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05-25-2007 06:54 PM  13 years ago
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RayJayJohnsonJr

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Anyone else hate to share the air while your flying?
I've been flying planks for over 30 years. Don't give a crap who's up there flying with me, the more the merrier. But when it comes to flying the heli, I don't know. I feel like I need to be able to hear my machine ALL the time. Anymore if I'm flying and someone else puts something in the air, I'm landing. And I'm on the ground untill they're done. I have made exceptions at large heli only fly-in's, mostly because everyone has their own space (or is supposed to. Seems like there's always some one who can think outside the box, but can't fly inside one). Anyone else have this problem?

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There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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05-25-2007 07:03 PM  13 years ago
Gyronut

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I dont know about evevryone else but I'm more afraid of some flying into my space than me flying into theirs.

Prefer to fly alone when possible and if I cant I just pack up and go home to my own field.
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05-25-2007 07:11 PM  13 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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,,,,,,,I cant I just pack up and go home to my own field.
I think that's part of my problem. The club field is 20 miles away, so I tend to do most of my flying at home. Then when I do get around other flyers with my heli, I get nervous if I can't hear it.

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There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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05-25-2007 07:11 PM  13 years ago
RobRoy

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Yep, funflies are out if you don't like flying in traffic. That being said, you can always tell the sponsored pilots from the non-sponsored. Pilots that have to reach into the wallet after a crash tend not to fly the lenght of the field through every box, but hey, if I didn't have to pay for it, mid-airs do look cool.Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.
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05-25-2007 07:28 PM  13 years ago
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I HATE flying alone...it makes this hobby very dull and It's dangerous

I think I have been flying with about 13-15 other helis in the air at the same time (funfly)...It was a BLAST!
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05-25-2007 07:47 PM  13 years ago
Nitrohuffer

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My club is very small, but our feild is HUGE. I'm usually alone and my flying style is big!Lungs transformed to take in water.
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05-25-2007 07:50 PM  13 years ago
Hummingbird3D

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I get nervous flying others too especially plankers cause they think they've got the right of way all the time, be it over the runway or a section of the sky. With other helis in the air I don't like to be in the middle, I would rather be on one side of the field facing away that way I've got that whole section kind of to myself.

This Memorial Day weekend though you will probably get more flyers out on the field though. I'm looking for an open field somewhere else so I can get my flying time in.
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05-25-2007 07:54 PM  13 years ago
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""Anyone else hate to share the air while your flying?""
yes, this is why I don't like fun flies,, at our field we fly one at a time, sometimes they fly 2 planes at a time but many times I have seen close calls with them..

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05-25-2007 07:55 PM  13 years ago
ShempHoward

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It's fair to say I feel the same way but much more so with a Heli. I will fly my planes with one or possibly 2 other planes in the sky with me but this depends on who the other fliers are as those who are not in full control of their planes can be a hazard both in the air or on the gound.

With Helis I usually only fly when no other Helis are up.

Both clubs I fly at have strict rules regarding the number of aircraft in the sky at one time - 4.

I like to hear my engines as well but I had a head-on mid-air many years ago and don't want that again. We were the only 2 planes in the air at the time. Go figure.
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05-25-2007 07:58 PM  13 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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...it makes this hobby very dull and It's dangerous
True, but we all have to die of something

-Mark
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05-25-2007 07:59 PM  13 years ago
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Very true...I fly both "real" and models...surely I'm DOOMEDDropping Tones!
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05-25-2007 08:19 PM  13 years ago
Eury

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I don't like flying with people I don't know. It just makes me nervous. I have a couple buddies who we all fly at the same time, but anyone else I can't predict. I almost never fly at fun flies, I end up going and watching and talking to people. I get nervous, my hands start to shake and I have to land. Actually, that happens just with a bunch of people I don't know watching, can't explain it. I get asked to fly demos fairly regularly for events around the area, and I always have to turn them down, my nerves just can't take it.Nick Crego

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05-25-2007 08:38 PM  13 years ago
BrunoB

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When I fly a plane, I don't care what else is flying. Heli with helis is also not a problem but heli with planes make me nervous and I always hold back and fly higher and eventually land.
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05-25-2007 08:52 PM  13 years ago
helibird

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I don't mind flying with other heli's nearby. In general at funflies most people respect the 150' box. Planks on the other hand scare the crap out of me. At our field heli's are deffinetly a minority. Thos big 30% planes are insanely loud and distracting, nothing like doing flips on the far side of the runway and having a 10' wingspan plane fly between you and your heli. I've actually been flying at one of the flight stations and had planes land BEHIND me.

Also I really dislike how the plankers sit there and run there planes up in the pit area. No mater how many times I see it, it just seems really dangerous.
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05-25-2007 09:01 PM  13 years ago
RobRoy

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In general at funflies most people respect the 150' box.
Must be nice, not the case at the last few funflies I've been to. At the Birmingham FF for example, it was even announced over the PA system, there are no boxes, so I don't want to hear any complaints about someone flying in your area. Needless to say, I didn't fly much there.
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05-25-2007 09:04 PM  13 years ago
Pyrock

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I like flying with other pilots but I prefer to take turns in the air. I like watching other helis fly as well. Flying alone is great for practicing new maneuvers or testing the setup. When alone, I can go through batteries like no ones business.Trex 500, Stretched Logo 10 3D, Ion-X, Gaui 200
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05-25-2007 09:24 PM  13 years ago
Zach Sparks

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I don't fly at all when planks are up. I used to until this one planker started flying his junker mid wing rocket plank around and midaired my Xspec in the middle of a flip, that was the end of sharing airspace with planks.

He acted like it was a big mistake but I heard a while later that he mentioned to another guy he wanted to see how close he could get to me before I landed and quit flying. I don't know what it is about plankers. They fly one or two flights an hour regardless of there being anyone in the air or not but when they see a heli guy fly two or three tanks in a row they get their panties all in a bunch and think you are hogging the field.

Man was I pissed off at the time, not so much anymore though since it has been a few years. It was also a cool crash. The edge of his wing knicked the tail pushrod when the heli was vertical and severed just the rod. I was not far from the ground and landed it pretty much square on the head inverted after hitting throttle hold as it was wildly piroing and beat itself into the dirt.

It cost a few bucks but rebuilds are always nice every now and again.
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05-25-2007 09:29 PM  13 years ago
whirlyspud

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About the time the Box mentality started taking over is about the same time I stopped going to fun flys. Flying in a small box just sucks.

Mike
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05-25-2007 11:15 PM  13 years ago
gearset

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usualy when I fly at the local field everone lands,helies and planks, take that as you will. but i do give them there own space as well.Livin'............
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05-25-2007 11:19 PM  13 years ago
BC Don

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I still fly with the plankers but when I do I'm flying circuits, not doing 3D (course I can't do 3D but other than that). So I'll do circuits with immelmens, inverted flight, Split S's, rolls, stall turns, inside and outside loops, maybe a flip or two at the end of the circuit. I generally like to check fuel and sometimes engine temp part ways through a flight so I announce that I'm landing and land on the corner of the runway, do what I have to and take off again. However, I'm more in a "plane" pattern.

I tend to not fly anything when the pattern guys are up practising as I like to give them a chance to not worry about what I'm flying.

Haven't had any feedback with doing this from field members but we have a max of 4 up at a time and it isn't very often that happens. I also pick and choose when I fly as there are some folks I prefer not have in the air at the same time.
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