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10-18-2010 04:51 AM  8 years ago
Spitfire1

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JasonJ

Rememeber these are guys who do fly or likely have primarily flown helis in the past, Im all to aware of the oldfart planker attitude toward helis, whatever people may say it is an unfortunate reality.

I dont think you will find much of, if any of that here in this topic.

The kind of guys your likely thinking about fly scratch built tigermoth`s and cubs, and there attitude towards turbine jets, ducted fan jets, 3d aerobatics and many other types of fixed wing aircraft fliers is pretty much on par with there attitude toward heli flyers.

(And Im not saying theres anything wrong with flying a tiger moth or a cub )

I must admit I have stopped useing the word plank these days, but it dont bother me, Im addemently against political correctness of any kind, I consider political correctness to be more evil than Adolph Hitler, quite seriously.
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10-18-2010 03:47 PM  8 years ago
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when I was into the heli thing the word "plank" came up a few times and I didnt understand what they were talking about at first. and being the supporting heli guy I started using the term to try and fit in with the heli group, but my true identity was revealed when I would take the plane from my truck at the heli gatherings and do some wild stunts for the guys.
what I have noticed is lots of the heli guys still have no respect for the planes and cnsider themselves better than an RC plane pilot when I always thought it was just another form of the same hobby.
at our field I helped develope a complete heli facility away from the planes so they could fly safely without interference.
this all was before I went GS and now the only heli I fly is on the G5
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10-18-2010 03:51 PM  8 years ago
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I always loved both and NEVER went to the field without at least one of each. Pinch for heli's, thumbs for planks - to keep my brain straight!!!
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10-18-2010 06:11 PM  8 years ago
JasonJ

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Yeah, I don't say Plank at my club, but mostly because it doesn't cross my mind. They wouldn't take offense anyway, because most won't have heard the term used. I have always viewed it as a term no more derogatory than "Chopper" or "heli". If Helicopters can have nicknames, so can airplanes. Airplanes are not some ethereal enigma that is above nicknames and tomfoolery, that is my point. People who get offended by something like that needs to thicken the skin a bit. My usage of the term is strictly as a nickname and not intended as an insult.
what I have noticed is lots of the heli guys still have no respect for the planes and cnsider themselves better than an RC plane pilot
I have always had respect for airplanes and their pilots, there is a lot to learn from them. It is a different facet of the hobby and can only add to the enjoyment. I have never flown one of my planes and said "crap, that sucks, I should have flown the heli instead". Though it is rarely said, my fellow club members who only fly planes do respect my ability to go from from helicopter to plane back to helicopter. I don't feel I am better than anyone.
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10-18-2010 06:29 PM  8 years ago
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maybe, but when the term is used as a perjorative, its meaning, while maybe not rising the level of other high charged epithets, it can still be annoying, if nothing else but to reinforce the self created schism that exists between heli and airplane pilots. There are plenty of threads that refer to "plankers" - and there is no question it isn't a compliment. since the term exists solely within the heli community, it cannot be compared to generic common and accepted terms like chopper or biker. Having come from an airplane background, I don't remember anyone calling heli pilots anything other than heli pilots.
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10-19-2010 02:04 AM  8 years ago
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Well, considering my club consists of mostly prior military and law enforcement, "planker" is a kind moniker compared to a lot of what we say to each other. Thin skins last about three minutes in our group. But hey, I won't say the word anymore on here if it bothers people that much.
Having come from an airplane background, I don't remember anyone calling heli pilots anything other than heli pilots.
May not have had a name, but I can't imagine heli guys were always talked about with reverence and respect. The attitude is there whether you have a name for it or not.
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10-19-2010 02:27 AM  8 years ago
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Well, I'm the original author of this thread and though I did post the word "plank", I very much enjoy flying both helis and airplanes. I just used "plank" because this is a heli board. Seriously, I don't call airplanes "planks" outside of this board...just having a little fun .
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10-19-2010 12:59 PM  8 years ago
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Yeah, I don't say Plank at my club, but mostly because it doesn't cross my mind. They wouldn't take offense anyway, because most won't have heard the term used. I have always viewed it as a term no more derogatory than "Chopper" or "heli". If Helicopters can have nicknames, so can airplanes. Airplanes are not some ethereal enigma that is above nicknames and tomfoolery, that is my point. People who get offended by something like that needs to thicken the skin a bit. My usage of the term is strictly as a nickname and not intended as an insult.
Could'nt of said it better. Its a stinkin nickname for petes sake and I for one have never found it to be anything more than just that. Seems a lot of people are reading more into than what is really there.
If anyone in here is truly offended by the term "plank" than more than likely you should'nt even be on this board, grow up or move on.
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10-20-2010 01:40 AM  8 years ago
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plankety , plankety , plankers .... you author you call it
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10-20-2010 01:55 AM  8 years ago
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The PLANK I ordered from Wild Hare came today.
I paid for it, I reckon I can call it whatever I want.
Definitely a plank.
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10-20-2010 02:42 AM  8 years ago
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Flew my plank today and did a rolling harrier. Let me know what you guys think!

Watch at YouTube

If you listen closely you can here my sisters in the background yelling at me to pick up dog crap!
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10-21-2010 03:23 AM  8 years ago
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Needed Park flyer radio yeah a DX6 anyone want to trade a futaba 6ch for a spektrum 6?No Really I am the club President!!!
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10-21-2010 03:36 PM  8 years ago
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better go 9 or 10 channels for trhat future 35%-40% project.Urukay HPS3 KSE 700 HPS3
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10-21-2010 10:01 PM  8 years ago
tryan02

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I have a Futaba 10CGH airboss I am good. I started with a Futaba 6CH I want a spektrum radio for the BNF micro's.

Hence the reason I only want to trade a 6CH for a 6CH.

Not to mention my club may be moving its field 40 miles from me. So looks like 25% is it for me.
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10-22-2010 03:02 AM  8 years ago
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just won a airtronics 5ch 2.4 at the last funfly and couldnt decide what to do with it , but you just made a good point . when I go sloping or parkflying I have to lug around the JR9303 this might be a good (no worries) transmitter for those off the beaten path flying sites.Urukay HPS3 KSE 700 HPS3
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10-22-2010 11:43 AM  8 years ago
DJDAZ

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I want a spektrum radio for the BNF micro's.
I made the switch from PCM to 2.4 so as to take advantage of this too. DX6i is great as it's cheap so you don't feel you need to be super protective of it, plus it has enough programming to fly full range with large planes and to run a heli easy (minus gov).

The micro's are great when there is no wind and a small area. I have a 26-xp Sukhoi and Micro T-28 Trojan.
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10-22-2010 09:20 PM  8 years ago
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It's all good I was given a free DX5E and got a new micro trojan on the way for $75. My lucky day I am a Futaba fan through and through I started with a 6CH 2.4GHz 2 years ago outgrew it with heli's now am extatic over my 10CGH. I wouldnt fly a real plane or heli on a Spektrum but they are OK for indoor or park flying.

I am not sure but I do believe Spektrum is admitting they have a problem after all this time. I know of several people that constantly loose bind on AR500 RX. Horizon is supposed to change them out for them. And after loosing a handfull of ARF's they are considering a different radio.
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10-23-2010 09:26 AM  8 years ago
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Man am I pissed off with wind. My first fly in about 5-6 wks and all it lasted was about 10 sec. Extra 300 lifted off just as the seabreeze hit, ripped the hat off my head and as soon as the plane got airborne I was getting attacked by magpies again. Came in for a hard landing which tore out the landing gear (again) and knocked some paint off

Yeah, I'm pretty dark, like flying has become bad karma. Can't get any airtime and when I do something goes wrong. At least I'm getting very good on the sim by u can't simulate magpies, swarms of flies, hayfever etc etc etc.....
got a new micro trojan on the way
You will enjoy the micro trojan, it flies so much like the full size just way smaller and doesn't have to be flown like a 3D master like the 26xp. Only issue is that tiny battery, get some 150/160's.
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10-23-2010 11:33 PM  8 years ago
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Just maidened the micro trojan well sort of its 15mph winds today. I tried it in my yard and well its just too small I hit my porch and dented a wing pretty good. Took it to my local ball field Baseball sorry we still think soccer is for kids in the midwest. It was all over the place but flew fine none the less. I did run out of controls many times in the wind working all the sticks to get it to go the way I wanted. Flying helicopters sure helped my left thumb learn it can help too.

Oh and DJDAZ I did get a higher capacity battery I have 2 now. Sorry to hear about your extra 300. I have a trash plane for days like yours a tribute 36 I just cant kill it and yes I have tried several times.
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10-24-2010 01:38 AM  8 years ago
DJDAZ

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I tried it in my yard and well its just too small
Yeah the T-28 mini/26xp/p51 micro etc ARE too small for YOUR average backyard type flying, they need space to do their best flying. Not saying its misleading but you only have to watch the vids on their web to see they are using a fair bit of air even when flown by pro's.
I did get a higher capacity battery
I only had 1 flight on that little bat. I also have a 150 and 2 160's which are much better.

The Extra 300 is now re-glued and had it's bright orange paint scheme touched up. Once again it will be too windy today so I'm not even gonna bother rushing out.
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