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03-31-2009 10:25 PM  9 years agoPost 21
helibro

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hamilton, ohio

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oh ya i always fly with someone else.

hey! were is the reset button!

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04-01-2009 03:07 AM  9 years agoPost 22
billm

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Liberty Lake, WA

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First off. Congrats helibro for getting the ship in the air and flying. Your doing great and it sounds like your getting things dialed in. Keep it up.
Now comes the flying flying solo part of the thread.
If your learning to fly any type of flying machine you should have somebody to help you, or pick up the bits.
Then comes the time when you want to fly and nobody is around.
Do you go into not fly mode?
If your new to the hobbie and can't hover under control then I would say you should not go the the field on your own.
If your not sure if the ship will fly, then you should not fly without help.
I fly by myself all the time. Then again I know how to fly and if I want to try a new trick. I do it far away and with a bail out move to boot. Not to save me, but my ship.
Lets get back to when I got my large scale (F-15) cert. Did I need a note to fly solo? No! The USAF gave me a fighter and I did not need a stinking helper.
Know your limits and fly safe.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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04-01-2009 04:14 AM  9 years agoPost 23
petmotel

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DeKalb, IL.

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Never, EVER fly alone.
I was kinda chuckling when I read this. I fly at home, on my own property, if I had to share the experience with someone else I wouldn't be able to fly. I'm regularly "Home Alone" LOL. If someone else is in the general vicinty of your flight you're just endangering another innocent bystander as well as yourself (just kidding here).

I used to go to the club field all the time and fly my airplanes when I was the only one there, never even considered it being unsafe. After 20+ years of flying "planks", never gave a second thought to trying helis on my own. It's completely within the realm of possibility that I'm just "safety challenged"!

In all fairness, I'm sure the suggestion to have someone around while you are flying is sage advice. Maybe just not practical for all. When I was learning to fly planes, having an experienced pilot test fly, and even better having an instructor to "buddy box" your bird was the fastest path to learning.

Today we have the additional tool of the simulator to help advance skills without the fear of losing a model. I started flying helis without a simulator, but quickly learned it's a far better alternative than a depleted bank account.

Jay

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04-01-2009 05:12 PM  9 years agoPost 24
mundo330

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Holly Springs, GA, USA

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It was just some friendly advice to new comers.
Lets get back to when I got my large scale (F-15) cert. Did I need a note to fly solo? No! The USAF gave me a fighter and I did not need a stinking helper.
Know your limits and fly safe.
I'm sure the suggestion to have someone around while you are flying is sage advice. Maybe just not practical for all.
If you mean full scale than in an F-15 you are never alone. Ground support (ie. air traffic control)knows where you are at every second. And if you do have an emergency and have to ditch you have a beacon that leads rescue right to you, conscious or not! If (God forbid) you are injured while flying and are alone and no one knows you where you are, could you get yourself to a hospital? Maybe or maybe not! I was just offering some prudent advice to new comers! I learned the hard way. In my driveway with no body at home. Test starting my new bird and the throttle was reversed. The head got out of my hand and the flybar paddle clipped my upper arm. I received a very nice slice in my arm and chest. It bled pretty bad and I had no one to help me. I had a tube of CA in the flight box and dropped some on the gash in my arm and held it closed. I stumbled to my neighbors a few hundred yards down the road and they where home, fortunately. They got me to the hospital. I took this as a good but painful lesson and followed my rule from then on. As I progressed with my heli I would fly at an old abandon school yard. When I had no one to fly with on a Saturday or Sunday, I would ask my neighbor (a twenty something year old college student)if she would join me. As the field was fairly private and no homes where in sight she would love to take a lounge chair and put on her bikini and soak in some sun. Of coarse I never did mind although my wife did question it once. I just reminded her of the scare on my arm! Oh the sacrifices we must make for this hobby. The point is I never was lacking for someone to join me whether they had interest or just curiosity or neither.
Doug S

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04-01-2009 06:11 PM  9 years agoPost 25
billm

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Well said Doug.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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