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03-17-2015 12:42 AM  3 years agoPost 1
AgentOrange

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I love this hobby a lot. I love building setting up and flying all of my helis. My predicament right now is just trying to find the time to fly and practice flying. I am even having trouble finding the time to get on the sim at times. My days are pretty full all week. I have a full time job I am a full time dad of two girls ages 6 and 3 and I am a full time student. With all that I go to the gym after work 4 days a week. When all that is said and done I am just worn out. Just wanted to ask how do you guys do it. I dont want to sound like I am throwing a pitty party but its really hard for me to find the time to go fly. My flying suffers as I am not progressing really at all and its very frustrating and my helis are suffering and collecting dust.

Trying not to put them in the dirt.

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03-17-2015 01:28 AM  3 years agoPost 2
Cobra 46

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I think it's the same with everyone , I flew when I was young and then took a break when raising the kids . Now I'm back at it . When you do all the activitys you are doing and a family somthing has to give ! Less sleep??
They say your brain only learns 15 to 20 min at a session , so if you can find 15 min on the sim it's lots better than none. Good luck and just have fun with the time you have .

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03-17-2015 01:34 AM  3 years agoPost 3
cdrking

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I feel your pain, being a responsible adult sucks sometimes. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I used to attend about 5 events per year, I haven't been to a fun fly in years. I still enjoy going to the field every now and then.

I have two priorities in life now, well actually three, my wife and my two boys. The way I look at it I have one chance in life to be a father and I don't want to blow it.

I have gotten my boys into the hobby a little bit, not much time with school activities though. It's all fun and hopefully my sons will continue to enjoy the hobby.

Jeff

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03-17-2015 01:34 AM  3 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Seems to me your priorities are in the correct place! Life is short enjoy your family, The flying time will come when it's right!
Myself......I would probably replace some gym time with flying time.

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03-17-2015 01:40 AM  3 years agoPost 5
Stephen Born

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03-17-2015 02:03 AM  3 years agoPost 6
ICUR1-2

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all those old guys that you see at the field.... there is a reason most of them are in their 50's. Family responsibilities came first.
you'll have your chance someday

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03-17-2015 02:09 AM  3 years agoPost 7
darkfa8

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Laptop + sim on lunch breaks. I need to do this and i only get 30 minutes for lunch :/

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03-17-2015 02:16 AM  3 years agoPost 8
Craigdieslemac

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Same boat here bro.. work.. school.. gym.. only I have 5 kids. Get your kids involved in the hobby, make it a family thing. Almost all my kids have been to the field and I have them from 1 to 15. the resounding theme I have read in here is priorities.. and since you are having a hard time finding time to fly.. I feel like your priorities are probably dead on. I get 2 days a month at a field and a few flights a week at the house with a smaller bird. If you get a system down, its not hard to squeeze in a flight here and there if you have the space. Time management is your friend, keep a battery or two charged up for something that you can fly in the yard.. make it a point to go outside and fly.. it only takes about 10 minutes.. 20 if you count getting your gear together and then putting it all away. I always have a small bird ready to fly for anytime I find a spare moment.

Good luck and if you ever get a chance to come north to Valdosta, you should come fly with us.

Jeff

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03-17-2015 02:22 AM  3 years agoPost 9
AgentOrange

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All great advise. I dont really have a small heli to fly right now just 50 and 90 size nitro helis.

Trying not to put them in the dirt.

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03-17-2015 02:30 AM  3 years agoPost 10
jharkin

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(I'm a Dad of twin 4 year olds, I can relate)

How do I do it?

I dont. I go to the field once, maybe twice a month. Once in a while I'll hit the sim for 15 minutes in the evening if I'm not too tired.

Its a stage in life... You will have more time for hobbies once your kids are grown but for now kids are your life.

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03-17-2015 02:39 AM  3 years agoPost 11
captor03

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Same here also... But I think of it this way. My daughter rides horses, and I'd rather have the memories of watching her ride, and compete than any memories at the field that won't mean as much to me to remember anyways...

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03-17-2015 02:59 AM  3 years agoPost 12
Ace Dude

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I love this hobby a lot. I love building setting up and flying all of my helis. My predicament right now is just trying to find the time to fly and practice flying. I am even having trouble finding the time to get on the sim at times. My days are pretty full all week. I have a full time job I am a full time dad of two girls ages 6 and 3 and I am a full time student. With all that I go to the gym after work 4 days a week. When all that is said and done I am just worn out. Just wanted to ask how do you guys do it. I dont want to sound like I am throwing a pitty party but its really hard for me to find the time to go fly. My flying suffers as I am not progressing really at all and its very frustrating and my helis are suffering and collecting dust.
The tassel is worth the hassle...study hard, finish school. Sometimes you need to sacrifice what you want now for what you want eventually. The RC hobby will still be around when you finish your "big rocks".

Watch at YouTube

  

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03-17-2015 03:23 AM  3 years agoPost 13
jimmymc2286

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Commiskey, Indiana USA

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You are at that time in life, and you are doing it right. Involve the family as much as you can in the hobby. Get a small heli you can fly at home. I went back to school when my kids were in their teens. I put the hobby on hold for a few years keeping a small foamy to fly at home. Once the kids were taken care of, jumped back in with both feet and will do it till I can no longer hold a TX. Both of my sons are still in the RC hobby, and fly with me when ever they get the chance.

Jimmy, If it looks like a heli I like it.

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03-17-2015 03:29 AM  3 years agoPost 14
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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Dad of a 4 yr old n a 5 month old girls
And I work 50 hrs a week. My older daughter has a music class and dance luckily my mother inlaw drives her to dance every other class. My lhs is a hr away and waiting for parts from the web is a gut wrenching anxiety ridden expedition with fake stores waiting to get a hold of your credit card numbers. Uncle Sam taking his sweet time refunding my over payment into a system that doesn't hold the same values in which it was founded from
And then the lunatics that run our n other governments about to unleash ww3 ?? What has our world become ??

Any how back to reality :? I do get some time after work to play when it's nice wish lunch break was a hour vs my half we get. Luckily I do have 3 large fields I can fly In, all 5 min in different directions so usually a flight during lunch then 1 or two after work then off to cook dinner n get the girls in bed n by that time it 11-12 so we get to lay down n go to sleep to start it all over again the next day. So weekend I pick a couple hours to work play repair heli's n no sim time, with 3 gonna b 4 heli's I'd rather get stick time in

just got new tx so gonna set my new g380 up in and so far I ve got to look over the manual while on the throne tole other night. I updated the sd card with the new firm ware. Got my tag01 today I snuck 5 min at work to down load the newest firm ware on to my lap top but ran out if time to play with it.

Yup I hate the clock no time for heli's family n a newborn take presidence. Luckily my older daughter wants to fly heli's now just got to get her going with the little quads first good luck time management is one of the hardest things to balance

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03-17-2015 04:22 AM  3 years agoPost 15
turboomni

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My first kid was born in 1992,, I was heavy into rc planes and was starting pattern competition at the time. After the birth of my first child I basically sold almost all of my RC stuff within a year as I knew if I had that stuff stuck in my basement looking at me I would miss doing it. For me I am glad I did sell most all of it and took off 10 years from RC. It gave me room to concentrate on my career and family. I don't think I could have taken on any more and do it well at the time. Since I knew it I couldn't do it all to my satisfaction and had to eliminate something. I am glad I did and when I came back to RC 10 or more years later it was just as wondrous as it was when I was first discovered it as a kid!!

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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03-17-2015 04:32 AM  3 years agoPost 16
EEngineer

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TX

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finding the time to get on the sim at times
Just try to find the time to at least schedule 15 mins/day on the sim...if nothing else...

Like taking out the trash...gotta be done everyday.....

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03-17-2015 04:40 AM  3 years agoPost 17
Ace Dude

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It's important to be realistic, there's only 168 hours in a week. Don't prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.

  

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03-17-2015 04:50 AM  3 years agoPost 18
EEngineer

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Don't prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.
That's a great way to put it....

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03-17-2015 12:46 PM  3 years agoPost 19
Richardmid1

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I'm in the same boat so I took up another activity that I can do in the evenings when its dark, cycling, ive even started racing, it's great fun and good exercise.
I maybe fly once a month now and have no sim since our house rabbits chewed through the cable months ago. I don't feel my flying has suffered, sure I probably won't progress but I don't seem to have forgotten how to do everything I used to do.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-17-2015 01:00 PM  3 years agoPost 20
ssmith512

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Sell your kids on the black market and dump the gym membership. You'll have more money and time for the hobby you love.

Steve

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