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01-27-2016 11:23 PM  3 years ago
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chas1025

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RCGroups Poll of who are Riskiest Pilots
Not that I am surprised as we figured the airplane community lumped all rotor-wing aircraft in the same group. Below is a little confirmation. To a poll participant, helicopter pilots are only slightly less risky than multi rotors.

Sailplanes 6 5.22%
3D 13 11.30%
Pylon racers, hotliners, 5 4.35%
Giant scale 9 7.83%
EDFs 3 2.61%
FPV 39 33.91%
Flying wings 2 1.74%
All other planes 4 3.48%
Multirotors 33 28.70%
Helis 28 24.35%

For those of you that don't want to add,,,,the rotor winged aircraft comprise 86.96% of the riskiest pilots. I am sure there is probably a +/- variance of 1%....lol
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01-28-2016 12:16 AM  3 years ago
Jason Cummings

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I love when the old timers complain about how unsafe helis are and then crash into the pits! Then act like nothing is wrong with it.Synergy Field Rep
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01-28-2016 12:27 AM  3 years ago
cdrking

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Every accident at our field has been hands/fingers in props.To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.
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01-28-2016 12:57 AM  3 years ago
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Wow, does anyone see any problems with voting poll on this subject. This poll is absurd. You cannot add percentages. People can choose multiple selections and the total is divided by the number of people voting, not the total number of votes.

Who are the riskiest drivers?
Motor cyclists
Formula One Drivers
Drag Drivers
Grandmother with cataracts
women
teenagers
men
men w/mustaches
women w/mustaches

Determining things like this would need to survey the total #of crashes/total #of hours flown. Even then, a single accident in a category with few total hours flown would skew the results. The results would have to be weighted by more factors.

There are some things you cannot poll. Has the OP ever even taken a course on statistics?
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01-28-2016 01:09 AM  3 years ago
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Don't quite understand the question the poll was asking.
which models are risky or which pilots take the most risk ?

I don't know of any heli pilots that take risks for safety sake
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01-28-2016 02:08 AM  3 years ago
utahbob

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In 21 yrs. flying heli's I've seen only two "behind the flightline" crashes..in my three yrs. as a member of the local planker club I saw maybe 10-12 such incidents; one time a guy was taxi-ing his plane for a take off and ended up heading into the pits..I had to jump outta my chair to avoid the thing!
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01-28-2016 09:22 AM  3 years ago
flycatch

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Any helicopter is dangerous and the pilot only adds more danger. I had one 600 nitro explode during spool up and another nose dive into the ground. No one was hurt except the helicopter. Face reality people that the helicopter is a mechanical machine that is prone to failure. The pilot is another story and the term "dumb thumbs" best describes an unavoidable crash. Our hobby has killed and injured ourselves and others. Just keep in mind that the rewards out weigh the risks. If you don't believe me than why are you still in the hobby?
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01-28-2016 09:25 AM  3 years ago
flycatch

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Utahbob, your club most be composed of professionals. Most clubs I have been too have a trash barrel dedicated to crash debris.
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01-28-2016 11:45 AM  3 years ago
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In my experience, I think that the heli pilots are better pilots than those flying planes. For one thing, helicopters is a pretty steep learning curve and that most pilots never make it. Those remaining are fairly competent.

Yes, I would say that helicopter pilots take more risks in flying 3D and that the machines are more prone to mechanical failure.

Perhaps the riskiest pilot is one flying outside of their abilities and showing off... listen for this; "watch this"
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01-28-2016 12:49 PM  3 years ago
chas1025

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It is amazing that this perception still exists. The reason I wanted to post this here was to give us some insight to many of the problems we all see in mixed clubs.

We know that helicopter pilots are a very safe crowd. By the nature of our models we take more time, use better components, and take more precautions. If we can only change the perception of many of the fixed wing only pilots, it might help clubs to mix more appropriately.

Some clubs do this very well, but I don't think it has so much to do with the actions of the helicopters pilots in the clubs, where it works, as it is the open mindedness of the club's fixed wing pilots.
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01-28-2016 01:59 PM  3 years ago
rcnut

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I love when the old timers complain about how unsafe helis are and then crash into the pits! Then act like nothing is wrong with it.
Yea...I get that all the time at the club I'm in (I had to join in order to use the field). I'm told all the time how unsafe and extremely dangerous helis are, but yet, its the plankers doing all the damages. Crashing into the pits, the safety fence, the parking lot, and the best one...one of them couldn't resist the erg to crash into our brand new club house...less than a week old!

Yep! Flew over the pits, bounced hard in the parking lot, and into the club house. The airplane pilot flew his plane over his head and lost orientation...who is a more experienced pilot...

But yet...heli pilots are by far worse pilots than plankers!
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01-28-2016 02:36 PM  3 years ago
don s

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Every accident at our field has been hands/fingers in props.
Same here.

Planks crashing/running through the pits, same here.

And I fly both, no bias.
E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.
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01-28-2016 02:58 PM  3 years ago
chas1025

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OP Link
Here is the link to the actual poll and thread.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2587763
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01-28-2016 04:27 PM  3 years ago
RM3

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yeah that is NOT a way to determine the truth...

you would have to record actual crashes in order to determine which are riskier.

and by shear volume most would be planks...

and what type of risk? crashing, injury, or injury to others?

A poll is nothing more than a gathering of opinions...
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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01-28-2016 05:03 PM  3 years ago
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best of all
when these old plankers crash into the pits, they still yell out the old refrain, "I GOT HIT", while standing there with their spread spectrum 2.4ghz transmitter.
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01-28-2016 05:52 PM  3 years ago
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When it comes to electronic proficiency the old plankers' just don't have it. Most of them are afraid of what they don't understand.
I joined a club a few years back that were mostly planes but they wanted to include heli's as well. I tried for a season and it didn't work out.
Because of unsafe practices and because I could not be in the air at the same time and would have to wait up to an hour between flights

In the end I found a good spot near home and I feel safer flying alone than with idiots at some club.

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