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Old Mar 02, 2009, 11:03 PM
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School project Poll question about this hobby:) Please help me out

Hey everyone,

As some of you know already, im a junior high school student. I got the opportunity to write a research essay of my choice and I've decided to do the topic of "Hobbies help you reduce stress".

Now, In a part of my paper, i would like to state that everytime i maiden a new heli or learn a new trick, I get a "natural high" or a rush of adreline that lasts for hours.

Also, i talk about how finishing a new heli gives you a really good sense of satisfaction in your work. Overall, please vote and if you have comments and stuff, please post. I would love to have real heli addicts comment so i have support in my essay

-Eric
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Old Mar 02, 2009, 11:27 PM
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I know what you mean

I voted "sometimes" though - because when I have a particularly difficult day or I push my abilities too much, the jump in blood pressure gives me a headache.
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Old Mar 03, 2009, 04:57 PM
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I prefer crack, but helis do it sometimes too.
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Old Mar 03, 2009, 05:35 PM
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can't beat it. the rush is there every time
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Old Mar 03, 2009, 05:43 PM
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I had to say "no" simply because of the wording of the question. I don't get "high" by flying my helis. It's not like smoking pot, shooting heroin or snorting cocaine. However, I do find flying helicopters relaxing, even when pushing my heli though hard 3D. The reason why is because I cannot think of anything else when flying my helis. The worries about bills, car trouble, relationship issues, etc. go by the way side and all I focus on is my heli.

So, does it relax me when I fly? Yes. Am I excited with I try something new? Yes. Am I "high" when I fly? No.

-Frank
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Old Mar 03, 2009, 10:21 PM
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So it's right on with what the OP was asking - his paper is about reducing stress. For me, honestly it stresses me out sometimes, but that's the sign that I played a little too hard.
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 09:20 AM
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Thanks for all your imput guys. I meant like an adreniline rush. haha.


-Eric
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 12:28 PM
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You're telling us, Frank, that you know what smoking pot, shooting heroin or snorting cocaine is like? Not that there's anything wrong with that. But you left out crack, LSD, and MDMA.

I'm in a gloomy situation. Lost career, lost home, lost retirement. Flying, trimming, fixing, I can forget about that. And flying, often as not, there's something that brings on a spontaneous giggle. Can be of self-satisfaction when I do something I didn't think I could, or even a spectacular crash and you just gotta laugh and pick up the pieces.

OK, sometimes I cuss too. Like 'why did I do THAT?' or 'why did they make these dam screws so small and put them in from the bottom?'.

But it's pretty readily apparent that the hobby/sport is engaging, distracting, focusing, uplifting (pun). Why else would someone spend an hour a day trying to fly a 2-ft craft in a 7-ft space, just to see if it can be done?
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 01:14 PM
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Every time . What makes this hobby great, haha!

It's also enjoyable working with them.

It's a little expensive but doesn't really worry me I wouldn't do anything else. (well other than computers)
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 03:55 PM
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I don't know if it lasts for hours, but the first time I do something difficult with a heli I definitely get a rush (highly elevated heart rate, adrenaline). Though the physical effects are not persistent, I often reflect on the accomplishment and tell others about it hours or even days later. RC helicopters are an excellent way for me to unwind and stop thinking about work or other issues.

I recently hovered my helicopter completely through FPV (first person view). I wore a heart rate monitor that I usually wear for running. My heart rate went from about 85 beats per minute to a peak of over 140 beats per minute during the approximately 6-minute flight. The amount of concentration required to fly these models is staggering, and does not leave room for ancillary thoughts about other subjects.

Good luck on your paper
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 04:08 PM
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Thanks guys! THis is gonna be fun having quotes from real people in the hobby and not just stuff outta my mouth


Thanks
-Eric
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Old Mar 11, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankW
I had to say "no" simply because of the wording of the question. I don't get "high" by flying my helis. It's not like smoking pot, shooting heroin or snorting cocaine. However, I do find flying helicopters relaxing, even when pushing my heli though hard 3D. The reason why is because I cannot think of anything else when flying my helis. The worries about bills, car trouble, relationship issues, etc. go by the way side and all I focus on is my heli.

So, does it relax me when I fly? Yes. Am I excited with I try something new? Yes. Am I "high" when I fly? No.

-Frank
I loved flying full scale planes for this very reason. Nothing else mattered while flying but that got way too expensive so I switched to models. I still get the same "focus" when i fly so the worries of life and such just fade away. Helicopters started stressfull but now that I've progressed, it is very relaxing.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 10:51 PM
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For me, one of my favorite parts is watching & listening as the heli spools up for the first time. I actually set the ESC on the slowest startup setting for that reason. It builds anticipation.

Then there are the first few minutes where there's a little part of my brain that's afraid that I might have forgotten how to fly since last weekend.

And there's a lot of time where it's sort of a Zen experience, and I forget that I'm holding a radio. The heli just kinda does what I want.

Then there's the moment or two when I try something new, and I accidentally remember that I am, in fact, holding a radio. Then I think too much about how to move my fingers to maneuver the heli the way I want, and my heartrate jumps while I panic about the fact that I don't remember how to move my fingers. Which stick is for cyclic? Then my brain revokes control of my fingers from my conscious mind, and brings the heli back to a hover from whatever odd orientation it was in.

Then there's the adrenaline rush associated with that fight-or-flight (crash-or-flight?) response. The resulting elevated pulse and respiration rates decline slowly over the next while as I fly within my normal repertoire.

Wow. Now I really feel like flying.

KC
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Old Mar 14, 2009, 12:30 AM
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I giggle and relax flying V4. I sweat and lean trying to fly HBFP, cuz I haven't learned yet. 6 months from now I might be giggling and relaxing flying HB, and sweating trying a CP.
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