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11-02-2013 02:02 AM  5 years ago
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Vaderluck

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What is a comfortable distance when takeoff ?
What is your comfortable distance from your heli when preparing for a takeoff or hovering (checking heli response, blade tracking etc...)?
Of course this will depend on heli size. When I am flying a 450 heli, I stay away for 4 ~ 5 metres, always stand on right hand side of heli as I had on 2 occasions the tail blade holder broke off
(metal fatigue on screw). I think for a 600 700 size, a safe distance would be 7-8 metres.
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11-02-2013 02:08 AM  5 years ago
wrongler

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I don't think there is a standard distance, I guess it would be what ever you are comfortable with. The farther the better for me. What would be the reason for standing close?Bill Whittaker
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11-02-2013 02:17 AM  5 years ago
RCHSF

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On my 450's I have been at closest 6-12 feet from the business end.

I do worry sometimes about a tail blade coming off.
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11-02-2013 02:18 AM  5 years ago
spiderco

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20 paces for me. It use to be 10 until recent events. 500 size to 800.fly til its dry
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11-02-2013 02:22 AM  5 years ago
Nycatt

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AMA Rules
6. With the exception of events flown under official AMA Competition Regulations, excluding takeoff and landing, no powered model may be flown outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for the pilot and the pilot's helper(s) located at the flightline.

Distance is your friend.

I usually take off within 10 to 20 feet.



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11-02-2013 02:33 AM  5 years ago
Scott1115

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~20 feet for me. Never have tail blades turning directly at me in case one lets go.Compass 7HV, Trex 550E
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11-02-2013 02:57 AM  5 years ago
Eury

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My 700 and 520 get walked 40-50 feet out. Always have, I don't want a heli anywhere near me since hitting myself with my Shuttle ZX back in 94. 450s start closer, 15ft or so minimum. I also don't have the tail pointed towards myself or others if it can be avoided and never hover at head height.Nick Crego

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11-02-2013 03:06 AM  5 years ago
Stephen Born

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Enough to enjoy the flight.
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11-02-2013 03:18 AM  5 years ago
RobMcQuillen

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and never hover at head height.
+1
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11-02-2013 03:18 AM  5 years ago
bustedmp

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Depends if I am in my back yard where space is limited to basic hovering maneuvers, or at a field where I can stretch it out a bit. But I do not line myself up with the tail. Had a tail blade come my direction about a year ago now, and it was a bit of an eye opener for me. I stay far enough away to duck and cover if needed.The world is yours!
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11-02-2013 03:44 AM  5 years ago
McKrackin

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I think about 20-30 feet with the 700.

About 4-5 feet with the 450.

Hand launch the 130.

Hand launch and catch in flight anything smaller than a 130.
I literally never use the word literally right.
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11-02-2013 05:58 AM  5 years ago
whoamis

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I dunno, but every time I spin up a new, larger heli, I find myself taking three steps back.oops, bounced it!
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11-02-2013 07:27 AM  5 years ago
sharam

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700 and 800 size, 30-40 ft away. Tail at an angle to myself; quickly go to above head hover. Fly!

Turbine Huey - 40+ ft!!

I toss the smaller helis (nano and mcpx) high up and then start them up.
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11-02-2013 11:29 AM  5 years ago
Retired2011

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I've never measured.
I set the heli on the pad and stand behind the flight line, except for the 130.
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11-02-2013 02:38 PM  5 years ago
VANHELI

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I have always walked my larger helis out around 20 feet or so. I also always take off tail in, slightly angled and take the heli away from myself immediately upon lift off. Sometimes re-landing with a profile view and taking off again...a little more violently!

It does concern me with some at my local field how close they are to the heli during spool up and take off.
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11-02-2013 02:55 PM  5 years ago
unclejane

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When FPV, as far away as possible. Otherwise, when flying line-of-sight... well, as far away as possible.

With my multis, I'm not quite as worried since they're smaller and probably wouldn't be fatal. But my helis, I want to be as far away from that damn thing as I can get on takeoff.

The only limitation for me is how far I feel like walking to get that thing the hell away from me lol.

With FPV, the major advantage is that I can practice my approaches/landings/takeoffs kind of wherever I want plus or minus interference with the video downlink. So on one end of the runway or the other miles and miles away from me is my preference....

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11-02-2013 06:28 PM  5 years ago
BENTDABOOM

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safe distance for me would be around +30Ft hover awhile making sure eveythings ok then blast offCAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being
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11-02-2013 06:32 PM  5 years ago
NQNA

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Never hover with the tail rotor directly inline with you.. Yes I have had some blades wiz past my head.. Old Schluter helicopter days..
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11-02-2013 07:41 PM  5 years ago
BENTDABOOM

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ya gotta wonder what made the tail blade fly off in the 1st placeCAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being
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11-02-2013 07:52 PM  5 years ago
NQNA

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Schluter part failure
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