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04-05-2020 04:35 PM  57 days ago
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wjvail

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Is Your Club Still Open for Business?
Today is Sunday morning and I'm going to the club field. Recently I read where someone posted their club had put up a sign and said no flying this summer. Admittedly flying in Florida or California is nothing like flying in Mississippi. Here we never have 10 people - even on a good day. Still, the comment caught me off guard. It hadn't occurred to me that larger clubs may be chaining the gates shut.

It got me wondering how many people have had to change their hobbying routine as a result of this flu. Is it business as usual for you and your buddies or are you having to make do with the sim?
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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04-05-2020 05:08 PM  57 days ago
honda411

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We are still open currently but on the edge of closing. I am very very close friends with the club president and I had to lay it out with him in regards to this issue. We are the same way with ten people on a good day. We do have one issue with one guy who loves to get right in peoples faces and talk which is putting the club at risk of closure. But I told the club president if he does shut it down for something silly like this then I won’t renew my memebership again and go elsewhere next year. We should promote getting out in the fresh air and still enjoy the hobby.HeliDirect Field Rep, Synergy N7 w/ OS 105, Torq Servos, Cyclone/ Rail blades
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04-05-2020 06:28 PM  57 days ago
helitom

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Our club (Gold County Flyers - goldcountryflyers.com) stopped the monthly meetings with the March meeting. Shortly thereafter the flying field was closed.

While these actions were met with some grumbling, it is the current way of life. In addition, it is difficult to fault the club officers for taking these actions. Here in Northern California we are under direct stay at home orders, no gathering over ten people, etc, etc. If you were the club prez and did nothing to comply with law and someone (or more) became ill, I suspect you could well have liability issues.
The older I get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
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04-05-2020 09:18 PM  57 days ago
Jerry K

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We are still flying on the outskirts of Houston, Ft Bend Helis. The plane club across the freeway is closed down, Ft Bend RC. One single flyer was told at Tom Bass park that ALL 'Sporting Events' were prohibited so he went home. I feel this is the result of rolling over, and playing dead. Can you tell me what 1 person standing in the middle of a field and watching a toy helicopter flying around your head has to do with the COVID-19 spread? It has more to do with ruining someone's fun and enjoyment.
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04-06-2020 01:39 AM  57 days ago
wjvail

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Well the quarantine really didn't matter. I went to the field today but there was only one old guy with some even older models. Too bad really. 75 degrees and a light breeze. Just a few puffy clouds in a blue sky. Indian paintbrush was in full bloom.

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04-06-2020 02:27 PM  56 days ago
wjvail

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helitom In addition, it is difficult to fault the club officers for taking these actions. Here in Northern California we are under direct stay at home orders, no gathering over ten people, etc, etc. If you were the club prez and did nothing to comply with law and someone (or more) became ill, I suspect you could well have liability issues.
I wonder how much of this is going on. That is, the thinking that if I don't cancel this event or send my employees home, I might be legally liable. Maybe the local Subway could stay open but if one person got sick, anyone that had been in the restaurant in the last 3 months, they might blame them. Maybe NASCAR could hold a race for those that still want to come. If, however, someone goes to work Monday morning with the sniffles, would NASCAR be to blame? Better to just cancel - if not for health reasons, legal reasons.

Anyway, just wondering aloud. I'm sorry your club is closed. It seems unusually cruel to send people home from work and then cancel all pastimes. Here they closed the bicycle trails. It can't be because of the flu. I'm one guy, a bike and 5 miles of wooded trails.
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04-09-2020 09:01 AM  53 days ago
RappyTappy

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You're like a one man traveling fun fly! Beautiful flying field and awesome helis. Always a fan of the X-Cell anodized gold. The Quick UK blinged out Raptor is a real treat Still buyin' and flyin' then crashing and cryin'
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04-09-2020 03:27 PM  53 days ago
Jerry K

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Ft. Bend Helis has a WhatsApp that we use to keep in contact, one of the members that has PTSD from 18 years as a Paramedic went off on us we were killing doctors and nurses, saying we were the problem not the solution. Keep in mind we are on the far outskirts of Greater Houston that has a population of about 7M people. The Houston area is at 26 deaths in the past 3 months. Lets see that is .000003%

The way I look at we are the Hospital Capital of the world with a hospital on every street corner. If getting in my Truck and driving 15 min to the field and getting out to watch my toy heli fly around my head in the middle of a field, is causing doctors and nurses to die on NYC I am sorry.

He has gone off the deep end and resigned from our club.
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04-09-2020 08:24 PM  53 days ago
dschertz

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Depending on the size of the field most clubs can handle a few people at a time and still keep the social distancing. The issue may arise in opening of gates etc. without being able to sterilize it. Better safe than sorry. I can't risk getting sick. I'm a high risk and candidate for death with this one. Some don't seem to care.
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04-09-2020 08:53 PM  53 days ago
Jerry K

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I carry a UVC light to sterilize the pump handle and gate lock
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04-09-2020 09:02 PM  53 days ago
RappyTappy

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Just being alive is high risk.

"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."
Still buyin' and flyin' then crashing and cryin'
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04-10-2020 02:39 AM  52 days ago
fastflyer20

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Out of three flying fields I fly at, one is closed due to waterlogged ground, one is closed as it is a NY State park, one is open.Tom
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