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04-20-2009 08:00 PM  9 years agoPost 1
CUJO

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From what flying I did I was fine, but the blades flying off realy scares the crap out of me. How do you get over it?

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04-20-2009 08:03 PM  9 years agoPost 2
cdrking

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Using good quality blades and doing pre-flight and post flight maintenance. Those are two very good ways to get over it. When you're doing your cleaning at the end of the day use a flash light and look for the little things that could be wrong with the machine. Be very meticulous about checking things.

You will gain more confidence and be less fearful as you get more and more familiar with the machine.

Jeff

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04-20-2009 08:06 PM  9 years agoPost 3
CUJO

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My AXE dosn't scare me, it's like you could go up and kick it and be fine ( though I'm seriously not THAT stupid). But listening to those blades run up on the .50 scares the daylights out of me.

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04-20-2009 08:34 PM  9 years agoPost 4
rotormonkey

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I've NEVER gotten over that fear. At any time in the blink of an eye, something can ALWAYS go wrong regardless of how meticulous you are in your pre/post flight checks.

For that reason, when I spool up, I don't do it near me. When I'm flying I never fly directly at myself, and always keep a healthy distance between me (or anyone else) and the heli.

I watch the 3d guys doing funnels right in front of their faces and think to myself - one day if a link pops off at the wrong time, kiss your arse goodbye.

Personally I think a little fear and a healthy respect is a good thing. When you get careless is when people get hurt.

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04-20-2009 09:17 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Blade_Master1

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The next time your Heli scares you, Run over to it and KICK it as hard as you can

Burning fuel is the only way you will get comfortable with it

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04-20-2009 09:20 PM  9 years agoPost 6
LONEWOLF2440

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ya never completly get over it. But wait till some 710 blades are close to ya lol

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04-20-2009 09:29 PM  9 years agoPost 7
JRjoe

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You'll get over it about the time you get through a 55 gallon drum of fuel....


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Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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04-20-2009 10:01 PM  9 years agoPost 8
30636086

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From what flying I did I was fine, but the blades flying off realy scares the crap out of me. How do you get over it?
In a way is good to be scare and have respect for it, once you loose that respect that's when careness start and bad things can happen. Its good to inspect it before and after you fly and keep up with good maintenance . Its a complicated machine with lots of moving parts and at any time something can go wrong, so good maintenance can help to minimize that and make it more safe and enjoyable! My .02

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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04-20-2009 10:05 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Wingman77

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Pulaski Tennessee

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good cf blades, govener, locktite, good preflight.

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04-21-2009 12:15 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Boost_Junkiee

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Plano, TX USA

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I only get weary when the blades are at my head level. I have always wondered how many have experienced blades just coming apart mid flight...

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04-21-2009 12:19 AM  9 years agoPost 11
MMike

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04-21-2009 12:27 AM  9 years agoPost 12
Boost_Junkiee

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thanks for the warning on the link not cool!

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04-21-2009 01:39 AM  9 years agoPost 13
aerton

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Longueuil, QC, Canada

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I use metal head and proven brand UNACCIDENTED carbon blades. It can't just disintegrate within minutes, so the blades can't come off at all. Even if psychologically I am still afraid, but logically I know that blades will stay in place.
I check ball links before every flight. I physically pull them strongly enough to feel the strength of the links. I pull the blades strongly and check the phasing thing to be attached strongly.

Another thing is, I don't ignore warnings. If for some reason tail is shaking - land and check the reason - this was a scale body not attached firmly. If the model jerked forward - land and check - this was an elevator lever slipping over shaft. Nothing happens without a reason. Any unusual noises, unusual reactions - just land and check. Land and check. It's cheaper and faster. Anyway these models are experimental. They require lots of maintenance.

I attach servos with m3 bolt and a lock nut, not set screw, which I don't appreciate at all, because the vibration can unscrew it, and many very experienced pilots run into this issue after hundreds of flights. I don't even agree with any reasoning that put set screws there in the first place.

So you check over practically every bolt and you jerk every lever to test the rigidity. It's faster than you think and becomes a routine after a while.

But all of this can't save a pilot from himself, so watch what you are doing and think your new maneuvers ahead on the ground, don't just be overconfident, cause model doesn't fly itself. Basically just be safe, seriosly safe, not like putting on a useless gaz mask-safe, you know... Hope that helps.

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04-21-2009 02:09 AM  9 years agoPost 14
TaleGunner

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Deer Park WA

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Never get over it just learn to respect them.
This is what a 450 can do. Imagine what a 90 with 710 blades could do!

Respect the blades

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-21-2009 02:28 AM  9 years agoPost 15
LONEWOLF2440

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Have respect for it anything can go wrong at anytime. Alot of electrical amd mechanical parts. i try to keep mine at least 30 feet away

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04-21-2009 02:30 AM  9 years agoPost 16
rotormonkey

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imho you can check over the heli as much as you want, use titanium parts or whatever. Something can ALWAYS still go wrong.

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04-21-2009 02:36 AM  9 years agoPost 17
trackemdown

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Central ,VA

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A little fear of the unkown goes a long way. Ever hear the saying "sh*t happens" How many times have all of us seen this

Grabbem-n-baggem

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04-21-2009 03:01 AM  9 years agoPost 18
dave75d

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Jacksonville, FL

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+1 on a litte fear is good for the soul. when you get too comfortable, you get complacent.

ten grand in helis and all i can do is hover

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04-21-2009 04:04 AM  9 years agoPost 19
hampilot

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Sparks, NV USA

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the farther away, the betta. rotor blades look great, really high, and really far out..

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04-21-2009 01:10 PM  9 years agoPost 20
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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Personally I think a little fear and a healthy respect is a good thing. When you get careless is when people get hurt.
This is what we should all think. It's often not a pilot errer but mechanical. When I see the really good pilots at our club fly too close to themselves I always hope no links breaks.

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