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01-02-2011 05:17 PM  7 years agoPost 1
CalmAir

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I was reading a post the other day where a number of the responses were from members who who previously had been active on poker forums. This got me thinking about gambling, risk taking and Heli flying.

I was watching a guy at Apollo field in L.A. spooling up a 3K bird for the first time with no previous flying experience. He had a guy standing next to him but I couldn't help thinking "wow".

I know for me the degree of risk almost equals the degree of fun. Yet many guys are perfectly satisfied just basically hovering tail-in and working on their bird.

Any way you look at it throwing a heli up in the air, even if just hovering, is a risk and we're sort of gambling that we can get it back down safely. Is this the crux of our addiction? I do feel addicted.

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01-02-2011 05:25 PM  7 years agoPost 2
cdrking

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I always tell people it's like going to Vegas, most of the time you're going to lose.

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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01-02-2011 05:27 PM  7 years agoPost 3
menace

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i would say its more an addiction of the adrenaline or the 'rush' one gets from being in somewhat control of these beasts, whichever the size. I certainly do get a massive 'buzz' from throwing my MA bird around the field and skating across the runway inverted at around 30-40 klm/hr about 1ft off the deck...my left leg starts to shake, then the thumbs, then the little voice in your head saying 'enough, pull it up' and when you get her 50 or so ft in the sky, i know i resume breathing.

...thats why we do it, we take calculated risks, and gamble the cost of a crash...

!boo!

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01-02-2011 05:55 PM  7 years agoPost 4
McKrackin

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It's a personality type I've noticed for years.

I noticed first with motorcycles and ATV's.
My friends and I ride alot and noticed the guys on the sport bikes like the 450R four wheeler or GSXR750 bikes tend to be the ones without helmets while the big cruisers like the Renicon four wheeler and Goldwing bikes tend to have riders all decked out in safety gear.

I am a 450R/GSXR rider

The guys on the faster bikes are risk takers by nature.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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01-02-2011 06:02 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Solmanbandit

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Definitely a risk taker. We do maintenance on our machines with a bunch of moving parts. If something isn't right, you're going down. I have missed stuff before and it bit me in the buttocks big time. One time I forgot to switch to idle and went head down when I flipped it. Another time I watched my blade grip and blade go slinging off 30 ft in the air. Also the cost for failure isn't cheap either on a heli.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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01-02-2011 06:30 PM  7 years agoPost 6
BigMc70

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Heli addiction
I can fly the sim with out so much as a wiggle from any of my fingers. But in the real world I still get the jitters. Those jitters are adrenaline! The term "fight or flight" is often used to characterize the circumstances under which adrenaline is released into the body. It is an early evolutionary adaptation to allow better coping with dangerous and unexpected situations. With dilated blood vessels and air passages, the body is able to pass more blood to the muscles and get more oxygen into the lungs in a timely manner, increasing physical performance for short bursts of time. And thats what makes flying helicopters or riding motorcycles so addictive. Surfing skydiving racing boxing MMA all of these things are fed by adrenaline. And the gamble is that you can get hurt ether physically or financially or both but the adrenaline rush makes the gamble worth it.

Raymond McFaul
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01-02-2011 07:57 PM  7 years agoPost 7
wrongler

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Hi Chuck,
I like flying, but not very good at it yet! I like building them, I like buying new and used helis, I like seeing my helis in near perfect condition and ready to fly. I cant stay away from this site for more than a day!!! Addicted........Not Me!!!! Risk taker....I try not to fly above my ability........But what fun is that?...So yes, I will take a "little" risk.
Keep It In The Air, Land Soft,
Bill

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01-02-2011 08:27 PM  7 years agoPost 8
dw12

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risky
Hey Wrongler...you are very much a risk taker...you stood next to me when i maidened my Logo 600 at 2200 rpm today.

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01-02-2011 09:01 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Jeff polisena

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Its the cat like reflexes us humans have that keep us safe during the first spool up

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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01-02-2011 09:10 PM  7 years agoPost 10
racer8297

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I think that part of it is trying to tame and perfect something on different levels. When I say different levels I mean the flyer that is just hovering or the guy that wants to do a round loop instead of a number 9, of the one that is a 3D flyer. We all have something to strive for.

And, the fact that we could loose our pride and joy in a split second gives us that "pucker factor" that gets the adrenaline flowing.

I always say that if we KNEW that the heli or airplane could never crash we would become bored with the hobby pretty quickly.

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01-02-2011 09:19 PM  7 years agoPost 11
wrongler

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No risk there DW, your a great pilot and know how to build also!! That is one bad Logo 600....Stickers.......not so good...

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01-02-2011 09:26 PM  7 years agoPost 12
dw12

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risk
Yes,the stickers!
Make sure the warning labels are removed from your main blades,it scares the shiz out of you when they pop off at speed.

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01-02-2011 09:28 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Wave

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Illinois

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I always say that if we KNEW that the heli or airplane could never crash we would become bored with the hobby pretty quickly.
I get bored with the SIM in 15 mins.

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01-02-2011 09:34 PM  7 years agoPost 14
Solmanbandit

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I get bored with the SIM in 15 mins.
Of course, no pucker factor.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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01-02-2011 11:08 PM  7 years agoPost 15
helismash

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Gloversville, NY - Fulton

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It sure is a rush!

Hey, Who put the ground there!
T-Rex 500/T-Rex 600N FBL/T-Rex 600E PRO/T-Rex 700N/T-Rex 700FBL

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01-02-2011 11:25 PM  7 years agoPost 16
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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Your wallet dictates how much of a risk taker you are...

Rick

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01-02-2011 11:33 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Thatlumox

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NY

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Your wallet dictates how much of a risk taker you are...
That sums it all up for me.

"I'm a dirt torpedo!"

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01-03-2011 03:16 AM  7 years agoPost 18
cudaboy_71

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sacramento, ca, u.s.

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Make sure the warning labels are removed from your main blades,it scares the shiz out of you when they pop off at speed.
guilty

first time i was

second time

if it ain't broke, break it.

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01-03-2011 03:27 AM  7 years agoPost 19
wtvariety

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It is a rush for sure

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01-03-2011 07:32 AM  7 years agoPost 20
Andypants

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Helis get me high. I get this massive dump of adrenaline and I'm all floaty for about an hour afterwards. I think it comes from having an intimate knowledge of the consequences for failure, an intimate knowledge of how close that failure is at all times, and an intimate knowledge fo how easy it is to embrace that failure. Plus, that they can kill you or anyone else and can get there in the blink of an eye.

Yep, seat-of-your-pants stuff for sure.

Lots/Very high/Ridiculously hard/No you can't

I HEART BLADE FARTS

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