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Old 07-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #21
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Hey Fella's. Great to know that I have so many good friends on this site. It really helps to know that I am not alone...I am sure it is a temporary lull as I still love models, but getting the energy to go to field is what's lacking. Maybe it's the extreme heat this year.... John
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I thought I was being strange by not running off to the field every chance I got, but I guess I am not the only one. I, too, have not had the energy or drive that I had in previous years. My wife puts it down to all the meds I am on after my heart surgery a couple of months ago, but I think there is more than that. time will tell.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #23
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The heat is definately a huge factor. After working out in the heat all day there's not much left in the tank.
Not sure if the brown flying field bothers many but it bothers me.

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Old 07-15-2012, 10:06 PM   #24
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Re: Not As Much Joy in Flying This Year

Originally Posted by Frank Klenk View Post

Back a few years ago I had the same dilema. So, I changed my flying style up. I started flying IMAC, it was and still is very challenging for me. This year I added to the mix by trying a helicopter. Always fly with a purpose I say.
Well put Frank. If I go and do some fun flying at the local "other" field I get bored pretty quick. I go for the social interaction as the field I use for pattern practice is a bit of a lonely place......that's why I like it so much. I have been in competitive pattern now for the past three years and have progressed (reached my level of incompetence) to the Masters class and am having a ball with it. As I am retired I can and do travel to some of the US contests and I have to say this hobby/sport has some of the greatest people in it.

So if things are getting a little stale, try something new!! Like pattern flying! Or heli's or multi-rotor or gliders or scale. There are soooo many different diciplines available without a huge amount of outlay. It gives a purpose to the whole thing especially if the goal is to compete but it does take some time and effort.

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Old 07-15-2012, 10:28 PM   #25
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I think it is inspiring just to see the community pull together to encourage each other. Heck, I drove 1/2 hour to the field today just to hang out and see what others were up to. It didn't matter whether I brought anything to fly or not - the guys are there, someone will fly eventually, and it's about having fun and connecting - with a bit of mischief thrown in now and then .

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I know I'm new in these parts, but that one actually made me laugh out loud!

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Old 07-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #26
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John, I too have gone through cycles over the years. Last season seems everywhere, all I heard was You hardly flew all week-end. Well, I enjoyed being at the events ussually getting around to a few flights late Sunday afternoon/evening, after most left for home. This year, heavy hours at work all spring. Planning ahead at scheduled fun-flies. When I get there, rarely anyone puts in more airtime than I do. ( 12 X 10min/day +).
I do like the commitment of helping a student (only 1 per year). Sure helps get you out, easier to help by saying yes, than the guilt of a feeble excuse. True commitment are another story. Knowing another pilot will be out at the same time is both comforting, and safe.

Speacking with an old friend/modeller this evening. I made the commitment to build an airframe that I gathered up all the components for a few years ago. The snowfall that looks like it's the one to stay for the winter. I clean off the build table, that is the day the build starts.

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Re: Not As Much Joy in Flying This Year

I'm experiencing a bit of that too now - the blistering heat and I don't get along and that's put the damper on one or two days I would have otherwise gone.

My club formed an Aerobatic Interest Group this year and I joined with the intention of competing in all three local IMAC events but I haven't gotten the practice I need. I've missed the first event, am nowhere near ready for the second but still hoping to make the third if I can get some decent practice time in. Engine troubles grounded me for a couple of weeks too.

I flew last week for the first time in a month but I had some real trepidation about going to the field at all... guess I figured I was pushing my luck... I'm flying my second airplane and my first one is grounded with wing repairs pending.

I guess my passion for the hobby has cooled a bit this year. Of course, it was all-consuming last year! That said, I'm still very interested. At least I'll be in good shape for next year's IMAC season!
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Re: Not As Much Joy in Flying This Year

For me, if anything, I dont get enough time to fly.

Our club had to move this year so I have been spending a lot of time at the field working on the field layout, pits and parking. As a result, I have not spent as much time flying. Add to that work, family, and other obligations; these have all been getting in the way of RC. So I try to get out as much as I can. Every time I do, I revel in the moment. Flying, fun and friends. That's what its all about.
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I agree with the not having as much fun, pianodude.
In my case eye surgery has been in the way. I have over 20 airplanes ready to fly, most of them airplanes I have built but the heat or wind along with the surgery has spoiled my summer so far. The second eye will be done next Wed and more drops for 4 weeks and then wait for new glasses down the road. I hope it will be worth it all in the end. I did get out today but was uncomfortable in the air. Nice day, an great to visit the club members again! I would like to get out to your field and give you a chance to fly the 60" Fleet Canuck" some time.
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Glen i hope that your surgery will be over soon and wishing you all the best. This year the weather has been quite hot, wind was no problem but quite uncomfortable with the high temperatures.
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Re: Not As Much Joy in Flying This Year

I can't speak for others but this hobby and all my hobbies are about the passion of doing it as well the challenge , once I become proficient at something it sort of looses it's luster for me ,don't get me wrong I love to build and fly but after 40 years of building ,building a plane is getting a bit like making widgets on an assembly line LOL.same goes for the flying part once you have mastered a level that makes you happy(Not all of us strive to be the best pilot or builder in the world)and you have met your personal goals you sort of loose the drive to go to the field as much ,I find I enjoy it just as much but have become more selective with the kits I build the engines I use and the days I fly .It's our nature we will never get that feeling we had the first time we jumped but there is nothing stopping us from learning to enjoy the fruits of our labors and just having a great day of flying once in a while. Roger
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