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Old 09-09-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Other than tons of help online, I learned heli flying alone. It doesn't bother me but I wonder if other guys are in the same boat. I fly helis alone. I don't personally know anyone that flies rc helis.I don't need to go to an actual flying field, the convenience for me that my front yard has a 40 acre space literally 20 steps from the door and closest club field is a 30 minute drive with pretty much ZERO heli guys. My best buddy is into planes so when he comes over we will fly planes together and crash and fix. I've never had the experience of flying helis with anyone. Is this weird?
I really like that I can just go outside and fly. Any size....any time
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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If you find the right people flying with a group to share info, experiences and fun cannot be beat.

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Old 09-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Flying alone

Brayden, you are very fortunate in being able to fly any size ... any time without traveling a long distance; few are as fortunate. After flying helis for over 3 decades I prefer to fly alone; do my 4 to 8 flights and go home. I do my socializing at the club field or at FFs. Though I realize that flying with others does help keep up the interest and does help accelerate the learning curve.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:58 AM   #4
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Man I wish I could uploads pics on here, you'd see my private field.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:27 AM   #5
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Standing on my front step..
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Re: Flying alone

I learned on my own also. We have a club, but it's only 3 of us that are active & I'm the most active. One of the guy's fly's heli, but not much & he's just a basic flyer.

Flying alone I also do my 4-8 flights and I'm done. The odd time that all 3 of us are at the field the socializing is great but I won't make it home for 3-4 hours lol.

I am in the process of moving to a bigger center with bigger clubs & lot's of pilots, including some pro-level heli pilots. I'm excited about this, but it will be a big change. From being the best pilot in the region, to just another pilot.... and I may actually have to wait my turn to fly...
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:02 PM   #7
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That is some view Bray, and I can see why ya don't see the need to go anywhere to fly! Mind if I come and camp out on your front lawn for a weekend? lol
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:40 PM   #8
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Anytime Jason

Hard to beat having my garage and tools super handy. Especially that there's no power at the closest field (mainly nitro plankers) and investing in a generator just to fly with people isn't exactly top priority......yet
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Yeah there is something about having a flying field with all the comforts of home lol
I was flying with Jimmy once this summer and by the end of the day had to do a hurry up and pack everything quick because mother nature decided we were done flying for the day, but Jimmy was able to get in one more flight before the down pour
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:29 PM   #10
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Re: Flying alone

Me too, taught myself to fly a .30 Nexus, with a hula hoop as a training gear. I didn't have the luxury of buying a sim and a heli at the time. I read tons prior to, so I had a general idea of what to expect. And I just went for it. Ironically, my first crash was due to a muffler dropping a bolt and the engine losing power.

What I've found is there isn't many people in my age group who are into flying anything. I invariably fly alone simply due to lack of, shall we say, friends? I'm slowly teaching my kids (and wife) to fly, but that's a ways away.
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