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06-17-2009 11:52 AM  11 years ago
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Lunesta

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Dont do it with toys..........
R-44 Sales are up

Watch at YouTube

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06-17-2009 12:01 PM  11 years ago
papatango

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"We put the gimbal in the front, and the battery in the back...."

LOL.....GENIUS!!
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06-17-2009 12:20 PM  11 years ago
Griffo

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We're looking forward to the R-66 next year
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06-17-2009 01:02 PM  11 years ago
500Driver

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Not everyone is looking forward to the R-66 (turbine)...

Frank's business is incredible no doubt and a lot of people love his stuff...

But I dunno...having flown them they just feel "cheap".

When I fly I like to have a certain "peace of mind"...flying a 300Cb or Bell 206 or MD500 (as examples)...aircraft that were built for the demands of the military I know that the thing will take a beating and keep on flying. I've seen 206's and 500's that have been through hell but the pilot still made it home. And I've seen 300's reduced to little balls of wreckage because of pilot error and still they walked away.

Robinsons offer no margin. Bottom line...they were built to be as light and inexpensive as possible.
When in doubt...auto out
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06-17-2009 01:22 PM  11 years ago
Lunesta

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But I dunno...having flown them they just feel "cheap".
Ahhh,they ARE cheap.When you can get the same job done with a cheaper alternative, that is the way of the new world.
Most aircraft were not designed for pilot comfort or ease of flying,they were designed and made to get a job done.
Some aircraft even made to this day,you really have to be a pilot to fly them not just a button pusher.
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06-17-2009 09:29 PM  11 years ago
wxyz

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Just as the pocket sized HD camcorder made model AP photography possible, it's allowing R-44's to replace MD500's in countries that ban UAV's.
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06-18-2009 02:01 AM  11 years ago
borneobear

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They have good anti-vibration capabilities.
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06-18-2009 08:47 AM  11 years ago
Mr Boombastic

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I think a concern with the R's is the caution needed to avoid Low G's and the subsequent mast bump.Blade Thrashing Lessons: Enrol Here
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06-18-2009 09:48 AM  11 years ago
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Very nice, lets put downlink and remote control on that machine.. :P
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06-19-2009 12:22 AM  11 years ago
Griffo

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It all comes down to $ .
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06-24-2009 08:12 PM  11 years ago
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It all comes down to $ .
Which SUCKS!! Cause it ends up sacrificing the pilot and crew safety in the end!

i fly R-22's for training, but it doesn't mean that i like them. They in fact do feel cheap and leave you with a small margin for error. Not to mention the crappy cyclic setup that the R's have. I HATE!! That thing!
"what goes up must come down," hopefully in one piece!
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06-24-2009 08:29 PM  11 years ago
Wayne Mann

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I took a ride in an R-44 last Saturday in Myrtle Beach. That thing was a vibrating pig. I can not imagine a camera mount in the world that would tolerate that platform unless I just happen to get in a lemon. I was looking out the side and could see the landing gear shaking. I wonder if these "news station" specials are balanced any better.

Wayne Mann
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06-24-2009 09:26 PM  11 years ago
ErichF (RIP)

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Very nice, lets put downlink and remote control on that machine.. :P
You mean like mine?

Erich
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06-24-2009 10:27 PM  11 years ago
papatango

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^^^^^^ Go on, you know you want to put a flamethrower on it.....
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