wing models zooming about all over the place and i can generally enjoy my flying and relax.

With flying in a mixed club it does take a huge amount of give and take and riding the rough with the smooth, the main thing with our club was the seperate heli patch which free'd up the main patch so the fixed wing lads did'nt have to stop flying and they relaxed abit and were more happy to let us have out heli spot for our aerobatic stuff.

We have found that once they understand the technology and how and why they fly, and just exactly what is going on they will respect the heli and the pilot more and more!!!!!

Wow!!!! Too much caffine!!!! my fingers are steaming!!

Cheers!
Rotorhead486

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05-04-2005 11:57 AM  13 years agoPost 28
MikeC

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I guess I'm a really fortunate guy because I haven't had anything like this happen at my field. Neither myself nor the 1 other heli pilot in the club have ever had anyone say anything about our heli flying. In fact they've regularly complimented us on the improvement in our flying over the years.

Part of it might be that I'm not a new guy to the club, I've been a member longer than almost all of the current members. Maybe I just get along better with my fellow fliers than some do. Maybe we don't have as many a**holes in our club. I have heard some of the horror stories though. Last year at our swap meet a guy told me that the guys he flies with left their last club after some heli guys came in and took over. There was an incident similar to the one that FLAP mentioned but in reverse. A heli guy supposedly intentionally shot down a plank. Their new club does not allow heli's.


Mike

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05-04-2005 12:20 PM  13 years agoPost 29
Krypty

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I only think Plank flyers are jealous becuase they can't fly Heli's

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05-04-2005 03:18 PM  13 years agoPost 30
Enrico

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Daytona Beach FL

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Usually plank flyiers are jealous not because they can`t fly, it is the budget isue that they think that a heli pilot is crazy enough to put in to a 3 feet hover 1500 bucks just for the heck of it. Others think they are not capable of doing such and fly an helos, so they hide their lack of confidence by bragging and b***ching about us heli pilots.

I have had over 30 people atending to fly on a sunday, and when I fire up my hyper, they even land to see how I have progressed, what new I`m gonna do and so own. Needles to say they just love to see thme autos. 12 o`clock wind will rarely allow planks to have safe flights, so everybody lands, and then is when I have the most fun, getting the advantage of the strong winds and gussts to make fast, long autos or 180 aoutos. And .... thats when the plank flyiers come to me asking how much would it cost, if I can teach them and stuff like that!

On not so crowded Sundays We even get to fly together, but as my first point was: Plank flyiers are scared of the costs and the dedication and the patience that helos requyre. Not only of learning to fly, but also the hours you put in before flight and after flight time.

Enrico

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05-04-2005 05:49 PM  13 years agoPost 31
patriot21

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My solution,,, I find a gravel road in the country with a field approach and fly from there... don;t need runways anyway....i am also blessed with a 5 acre field where i live out in the country that i have to myself.
i just try to stay away from the clubs field so a 150.00 airframe doesn't collide with my 500.00 heli, plus its easier for me to concentrate when i fly alone...

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05-04-2005 06:25 PM  13 years agoPost 32
raptor50luvver

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As i fly fixed wing as well as heli i think im qualified to say that the main reason plankers dont like heli fliers is because they are jealous.Its something many of them cant get to grips with,i find flying a plane a piece of cake compared to my helis.You can take your eye off your plane while its in the air to look at what other models are doing or to see whos just pulled up at the field etc,but its not so easy glancing away from a heli while you fly it.Also if you get a deadstick with a heli you need to do something to get it in a position to save it in a split second,keep them blades turning for gods sake,but i deliberatly fly my planes until they run out of fuel and then its oh how long shall i glide it around until i can be bothered to land it.Lets face it if you fly a heli a plane is piss easy but it does not work the other way round,and thats why many plane fliers dont like us

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05-04-2005 09:51 PM  13 years agoPost 33
zoom boy

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I second that ^^

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