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Old Oct 24, 2009, 06:41 PM
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What would you feel or do if you were in this situation?

I was forced to do a crash landing with my heli (SRB Quark) at a nearby public park this afternoon, because a gust of wind blew it away and I was having trouble finding orientation when facing the sun. It went down about 200 yards away from me, and kids (6 to 7 years old) saw and hurried to pick it up. I was just hoping they won't mess it up as I continued walking towards the *crash site*. I looked around feeling a little embarrassed of the crash. And suddenly, things happened pretty fast...I saw the kids no longer in the crash site nor my Quark. I asked one of the kids where did they put the helicopter. Nobody could tell me for a minute (I began to feel really worried). Finally, one of them admitted to putting the heli in the drainage hole.

What would you guys feel or do if you were in my situation?
Have you guys experienced anything more stupid than this from spectators?
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 06:51 PM
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I'd be a little angry...but that's a waste of energy Kids being kids. Don't blame the kids. Generally it's the parents who are at fault for not raising them with good morals.
were you able to recover it?
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 06:57 PM
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Yea not much you can do.... I don't generally fly around kids because they chase flying things with a vengeance.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 07:04 PM
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That's a bummer. Can imagine your anxiety...would not have been fun. Did you get it back? Agree with Bill...awkward situation.

On another forum I read about a nice bloke who actually lost his flybarless Gaui 200...running a mini V as well. Never did find it after extensive searching.

I am considering fitting a lost model alarm to my gaui so that when it loses tx bind (just switch the tx off) it will be audible until the lipo dies. Another reason to get moving on this for me!

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Old Oct 24, 2009, 07:05 PM
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Hind sight being 20/20 and the "Iv'e been there and done that speech": I am glad you got it back. Lesson learned.......

From now on, I would either find a different place to fly ( a park being a public place....kids allowed) or try not flying in such conditions where a gust will send your bird in a direction or attitude you don't want it to go.


Again, thankyou for sharing and I am pleased you were able to retrieve it...



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Old Oct 24, 2009, 07:42 PM
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I would be angry and not go back to that park to fly any more.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Parents are responsible for the damages their kids cause. I would have pursued it with the parents if I was not able to recover it or they caused it some damage. Same goes for pet owners.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 08:09 PM
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Yes, I got it back (good thing!).

When I noticed the adults who were with the kids didn't seem to care, I told them the heli cost $300. So they quickly stood up and called all the men who came with them. Two of them opened a manhole going to the drainage, then went and retrieved my heli.

The only thing I didn't like is I could not find the control links which got separated from the heli. I usually don't move a heli from its crash spot to make it easier to find dislodged parts.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 08:54 PM
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kids will be kids .. weekends are the worst time to fly imo, every moron and their uncle is out and about looking for someone to mess with or impress you with their radio or mutt
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 09:06 PM
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I always try to give people,animals and especially children a wide berth.Besides distracting questions while your trying to fly it is possible to loose control and hit people or objects.If the park is too populated I move to another location.Early mornings and late evenings during week days are the best.Sometimes its worth it to go further away to have privacy.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Severely restrict your desired activities in the presence of children. That applies whether the children are yours or not.
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Old Oct 24, 2009, 10:14 PM
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I know in the US they tend to be more lenient on these things - but if you took your model to a public park in the UK and crashed it in the vicinity of children then the parents would be quite likely to put you and your model in the care of the police to see if any charges should be brought against you for the endangerment of their children and if your activity was legal in the first place.

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Old Oct 24, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Lenient? US? We're the most litigiuous culture on the face of the earth. Look it up in any database. More people get sued for more things in the US than anywhere.

No matter what country you're in, stay away from children. Again, see database. Kids are the root of more litigation than any other single issue.

When it comes to children, I strongly recommend against having any. The little boogers are just as likely to come back and sue you. Really.
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Old Oct 25, 2009, 12:41 AM
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Yes I know about the likelihood to sue in the US but you still seem to be more laid back when in comes to modelling - in the UK if you fly anything there are strict laws and by-laws of what you can fly and where

http://www.bmfa.org/ANO/index.html

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 12:50 AM
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well first off.. flying helis in an area of children would be common sense a no-no anyways.

second, i guess when you fly at a public park, anything can happen and since its not a privatized event area its fair game for whatever happens.

kids are just being dumb young kids. although it depends on how old they are.
whether or not they saw you flying it, knew it was yours, and still threw it into the drain.. I would pursue the parents. of course they could easily say "nope, not paying, you shouldnt be flying that here anyways"

i would just chalk it up, pay for the damage myself and never go back. find a more private location or leave when people show up and get in the way.

sorry to hear about the expensive crash though.
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