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Old 05-06-2006, 06:06 AM   #11
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I also agree with the other guys. When I started out in this hobby I thought I would fly on my own, over a farmers field, have peace and quiet and nobody saying you should do this and that. Lucky for me, my local hobby shop really persuaded me to join a club. The benefits are enourmous, I had an excellant instructor which saved me at least a dozen model aircraft. The people that say you should do this and that are only trying to make things easier for you, plus the flying fields are excellant and well maintained for you. The club dues and insurance are minimal when you fly with good people who in the end will probably save you thousands of dollars in damaged equipment. Not only that, it is a whole lot safer flying with buddies. We all have bad days and things can turn bad really fast. I think the hour drive is worth it, try to make a day out of it.
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:26 AM   #12
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I taught myself to fly in pretty much the same situation you sound as if you're in... These guys are all quite right, of course, but perhaps they don't really get the picture of being in the middle of nowhere? Birds, and bugs in trees aren't about to sue you.

I started with a gravel road... that didn't work very well... I moved up to a friends 10 acre field... shaped like a bowling alley and lined with poplar trees... That wasn't too bad, but the trees are a drag if you accidentally stray too close, or behind them even...

The best solution for me was to drive my little lawn tractor into a farm field left to it's own whims... and cut a swath about 40 ft wide by about 100 ft long (with an unobstructed approach on both sides)... I found the cut area, after several cuts, and with 3 inch wheels on a 40 size trainer (modified to be a tail dragger), was eventually good enough to take off from, but initially it was tough... Landings at first were usually somewhere near the cut swath in the tall weeds... but eventually I was able to make the thing set down on my "runway".

"Landing" a hardy trainer in tall grass or weeds usually won't hurt a darned thing. But trees, or corn will often improve your repairing skills. ... Likewise with soybean fields... They grow sparse and leave lots of hard ground around them.. they'll snag the gear and bring the nose down right-now like...

I glossed over it, but I think the tailwheel idea is probably one of the biggest deals if you're flying anywhere that's not a well prepared surface... With tricycle gear airplanes the nose wheel becoomes a problem... bends back, lowering the nose so the prop can snag... and often it won't let you steer it on the rough ground either. You'll need to move the main gear forward a bit... Best to remove the nosewheel, add the tailwheel, then find where the mains need to be to get the CofG right.
And for tires, think "tundra tires". ...light and big.

Cheers, and best of luck.

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Old 05-06-2006, 09:15 AM   #13
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Thank you very much for your reply, I am in the middle of nowhere and people don't seem to understand what that means. I know I should join a club but I am the kind of person who must learn the hard way first . I will take your advice once I find just the right place. If I end up crashing my and I am sure I will, I may consider flying at a flying field. But at the moment I live far away from the nearest flying field, and I don't like the idea of driving for a few hours to go and fly my little plane. If you want a sure way of dropping the hobby, driving all day to fly for a little is the way to go.
When I flew in the winter I had a blast, landing on an ice covered field was great and I was hooked, the field was 5 minutes away and I loved it. The last thing I wanna do is spend the whole day driving to and fro...
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:12 AM   #14
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I tried flying in the middle of nowhere and it sucks when you hit the only tree in the area, have to walk half a mile alone to get the bits and then put it back together alone with no advise. Do a proper field. Its worth the drive and the friendships.
Life suxs and then you crash
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