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11-11-2005 12:08 AM  12 years agoPost 1
heligoole

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??this i think difficult for us heli addicts to answer!!!!!!!!!

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11-11-2005 12:10 AM  12 years agoPost 2
ppridday

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My best ever is when they come and pick me up after being offshore for 8 weeks.

P.

"There's someone in my head, but it's not me..."

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11-11-2005 12:16 AM  12 years agoPost 3
crowfly

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Pleasant View, TN U.S.A.

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When I crashed my fury straight down into the ground from over 300 feet high at well over 100 m.p.h. & it exploded into a million unrecognizable pieces none of which was any larger than a quarter and then my simulator re-set and gave me a brand new one.

If God had meant for man to fly, he would have given him more money

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11-11-2005 12:44 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Inspector Fuzz

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In 1997...
I was flying my Xcell gas, as in gasoline, around.. The tail started spinning out of control, due to that old crappy plastic gear box.. As it spun out of control, I froze up.. Not yet fully adept at autos, I did not hit the switch..
The model spun so fast that it slung the gearbox off of the end of the boom.. Ripped the retaining screw right out..
The model, now a whirling blur, drifted over the parking area at the field.. When I "thought" that the model was on the other side I hit throttle hold.
It went in about 3 feet in front of a port-a-potti, in which my good friend Phil, happened to be using.. The throttle link jammed to full throttle and the model danced around the crapper, occasional banging into the side..
Phil was laughing heartily when he exited said crapper. I got a ration of crap from some of the club geezers about how "dangerous" helicopter are..
JEFF

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11-11-2005 01:23 AM  12 years agoPost 5
crowfly

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WHATS YOUR BEST EVER HELI EXPERIENCE?
When I have helped someone & they say,,,,,,,, "thank you".

Then I say,,,,,,,,, "you're welcome"


I have been blessed with many friends that don't "keep score". Just being allowed to be around them and share ideas & thoughts, is more than I deserve.

If God had meant for man to fly, he would have given him more money

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11-11-2005 01:32 AM  12 years agoPost 6
sharam

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Yep, definitely that "thank you" and "you are welcome" does it for me!

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11-11-2005 01:42 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Intrepid175

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I've got two that come to mind, both of them involving autorotations!

1. I was just learning to do autos. At this point, all I was doing was flying up to altitude, bringing the model to a point just downwind, lowered the collective, flipped the throttle hold, auto down to about 30 feet off the ground, turn throttle hold off, do a power recovery to hover, and repeat.

The last trip up on this flight, I had just pulled the model into position and was about to lower the collective when the tail stopped turning. This was one of the old Schluter Scouts with the wire tail drive and one of the set screws had let go. Here I am, watching the models fuselage cork up to umpteen rpms and I'm thinking, "well, this is going to be a mess," when it finally occures to me to flip throttle hold back on and try to auto out of this situation. I was going to crash anyway, I didn't have anything do loose! I wasn't able to handle pirouettes so I was way behind on the cyclic but I kept fighting it. As the model came about chest high to me, it rotated back into a tail in position and I regained orientation. The nose was about 30 degrees down so I pulled aft cyclic and "threw" the collective full up. The model just stopped and settled into the weeds which were about three feet high at the time.

I walked over and stood there watching the rotor blades spool down in the weeds with the engine happily idling along and not a scratch on the bird. I turned around to look back at the pit area and realized, I was the only one at the field at that time. I'd just pulled off the greatest save the world would ever see and, there were no witnesses! Oh well........

That diappointment didn't last long though. I had me a FREE helicopter!

2. This auto story involved my buddy, Mike, and myself. We were visiting an RC club about 1.5 hours away from where we normally fly. I was flying, Mike was spotting with me when my engine went sour. It was a really hot day and I was probably running a little too lean for the conditions. Anyway, I decided to auto out of the situation. Only problem was, the area I was coming down from had the model heading for a really big bush. At first I though I was going to hit it but it became obvious at the end that I'd probably go behind it. As the model came down, Mike stepped to the side and squatted down where he could see the model as it came close to the ground. At the appropriate point, he hollered, "NOW!" and I flared and feathered in the collective.

Neither one of us saw the actual touchdown. We walked over and around that bush and, there was the helicopter, rotor blades spooling down nicely, the engine idling along nicely and again, not a scratch on the bird. Another FREE helicopter!

Both of these incidents were nothing but pure luck but you know, I'll take luck any day of the week!

Fly Safe,
Steve R.

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11-11-2005 06:53 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Spacey

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Ah well seeing as I'm fairly new to all this I bet I can give a new answer to this question after every weekend. About three weeks back my first heli (Venture .90) took the sky for the very first time after a fairly long build. My best feeling was after I handed the tranny to my good friend and owner of the LHS after I hovered the first tank through so he could check things out. It was a 5 minute long wonderfull experience as he started wringing the machine out and putting the cherry on the cake when he pulled a huge auto with a couple of piros DOD to show me how it holds headspeed. Carrying the machine back to the pit after that I was walking in the clouds! Gotta love it!

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11-11-2005 12:40 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Mattiward

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Not sure if it was my best experience but one of the funnier ones...

I was staying at a hotel whilst working away and later that evening in the bar there was a rather stunning middle aged business woman explaining to her fellow work reps that she had arrived by helicopter etc etc. I interupted and asked her if it was the one sat on the lawn and she replied with a very smug "yes - do you like it?"

I couldn't help myself and had to say in front of her new found friends, that it was infact one of my company utility helicopters I had was using....

She promptly left the bar and once her new friends stopped laughing they bought me a few beers.

Moving on from that I get a real kick out of landing at said hotels and showing the children (young & old) that usually gather in amazment around the aircraft once we land and explainto them what we do. I know I would have been over the moon if this had happened to me when I was little.

Finally another pleasing aspect is when out on patrol, when we discover animals in distress, landing and helping them and informing the extremely grateful farmer.

Regards

Matt.

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11-11-2005 01:29 PM  12 years agoPost 10
1275mini

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Wirral North West U.K.

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Starting my Turbine up for the very fist time What a rush that was, the sound and the smell. they last for a long time to come

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11-11-2005 11:19 PM  12 years agoPost 11
woookiee

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Nuneaton

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Matty you did not do much for the, a rather stunning middle aged business woman nor did you try to send her over the moon, if you had
bought a few beers for her she would of been in distress and possibly you could of used your chopper to help

nice story though

woookiee

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11-11-2005 11:21 PM  12 years agoPost 12
George Matthews

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When I was making my first skydive from a Bell 47.
Just before I exited the pilot looked me straight in the eye and said "Don't jump up !" I laughed all the way to the ground.

George Matthews

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11-12-2005 12:12 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Yug

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Man, this is a hard one. Every time I fly, it just gets better and better as the confidence and comfort zone builds.
If we're talking saves, then my most recent was when I was practicing tic tocs and my engine died while pulling back and nose up. The real problem was that its a XeroG raptor and the auto hub is always locked so I never bother practicing autos. By the time I had the heli horizontal, the blade energy was just gone. However, as luck would have it, the RPM was so low that the clutch disengaged, so with full negative to build up head speed on my beloved falling brick, I pulled off a very respectable auto by the skin of my teeth. The bloody clunk line had split !
Free helicopter. Has a nice ring to it doesn't it.

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11-12-2005 04:14 AM  12 years agoPost 14
crankycrankcase

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Doin my first ever loop.

Ahh the good old days !!!

Derek

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11-12-2005 04:22 AM  12 years agoPost 15
HeliKopter Ken

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Gray, LA

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today, tomorrow, and the next time I fly. It is good when you learn all oritations and can link a few tricks togeather. (still working on all orintations and love it)

Fly safe and have fun
Raptor Ken

Aurora, Raptor 90 FBL, Logo 600SX

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11-13-2005 02:25 PM  12 years agoPost 16
ShuttleSmasher

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I got a great feeling of relief after the frustration just disappeared when having trouble with my MP2, it kept falling off and i was so pissed off. I ran over my Dynax with my 4x4. The crunching sounds, and the loud CRACK when the frames broke was a great experience.

Not so good was repairing it!

Team Dyna-X

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11-13-2005 02:34 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Chris Lupa

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Mine? Hmmmmmm................lets see....
Either
1. When I did My first Chaos
or
2. When I did my first loop

Sponsored by CSM and QuickUK

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11-13-2005 02:39 PM  12 years agoPost 18
440GTX

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My Best Heli Experience
Here is a little different " My best heli experience" 2 years ago I was flying my R 30 in a cool November morning. I was flying large circuits with my eyes glued to the heli. I was making a large slow left turn about 100 ' up , and I was comming straight for myself. Right in front of a flock of 30 or more Canada Geese. I slowly turned the heli to bring it on the runway. The Geese followed my heli untill it landed. They laned in a field North if me.
Wow that seemed really cool . BUT what If I hit one.

Fred..

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11-13-2005 02:45 PM  12 years agoPost 19
lrogers

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Oh this is an easy one! The very first time I lifed my EVO off the ground, got to hover (sort-of) and got it back on the ground again in one piece. I was shaking like crazy, but what a blast!

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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05-05-2006 11:01 PM  12 years agoPost 20
TOSH

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Best ever.
That would be when l beat Curtis in last years Masters.Oh hang on,that was Duncan not me.

Flybars. Who needs `em.

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