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04-06-2010 03:16 AM  8 years agoPost 1
max232

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Is drama standard in your club? i'm getting really annoyed with the drama at our club. i like flying with most guys at the field,and i dont want to try to find a place and i dont want to fly alone. so i hope it calms down there cant we all just get along

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04-06-2010 03:22 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Badgerfarm

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That is the exact reason that I recently had several acres cleared for my own private flying field. No more club politics, whining, or fear of helicopters from the old plank guys.

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04-06-2010 03:36 AM  8 years agoPost 3
jester4

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Drama is part of every club I think. Some days at our club it's Survivor, others it's The Young and the Restless......

It's all part of the experience. I wouldn't trade it for flying alone....

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04-06-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 4
max232

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That is the exact reason that I recently had several acres cleared for my own private flying field
That would be nice, i just dont like flying by myself nobody hollering lower or pushing you to advance your skills, ect.
Some days at our club it's Survivor
This is what it's like now, someone is about to be told to extinguish
their torch

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04-06-2010 04:27 AM  8 years agoPost 5
jbdww

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This happens at our club. We just had two airplane guys fight about which side of the runway to fly on because there was a direct cross wind.

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04-06-2010 06:15 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Andy.Kim

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There's a public field where both heli and planes can fly. A lot of drama there and is why heli folks started up their own private club.

A LOT LESS DRAMA WITHOUT PLANKERS.

Not to be biased against plankers but it seems to be a rule of thumb.

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04-06-2010 11:57 AM  8 years agoPost 7
SkySurfer

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I usally go to a undeveloped industrial park. I can't stand being around a bunch of old, Airhog flying, Jive Turkeys.

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04-06-2010 12:48 PM  8 years agoPost 8
ChrisMoore

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God I took my canopy of my helicopter to connect my Rx Battery plug to my Rx and some plank guy said, "ohhhhh thats never good when the canopy needs comes off" He was just kidding around, but man, its really not that big of a deal and I do think that he was suggesting something about helicopters in general. I mean, planks need to have their wings taken off...that seems much more serious than a canopy.

I think that at bottom they just don't know anything about helis. I just don't understand why they wouldn't at least be intrigued by the technology/gadget factor of it all.

BTW I started flying planes 15 years ago.

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04-06-2010 01:43 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Mutt

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Most drama I see at a club is the young heli only guys being smart alacks and thier anti plane attitudes causing the drama. Never encounter nothing but interest from plane guys just crappy attitudes from the heli only guys.

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04-06-2010 02:02 PM  8 years agoPost 10
nickt919

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Well, I fly alone and have done it for years. Most of the time I wish there were others to fly with. The only reason I do it is because I'm not up for a long drive to get to a field. The only drama I have to contend with is when goofy birds go after the heli. Last week a pair of ducks came zooming in and nearly went thru the rotor. They decided to make another pass so I came down. They were way too fast to out fly.

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04-06-2010 02:23 PM  8 years agoPost 11
rotormonkey

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I would think it's just more of a planker mindset. If you take the cowl off your plank you're probably having problems. Doesn't really translate to helis though.

As for club politics, yeah. All part and parcel of the experience. If you don't like it, just do your best to avoid it. For some it ruins their fun, for others it's the only fun they get (old codgers with nothing better to do).

For the longest time there was no "wings test" at our club for helis. There was supposed to be, but the CFI who didn't fly helis wanted to see a unplanned deadstick on the test. None of the heli instructors thought that was reasonable (myself included) so nobody ever passed the test. Including guys that'd been flying for years already. Eventually I stirred the pot a little, and we overthrew the CFI's silly ruling.

They just don't realize that fixed and rotary wing aren't the same thing. Many of the problems I think come from old time fixed wing pilots who make rules and observations that make sense to them, then impose those rules on others where it doesn't make sense.

Despite how it seems I think most folks are reasonable. Putting the toys down for a couple minutes and talking things through like honest to goodness adults will usually see most problems resolved.

Though I know every club has at least one designated asshat that digs his feet into the ground for the dumbest things, and completely refuses to listen to reason. Hopefully that's not the guy you're having problems with

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04-06-2010 02:42 PM  8 years agoPost 12
whirlyspud

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There are many dumb asses on both side of the fence. Neither side has a monopoly.

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04-06-2010 02:49 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Jgatorman

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I think everyone needs to remember it takes two to tango. You can not fight by yourself if you do it is not a fight just a hysterical rant. So if someone is wanting to argue or fight don't, pretty simple, remember this is supposed to be fun.

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04-06-2010 03:05 PM  8 years agoPost 14
lrogers

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I guess I'm pretty lucky. At our club, plankers and rotorheads get along pretty well. At our last couple scale funflys, the event organizer even shut the runway down several times doing the day to fixed wing so we could have the sky to our selves for a while. Of course, we were welcome to fly the pattern with the planes if we so desired.

We also have a spot just for hovering so we can tweek/adjust/train at the south side of the field. Yeah, I fly with a great bunch of guys.

Seems like the most "drama" involves the noise issue of the big 40% gasser 3d planes.

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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04-06-2010 03:11 PM  8 years agoPost 15
koppter

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club drama is normal. it's what happens when people who have little else to do with their lives or/and have a myopic mindset about the hobby get their fifteen minutes of fame.

as far as "planks", which is a term I simply won't use, if you decide even before you leave in the morning, as many of you have, that airplane guys are themselves the enemy, you are only contributing to the problem. that they fly fixed wing means NOTHING. that you fly helis means NOTHING. I fly both, and there is no shortage of good guys and morons among either group.

if noise or other threats to club security are an issue, the club BOD needs to respond to the membership - on this issue, helis are a non issue and I definitely can understand (and have seen) the animosity that is created by members who flirt with the club's future by their own selfishness, whether its noise, fire danger, or disregard of altitude limits.

Otherwise, it's all just part of the hobby......

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04-06-2010 03:17 PM  8 years agoPost 16
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I think it's more about the people in the club rather than what they fly. In a heli only club you will still get some a**hole who thinks he's better than everyone else.
the animosity that is created by members who flirt with the club's future by their own selfishness, whether its noise, fire danger, or disregard of altitude limits.
Yes, seen that. They feel that the rules only apply to everyone else and not them, and spend their time trying to find ways around the club rules.

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04-06-2010 03:21 PM  8 years agoPost 17
broggyr

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Rest assured that 'plankers' will refer to heli guys in the same manner that heli guys refer to plane guys. It may be a little light humor, but it doesn't take much these days to inadvertently offend someone. Then again, some folks go out of their way to offend.

All in all, I have gotten a warm welcome to our club when I joined this year. Sure there is drama from time to time, but I stay away from it - that is not why I joined.

- Brian
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04-06-2010 03:27 PM  8 years agoPost 18
ttsingram

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Drama is the reason I have not rejoined my local club. There is too much crap as to where and how you fly helicopters. One guy says you MUST fly "over here" and use a 2.4 radio for helicopters. Planes do not have to use 2.4. Another board member says fly where you want as long as your safe. And I hear the new president says the same thing.

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04-06-2010 03:34 PM  8 years agoPost 19
Fnity

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drama is here for good!
You guys think you have it bad come to my field! We have a group of airplanes guys that think they own the public field, and want to see it run to benefit them. I joined AMA this year, but I'm done with this local planker club, a few good guys, but for the most part a bunch of annoying guys acting like kids complaining about the same thing everyday. I guess my 5 minute flight is too long, and they should have the right to touch n go their plank for 30min. Any good clubs near Lafayette, IN I'm looking for a new one, were its OK to just fly and have a good time.

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04-06-2010 03:59 PM  8 years agoPost 20
sonny1526

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club drama
Regarding "technology/gadgets" you make a good point Chris, because you would think that fixed wing pilots would also be interested in anything that flies but are not. Vertical take off and landing can be just as fun as flying fix wings. I think that the fear of not knowing things sets in distaste. There has been so much advances in rotary technology that make flying helis that much safe and fun. However, I have to admit that certain clubs have at least one pilot that refuses to be more open and accepting to newbies. I feel sad when I hear a newbie gets turned off from the hobby because he or she didn't get the help or gotten the 'we don't want newbie attitude." Even today, I still get the "look" once a while once they see them long blades. However, I have been fortunate enough to run across pilots that were more than willing to help but some just don't have the patience or the time to guide the newbie in the right direction.

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