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01-16-2009 04:35 PM  9 years agoPost 1
desulli

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I know there are a few threads on this already. Just none that talk about actually transporting a TREX 450 and 2 MCX's from Okinawa, Japan to the us (Missouri) to Germany. So here is what I experienced.

Sorry but this will be a sorta long story I dont want to leave anything out.

Leaving Okinawa:
Aluminum case containing TREX 450, 3 batts, Charger, Radio, complete night setup, extra blades, extra tail boom, extra flybar, 3 balancers, and some random other stuff.

I left Oki without any problems. Made it through security. Got to Tokyo, made it though security. Got to Atlanta, security over heard me talking to another passenger about the heli. They made me open the case just so they could see it...LOL. Left Atlanta arrived in Little Rock, AR.

Spent 45 days leave there. Crashed a few times. Had lots of fun. Got 2 MCX's for Christmas!! Left to finish moving to Germany.

Leaving Little Rock:
Aluminum case containing TREX 450, 5 batts, Charger, Radio, complete night setup, extra blades, extra tail boom, extra flybar, 3 balancers, 2 MCX's (partially disassembled), 5 MCX Batts, 2 MCX batt chargers, Bag of extra MCX parts, car key, and some more random stuff.

Left Little Rock, security asked what was in the case. I told him and he says "Really?", I said yep. He tells me "we might have to look at that", of course they did, but just because the wanted to see it...LOL. From here I was supposed to be cleared all the way to Germany. Flew from Little Rock to Denver, to Chicago, Ohare. 2 planes broke and we had to spend the night there. The next day we had to re-clear security. While going through security they stopped my case, called 4 more security guards over (some of them had some sort of fancy title), made me stand back while they searched the case. Asked a few questions about it, then decided it was pretty cool and let me go. From there I made it all the way to Germany without anymore problems.

Over all it was a pretty easy trip to make. And with the exception of the security in Chicago, Ohare, I didnt have any problems.

So, if you are thinking about traveling with your heli, go for it. It doesnt seem to be to hard. The only thing I would say is, you are allowed one battery for you "item" and one spare. So take 2 batts (one mounted in the heli and one spare), and however many more you want. Just make sure the "extras" are "expendible". I was prepared to let them confiscate my "extras" if they wanted. I didnt take any "good" batts with me. I mailed all the "good" ones.

I hope this helps someone out if they are thinking of taking their heli with them on the plane.

Any questions, let me know.....

Don

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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01-16-2009 04:48 PM  9 years agoPost 2
mbenztdt

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Easthampton, MA - USA

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Thanks for the info. I plan on flying down to Florida in March and was wondering about bringing my 450/250 on the plane. If I have to I will just pick up some batts in FL and then have my sister ship them back home for me.

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01-16-2009 09:10 PM  9 years agoPost 3
desulli

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I hope it goes a good for you as it did me. You shouldnt have a problem with the batts, but if you do take some, take the ones that are getting old. That way if they take them from you its no big loss. Mail the good ones of course so you have them to fly with. I just took the old ones so I could fly as soon as arrived.

Of course like you said, you can just buy them when you get there. I just dont have the money to do that right now....LOL.

Good luck.

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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01-16-2009 11:31 PM  9 years agoPost 4
TaleGunner

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sounds like you should have not said anything about the contents
Im gald they mad it ok

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02-27-2009 04:21 PM  9 years agoPost 5
desulli

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Back to the top since there are some threads popping up asking about this.....

One quick not too. I said that I didnt take any "good" batteries with me. Thats not entirely true. I mailed the "good" ones to my parents house in MO and flew from Okinawa to MO with just my cheapo's. When I left MO I took all of them with me and had no problems.

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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02-27-2009 04:51 PM  9 years agoPost 6
diioia13

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Stillwater, MN

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Very good to know, thanks

"Its Never Too Cold To Fly"

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06-12-2009 02:48 AM  9 years agoPost 7
desulli

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Been a few months and I thought this might be worthwhile to bump up. If it helps anyone good if not, then no harm done.

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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06-12-2009 02:55 AM  9 years agoPost 8
RobMcQuillen

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Rochester, NY

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I brought my Furion ,MCX, 5 mcx batteries and 2 furion battery and tools, radio, charger, parts. I had all my tools with me and all my parts. all for a 4 day vaction only for Flying!!. Had a ball, Great Weather, got to spend a whole day of flying at the field. Getting though the Rochester Airport with the helis is a lot harder and they searched my case. In Florida they couldn't of give a dang. They saw the it and said, " Oh Cool its one of those toy helicopter". I'm also only a 12 year old boy traveling with his MOM so they wouldn't expect anything.

Rob McQuillen

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