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Old 09-03-2003, 08:30 PM   #1
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We've (flying buddies) had several discussions about this. Some are dead set against flying by yourself while others like myself find it acceptable. What about you, what do you do and why

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Old 09-03-2003, 08:40 PM   #2
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I fly by myself a good bit. I just make sure to be 10x's more careful(I'm already very careful) And I always have my cell phone with me. If your careful it's as safe and sometimes more relazing to fly on your own.

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Old 09-03-2003, 09:08 PM   #3
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I have flown by myself and do so quite regularly.
Although I do enjoy flying with friends I work the afternoon shift and if I have free time for a flight in the middle of the day then I just do it. If no one is at the field it won't stop me. You just have to be a little extra careful when by yourself and understand the personal risk you are taking.
Actually sometimes flying with a crowd can be more distracting at times.... especially when the club know-it-all wants to help tune/break in your new engine and you would really like to be left alone.
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:39 PM   #4
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i fly alone sometimes. if i take the time to drive there and find no one there, or some times i go out after the wind dies out in the evening, even if i only have time for one to three flights before dusk.

being careful is still important guess. i drink at least a pot of coffee a day. i smoke, i drink, i've shoveled asbestos. been almost shot, almost fell of mountains, i don't even wear a seatbelt. the biggest worry for me is not having daylight left to find my plane if i crash.

it's very quiet, there's no lines, no waiting for my freq to be free. i find it more relaxing, i'm just a younger 'new guy' and i guess i'm a little nervous in front of the older aces.
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:43 PM   #5
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Old 09-03-2003, 10:40 PM   #6
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I have flown by my self, but I find flying with other people around more fun, that way you always get the little cheer after you make a perfect landing or the goofing off when its not so perfect.
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Old 09-04-2003, 12:08 AM   #7
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I enjoy flying either alone or with other club members present. I find that flying alone allows me to practice more maneuvers and not have to worry about hitting anyone else! I do think there's an issue somewhere to be found about flying alone at the field but I can't make it stop me from flying if I feel like it. It's an hour and a half to get to the field for me, and if I can't find someone to go or meet me there and I really feel like flying, then I'm going.
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If you live in the boondocks(rural) you have to fly lots by yourself. There is only a few of us and lots of time we can't get together. I also have a good first aid kit (actually a trauma kit when I retired from the ambulance) and I take my cell phone. If I don't fly alone lots of times especially for the last few years I wouldn't be flying.
Come to think of it I am more safety conscious when alone. I have only had a few incidents when somebody is with me. Mostly reaching for the needle valve to adjust and being on the wrong side and behind.
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Old 09-04-2003, 06:16 AM   #9
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Part of the hobby for me is the companionship. I've flown alone once or twice but then after I landed ....... Kinda like hitting a golf ball over 300 yards with no one there to see it or talk about it

That being said flying with one or two buddies most times surpasses having 20 people waiting to fly. I guess it's a balance. I don't think I am more cautious when flying alone though but I am more conscious of the safety aspects

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For me it depends upon the plane. I wont take anything large out to fly (like not counting the park flyer, lazy bee, etc). Actually, I dont remember going alone even once this summer!

I think it can be fine, as long as all safety precautions are followed and then some. Being alone is not the time to start planes unrestrained, or reach over the prop to get the glowclip off, etc (not that it is a good idea anytime!)

I definietly would never take a big plane out, like anything gas or even a large glow, someting that can really cause trouble IF it did "get you"...
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