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Jul 26, 2001, 12:13 PM
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Scooter attacked by birds

Yikes ! ........ I flew my Sky Scooter for the forth time and no crashes!! I'm new to this hobby and am having a blast, but HEY, you guys never mentioned the thing about the birds. After about 10 minutes in the air I noticed that a few birds were following me around. I kinda thought this was cool, but before long I had fifty black birds chasing and pecking at my plane. I was 100 feet or so up and at times I couldn't see the plane. I pulled a few loops to try and shake them but no doing. I thought for sure they were going to take me out ?? When I came in for a landing the "flock" of birds follwered me right in. They sat in a near by tree waiting for me to take off again ... same thing happened on my next fly ?? So, do I need a faster prop to get away ?? or maybe a 450 turbo ??? Next time up I'm taking feathers !! Ha Ha
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Jul 26, 2001, 09:59 PM
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1st of all, its amazing that the scooter flew the first four times. I've had nothing but problems with mine. Have to order a new
kit because of broken nose. Anyways, apparently you've invaded the gang's turf here!!!! LOL!!! Would've loved to have seen it!!!

Jul 26, 2001, 10:09 PM
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I think I would video that post it. Next time cover it with hot pepper and watch em choke.

Ha ha...Just kidding all of you animal rights folks.
Jul 26, 2001, 10:26 PM
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While never having seen birds attack models,
I see almost daily small birds attack large birds. Most of the birds attacted are crows or small buzzards.
I imagine your local flock of blackbirds
see your scooter as a threat to thier nesting

Get a nice, sharp APC prop and cut those suckers up! Add on a noisy gearbox and the
buggers should stay away.

In my experience birds stay away from anything that makes noise!
Jul 26, 2001, 10:41 PM
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Well, I don't own a scooter but I have had a segaull chase my slope soarer. It was funny to see a seagull chasing a Focke Wulf warbird. Every manuever in the book wouldn't shake this bird. I owe it to him it really improved my flying. It took me a long time to shake him. He was good.
Jul 27, 2001, 12:00 AM
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just cover the scotter with thermal bond epoxy, and when they get stuck to it flip upsidown and land. one of two things will happen----

1. squash!!!

2. the birds will walk away taking your investment with them
Jul 27, 2001, 12:48 AM
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Hey, hurry up and become an expert flyer so you can install an onboard video system. I'd love to see that on video.
Jul 27, 2001, 07:30 AM
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Originally posted by JRF:
...I kinda thought this was cool, but before long I had fifty black birds chasing and pecking at my plane. I was 100 feet or so up and at times I couldn't see the plane. I pulled a few loops to try and shake them but no doing. I thought for sure they were going to take me out...
Apparently the birds in your neighborhood have formed an ad hoc committee for stamping out homely airplanes. No Sky Skooter, Wingo or Zagi will be safe!

On a slightly more serious note, Red-Wing Blackbirds are among the most territorial of species. They will attack just about anything that invades their turf regardless of size.

Jul 27, 2001, 07:56 PM
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12 guage.
Jul 27, 2001, 08:11 PM
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Bill you must come from the backwoods of Conn. Sound it out it's gauge. just kidding!
Jul 27, 2001, 08:23 PM
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It's true!!!This is better than tv. LMAO!!
Jul 27, 2001, 08:23 PM
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Saw this happen once to an Eco 8. Needless to say the heli won. I think the birds(crows)were trying to figure out how this funny looking bird(heli)was flying. Well, one got too close to the carbon blades and WHAP! We had diced crow. The others took this as an attack and left the area quite quickly, sqwaking the whole time. No damage to the heli at all. The moral of the story. Eating crow isn't always bad. Eric S.
Jul 30, 2001, 09:10 AM
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I read this post when it first came out. I was going to respond as we frequently have buzzards over our field waaaaaay up high. We use them as our 'thermal finders' and nobody has ever had any trouble that I know of.
Well, things changed yesterday. It was unusual that a buzzard flew across our field at only about 20 ft altitude. We then saw him pluck a mouse out of the cornfield next to our club field. And afterwards he was seen chasing a smaller bird.
About 30 minutes later I launched my Pico Jet. Immediately I noticed the buzzard coming back across the field, so I turned away to the right. So did the buzzard. I turned left, he did too. He chased me for about 30 seconds. Then the fun started - I cranked in high rates, pulled a loop and came in behind him making 'taka taka taka' noises. My buddies were watching the show and collapsed in laughter.
He didn't like this at all, so he started to fly off. So I chased him. BAD IDEA. He turned back on me with an evil look on his beak (I swear), so I flew an Immelmann and got out of there fast.
I shouted to my buddies to grab the model when it landed as I'm sure he could have easily flown off with 500 gm Pico Jet in his talons.

After reading JRF's report, I hope that Hitchcock's 'The Birds' movie isn't starting to come true !

[This message has been edited by ChrisP (edited 07-30-2001).]
Jul 30, 2001, 08:01 PM
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I was flying a Pico-Cub on a ridge in Ca. and
a Red Tail Hawk came out of nowhere with his
talons out and wings back. He missed the hit
and I turned the motor back on and he left.

What prey is bright yellow with a 39" span?
Jul 30, 2001, 08:11 PM
Time wounds all heels.
I frequently fly my Pico Tiger Moth late at night at the local park. The cooler night air is more dense, and I always have the park to myself. As long as I stay under the tops of the lights, I usually am OK. But recently, bats have begun to stalk my Moth. I can see their leathery sillouettes in the lights as they pursue my brave moth. I told a friend who later came once to watch. It is really neat to watch, and I can often fly "combat" against them, as they nimbly dart around the slow-flying Tiger Moth.