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04-25-2013 08:33 PM  5 years agoPost 1
MartynF

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Now thats a really big RC helicopter...

Watch at YouTube

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04-26-2013 12:48 AM  5 years agoPost 2
jgunpilot

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The detailing is incredible. The cockpit has full lighting on the flight instruments and everything. The seats look real! The flying was very scale and lifelike. The only thing missing was a pilot figure in the cockpit, I hope the judges don't knock the score down too much on that count.

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04-26-2013 02:12 AM  5 years agoPost 3
pctomlin

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Is that the new Vario EC-145. Been waiting for them to release this model for a while now, gotta have one.

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04-26-2013 02:22 AM  5 years agoPost 4
GetToDaChopper

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The question that comes to mind, Why ???

Why would you want to remotely pilot a helicopter that can easily accommodate not one but two pilots ??? other than for something like fukushima of couse.....

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04-26-2013 02:50 AM  5 years agoPost 5
jgunpilot

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To pick up a sling load and autonomously deliver it to a high risk drop zone. Perhaps one where maniacs with automatic weapons are waiting.

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04-26-2013 03:30 AM  5 years agoPost 6
GetToDaChopper

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but why use a full size heli for that ? why not a heavy lift drone of somekind, it wound be alot cheaper if it got shot down and safer if it got shot down anywhere near the good guys plus it would be alot cheaper to make drones for that type of work than outfit or "retrofit" full size helis for sure......

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04-26-2013 04:04 AM  5 years agoPost 7
jgunpilot

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Ask EuroCopter. I wouldn't get on an unmanned aircraft of any type. Ever.

By the way, the EC-145 is a pretty good little helicopter for most light helicopter missions.

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04-26-2013 04:05 AM  5 years agoPost 8
RyanW

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Actually this is exactly what needs to happen. You simply cannot believe how much the gov is paying for total junk UAV/UAS. Something like $450k for one my friend flies and a Cessna 150 would do a lot more, easier to maintain, easier to get parts for and overall probably 1/6 the cost.

Hybrid models are the next wave- look at Rutan's latest. You can pilot it or put the computer rack in the pilot's seat and have yourself a rugged UAS.

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04-26-2013 04:27 AM  5 years agoPost 9
GetToDaChopper

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Actually this is exactly what needs to happen. You simply cannot believe how much the gov is paying for total junk UAV/UAS. Something like $450k for one my friend flies and a Cessna 150 would do a lot more, easier to maintain, easier to get parts for and overall probably 1/6 the cost.
LOL and about .001% of the range and at the same time it's a larger target ! now what makes you say that the UAVs are junk ??? they sure seem to be smoking terrorist left and right with hellfire missles (which by the way a 150 would have a hell of a time carrying two of them plus all the stuff required to remotely control and fly it)......

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04-26-2013 06:26 AM  5 years agoPost 10
RyanW

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The point being it makes a lot of sense to use GA that are already developed and parts are readily available.

Yes, quite a few of the smallish UAVs that have been in service would be laughed at by regular r/c pilots.

Easier target because of size, yes. Duration, take the seats and pilots out and you have really increased your duration!

Size and weight of remote avionics? A Mac mini and some other equipment the size of a shoebox. That's about it.

Obviously a general aviation airplane isn't going to compete with a hand launched electric motor glider in portability and stealth, but there is a place for them and I think you will start seeing other countries doing this.

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04-26-2013 09:19 AM  5 years agoPost 11
GetToDaChopper

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Really you're going to compare a military UAV to a cessna 150 ?!? LOL you do know i'm GA mech right ? and i know a few of the people who fly UAVs (Predators), you could strip every unnecessary pound out of a 150 and it would still only fly half as far as a Predator, on it's very best day, if your lucky that is, a Predator can fly 400 nautical miles to a target, loiter overhead for 14 hours, then fly another 400 nautical miles to its base, and that's fully loaded with two 108 pound hellfire missles ! if need be it can fly as long as 24 hours (it's record is 40 hours) and has a service ceiling: 25,000 ft ! to try and make a cessna 150 fill it's roll would be a huge joke, don't even get me started on the TBO time between their two engines, the bottom line is a 150 was designed around people (just two of them) and short "hops" were as a Predator is designed around carrying hellfire missiles (i don't care what anyone says, they were from the start), sophisticated camera systems and very long range flight with the utmost reliability........

For you to call a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator junk well..... you don't know what your talking about.

But if your not talking about UAVs like the Predator then never mind what i said, lol

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04-26-2013 02:26 PM  5 years agoPost 12
RyanW

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Absolutely not talking about the Predator nor any in that class.

I mean the ones like Tigershark and the other dozen or so in that category. These are the platforms that are doing most, if not all of the small scale surveillance and detection.

A 150 is probably a bad example, but you do get the idea. When they charge the gov more for what is essentially a 3W r/c engine than it cost to overhaul both engines on a Baron, you know there are better options!

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