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Old Nov 03, 2003, 02:59 AM
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R/C Helicopter Fatality in Texas

There is a report of a fatality involving an R/C helicopter in Houston, Texas, this weekend. The story is referenced in this thread in the Electric Helicopters forum

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...hreadid=165472

The number of fatalities in this hobby are very small and are all the more keenly felt by all of us.

I'm sure that our condolences go out to the families involved.

Brian
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 03:27 PM
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That is terrible news, I send my condolences to their family and relatives.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 03:46 PM
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I too read the report, here :http://www.rcmodelflying.co.uk/forum...;threadid=5430

Irrespective of the type of model, any incident/accident involving models brings home the reality of how fatal injury can be inflicted.

I guess we must strive to take the utmost care when participating in this form of sport.

My condolences to those suffering loss
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 05:28 PM
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Death by chopper!! Read!

Well, here we go. An instructor killed by an r/c chopper. Really sad.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 05:49 PM
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I wonder how experienced the instructor was. People come into my shop all the time wanting helis "because they're so easy" and don't believe me when I tell them how difficult they are to fly and how dangerous they can be.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 06:28 PM
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when you here about these odd type accidents(freak accident)

you have to wonder if the mans time was just up...
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 06:52 PM
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Here's another write-up:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/ap/tx/2198941

This page seems to try to alarm readers with details such as "The impact of the crash killed Kyle almost immediately. He was partially decapitated." and "Some children were reportedly in the park when the accident happened and may have seen it." The AMA is mentioned:

http://www.khou.com/news/local/houst....12011f8f.html

"We are told the student was working toward a flight certification -- but had yet to complete it."

A flight certification? What's that?
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 07:12 PM
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I think some clubs require "flight certs" to fly at their fields. it's going to be interesting to see where the media goes with this one.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 08:40 PM
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There's a thread already going about this, called "Death by chopper!! Read!".

Here's the most detailed news report I've found so far:

http://www.khou.com/news/local/houst....12011f8f.html
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 10:35 PM
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This is the second unfortunate incident (reported) that has happened with model aircraft in the past few years. An elderly man last year or so was struck in the chest and killed
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 11:13 PM
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Unfortunately you have to register with that site to read the story.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 11:29 PM
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This is tragic. Now two in one year. The guy in AZ last year.
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Old Nov 03, 2003, 11:44 PM
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What bothers me is that it happened in a "park". This might make it even harder for people to keep flying their "park flyers" in their local park. Heck they might kill someone with that slowstick! I don't think a heli is a thing to fly in a "park", not the kind of parks I take my daughter to anyhow. But then agin, I don't like heli's, so my view may (prob) is skewed.
"working toward a flight certification "
Within the last few weeks my club has lost our flying field. There is a field 14miles from my house & they require you to be certified by club members before you can fly by yourself. My neighbor was in "training" for 3 months, even while he hovered a 30% over the runway
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Old Nov 04, 2003, 12:16 AM
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How many rcgroups members?.......

And how many died this year from RC aircraft?...............

I think this is a prety safe sport when you think about it.
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Old Nov 04, 2003, 12:23 AM
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2 or less. Safe yes.
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