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03-03-2008 08:20 AM  10 years agoPost 121
Hamo

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If a very experienced pilot flew his jumbo jet full of passengers under the San Fransisco bridge to show off his skills would you applaud him ?
Alan is young and as an expert like many other experts he knows more and more about less and less. He probably only knows about flying and not much else. He trusts his pilot skills but how much does he know about electronics, about the possibility of radio interference from all the transmitting devices in a studio, like radio-mikes, video senders etc.
Alan and many others think what he did was safe, many of us believe it was not safe.
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03-03-2008 12:20 PM  10 years agoPost 122
Nathan

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Did you see how shinny that canopy was? No possibility of a mechanical failure with a canopy like that.

Great flying he's the man.

'If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.' (This is just my tag line has nothing to do with my comment.)

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03-03-2008 02:57 PM  10 years agoPost 123
gian

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If a very experienced pilot flew his jumbo jet full of passengers under the San Fransisco bridge to show off his skills would you applaud him ?
Maybe if he did it inverted...

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03-03-2008 04:51 PM  10 years agoPost 124
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Did you see how shinny that canopy was? No possibility of a mechanical failure with a canopy like that.
haha. not true. My canopy has been on several different raptors and has survived many crashes and I havn't crashes yet. However I have seen friends ruin VERY nice canopies.

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03-03-2008 05:09 PM  10 years agoPost 125
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Playing William Tell with a flyin Cuisinart!!

HAHAHA!!

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03-03-2008 05:30 PM  10 years agoPost 126
Drunk Monk

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However I have seen friends ruin VERY nice canopies.
Which is why I would never have a nicely sprayed canopy, it would break my heart to see it in pieces.


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I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-03-2008 05:55 PM  10 years agoPost 127
Carey

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If a very experienced pilot flew his jumbo jet full of passengers under the San Fransisco bridge to show off his skills would you applaud him ?
Bad analogy, wrong scale

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03-03-2008 11:37 PM  10 years agoPost 128
JA Allen

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Actually,

I would like to know what Alan felt about the whole scene. I am sure he wanted to explain safety and that he is a professional. Alan is a great young man as a person, and his father looks out for his sons with due diligence.
Did he ask for a screen disclaimer?. Explained his standings in the hobby? Would he have liked to explain safety within the RC Helicopter hobby?

They did, it was on screen. Just in their language.

It is, in all reality, on his shoulders, and his responsibility to his fans and sponsors. He did that. And it was incredible to watch. Sometimes (and I know this from what I do onstage) risk is balanced between what is entertaining, and what is considered "also-ran". To be a performer, as Alan is and deserves, his skill level minimizes the risk, regardless of equipment standards. Would I wear the helmet heli pad for my friend "Rocco Smith with the big mouth at the field" land on me? NO FKN Way. But For Alan, YES. Why? I am sure he has the skills to dump that machine in before I got hurt or anyone. His average of handling a problem is WAY better then old "Rocco". Can it have been scary? Yes. But it looked handled well enough.

Sometimes "ya gotta do, what ya gotta do" but he covered it.

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03-04-2008 01:36 AM  10 years agoPost 129
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OMG that was NUTS !!!

Brass nuts that is !!

That was by far and away the coolest thing I have seen. Would I try that oh hell NO. I can't do that with a big open sky.

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03-04-2008 01:52 AM  10 years agoPost 130
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Last Saturday a full scale Flight for life helicopter flew low over two baseball fields full of little league kids while landing at the airport next to the ball fields. No one was warned about the potential danger we were all in. As some of you have pointed out here anything could have gone wrong with that helicopter and a lot of people and kids could have gotten hurt or even killed. Should I complain to the FAA or sue for being put in danger. We did not have a choice or any notice that they were going to fly right over our heads.

You know I think we should sue them, serve them right putting us in danger. Just think about all the houses that they fly over and the risk they are putting those families in. What about the sick and injured they transport to the hospitals, do they know how much danger they are in flying in that Helicopter. They have been known to crash and kill everyone on board. So what if it puts them out of business and they are not there to save our life when we need them. They are DANGOROUS and may hurt or kill someone.

The above statement just seems stupid doesn't it and I agree. It was cool to watch them fly overhead. The point is we were put in danger and did not have a choice. The people in the studio had a choice and they choose to be there and one choose to have a heli land on his head. (He should seek professional help) but it was there choice.

We MUST be able to make our own choice's in this life even if it means we could get injured or even killed. Other wise what is the reason to live?

It is starting to seem like we have some plankers on this site that just want to complain and scream safety if anyone does anything other than hover at the AMA field at least 100 yards away from anyone including the pilot.

For those of you who want to impose your level of safety onto everyone else and remove our ability to choose. Please stay home where it is safe and leave life to the one's who want to live it. Oh an watch out for flight for life, it may be flying over your house.

Sorry for the long post, just getting a little tired of all this BS lately.

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03-04-2008 01:53 AM  10 years agoPost 131
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the faces were so funny

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03-04-2008 02:29 AM  10 years agoPost 132
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I thought it was cool.
As for dangerous YES.
Would I have been there given the chance YES!
I heard about this before this was posted here and in the email I was sent linking to it said that Alan was very uncomfortable with doing this stunt in that studio. He also has a responsibility to do what his employers ask of him and as 99.9% of you would have done he voiced his opinion and did his job. NICLY DONE ALAN!

As for the few overly safly minded people, this is main discusion not safty Pat the man on the back here and screem about how stupid it was there

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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03-04-2008 03:46 AM  10 years agoPost 133
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03-04-2008 05:02 AM  10 years agoPost 134
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Thanks Rick_H. Well said! I couldn't agree more.

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03-04-2008 05:40 AM  10 years agoPost 135
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Yup -- well said Rick. For those who're distraught over these sorts of public demonstrations, there's plenty of much safer hobbies -- like knitting, quilting, embroidery, collecting ballerina figurines, gardening, fingerpainting . . .

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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03-04-2008 01:05 PM  10 years agoPost 136
gian

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Jeez Gimbal... I don't know how many times you've made me 'Bwaaaahahahaa!!!' with stuff like that!
LOL!

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03-04-2008 02:25 PM  10 years agoPost 137
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Yup -- well said Rick. For those who're distraught over these sorts of public demonstrations, there's plenty of much safer hobbies -- like knitting, quilting, embroidery, collecting ballerina figurines, gardening, fingerpainting . . .
Don't get me started on knitting danger.......

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03-04-2008 03:01 PM  10 years agoPost 138
Mark C

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Yup -- well said Rick. For those who're distraught over these sorts of public demonstrations, there's plenty of much safer hobbies -- like knitting, quilting, embroidery, collecting ballerina figurines, gardening, fingerpainting . . .
Well me and the guys tried knitting... But after a few alcoholic beverages....

Then of course Stan has to go "one-up" everyone else for the final pre-E.R. visit stunt of all stunts.....

So it's back to RC helis for us from now on. That knitting crap just gets way out of hand.

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03-04-2008 04:07 PM  10 years agoPost 139
Boidman (RIP)

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Our local armchair warriors set up their helis and chairs, then critique everyone else without flying themselves. They can tell you the average standard individual wire diameter of 18 gauge stranded, or how many feet of yarn a given project requires. Their coffee klatch is reported to meet at Barnes & Noble on days when there is no flying. They get angry if you ask them how many of their 'projects' have sold. The space between their mouth and nose has deep vertical creases from constant pursing. Their walk seems odd, as if a permanent clench has disturbed their gait. They are fun to tease, by offering to buy the latest creation at a real good price, then backing out of the deal.

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03-04-2008 04:43 PM  10 years agoPost 140
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