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12-12-2013 04:46 PM  5 years ago
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carigaud

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little kids and helis
I know its a crazy subject but how young do you guys feels kids should be flying helis,im not very confident in some of the small kids flying without knowing the dangers of the hobby.i just know the dangers of what can happen and young kids not sure of what can go wrong.
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12-12-2013 04:49 PM  5 years ago
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Depends on the child, Some are more responsible than others. Use your own judgement and common sense.Bill Whittaker
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12-12-2013 04:51 PM  5 years ago
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can-o-worms pops open.

There are different levels of maturity. I would say no don't, but then kids like Justin Gee show me wrong and can fly very, very, very well.

I would say that every child is different and you as a parent will be the only judge of ability and sense of self-preservation. These things can and do kill people.

I learned to properly handle guns as a youth. It was drilled into me that it was no toy and a sign of manhood. I learned to respect guns and handle them correctly. You have to give kids responsibility and let them grow into the shoes.
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12-12-2013 05:46 PM  5 years ago
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kids and helis do mix just fine as lone as they understand that there not toys that is a good thing for the hobby kids learn quicker than us older people so darn let them have fun with an understanding
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12-12-2013 06:21 PM  5 years ago
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Kids and Helis,

I started when I was 3 yrs old ( Now 28 ) And the one thing my father always taught me was to respect the model! They are very dangerous.

Growing up in the Hobby/Sport with my dad was/is awesome! Wouldn't trade it for the world.

That being said, I didn't have the all composite stuff when I started and helis didn't move like they do today. We were lucky to get them off the ground. So extra precaution should be taken in today's day and age.

Just my .2

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12-12-2013 06:22 PM  5 years ago
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Awareness
My 5yr old is a great airplane pilot and enjoys fast hard flying, amazingly he knows the blades hurt and will not go near a heli. Which makes him uncomfortable to fly them. Every kid is different but I find it amazing he is aware. But then again, he has been at the field with me since his first funfly at Nathan Spencer's home when he was 7 days old!!! My wife was very supportive!

It's all what we teach them to respect in this hobby! Fun but in reality it's dangerous
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12-12-2013 08:42 PM  5 years ago
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I started building and flying when I was about 7. I started to work with my daughter at 9 and she is better at doing most of the flying than I am.....Kids have great reflexes / eye hand coordination. I think if you explain all aspects of the hobby including the safety aspects kids can start as soon as they are able to understand speech.Chicagoslick
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12-12-2013 08:47 PM  5 years ago
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My 9 year old son wants to fly mine, but I am a little concerned about it. He does ok on my sim for about 5 minutes, then gets bored and goofs off. I know it would be different with a real heli because there is no reset button. I think I will give him a shot with my swift nx when I get my radikal g20 built and flying. I won't be disappointed if the swift get stuffed then.The world is yours!
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12-12-2013 09:14 PM  5 years ago
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It is imperative for children to know helis are not toys.

Their minds will not grasp this concept, but it is our duty as responsible parents.

Parents or not, we lead by example.
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12-12-2013 09:51 PM  5 years ago
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My son started at almost 3 years old and does awesome..Hes flown the Nano,Nano CPX,130X and MCPX..

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12-13-2013 02:22 AM  5 years ago
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Depends on the child, Some are more responsible than others. Use your own judgement and common sense.
+1, and who their first mentor is. The right one definitely goes a long way.
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12-13-2013 02:38 AM  5 years ago
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Im teaching my boys how to respect helis. My 6 year old saved his allowance for his first heli after playing with air hogs.
If he messes up or disrespects it i teach him why and then hes grounded from it the rest of the day which makes him really upset, but the lesson sticks.
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12-13-2013 03:08 AM  5 years ago
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Mason started at 4. He flew a Trex 700 Nitro on the buddy box. By the end of the first flight he had taken off and landed many times on his own. I kept him on the cord for just under a year with lots of flight time and many fun flys attended.

I have always taught him safety and respect to others and himself. He is very aware of his surroundings and his limitations.

Next, he is always aware of others around him. He rarely takes his eyes off a heli. He is an amazing spotter as well and always doing his job. There is a video of him on the internet spotting for a team member. You can tell that he was every bit of paying attention.

Now, with that said, he can out fly me any day of the week. I have seen him recover from what would have been a remit for me. His orientation and control is amazing.

This is not just him, but any child that is given proper instruction and taught respect will do the same.

This has not just been a great hobby for my son and I but also my wife and Masons brother. Much like Jc, he grew up flying with his father and today they are still very, very close. I hope that my son and I can have the same relationship when Mason is 28.

Oh, and not only flying, but building. Mason can sit down and tell you just about every part and how it works. He can explain lift, the rudder, the purpose of a gyro. We enjoy this building time together.

This hobby brings lots of us together for something that will have a common passion about. It is amazing to watch the you grow.

So, understand that the kid next to you is probably safer than the guy next to you, unless it is Tareq, Jc, Matt, Alan.. etc. Most of us would burry it, but these kids are good.

So, get your kid or the kid at the field involved and have a great time.
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12-13-2013 03:16 AM  5 years ago
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My 6 year old saved his allowance for his first heli after playing with air hogs
The only good use my son and I could find for his Airhog was a moving shotgun target. They are such a POS. His Blade Scout is pretty good for what it is, just wish it was full 4 ch control instead. Then both of us would gain something from it. I think after the holidys, it may be time to buddy box the swift.
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12-13-2013 11:02 AM  5 years ago
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I also agree it depends on the child. Also with so much BNF stuff that is relatively safe (they call all get you) there are many avenues for kids to get into the hobby and learn the basics before advancing.Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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12-13-2013 11:46 AM  5 years ago
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The most important thing is that a child has to be ready and that can only be determined on an individual basis.

Next is to start them on the simulator so their first attempts with the real item will be modestly successful.

Size does matter, and frankly an 8 year old kid flying a 700 just gives me the willies. You may be able to get your kid to fly one, but I equate any heli over a 150 size to a loaded weapon.

Lastly, kids must wear eye protection at all times. It takes a long to time grow old and living your entire life with one eye knocked out would not be much fun.

In other words, we have to be responsible parents, as we have to be with everything in a child's life
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12-13-2013 11:16 PM  5 years ago
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I started my 5 year old step daughter on an MSR today.. She was just doing collective, but she did well! Day two starts tomorrow.. More collective and maybe some yaw.. Then on to pitch and roll.Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
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02-18-2014 05:23 PM  5 years ago
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Meowguy,
Next is to start them on the simulator so their first attempts with the real item will be modestly successful.
I'm totally agree with you. Successful first real flight is the key !
Train the very basic
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02-18-2014 06:00 PM  5 years ago
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I started training my son at a early age.
I buddy boxed him every flight just in case. Loved every min of it ..
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02-18-2014 06:12 PM  5 years ago
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I have seen both sides of this when young children are brought to our field. If they have a parent who is in the hobby then they generally have respect for the rc models and people there. If they are not familiar with the hobby then they are usually just like wild jackals on prey!
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