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Old 12-27-2005, 10:51 PM   #31
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Ok, so I just got back online after the holiday and I find that this picture of me and Tom that appeared in the MAAC magazine has created a tempest in a teapot.

I am the "bored" guy wearing the cute teddy bear sweatshirt in the picture.

1) I was not standing in line with the prop arc, in fact I was well aft of the wing and the angle of the aircraft put the prop arc away from both Tom and me.
2) The photographer was so far away and was using such a long lens that I was completely unaware that the picture was taken until some months after the fact.
3) Long lenses compress perspectives. The longer the lens, the "flatter" the apparent perspective in the resulting image.
4) Tom and I were listening intently to the engine at that time, while I ran it up and down at various rates. We were doing this because there had been some problems with it fading and we wanted to be sure it was ok. I apologize to those who do not like my facial expression in the picture and I will endeavor to be more photogenic in the future. To be honest, I don't much like my expression in the picture either, but that's the way the camera caught me in that particular 1/500th of a second - pursed lips and all.

Thank all of you for your concern for airfield safety. It is indeed the most important thing for all of us who love this hobby. Please, however, can we try to keep from being insulting when discussing this? To those of you who went off on this irrelevant tangent: I don't appreciate having my thoughts, feelings, attitudes mis-interpreted by people who not only don't know me, but were not even present at the event in question. You don't have to like my face, but maybe you could be polite enough to keep your remarks about it to yourselves?

I hope everyone on this forum will recognize that we do take safety very seriously here in Manitoba. As a relatively new flyer I have made my share of mistakes, but I am serious about flying, serious about building, and serious about improving my skills at both. If it should happen that I am able to visit your club, I really hope that I won't be met with some of the attitude that has been displayed by a few of the postings on this thread.

Phil Hultin

Looking over this post, I realize that it might appear that I am responding to everyone who has posted - PLEASE note that I am really only responding to a FEW of the postings that got personal. We all need to think about safety all of the time, and I thank those of you who posted remarks to that effect, along with thanks to those of you who pointed out the risks of over-interpreting snapshot photographs.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:19 AM   #32
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:59 PM   #33
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Re: From "the guy in the photo"

Originally Posted by fledermaus
Ok, so I just got back online after the holiday and I find that this picture of me and Tom that appeared in the MAAC magazine has created a tempest in a teapot ...

Tsk tsk ... I suspect you are not going to fit in here. You did not jump immediately to personally attack folks, you did not threaten to sue, you did not jump all over our ZD and Keith for using your likeness without your permission, you simply explained the picture in a classy, well thought out and well written response ... this will never do!!!

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Old 12-28-2005, 05:31 PM   #34
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Bravo Phil! Good post!
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1) Obviously posed picture (no smoke or wind-ripples on clothing) and angles are deceptive (cameras make everything flat.)
2) Accepted procedure for checking that the engine doesn't lean out during vertical lines. How many of us have done this or something similar every time we go flying (some do it to the point of it being obsessivbe/compulsive).
3) Everyone dumping on Charlie should lighten up. Charlie shows that he actually READS the magazine. (BTW, good on you Charlie for asking the questions, apologies for getting trashed....)
4) The teddybear sweatshirt appears to be the fundraising effort of CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.)
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:43 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by reo
I'm not here to criticize the folks in the picture or the mag article (haven't seen it) but I absolutely refuse to put myself abeam a spinning prop or turbine wheel, I always try to make sure I'm behind the prop arc or forward of a turbine wheel arc....only common sense...

Whether or not the timing was bad for this post is not the is.

That said, the original post could have been worded differently so as not to make it appear a negative post but a 'safety related' post.

Ron Oscar
this topic has been addressed in many formats and has always been a concern of mine ,,in my opinion the publics image of rc aircraft is not good
theres no place,like cloud base!
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