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10-27-2011 10:58 PM  6 years agoPost 21
MichiganFlyer

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Very interesting! I guess I'll call myself a "R/C Heli Pilot" then.
I still find it so weird that plankers have be called pilots by another member in a club and we as heli guys can just fly at the field no matter what our skill.
I very much like the thought of a heli safty inspector in a club. Just for the safty of others involved with this hobby. Course that could be a tough task or an easy one with the fbl systems in the mix.
At the funflys I flew at this summer I always chose a safe off to the side place to setup and fly as not to interfere with the event. I felt comfortable there and was able to fly. Spectators could see the smack of the other guys or come down by me and see the beginning of the learning curve. And I talked with quite a few people between flights as they wanted to know my experience on getting into this hobby. Guess there aren't alot of tail in hover, do the box pactice guys at flyins in our area. But I found being a part of flyins very educating.
I'm not saying noobs should fly at flyins, I was just gutsy with a few weeks of practice to be involed in my first one and it was a gratifying experience.
One thing a newbie should do though in attend one and have an experience pilot check it out. Although mine was flyable, an experienced set up guy taught me the stuff I didn't know.
(Sorry through all that. It's for the new people to the hobby)
R/C Heli learning is every bit as chalanging as I expected it to be and gratifies with every flight.

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10-27-2011 11:20 PM  6 years agoPost 22
Pistol Pete

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Remote Control Operator...
thats what I am and I yam what I yam.
Looks interesting. There is no such formalized equivalent here in the US.
http://www.ircha.org/index.php?pr=PIT_Mannual

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10-27-2011 11:24 PM  6 years agoPost 23
Stephen Born

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When you get rid of those training balls.....off the heli.

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10-28-2011 04:33 PM  6 years agoPost 24
helibrat

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I say your a pilot when you can fly without a buddy cord.

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10-28-2011 05:07 PM  6 years agoPost 25
RaptorRob

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Im going to thow something out there...

How about your a pilot when you can head out to the feild by yourself and take more than one flight pack up and head home with no help and no crashes.

no babe i swear i sold my other heli to buy this one :)

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10-28-2011 06:43 PM  6 years agoPost 26
tdo

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When you come home from work and kiss your heli before your wife

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10-28-2011 07:06 PM  6 years agoPost 27
rcnut

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I would say, when you buy your first "aircraft" (something that flys), you are a "pilot in training." Once you solo, then you are a pilot.

Same as when you received your driver's permit, or taking lessons for a real (full size) aircraft. Once you solo, then you are a certified pilot.

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10-28-2011 07:52 PM  6 years agoPost 28
gwright

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As someone mentioned for the canadians, we also have a proficiency program via IRCHA http://www.ircha.org/index.php?pr=PPP_Levels
It just doesn't get much participation these days.

Gary Wright

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10-29-2011 02:26 PM  6 years agoPost 29
taxus812

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You are a heli pilot the moment you soly control the aircraft in flight regardless of "what" maneuvers you are doing.

If you never flew a heli before, went to some field, took off and hit and killed yourself. Everyone would say the stupid pilot got hit with his own heli

Our club has a test to become a "Licensed" (or certified) pilot. This removes flying restrictions ( such as requiring a trainer present when you fly). You are a pilot the moment you are piloting the aircraft

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10-29-2011 02:38 PM  6 years agoPost 30
PC12DRVR

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Our club has a test to become a "Licensed" (or certified) pilot. This removes flying restrictions ( such as requiring a trainer present when you fly). You are a pilot the moment you are piloting the aircraft
Thats when I pull out my ATP and say, wheres yours?

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10-29-2011 04:43 PM  6 years agoPost 31
Phaedrus

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Are you type rated in the Trex series of aircraft??

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10-29-2011 05:06 PM  6 years agoPost 32
PC12DRVR

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Its non turbojet and under 12,500lbs, no type rating required per the regs.

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10-29-2011 05:15 PM  6 years agoPost 33
Phaedrus

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Still I assume you have a rotory wing rating.

A good friend of mine is a cop. I was doing a ride along several years ago when he stopped a guy near Scottsdale airport doing over 100 mph. I watched as he sauntered up to the window of the car and after speaking to the driver for a few moments he came back to the police car as the speeder drove off. I aksed him what just happened. He told me "Well, Iasked to see his pilot's license since he was flying so low (100+ mph). He whipped out his FAA license with and ATP on it, so I thanked him and let him go."

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10-29-2011 05:20 PM  6 years agoPost 34
PC12DRVR

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Lol thats a great story !

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10-29-2011 05:24 PM  6 years agoPost 35
cdrking

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Thats when I pull out my ATP and say, wheres yours?
Let me guess, you wear epaulets too.

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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10-29-2011 10:08 PM  6 years agoPost 36
PC12DRVR

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Let me guess, you wear epaulets too.
I was kidding of course, put away the flame throwers guys

I would think that some people might just do that though. I saw one toolbag where his uniform to a bar because he thought the ladies would like it, what a retard. Most companies Ive worked for would fire you if they found out.

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