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Old 03-13-2005, 10:54 AM   #11
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This is indeed a very unfortunate incident that should NEVER have happened I know for a fact that the AMA is aware of it, and will be somehow dealing with it...

I believe they should make an example out of this incident, and ground the pilot from flying for a period of time, while he has a chance to consider what a stupid thing he has done...

Time will tell if that actually happens...
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Old 03-13-2005, 01:02 PM   #12
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I think the amazing part of this whole thread is that there are so many people actually agreeing with Randy on this!!!

The video show an awsome display of precision and control of such a large aircraft. That the pilot really knows how to handle the sticks is very obvious!

However, that being said, I too have to agree with Randy and the other comments regarding the safety of this display of awsome controlled stupidity!! I've been a mechanic most of my life and have a good understanding of how things work. Its not the pilot, obviously, thats called into question here as far as his ability to control the aircraft goes!
At any given moment, a mechanical falure is highly possible! AS Ron points out, we saw the video of the large plane losing control and crashing as a result of a "burp" in the engine at a critical moment! Is he a good pilot? Yes, no doubt! But no one can predict this happening or can say with absolute assurance that its not going to happen!

In my opinion, a pilot has to be somewhat fearless and cocky of his own abilities to even attempt this type of flying with so many people and obsticles in such close proximity. Along with that goes the attitude that "It won't happen to me!" And as has already been mentioned also, is the FACT that it did happen resulting in very serious accidents, just a few short months ago!! Not to this pilot or any people here, but it did happen and I am sure that pilot didn't think it would happen to him either! You would think that this pilot would have this in mind before attempting to do such an irresponsible display.....and have it taped and posted on the web for everyone to see! What was he thinking? Oh yeah, I just told you that, didn't I?

I can understand wanting to have fun and showing off your plane, its and your capabilities. And as someone who does not fly 3-D, I do appreciate the skill that it takes to do this type of flying! Its very thrilling to watch some of these increadable displays of aerobatics with such huge planes that literally seem to defy the laws of gravity! But it has to be done so as not to risk life and limb and with an appreciation and understanding of the mechanics involved. Anything mechanical can crap out at any unexpected moment, even dispite the most diligent checks trying to assure a falure will not happen!

As an instructor I try to impress one main thought into the minds of the students that I instruct. I know you've heard me say this many times in the past but its worth emphasizing over and over again! I tell each and every student: "You are putting a lot of effort, time and money in learning to fly, to become a competitant RC Pilot. This is, in my opinion, the best hobby/sport in the world. Enjoy it, have fun, meet and make new friends. Pay attention and learn and be the best that you can be. However if you remember nothing else, remember this one thing: NO one expects you to be one of the best pilots in this club, but you are expected to be one of safests! Of anything that you learn in the course of your training, first and foremost, at all times, is SAFETY!

I do hope that this person has, at least, been given a wake up call to always be safety conscious and before ever even thinking of doing anything like this again, to look ahead and consider the possible consequences of his actions! He is a very proficient pilot for sure, but there is more to being a GOOD pilot than just being able to control his airplane! Being a good pilot, he will look at his abilities as a responisbility and an obligation to set a proper example to all those who look up to him!

Safety is something we should want to always discuss. It can never be emphasised too often or too much! Good thread Randy, and thanks for sharing this with us, giving us an opportunity to discuss this matter of safety!
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Old 03-13-2005, 02:40 PM   #13
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Some people just think they are exempt from the rules, and above the law, and don't seem to realize the laws of physics and gravity are not up for suspension or repeal. Amazes me how some folk can be so cavalier.

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Old 03-13-2005, 05:05 PM   #14
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Actully the person who was grabbing the rudder should be getting a slap on the hand also because they have broken the saftey rule for AMA just as well as the flyer


Originally Posted by 50%300SFlyer
This is indeed a very unfortunate incident that should NEVER have happened I know for a fact that the AMA is aware of it, and will be somehow dealing with it...

I believe they should make an example out of this incident, and ground the pilot from flying for a period of time, while he has a chance to consider what a stupid thing he has done...

Time will tell if that actually happens...
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:13 PM   #15
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Did some one save de video, because is not any more on that address.
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Where can we see this video? The links appears to be broken
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:55 PM   #18
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I can host it here for a little bit. Right click and save as. http://www.freepgs.com/bradyflys/JRChallenge.wmv
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I hope that video was not shot in Canada!!

MAAC seems to have enough issues on their hands. Probably the less that video gets around the better.

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