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10-12-2011 01:46 PM  7 years agoPost 1
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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are they both just as dangerous ?

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10-12-2011 01:49 PM  7 years agoPost 2
CX1

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A heli can and will kill ya if you are not careful

an airplane the prop may cut you up a bit but I never heard of someone being killed by 1

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10-12-2011 01:57 PM  7 years agoPost 3
red_z06

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http://www.rc-airplane-world.com/newsarticle.html

https://rc.runryder.com/t11322p1/

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_4.../tm.htm#4275851

Statistically, you will see 10x more fatalities with RC airplanes than with RC helis. Simply because that many more are involved in airplanes than helis. All models can kill.

In my area, there was a RC demo at the Shea stadium during the 70s. Something went wrong and someone died. Since then, there were no RC demos there.

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10-12-2011 01:58 PM  7 years agoPost 4
nickt919

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If you get clocked in the head by a plane doing a fast fly-by you'll wish you were standing somewhere else IF you wake up to remember it. Even the electric foam planes have a metal motor leading the way. We've had a few cars get deep dents from Parkzone warbirds hitting them.

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10-12-2011 02:05 PM  7 years agoPost 5
whirlyspud

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Plenty have been killed by both.

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10-12-2011 02:15 PM  7 years agoPost 6
wrongler

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If you HAD to get hit with one, Which one would it be? That should give you a clue.

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10-12-2011 02:17 PM  7 years agoPost 7
the collective

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I've been around r/c since the 1960's. I've personally seen two people killed by model planes, the worst I've seen was some cuts and bruises from helis.

Decide for yourself.

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10-12-2011 02:26 PM  7 years agoPost 8
red_z06

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Both will kill and both are dangerous. We do this for fun and not for livelihood. Being safe and safe minded practice will keep that fun going. Thinking one is less dangerous is wrong way to think IMO.

However, there seems to be inherent fear of big blade spinning that keeps people on the edge when compared to a large airplane with small props spinning. So people seem to be more alert around helis. Which may be a good thing for the heli crowd.

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10-12-2011 02:33 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Gadgets

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Well it is the owner and pilot.

Owner if he/she is does not maintain the craft.
Pilot if he/she does not observe care when flying.





I see plank flyers!!!

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10-12-2011 02:46 PM  7 years agoPost 10
Phaedrus

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Statistically, you will see 10x more fatalities with RC airplanes than with RC helis. Simply because that many more are involved in airplanes than helis. All models can kill.
I am curious where you have gotten the statistics you refer to?

In the US there have been relatively few fatal incidents and not as many significant injuries as one might imagine based on the level of participation in the RC hobby. According to the AMA, the most common injury is due to people getting their hands in the prop arc of their plane.

I do agree both have the potential and it is a credit to the RC community that there have been as few as there have been. Although when you look at YouTube it appears that people are definitely out there trying to change that safety record!!

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10-12-2011 02:51 PM  7 years agoPost 11
red_z06

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I am curious where you have gotten the statistics you refer to?
Not exact figure but unconfirmed ratio of people involved in the airplane vs heli hobby. But, in recent years, this ratio may have been shifted toward the helis due to ease of obtaining cheap 450 helis.

Again, unconfirmed.

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10-12-2011 03:06 PM  7 years agoPost 12
koppter

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what is unconfirmed is really just conjecture. there is no database of injuries sustained in either discipline, so any conclusion is solely a guess based on one's own experience, which may or may not represent the hobby as a whole. there are no statistical models because there simply haven't been enough fatalies - and we all hope it stays that way. in the end, what you have is another nitro vs electric debate - long on opinion, and short on facts.

both have the capability of ruining your day, so regardless of your interests, be careful.

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10-12-2011 03:11 PM  7 years agoPost 13
BarracudaHockey

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My 130" 10cc gasser is going to do a lot more damage than a 450 heli. A 700 size heli is going to do a lot more damage than a little electric foamy.

I've been hit by one of each covering events, only the flying hunk of rotor blade drew blood and that was minor.

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10-12-2011 03:13 PM  7 years agoPost 14
red_z06

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What I was referring to in statistic is the size of the people involved in either. Industry regards helis as small fly when compared to airplanes (servo mfg sales figures etc). But, then both combined pales in comparison to the size of RC car crowd.

Having that base, accidents will happen. This accident will be percentage of that crowd. So, potentially, larger the population, larger the accidents (big or small).

I was not referring to the actual confirmed accident cases. Just probability based on the size.

So, the point I was trying to make was that, even if the airplane accidents are 10x more, that does not make it more dangerous.

What is more important is not WHICH. But, both are dangerous and having that mindset when flying and observing will make both safer and more enjoyable.

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10-12-2011 03:21 PM  7 years agoPost 15
Mike Fortin

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A park in Miami was closed several years ago because of an r/c plane related fatality.

But at the same time, you can die roller skating.

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10-12-2011 03:24 PM  7 years agoPost 16
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I almost got hit by a good sized airplane Friday of last week. I was out standing with a friend flying his heli and the way we fly at our field we have our back turned to the runway. All I heard was a big crash and turned around to see pieces flying only about only 10 feet behind and going straight for us. The guy said he had no control. That woulda sucked.

The problem with planes is they can travel distances out of control, usually a heli goes in pretty quickly, just keep your distance from it and don't fly too close. Tempting I know and I'm way guilty of it far too often, but I always safety check myself and keep it farther out.

But if I was asked which one I would rather get hit by, I would definitely choose a plane.

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10-12-2011 03:49 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Mr.Green

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In the hands of an idiot either one could kill somebody.

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10-12-2011 03:51 PM  7 years agoPost 18
gwright

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Not necessarily. F=ma

Ponder this: Would you rather get hit by a bowling ball being thrown at you or a bullet being shot from a firearm.

"My 130" 10cc gasser is going to do a lot more damage than a 450 heli. A 700 size heli is going to do a lot more damage than a little electric foamy.

I've been hit by one of each covering events, only the flying hunk of rotor blade drew blood and that was minor.
Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com";

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10-12-2011 03:57 PM  7 years agoPost 19
koppter

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andy, first i assume you mean 100cc..second, as one who also flies gs, we never start these things alone, or fly in the proximity of ourselves that would be common for a 450, or even larger helis. so while a strike of the prop could take out a hand - the gods would really have to be aligned for that to occur - and i would much rather be around gs airplanes than a bunch of newbies flying their 450s!!!

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10-12-2011 04:10 PM  7 years agoPost 20
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Mike what park was that? News to me.

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