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02-09-2006 02:40 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Sky 5

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Somebody here needs to go to Gaston, NC and sell them on RC helicopters. This is rediculous.

http://www.news14charlotte.com/cont...asp?ArID=112865

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02-09-2006 02:44 AM  12 years agoPost 2
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Well it sure is not cheap however fixed wings are easier to learn on than helicopters. It will probably cost more down the road because it will not be as easy to fly and maintain for people just getting trained.

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02-09-2006 02:45 AM  12 years agoPost 3
fitenfyr

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Well a helicopter that can do the same thing would cost a whole lot more.

Plus it would take more than a week to train an unexperienced police officer to fly a helicopter safely enough to do that mission.

Jason Stiffey
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02-09-2006 02:51 AM  12 years agoPost 4
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Tell me about it. I recently had my Commander ask me about a brochure for an aeral recon setup he received and was ready to pay $6,000.00 for it.

The exact same system is available online for $1500.00. (Still a little steep)

As good as the R/C aerial platforms are there is no substitute for being there. (I am a little biased )

http://www.rctoys.com/draganflyer5tipro.php

I tried flying upside down once... but I couldn't take the blood rushing to my head.

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02-09-2006 03:04 AM  12 years agoPost 5
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fitenfyr
Well a helicopter that can do the same thing would cost a whole lot more.
Are you saying a RC helicopter with real time video feed would cost more than $30,000.?
I'm thinking they should hire an experienced RC pilot and save the training/retraining cost. Better yet they could sublet the entire project. How often are they going to need aerial recon? How maneuverable is a RC airplane in relation to a fleeing suspect?

fitenfyr
Plus it would take more than a week to train an unexperienced police officer to fly a helicopter safely enough to do that mission.
Job security.

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02-09-2006 03:39 AM  12 years agoPost 6
fitenfyr

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Well yes I am...if you compare capabilites to what they got in this UAS.

They are looking at an aircraft that is basically going to go further than their line of sight if they wish.
They could fly it from the downlink and still be reasonably safe.

Second the helicopter is going to be more noisy and more of a target than this plane.

They can get higher and go further for less.

Now I am not saying the thing is not over priced.

However I don't think a helicopter is really well suited for the mission they describe.

Job security will last right up until the time they have a failure and the helicopter comes crashing down in John Q. Public's back yard.

R/C helis are great, but they are not the best tool for every job.

K.I.S.S. comes to mind here.
I am willing to bet they explored the helicopter options before they purchased this.

Jason Stiffey
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02-09-2006 04:18 PM  12 years agoPost 7
yote127

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also read carefully...3 different types of cameras, and most likely high resolution or possibly zoom...then add the fact the other 2 are either IR or night vision....yeah those add up quick

Taking off is optional, landing is mandatory...

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