View Poll Results: Where do you fly?(outdoor)
A club 32 21.33%
A local field 66 44.00%
Both 52 34.67%
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 03:52 PM
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C4, then you can get yourself a killer bush plane and fly in the bush.. And to an above poster...Don't mess with Texas...or Mississippi. Seems like y'all live in a damn sardine can....My sis lives in HBeach, CA and while nice is like an ant mound. Y'all need sharks!! ZeeZ
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 03:56 PM
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I put my smaller models on my bicycle, and fly in the middle of nowhere, just outside Oslo.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 04:08 PM
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I am not slanting the facts. I have only been there once and that is what I saw.
One data point, taken on a holiday, does not a trend make...
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Ok, but I haven't been back since. Why are you harping on this so? That was my experience, case closed.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 04:51 PM
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Thomas B got to fly a few of the fields I fly at regularly around here. He can tell you how many people were there, being neither is a sanctioned field they get pretty crowded.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Ok, but I haven't been back since. Why are you harping on this so? That was my experience, case closed.
Because it seemed pretty improbable that what you experienced was the norm, based on my experiences when flying R/C in SoCal..
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Thomas B got to fly a few of the fields I fly at regularly around here. He can tell you how many people were there, being neither is a sanctioned field they get pretty crowded.
I thought it was a nice little crowd, but certainly not crowded the days I was there. 5 or so at the Saturday site and around 10 at the Sunday site there in Va Beach. The Sunday group there at the park next to the middle school was about the most I have ever seen at one time at an independent site.

I travel a good bit for work and some for pleasure and have flown at dozens of club sites and dozens of independant sites in about half the the US states. I have always been made to feel pretty welcome anyplace I have gone. R/Cers are good folks.
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Very true, I think that day you were at the Sunday site was the most people I've seen there at one time.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 05:41 PM
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It probably isn't the norm. But, I didn't like what I saw.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 07:02 PM
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It's a nice club here, but hardly worth $65/year to join. There are endless open fields where it doesn't cost anything to join.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 08:23 PM
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I like flying too much to be fussy about where I fly. I belong to two "sanctioned" clubs, one of which I never go to any more -- probably won't renew next year. I'm hardly above flying at any suitable vacant-looking outdoor space if the situation arises.
Old Aug 08, 2012, 09:19 PM
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It probably isn't the norm. But, I didn't like what I saw.
I think the point people are trying to make is go back and check out the field again a few times. You may be pleasantly surprised. And it really is nice to fly at a club field.

My club field tends to be quite busy on weekend mornings - and by busy I mean you might need to wait 5 or 10 minutes but not more. And it tends to be sparser especially toward late afternoon. I you want the place to yourself go at dinner time, and closer to sunset there are usually a couple guys there. Of course on the occasional fun fly days there are a lot of people, but those days you're not there to fly a lot, you're there to see other guys planes, talk about planes, and maybe fly once or twice.

I generally choose my times based on the above. If I want to fly and shoot the breeze, I go during busier times. If I want the place to myself so I can do 5 back to back flights of touch-n-goes I go around dinner time.
Old Aug 09, 2012, 12:38 AM
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Fly out in a wheat field,take off on a paved road next to the field. wheat makes for a nice cushion landing
Old Aug 09, 2012, 03:49 AM
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I'm a member of a small-ish club ... less than 20 members total, and usually only about 5 or 6 flying at any one time, if that. So I spend more time waiting for my batteries to charge than for my turn. But that's OK, because it's a good bunch of guys and we have almost as much fun talking shop as we do flying. Hanging out with other pilots is a big part of the reason I even do this.
Old Aug 09, 2012, 04:16 AM
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Although I "technically" fly at a club on the weekends, it's a free club. So it feels more like simply flying at a local field.

The field is government property and to get permission to fly there we had to appoint a bunch of guys as representatives. So we did. It's not an officially registered club or society. We don't collect fees. Newcomers don't need permission to fly with us (although we'd appreciate it if they introduce themselves). It's the absolute minimum necessary to get permission to fly there.

Weekdays I just fly in a clearing near my office or over the nearby lake during lunch or early in the morning before clocking in.


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