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05-31-2012 12:39 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Zaaaguy72

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Our clubs (mostly plankers) groundskeeper is complaining that me and my flying buddys Nitros are messing up his grass with out nitro spots. What do you guys do to service and or prevent these spots? I am thinking of tacking down a piece of astro turf and flying off that but was wondering what you do. Funny thing about this is that the two Heli pilots at the field are pretty much the only guys to use the field on a regular basis. Only see the old timers at funflys it seems, then the Heli guys are banashed to some far corner while the geezers just start their planes on the bench and find every reason not to fly. I digress.

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05-31-2012 12:48 PM  6 years agoPost 2
fastflyer20

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We did use a piece of outdoor carpet to take of and land on, it got used a few times but was abandoned. You need something heavy enough and/or staked down to prevent it from flopping around.

Or go gas and eliminate the problem....

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05-31-2012 12:49 PM  6 years agoPost 3
ben89

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If you're using an exhaust deflector, turn it sideways, other than that not much!

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05-31-2012 12:51 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Pistol Pete

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Flying gasoline or electric will completely eliminate those spots...or a concrete pad.

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05-31-2012 01:05 PM  6 years agoPost 5
ShuRugal

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bitching about grass spots? is that a model aircraft field or a gold course? If the former, it goes with the territory...

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05-31-2012 01:28 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Zaaaguy72

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I knew electric guys would take a jab!!

I'm with you man, it's an Rc field but I have to be respectful because the old guys are trouble!

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05-31-2012 02:01 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Four Stroker

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As ben89 said, the solution is trivial. Turn your exhaust deflector sideways or up. Heli flyers at my club would not do this because it didn't look as cool. This is how the airplane vs. heli stuff starts.

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05-31-2012 02:26 PM  6 years agoPost 8
eddiscus

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This may satisfy your grounds keeper. The pad is comprised of 2'x2'x1" rubber squares. We installed the pads for those that flew the smaller heli's as 2" high grass can be tough on the tail.

We used this product http://www.amarcoproducts.com/weight-mega-tile.htm
to satisfy the landfills requirments for drainage and air circulation. The pads interlock with fiber pins and are heavey enough that they will never get sucked up into the rotor.

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05-31-2012 02:29 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Pistol Pete

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I knew electric guys would take a jab!!
Absolutely no jabbing! its just an elbow nudge.

I actually get hate mail from Al Gore due to my Rads carbon footprint.

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05-31-2012 02:31 PM  6 years agoPost 10
BladeStrikes

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Our club is all grass and we have a TON of nitro flyers..I have NEVER see any kind of stains from nitro.Even been to a few other clubs that fly nothing but nitro and the grass is green.Ive even dumped some nitro on weeds once on the side of my house and it doesn't kill them...

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05-31-2012 02:40 PM  6 years agoPost 11
HotsHabit

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The "stains" are probably more from the heat out of the exhaust than anything. Turn the deflector sideways as has already been mentioned.

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05-31-2012 02:50 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Manny1776

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I'm confuse is a RC field or a golf course....Make a helipad and call of the day

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05-31-2012 02:51 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Jerry K

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Your grounds keeper is a bit picky, tell him to "get over it"

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05-31-2012 02:54 PM  6 years agoPost 14
J. Hall

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Being a golf course superintendent i can understand your grounds keepers concern. I don't like ball marks and divots all over my golf course, but it is part of the game that you can,t get around. The flying field is there for the members to use and enjoy not to look at. If he does not like the spots he can always fertilize and mow more. The great thing about grass is, it grows back.

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05-31-2012 02:57 PM  6 years agoPost 15
jbdww

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The older guys are the ones that think they own the field, because they are always at all the club meetings, and this is there retirement social club. The younger crowed just wants to go out and fly and leave. One of the best things to do is go to the club meetings, and maybe even become an officer. This is what I do, and the attitude towards heli changed so much, that we even added a concrete pad for the heli guys.
I knew electric guys would take a jab!!
The Nitro guys take jabs into every electric discussion. The debate needs to stay in the Nitro vs Electric thread.

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05-31-2012 03:07 PM  6 years agoPost 16
Zaaaguy72

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I'm an electric guy, but have been enjoying my nitro lately. I'll just stick the deflector further out, just didn't want give my Heli an even slimier gloss than it is already getting.

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05-31-2012 03:35 PM  6 years agoPost 17
Qrrambero

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Try to find a different area to hover or land. You damage the grass is you over and over.
Nitro isn't as bad a dog's pee.

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05-31-2012 04:25 PM  6 years agoPost 18
jgunpilot

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Pollock, LA

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In order to be exact about where the "spots" are, you should grab the groundskeeper by the back of the neck shove his face into each spot and have him positively ID them by taste.

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05-31-2012 05:49 PM  6 years agoPost 19
relax1

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Tampa, FL

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Yep we gone thru it! That’s why all the heli guys left. Its funny how there is no complaints on the IMACC plane guys using 170CC engines. Those thing really do a number on the grass.
My advice buy an electric or find another place to fly.
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05-31-2012 06:13 PM  6 years agoPost 20
OICU812

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But on a serious note very likely many of their planes are doing as much or more damage then your nitro helis, sounds like a hidden agenda to rid of helis like most planker dominate clubs.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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