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05-10-2015 03:25 AM  6 years ago
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down the sidewalk just under the power lines
so in my home town, I saw this kid flying his quad right down the sidewalk, it was a tight fit inches from the trees and just inches under the power lines, the kid had to be 10, 12y.o. and his dad had his head turned back watching as he was walking back to the house,, the body on this quad had to be close to 16 or 18 inches wide, then add the props of course,,

man when I saw he was just inches under the power lines all I could think of was 1) what if he hit and cut a wire, what if he hits a car, what if he hits some one, what if he flies threw a house window, 2) this is not good for the hobby, 3) man I should to go back and talk to the kid's dad,

but 2 things stopped me form going back, 1) at my age I know the way people can be, all I could think was what if it would piss off the Dad or it just would do no good at all and the kid would just keep on doing what he was doing after I was gone and then again the next day too ,,, 2) the hot pizza was in the back seat and the wife loves her pizza..

any hoo, as of now I wish I did go back and talk to the kid and his father, and tell them why what the boy was doing is a threat to the hobby, and tell them to join the AMA, then at that, if the kid did go on flying as he was and he did do some $3000 in damage some how to some one's car or house, they would have remembered me and that talk

man that kid was no lower than 5 or 6 inches below those power wires.

if there's a next time, I'll stop, it's the right thing to do
Jim
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05-10-2015 03:27 AM  6 years ago
don s

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I suspect the power lines would win.E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.
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05-10-2015 04:54 AM  6 years ago
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Remember the airport in Dubai being shut down because of a quad a few months ago? Talking with someone at the club this afternoon that rotated back for a break from there. Apparently the government is having all hobbiest register their RC aircraft with the government, if international they are collecting passport photos and work visa info too. You can thank a fool with a quad for this, can't wait to see what happens next.
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05-10-2015 05:56 AM  6 years ago
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can't wait to see what happens next
don't let people buy them unless the buyer is of aged and are certified
Jim
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05-10-2015 06:25 AM  6 years ago
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I belive its called thinning the heard......let um have at it....they will get the damn things banned......then we will all have to have an ama card and fly an approved flying site......
Oh....wait, I already do.
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05-10-2015 01:45 PM  6 years ago
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Better to have just kept driving. These days it doesn't seem to take much to set people off. You probably would have had Dad climbing all up your butt about how his useless kid had God given unalienable rights to do dumb crap with his toys. This would be followed by yet another waste of law enforcements time dealing with two adults fighting over how a toy is played with. Not worth it. In the end nothing would have been changed or made better and worst of all the pizza would been cold.
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05-10-2015 03:51 PM  6 years ago
jackp332

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I hate to say it Jim but I think JasonJ is right. It's very unfortunate in today's society how almost every action is viewed as a threat in some way. I am sad to say I would have probably done nothing as well for fear of getting in some kind of argument with dad or even the kid. Perhaps a better approach would be to invite him to come fly with you or join your club? You know, show them what the hobby is really about- not just what he learned from Mike's Hobbies
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05-10-2015 07:51 PM  6 years ago
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No way possible it would cut the power line. Not even slightly damage it.
If it was possible,they'd come crashing down with every slight breeze.

I watched a semi snag one and break down half the poles in Jackson and destroy the backyard fence at two homes....Zero damage to the lines.

And a baseball would do more damage to a house or car.

You need to fly one and own one to realize that they aren't dangerous at all.
Absolutely no real injuries or any measurable property damage yet.
They're over hyped by too many nervous nellies and people are starting to fall for it.
I literally never use the word literally right.
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05-10-2015 08:24 PM  6 years ago
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It does not have to cut the line:

Most are Un Isulated especially the High Tension or High Voltage lines - why Line men wear insulated rubber sleeves and use shock stick's ect. Clip and de- clip ground's.

All that is necessary is to cause a fault. Then it cascades.
they aren't dangerous at all.
Like a squirrel that can take a whole substation out.

One Toasted Squirrel ;

Then you get exploding transformers or Power Pig's.

Could cripple a infra structure like a Hospital - but they have standby's
Absolutely no real injuries or any measurable property damage yet.
Fall for it ??? How about Common sense ?
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