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10-29-2013 02:15 PM  4 years agoPost 1
RhelipilotC

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Oahu, Hawaii

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I was wondering if others go through this too.

I was completely addicted to RC Helis for about a year. I flew almost every day at least 4 packs a day. HF and Runryder were my main daily reading. I was tinkering and stuff all the time.

...and then I am done. Almost overnight. I havent flown in almost 2 months and rarely even read the sites. No reason. I havent crashed and still have time, I just dont have much interest in flying. Perhaps the Roman tragedy unconsiously affected me more than I would like to admit?

Anyone else go through this?

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10-29-2013 02:19 PM  4 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Not yet! I don't fly much now because of the weather, But I'm always working on rc something!
Just go fly once and see what happens.

Bill Whittaker

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10-29-2013 02:32 PM  4 years agoPost 3
Santiago P

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I was completely addicted to RC Helis for about a year. I flew almost every day at least 4 packs a day. HF and Runryder were my main daily reading. I was tinkering and stuff all the time.

...and then I am done. Almost overnight.
possibly burnt out, or just bored of doing the same.

I go through a little of that every few years, then I get back on it. The one thing that kept it fresh is the close ties with other pilots, AKA friends. None are perfect people and yet, they make this hobby perfect.

I could be playing couch potato at home, and along pop a few texts saying "LETS GO FLYING". Spring up, grab the gear, load the car, and off to the field...

No hobby is just about playing with the toys.

Santiago

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10-29-2013 02:35 PM  4 years agoPost 4
Mapleleafs

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Ontario, Canada

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+1 Here.

I used to be obsessed, the first 5 years I was an active member on all the forums and went flying every week, had a full fleet of heli's and was constantly wanting more.

Now I only fly 2-3 times a month and am barely a contributor to any of these forums. I maybe log on for a few hours every week to check out the main discussion.

Vbar Trex 700N, Vbar MSH Protos 500, Vbar Logo 400

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10-29-2013 02:49 PM  4 years agoPost 5
Mapleleafs

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Ontario, Canada

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possibly burnt out, or just bored of doing the same.
I got bored. Starting to gain interest back again which is exciting !

Ive been busy building/refurbishing motorcycles which has been very challenging but something new and exciting. However, very very frustrating at times, it constantly pushes me back into this hobby.

Vbar Trex 700N, Vbar MSH Protos 500, Vbar Logo 400

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10-29-2013 03:03 PM  4 years agoPost 6
helicoop

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North West Ohio

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Have been doing RC for 40 years and helies from 36. I burn out every few years but still hang out at the fields as the friend are the biggest part of this hobby (life style) for me.

RC- a life style not a hobby!

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10-29-2013 03:16 PM  4 years agoPost 7
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I put my lack of interest recently down to not being able to fly nearly as often as I used to. We have also had field issues here which meant club membership had to go up and we lost members and the club hasn't had the same vibe since.

Secondly for me the fact that once you have chosen your prefered FBL system, all the helis fly relatively the same, have almost unlimited power and you can be silly on the sticks in the air and get away with it, helis for me lack character these days. You can set a heli up in minutes or even buy one ready setup (BNF) and they fly perfect first time and can be as fast as you like by pressing a few buttons. It gets boring for me now.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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10-29-2013 03:26 PM  4 years agoPost 8
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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+1^
I am with helicoop on this subject.. along with most of the others that have posted..
One question I have for the OP...do you belong to a club?? I could certainly see where running 4 packs per day by yourself would get boring quickly!!!
I do 99 1/2% flying at my club field and spend a lot of time shooting the bull or helping others...this is what keeps me from burning out..
Also, at this time of the season, when the fun fly's are pretty much wound down or too far for me to travel, I like to break out a plane or two and head out to the field wo a heli, or maybe just one!!!
I got my first radio in 1969 and started helis about 1990/91 and have not looked back..
As one other mentioned, this is basically a life style for me, and I do not see me quiting until they have to pry the tx from my hands!!!
Yes, I am one of those old die hard fans of our hobby/sport..
Take a break and enjoy the company of the others with the same interests....
I travel to a new fun fly with the idea of not only meeting up with old friends, but also other new friends I just haven't met yet!!!
Good Luck with whatever you choose, but we hate to loose members of our heli community...
Stan

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10-29-2013 03:27 PM  4 years agoPost 9
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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I discovered FPV a month or two ago, otherwise I was on the cusp of dropping r/c again completely for the Nth time.

That was just the ticket to get me using my fleet again, where possible. Looking back, line-of-sight r/c flying always starts to get boring for me after a while. I'm a lousy LOS pilot and staring at a dot in the sky hurts my eyes anyway. I've always wanted to be up there inside the thing anyway.

With FPV, about 11 moderate and 6 1/2 really bad problems go completely away and maybe 2 moderate and 3 or 4 really bad new ones appear in their place. So on balance, it's been a large net positive. The nitro Whiplash is the only one I really can't repurpose as an FPV machine. The Whippy E on 6S with super cheapie Align 690's on it is my main FPV heli; the trex 700E will go back into duty soon as I get a couple more parts and some motivation to reassemble it.

Heli FPV is definitely a brown-pants affair at first, but if you can manage to learn the hover from "inside" without crashing, it's worth it. FPV is similar to the full-scale experience, so it's a completely different type of fun.

Something drastic like that might be the ticket for getting back into it?

LS

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10-29-2013 03:35 PM  4 years agoPost 10
BOB WHO?

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Downey, Ca.

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Well, you said it.... the death of Roman Pirozek has changed your attitude toward the hobby. I think that this unfortunate event has affected all of us in one way or another. I am going to learn something from this terrible accident and use the wisdom to possibly prevent accidents at my field. I will be more careful with large helis and warn others if they are flying recklessly. I chose to take something positive from this tragedy rather than allow it to define what the hobby is for me...

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10-29-2013 05:58 PM  4 years agoPost 11
icanfly

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ontario

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what about the RP incident has you worried?
What sort of flying have you done?
Are buddies important or a solo flight more satisfying?
Do you fly in the same place or have lots of flying areas?
One size heli or do you have a small variety?
3D?
FC3?
Scale? Lack of a challenge?
Joined a Club?

Your wondering why? All sports have guys who drop out for awhile. I used to have a golf driving range, interest comes and goes, same for many other interests. Heli interest has come and gone, coming this time in a big way because there are a multitude of changes and challenges and it's possible to fly EVERYTHING any way you want.

Try a sail plane, Hawaii is PERFECT for it.

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10-29-2013 06:08 PM  4 years agoPost 12
RCHSF

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NC

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I got burned out once, years ago, now to keep from burning myself out again, I only fly my birds a couple times a month. Sometimes I go two months or more without picking up the radio. Then when I do it feels great.

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10-29-2013 06:21 PM  4 years agoPost 13
Dave Willis

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Sevierville, TN USA

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I've been active for 42 years, was getting a little lax in my flying, switched to electric and now I'm wide open again.

Dave

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10-29-2013 06:48 PM  4 years agoPost 14
Roger Rocket

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Morgan Hill,Ca-United States

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Well, it sounds like your asking, is there anyone else not finding what your looking for in a hobby. The only common thread I see with people that have been in the hobby a long time, is simply, aviation is in their blood. Full size, or models, it doesn't matter. I know a couple of airline pilots, one of them, when not flying for the airline, does flight instruction, and his hobby is building and flying RC Heli's. Aviation IS his life. His wife is also a flight instructor. The other airline pilot I know, it's just a job. He doesn't fly private aircraft, he doesn't do models, or any other interest in aviation, other than flying for the airline. Go figure. Maybe you will find what your looking for in Golf, Bowling, bike riding, Stamp collecting, whatever. Just keep looking.

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10-29-2013 06:50 PM  4 years agoPost 15
sharam

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Northern California - Fly at Morgan Hill Field

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I have gone through a few cycles of flying and not flying - I think it is pretty much human nature. The point of the hobby is to enjoy what you are doing. If you want to take some time off, then do as your heart desires.

I have recently become more interested in turbine jets and turbine helis so my attention is more on those than flying my 700N or my logo 800 pod and boom helicopters. I expect to be back flying my pod and boom helis soon!

BTW, I started flying model airplanes in the mid 1960s. I have left and come back to the hobby numerous times. I have been flying helicopters since 1998 and have taken a few breaks of a few months every now and then. Sometimes "life" takes over and you need to do other things but for me, it is always great to know that I can come back to this wonderful hobby, and get my adrenaline rush!

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10-29-2013 08:59 PM  4 years agoPost 16
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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I'm on the opposite side of the swing...As my skills progress,the more driven I am.

I gave up on the sim a long time ago but now that I can fly a heli any way I want with almost no chance of crashing it from dumb thumbs,I am hot on the project of getting my desktop repaired and getting my sim back.

Now I know the sim will actually make a difference.

Been flying the 700 6-8 flights a day and the 450 9-12 times a day.

After this last crash with the 450 today,it may never fly again though.
I hate flying a heli that just can't perform.

The 700 is gettin some love though.

Anybody want a cheap Blade 450 3D? Minor damage.lol...

I literally never use the word literally right.

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10-29-2013 10:49 PM  4 years agoPost 17
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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That's how I've been lately with FPV. I've been out to the field after work practically every day, already dumped my trex 700 (mech. failure) and my F550 twice (twice from ejected blades from crappy props, set of APC's on order). And the Whiplash is out in the pickup right now waiting for me when I get off work lol.

I recently passed the zone where I can fly better FPV than I could LOS, which isn't saying much, but suddenly it's much more enjoyable because of that. I can pretty much keep it pinned over a reasonably small spot on the runway even in a wind, at least as good as I could LOS. And no more nose-in or side-in, it's all the same now.

So I've really been wearing it out since I figured out how to fly without a crash (except for throwing blades on the hex and the link incident on the trex 700). It remains to be seen if it keeps my interest, of course, but so far it's been pretty obsessive lol.

LS

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10-29-2013 11:03 PM  4 years agoPost 18
Jeff polisena

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westpalmbeachflorida usa

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I've been flying daily for over 13 years but lately it's been every couple of months . For me it's the new product every week it seems . I hate when you buy something and a week after it's outdated . I know this happens with all products but RC world seems to be getting out of hand . Now the other issue is age ,I'm older with different priorities and can't get past the idiots that fly thinking these are harmless toys. I've been hit before but now with family ,they need me around and functional. I also want to see kids grow up .I still help build,repair,setup and train but not as much .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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10-29-2013 11:41 PM  4 years agoPost 19
ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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If I had enough time and good enough weather I might get tired of this hobby.
The season is short, The breaks are long and that's what keeps me hooked.

maybe you need to get involved with club training

spending time, paying attention

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10-30-2013 02:34 AM  4 years agoPost 20
patriot21

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Byron,MN

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Been there just like everyone else here. I just got back in after about 6 years out. Started flying foamy planes again 3 years ago. Then bought a mcpx bl to try out this fbl technology. I am loving it. No stress flying. I am doing things I never would have tried before cuz I can crash and laugh about it knowing I can put it back on the skids and go. I only fly once a week now indoors during the winter. I appreciate it a lot more. Take a break for awhile or fly less.

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