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10-14-2012 12:56 AM  5 years agoPost 1
3dgimble

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This year was my first time attending Funflies, and I must say they were all awesome. The comradery was good, the pilots were the best.

The safety at my club and at Funflies seem to be a little different, pilot at Funflies take things to the edge and little beyond it seems. Flying within a few feet and inches sometimes, it seems to be the most entertaining factor when attending one. This year was a record for the amount of new underwear I had to purchase, because every funfly I have attended this year I had to jump back or run because helis went past flight lines towards the crown or debris got flung into our direction during a crash. I don't mind a little danger in my entertainment. I can not run as fast I used to like when I attended car rallying events.
Should we put up nets, like they do at some European events?

debris from heli at IRCHA 2012 flung behind flight line.

Watch at YouTube

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10-14-2012 01:09 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Dood

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This year was a record for the amount of new underwear I had to purchase
ahem!

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10-14-2012 01:15 AM  5 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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Not a real fan of the close flying, sooner or later someone will get seriously hurt, Until it happens probably nothing will change! I will add that our club is safty first minded.

Bill Whittaker

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10-14-2012 01:18 AM  5 years agoPost 4
dkshema

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If this were an AMA sanctioned event, maintaining safety is the job of the Contest Director. Prior to the event, there should be a pilot's meeting where the flight line is clearly pointed out and it should be stated that no flying behind the flight line will be tolerated.

It is up to the CD to enforce those rules, and to ground anyone who fails to observe them.

If you see a problem, track down the CD and make it known.

That being said, safe flying is also the responsibility of anyone who flies.

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10-14-2012 01:27 AM  5 years agoPost 5
GREYEAGLE

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No : Not until the Fire Hand Test

Then maybe :------- BUT most likely not

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10-14-2012 05:10 AM  5 years agoPost 6
rbort

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Last year
You should have seen the crazy amount of crashes at the Orlando heli blowout... I counted over FIFTY crashes and I'm not kidding. Not sure what was happening but on Friday there was like 22 crashes that I saw. On Saturday 19 out of the 23 demo pilots crashed, and on Sunday there was like 8 that I saw.

There were some crashes at night that I missed, which brought the total so high. Not sure why, I guess last funfly of the season people were pushing to the limit!!

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10-14-2012 05:57 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Noobyflyer

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Threads like this get a lot of views. And I would assume from some that are not as much part of the hobby, but more so involved in regulation.

Be careful what you wish for. A lot of time, you get more than what you bargain for. Once you lose certain liberties and an open sense of fun, you rarely get it back. It's like a ratchet.

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10-14-2012 06:25 AM  5 years agoPost 8
TMoore

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As a hobby we've been very lucky. No major incidents but what that tells me is that to keep the record we need to be vigilant. All this close in stuff is a recipe for an incident. Redneck night flying has to go, no more of that at any event. All it takes is one ball link, or one failed servo or electronics part and the model is a projectile. The Conga lines at the pilot stations don't work either.

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10-14-2012 11:19 AM  5 years agoPost 9
MartyH

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We are going to pay for this sooner or later. From a personal safety standpoint I leave if someone is flying real close to themselves. I don't want to be a witness when the accident happens.
I don't care how good or how well known a pilot is, eventually we're going to see the "big one" when a heli comes apart and either lands in the crowd, takes out the pilot or someone else at the pilot station.

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10-14-2012 11:41 AM  5 years agoPost 10
nickt919

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The first few years I attended some FF's I thought the same thing. The big events were a venue for immediate disaster. It's been 9 years and counting with no tragic outcomes at the big events. I don't know if I've become weathered or just got use to the close stuff but it doesn't bother me quite as much. It's always there and thankfully everyone always seems to go home in one piece. A lot of it still scares me though....a set of 710's doing fast aileron tic tocs a few feet out or fast hurricanes coming around blazing a few feet out are still very intimidating.

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10-14-2012 12:19 PM  5 years agoPost 11
MartyH

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Again. Doesn't matter how good or how long we have been getting away with this. We are one tragic event away from a hobby altering situation. I have way too much respect for the kinetic energy built up in those carbon fiber knives to stand anywhere close to them. When debris lands BEHIND someone in a crash, that was way too close.

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10-14-2012 02:30 PM  5 years agoPost 12
mlowish

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Attended one yesterday. A number of the club rules were "bent". Vehicles parked very close to flying areas, flying very close to being over the crowd a number of times, maneuvers that would have resulted in crowd hits if there were any pilot error or mechanical failure. It seems like the more experienced pilots from out of town were the worst violators and club officials chose to take the attitude that, "well they know the risks." I huddled up next to someone's new BMW so I knew I would be safe.

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10-14-2012 03:11 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Ace Dude

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Once you lose certain liberties and an open sense of fun, you rarely get it back. It's like a ratchet.
The number one reason you loose your liberties is because you use them irresponsibly.

  

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10-14-2012 03:14 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Ace Dude

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We are going to pay for this sooner or later. From a personal safety standpoint I leave if someone is flying real close to themselves. I don't want to be a witness when the accident happens.
I don't care how good or how well known a pilot is, eventually we're going to see the "big one" when a heli comes apart and either lands in the crowd, takes out the pilot or someone else at the pilot station.
+1! I couldn't agree more and do the same thing.

  

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10-14-2012 03:29 PM  5 years agoPost 15
PJRono

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Safety set aside, I think that when you go to a flying field you are taking an inherent risk and should be heads up anyway. These machines can lose signal and go who knows which direction and not necessarily at the pilots fault. So nowhere is really safe and more rules will not change this.

If you skip me I can't play!

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10-14-2012 03:44 PM  5 years agoPost 16
McKrackin

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Sure there are risks but when that heli flies apart and loses control...50 feet could be the difference in life or death.

HEY LOOK OUT!!! And then a few seconds to gather your wits and for the flyer to try and ground the heli.

When the heli flies apart five feet from a crowd....well,then it just hits them and the only screams or cries you'll hear are reactions of the injured people.

I don't know how to fix it....Move the flight line out a little?...Move the bystanders back a little?

It wouldn't take much to make it way safer.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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10-14-2012 03:44 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Ace Dude

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So nowhere is really safe and more rules will not change this.
Therein lies the problem.

  

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10-14-2012 03:49 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Red B.

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Living in Sweden, I know from experience that safety nets are a good idea. Of course, they do not solve all problems since safety is very much about pilot attitude. At meetings in northern Europe organizers have become very strict about safety lines and distances. If you cross a safety line you may be grounded for the day. IMHO this is a good thing and most of my fellow pilots agree.

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10-14-2012 03:55 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Ace Dude

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Safety is very much about pilot attitude.
That's exactly the problem here, attitude. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone.

  

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10-14-2012 04:31 PM  5 years agoPost 20
jgunpilot

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Since switching to flybarless my main mechanical failure has been swash links popping off for some reason. On several different manufacturers products I've had this happen, so I don't think I'd ever trust my heli close to people at a fun fly.

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