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Jun 01, 2001, 04:56 PM
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Hear any good comments from by-standers?

I didn't know she was watching. Last night she said I think your next plane should be much much bigger because the other day at the park, it looked only 2 inches long up in the air. It is hard to see.

Honey, can you pass me that catalog with a 10 foot wing span?

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Jun 01, 2001, 05:05 PM
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I had a lady get out of her car, walk up to me, and say "can you see that thing?"...granted, I was probably up a good 1,000' going for an altitude record. She must have watched the whole flight, and when she lost sight of it, she just had to know if I did too... If and when I totally lose sight of my skyscooter, I just close the throttle and push the stick forward and to either side.. hasn't failed me yet
Jun 01, 2001, 05:13 PM
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Flew my 1114 equipped (12 cells w/GB & 12x10 APC"E").40 ARF at a different club last Sunday.

After landing about 6 guys came up to look it over, saying thats a real airplane and its electric!
Jun 01, 2001, 05:51 PM
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My favourite moment was when a guy walked over to look at a C/L model I was just getting ready to fly and, pointing at the back of the silencer, said "How do you start it, put a lighted match in there?
(Maybe that's what turned me on to electrics!!)

Jun 01, 2001, 06:40 PM
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I got laughed at by a bunch a kids 2 months ago when I did a face-plant into a basketball backboard......does that count? <VBG>
Jun 01, 2001, 06:41 PM
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I think my favorite anecdote has to be the chap who decided to walk up to a control line pilot to remonstrate about the noise.... While the model was flying low and fast....

According to speculative witnesses this character initially got really MAD when the guy started taking the mickey by making the model fly round and round the complainer in ever decreasing circles. Fortunatley the plane crashed before it could zero in on him completely, or he may have suffered a considerable loss of face.... BOOM TISH!
Jun 01, 2001, 08:09 PM
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Must've been some sort of monoline setup.....

In a two-line setup the front line is the DOWN line - catching someone coming into the circle causes the plane to immediately give full down - splat!

This happened to me while I was flying a C/L ship nearly 30 years ago and I still remember the sick feeling, both for the kid that walked into the circle (knocked him down) and for the plane......
Jun 01, 2001, 09:44 PM
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".. hasn't failed me yet ... "

You mean you haven't failed pick-up ladies this way?!! Good job.


"face-plant into a basketball backboard. " That is funny.


"was flying a C/L ship nearly 30 years ago "
Come on, are you guys that young?!!

Jun 01, 2001, 11:47 PM
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I like the shocked expression on peoples faces "or friends" when they ask how much they cost.I fly my ECO helicopter out front of my house and it always attracts attention. A man and his 8 yr old son approached me and he said,"thats neat, Ill have to get my son one. How much it cost?" I always try to avoid that question cause Im trying to forget myself but he was really persistant. I said, $1200 but thats just whats in the air. Radio, batteries,charger,spares,all thats extra and adds up quick.His son was kneeled at the heli looking it over and his dad, now with that "I just saw a ghost look" snaps at him to get away from it.
Jun 02, 2001, 05:27 PM
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How about "Holy S**t, look at that sucker climb?"

Just gotta luv that F10 hauling up a 54oz bird.

The next best is when you recruit a new hand launcher from the wet crowd and tell him to hang on while you test the "pull" and watch the look on his face.

You know how a wet one is checked for lean by holding it nose high? They are impressed when the electric tries to pull out of their hands straight up too.

Keep 'em hummin'

Jun 02, 2001, 08:00 PM
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I have had at least two people say "Does it fly?" What would be the point otherwise.
Jun 02, 2001, 10:01 PM
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just today while yaking waiting for the wind to die down a citizen came by picking our brains about flying. I told him that I like electric, he commented he did not want to go that route because of all the hassle of charging batteries. Should be intresting to see him with the new trainer and a "forty" glow engine, Newbee's all most always burn up that first engine over leaning it, then rather than realizing the engine is toast they struggle all season long trying to regain its lost performance. So much for hassle.
Jun 02, 2001, 11:48 PM
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Yesterday I was Zagi flying a little thermal lift with two hawks. A hiker came down the trail and when he saw me he said, "Wow, I didn't know that was I plane up there. I thought it was a really big hawk".

[This message has been edited by Balin (edited 06-02-2001).]
Jun 03, 2001, 01:35 AM
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Fifth flight today, third one that didn't end in a re-kit. I fly in a field at a farm down the road. The youngest son on the farm has mild Down's syndrome and loves to watch me fly ( and crash!). After a 15 min flight ( longest yet ) He patted me on the back and said "Well done!". Both of us had silly grins. Gotta get a buddy box.
Jun 03, 2001, 07:46 AM
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I frequently fly behind a school which is next to a hospital parking lot. Usually there are hospital emplyoees entering and leaving around 7:00 AM, my favorite flying time.

Last spring a group of men wearing hospital whites watched me struggling with my 56" WS foamie trainer. When I drove it into the soccer net they cheered. Go figure...