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View Poll Results: What would you do if you found a plane in the landing zone at Fermin?
Keep it, paint it and then sell it to a friend of the owner. 10 8.85%
Try to contact the owner by posting here in RCGroups. After all, 99% of the slope community are members of this forum. 103 91.15%
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 04:55 PM
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What would you do if you found a plane in the landing zone at Fermin?

Just wondering...
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 05:00 PM
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Well, if there was any kind of info in it (name, AMA #, etc) I'd contact the owner directly. If no info, then I'd put a post up here on RCG. If the owner isn't located, (within, I dunno... maybe a month or two?) then I'd probably keep it and fly it.

If I still have the plane in uncrashed condition, I'd bring it to the next funfly or event and ask around to see if anybody recognizes it.
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 05:37 PM
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I would ask around and post a picture
on the group's. Ian
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Some people just do not realize how small of a community the So Cal sloping world is. Or for that matter how small the national sloping community is. A large number of us know slopers from all over the country because of the events we go to year after year.

That being said…It does not take much to destroy your reputation in a small tight community like ours. If you do the wrong thing and make bad decisions that is what you will be remembered for.

Most people however would rather forgive than to hold a grudge (A grudge can be cancerous to your health). So maybe the guy that took the plane and tried to sell it without making an effort to find the owner can apologize, and take responsibility for their wrongdoing, and return the plane to the rightful owner. Hopefully it is not too late for that for the people involved. I wonder if the rightful owner will like the new paint job.



On the slope as well as in life it is always best to apply “The Golden Rule” = “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”.



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Old Oct 05, 2009, 06:28 PM
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Has the plane already been sold? If so that would complicate things a little. If so hopefully the guy that bought it will be understanding about returning the plane to the rightful owner.


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Old Oct 05, 2009, 06:32 PM
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I think the answer in 99.9% of cases would be as the poll is actually showing, that is the norm in slope flying communities .
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 02:25 AM
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I'm dying to know the story behind this....

Sadly there wasn't an option there that suited me: but I clicked the right answer anyway

"Be amazed that you're actually AT Fermin and start looking for folk-law heroes of the slope world while trying to dissuade the jumpers - and most likely forget that you found the plane" would have been on the money
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 02:30 AM
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what kind of tard lands his plane, and forgets it's there??

I'm that kind of tard, but damn...

<--wonders who ended up with his moth from White Point...
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 02:42 AM
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I didn't do it. I got alibi I'm in seattle got pictures, plane tickets receipts etc, etc, etc. Maybe a nonflyig person picked it up and it will be useless to them a sloper would have return it.

You guys are making this sound really mysterious. There must be a real good story behind this. Someone please tell.

I believe in karma.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 03:16 AM
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Guys... read his first choice.... It sounds like he already knows who owns the plane and just wants to give a fellow sloper a hard time for leaving it at the slope....


I flew with a guy in LA that left a nice 60" moldie at the hill. We quietly returned it back to his wife. She wrapped it up and gave it to him a week later on his birthday. The look on his face was priceless when it opened it! Good times....
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by slopeiron
Just wondering...

….I would call Al’z heim number and make him an offer, like 5 dollars, for his left-behind crunchie, if he throws in the trannie and the battery chargers….
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 05:56 AM
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Guys... read his first choice.... It sounds like he already knows who owns the plane and just wants to give a fellow sloper a hard time for leaving it at the slope....


I flew with a guy in LA that left a nice 60" moldie at the hill. We quietly returned it back to his wife. She wrapped it up and gave it to him a week later on his birthday. The look on his face was priceless when it opened it! Good times....
That is absolutely priceless, my wife would be laughing the whole time ...


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Old Oct 06, 2009, 12:23 PM
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The poll is kind of tongue-in-cheek but at the same time, there is some truth to the situation. At this point, the origin of the plane is not totally certain.

What happened is that a friend of mine lost a plane at Fermin a while back. He did not leave it there by accident. At certain times of the year, the landing zone at Fermin is covered in grass that is 3-4 feet tall. It makes for very nice landings, but it can also hide your plane to the point where you can’t see it, even if you are just a few feet away. He spent 2 hours searching for it but did not find it. Then he went back the next day and spent another 3 hours looking, but still did not find it.

Then recently another friend of ours bought the plane in question. We all had a laugh about it last weekend, when we realized that it might be the same plane. Apparently, this particular plane has changed hands a couple of times before our friend bought it. It has only been primered and some of the old paint is bleeding through. The colors that are showing through look like the paint job that was on the plane that was lost, but there is not enough of the old paint showing through to tell. We are going to try to get some of the primer off this weekend to see if it is actually the same plane.

Kind of funny but at the same time, if it is the same plane - tssk tssk to the person who found it.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 12:32 PM
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Is this a real situation or make believe?
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Old Oct 07, 2009, 02:00 AM
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I lost my Mini Blade in the brush at Grass Mountain a couple of weeks ago and just got a PM it's been found.

Most slopers are good people and do the right thing.
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