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Old Oct 01, 2005, 01:54 PM
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Does anyone fly on there own??

I often fly on my own in a field or in a large Barn/Hangar close to where I live, and was wandering is it just me that goes off on his own and has fun or is this part of RC a bit solitary anyway.

I know when I used to fly planes that we always seem to isolate ourselves to the Heli section.

Or is it not really nessecary know a days to join a club as you can learn almost anything on Forums like this.
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 02:27 PM
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All the time.. I prefer it. Who wants to give a demonstration of a destruction derby to a crowd of onlookers ..hehe

Maybe when I can make a crowd gasp because I'm good, not because I nealy decapitated myself
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 02:29 PM
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for me, all of rc has been fairly solitary.
i usually just go outside to fly in our backyard with my planes or the driveway with my blade cp, but even when im flying so close to home, i have trouble getting my parents out the door to watch. oh well. every now and then i meet up with my friends, and they like to watch. other than those few times, its just me!
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Only if there is something new or some adjustment I need to test out and I can't get anyone else to come fly with me. Normally I hate flying alone. I did it a lot in the beginning when helicopters were very novel to me though.

Sometimes I "rediscover" my little sub-micro and fly four-five flight in my backyard every day for a few days, but that only goes for that heli.
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 03:24 PM
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For myself at least flying has always been pretty solitary.

When i first started the hobby flying the fixed wing trainer I joined a club and started flying, It was on my second visit to the site i noticed all the back stabbing and derogatory statements about fellow fliers (some of it particularly nasty). If you was on the flight line the elders were probably talking about you.

There were many senior members, and the members you could trust you could count on one hand with three fingers. Ther appeared to be a split between those who had retired comfortably and those that maybe had a little less diposable income. Dont get me wrong I made a few friends and wish I'd kept intouch. Since then I have tried to fly solo.

Maybe Ill return to see if the committee have given up thier club to Hobby pilots.
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 03:31 PM
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I always fly by myself because I don't know anyone around here who flies. One of my friends just bought his first heli so maybe I will have someone to fly with soon. First I have to help him get it set up and get him practising on the simulator. I really don't like flying around people who don't fly because they don't realize how hard it is and are always wanting to see tricks. Then you have the ones that say "let me try," like you can just pick up a heli for the first time and to 3d.
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Old Oct 01, 2005, 10:36 PM
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me too, "solo" since the first day of flying, but I have my wife on my side when I go fly though . Thinking about joining a club, but I see the club's helicopter's air field is not that big (the field for airplane is bigger).

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Old Oct 02, 2005, 05:03 AM
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For a couple of years I flew on my own. As a beginner I think the work load is quite high on the brain, any idle conversation like 'what you doing tonight' can be fatal . Although I'm sure comments from an experienced flyer would have helped greatly.

Until recently when I managed to talk a couple of mates into micro FPs... they have since got me into small foam planes, even butchered my FP for a motor .
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 08:19 AM
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Well so far ive been going at it alone.
Until recently I found this great "mom & pop" heli shop. Ive met the owner and is a heli addict In fact his 2 other partners fly as well,
Ive told em about my interests in the hobby and my new X400. He offerd his backroom (wich is setup as a bulders shop) as a place to build my bird. He has all kinds of tools and chargers setup.
He currently is setting up a paved heli pad behind his shop so we can practice hovering and help folks with their setup
So i think I will be spending alot of my time flying there
Ive been in so many hobby shops before and no other has been as helpful as this one, especially since I didnt even buy my birds from him.

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Old Oct 02, 2005, 09:58 AM
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I almost always fly alone. I live out in the middle of BFE. I could drive into the city {50 miles to the other side} and fly at the club. But if I go to my feild I can have all the flying I need in the amount of time it takes to get to the club. The small town where I live at has an unimproved grass airport. Thats where I fly my airplanes, other flyers drop in from time to time. I fly my heli where ever when ever. Seems in these parts what defines a man is shooting game birds ,waterfoul, or white tail deer. ARGH ARGH.and guzzle swill after the hunt. I dont like venison and spend my extra hard earned dollars on RC stuff. Why not.
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Ima Loner too.
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Same here
I crash also alone
Learning the HARD way ..LOL
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 10:52 AM
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I think that if you choose to fly electric heli especially micro, you at least have some idea in mind that you can fly it outside of the club and alone. I also do it alone and plan to continue to do it alone until I get no choise to fly alone. I might join a club when I get to fly a bigger/gas heli if I can find a club that I am confortable with.
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 01:32 PM
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Apart from the odd spectator passing by I usually fly alone too. It's one of my ways of relaxing putting my mind completely off everything else. I don't take "stupid" risk when I don't have spectators..
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Old Oct 02, 2005, 01:48 PM
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I fly alone. I wanted to learn helis for a while and always had it in my mind that I would buy a raptor and join a club, but the main thing holding me up was the club part. As soon as I heard of the trex, a micro that could be set up to perform like a larger heli, I decided it would be small and safe enough to teach myself with.

Since I bought my trex I've learned there are only 2 other heli pilots in my town anyway. I've only met one and he isnt very active.

However last time I was flying at a local park a retired guy came up to me and started asking me questions. I talked to him some (right after crashing my trex hard) and found out he had a honeybee and needed some pointers. Today I just met with him again and helped him set up his heli a little bit (he had the elevator control reversed). Also introduced him to RCGroups and FMS, which I think he will get soon.

I dont fly at a club and normally fly by myself but I really try to get others involved and always suggest to my friends that they buy a heli. . I wish more people would fly so my local hobby store would stock some parts. I see a lot of people get turned off by the local flying club here and dont fly as a result, if these people just knew about lipos and brushless setups for parkfliers I think there would be a lot more intrest in the hobby.
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