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05-31-2012 06:26 PM  6 years agoPost 21
Zaaaguy72

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That picture is hilarious Shawn. If the plankers flew more that might be true, but the Heli guys are the only ones to use it regularly. I probably should just sell my nitro and go all electric. I have shyed away from nitro for the past few years but for some reason am really enjoying this nitro. I'll figure away to appease the old farts.

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05-31-2012 06:40 PM  6 years agoPost 22
CX1

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it's the burnt fuel that destroys grass not the fuel itself.
what comes out the exhaust is oil and nitric acid.

you could wash off the area with a garden hose and then beat the plankers with it after

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05-31-2012 06:47 PM  6 years agoPost 23
Helicrazy4

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These mats work great nice weight to them 3/4 thick 4ft x 6ft

http://www.tractorsupply.com/rubber...x-6-ft--2219003

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06-01-2012 12:43 AM  6 years agoPost 24
McKrackin

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I fly in my yard all the time and have killed a few spots.

I cured it by not taking off and landing in the exact same spot every time.

It's a cumulative issue....Don't let it build up.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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06-01-2012 02:19 PM  6 years agoPost 25
Neon Juripuri

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you could wash off the area with a garden hose and then beat the plankers with it after
I was thinking the same thing. Seriously, A 5 gallon gas can full of water,and maybe a teaspoon of miracle grow,and they would be complaining the grass is growing too fast. Thats what I would do.
And as McKrackin says,take off in different spots. Thats how our heli field is,and there really aren't any dead spots from nitro.
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06-01-2012 03:29 PM  6 years agoPost 26
rcnut

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We've had that issue at our field. And the field "bully" came over to me and chewed what little rear end I had left off! I asked him if my butt tasted good! I informed him that it wasn't me that was doing the spot circles.

I was two of our other heli pilots that was creating these burn marks. As it turned out, it was the type of fuel they were using. I've been using Wildcat for years and have yet to make a burn mark in the grass. I tried it at home, filled the tank, started my heli; let it run at about 1/4 throttle for a half tank worth...my heli made no burn marks.

Not all fuels are created equal, but some are more toxic than others. When a friend is flying his nitro heli, I would swear he was burning anti-freeze.

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06-01-2012 03:47 PM  6 years agoPost 27
altima1779

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We had the same issue at our mainly plank club. Two of us were doing a lot of FAI practice and we used the same spot since we had it marked off.

We used only WildCat so I imagine all fuel will do it. We did move spots and planted seed, same thing happened over and over again. I think after a while the plankers got over it.

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06-01-2012 03:47 PM  6 years agoPost 28
Neon Juripuri

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As it turned out, it was the type of fuel they were using. I've been using Wildcat for years and have yet to make a burn mark in the grass
Hmmmm, I was thinking about this. There just aren't any fuel burn marks at our field. There is an airplane side,and a helicopter side. No dead spots from fuel on either side. And a lot of nitro gets burned on both sides. Not many of us burn 30% but some do. But the fact is there is only 1 hobby store on this side of town,and they sell mostly Wildcat,and some Byron. I burn Wildcat.
Something to think about.
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06-01-2012 04:34 PM  6 years agoPost 29
Zaaaguy72

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We only use Byron's 30%, but I really don't think the fuel brand makes much of a difference to the grass, but maybe.

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06-01-2012 05:27 PM  6 years agoPost 30
rilopez825

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Yea I don't have any spots or burn marks either. we have a concrete heli pad but I don't use it much as it wears out the skids fast.

Now on the other hand the plankers have that field all torn up. especially the jet guys. They have a 6ft parameter of burnt grass around the pit.

Richard

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06-02-2012 01:19 AM  6 years agoPost 31
heli-cuzz

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Hovering nitro helicopters above grass will give a lawn the appearance of a bitch pissing all over the place.
Flying nitro helicopters above grass will not cause burn spots.

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06-02-2012 04:48 AM  6 years agoPost 32
Manny1776

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06-02-2012 05:18 AM  6 years agoPost 33
Futura SE

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Forget Nitro!
Nitro spots grow back in a couple of weeks. This is what you better watch out for!!!!!

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06-02-2012 05:11 PM  6 years agoPost 34
S Crutchfield

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Go to the farm store and buy a stall mat. They are 4'x 6'x 3/4 in. thick, weighs 60 lbs and cost $35....... and you can mow right over them. I actually use 2 of them together. It keeps the dirt out of the mechanics on my Vario gasser.

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06-02-2012 05:51 PM  6 years agoPost 35
Fnity

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@Crutchfield +1

That is exactly what we did at our club. The mats are very durable and stay flat.

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