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09-10-2006 01:17 AM  14 years ago
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wcc963

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spotters
i see all the pros flyin in the 3D Masters, and at IRCHA with spotters. now what is there actual job, why are they there. actually Andreas Rummer has a pretty HOT spotter. check out his sunday demo at the 3D Masters. im pretty sure thats his girlfriend... so damn. the vid is called "Sunday Masters Own Music Andreas Rummer".
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09-12-2006 09:57 PM  14 years ago
w.pasman

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You mean the callers?
They call the figure names, when the figures start, etc.
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09-12-2006 10:01 PM  14 years ago
wcc963

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You mean the callers?
They call the figure names, when the figures start, etc.
well yes i've seen callers. but most of the time spotters are just standing next to the person flying looking at the heli like there there just there to keep and extra pair of eyes on it. they dont say anything.
callers i've seen them. they are usually looking back and forth talking to the judges. but sptooter never say anything.
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09-12-2006 11:13 PM  14 years ago
Wa11banger

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A spotters real job out there is to assist in safety.. He is supposed to keep his eyes peeled for any incoming models at the pilot from other pilots, not watch the routine of the pilot he is helping as you so often see. In the event there is an incoming model he is supposed to at least let the pilot know before he bails on him lol... He should also call out relative proximity to other modelers, keep the pilot within the flying area, tell him when he breaches the flight line, or encroaches on another pilot station, reel him back in so to speak.. These are all things they are supposed to do, things very rarely seen done anymore. It seems it has turned from a safetly observer job to a back patter and someone who gets to watch the show from the front row.

Rick
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09-13-2006 01:40 AM  14 years ago
wcc963

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thanks wa11banger this is what i was looking for.
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09-13-2006 07:44 AM  14 years ago
w.pasman

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but most of the time spotters are just standing next to the person flying looking at the heli like there there just there to keep and extra pair of eyes on it. they dont say anything.
For the freestyle they only need to indicate the start and end of the routine. Inbetween they have nothing to do but be prepared to indicate the (possibly early) end and warn the flyer that he is approaching the maximum flying time

I dont think they have to look for incoming low flying airplanes at these events as there is only 1 allowed in the air at a time.
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09-13-2006 01:24 PM  14 years ago
Wa11banger

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w.passman,
You are only thinking of when he is doing the noon time demo, and in that situation I agree, things can be a lot more lax. That is only 1% of that pilots flying time, we are discussing the rest of the time when they are not the only one in the air on center stage. Safety observer that is the role. It always has been somewhere through the time it got lost in translation.

Rick
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10-11-2006 10:26 PM  14 years ago
AlanR8

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Was flying at the regular field one day last year, Rick was in the air, I was acting as spotter, caller. He was out to the left, I looked right to see a microlight attempting a touch and go landing on the field in front of me!

That's what a spotter/caller does. He tells the pilot when to panic!!!!!
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10-12-2006 12:36 AM  14 years ago
wurthless

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That is a fine set of jeans,,,,,QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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10-12-2006 07:47 AM  14 years ago
w.pasman

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You are only thinking of when he is doing the noon time demo, and in that situation I agree, things can be a lot more lax. That is only 1% of that pilots flying time, we are discussing the rest of the time when they are not the only one in the air on center stage. Safety observer that is the role.
I don't get you. At 3D masters there is only 1 person flying at a time, especially during the competition. Only in the demos and evening flying there can be more people in the air
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