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Posted by rcolle | Nov 23, 2008 @ 01:36 AM | 1,666 Views
There were a couple of guys flying planes in the (huge) empty parking lot across the street from the office building where i work Friday afternoon. From the distance, I could tell one of them had a 60"ish Extra and one had a pretty good sized warbird. A friend of mine brought it to my attention, and I was jealous that these guys were having fun while i was slaving away. Really though they were doing more standing and talking than flying. Maybe its just me, but when I go out to fly, thats all I want to do...Im not there to stand around, brag, or wipe my plane down. Not to sound like a jerk, but I have a wife with our first baby ready to pop out; making free time very valuable - you know? If my plane breaks...See you later. Later that night after dinner at the one of the casinos, there were these two guys flying a foamie in the apartment complex across the street. Its like im being followed. This guy with the foamie was pretty good though, better than I am anyway. The plane looked like a 38" DW, and had all kinds of vertical. My wife even said he was better than me! This made me nuts, and i went home and played Real Flight until I could "rolling circle". It was the motivation I needed, and 5 hours later, I can do it pretty much fully coordinated (on the sim anyway). I put another couple of hours into it today, and will be trying it on the foamies tomorrow.
Posted by rcolle | Nov 22, 2008 @ 03:45 PM | 1,701 Views
I started flying RC Sept 06. My wife bought me a Hobbico Superstar 40 RTF with all the accessories for my birthday. I signed up and recieved my membership card from the AMA I took the trainer out to the local flying site. I couldn't get anyone to help me! I brought it out every sat and sun for a month, and only got one guy to help me fly it for 10 minutes. One guy even said that it was too late to fly and he had to get home...It was 11am, and he stayed for an hour talking to the other guys. I knew I was going to have to teach myself to fly this thing. I thought...if I can fly a real plane, I can fly an RC one...it turned out to help, i mean, the concept is the same...but different.
The following weekend, I took the trainer out to the Jean Dry Lake Bed. It was really windy, but I really wanted to fly it. I was having trouble attaching the wing it as so windy! I attempted to take off, but it was getting blown over as soon as i let go of it. So...I loaded it up and went home.
The next day, I went back out to the lake bead, and noticed a couple of trucks out in the distance had RC planes circling above...being courtious, i drove out to them to see if either of them were on the same frequency. They weren’t, but they were more friendly than the AMA field guys. I asked if they would mind if I set up near them. While I was unloading my stuff, one of them asked me if I had been flying for a while…I said this would be my first time. He even offered to help me fly it. He took off,...Continue Reading