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Old 05-03-2021, 03:40 PM   #11
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I am experiencing some indecision as well. For me it's a health thing. I can't get around as well as I used to and everything seems so difficult. 20 cc isn't too bad but i have also purchased some electrics and am trying an EDF real soon. Their lightweight and ease of transport make things more fun at the field. The guys are awesome and always offer to help but doing it on my own is much more satisfying. It's kinda weird flying while seated but I'll get used to it. Just the way it has to be, till I get some new hips and knees. I totally understand the appeal of electrics now. - Steve
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:29 PM   #12
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Re: Lack of flying drive

I have the drive but not the time. To me this is much worse! lol

I think Curts problem is that he is way out in the boonies and fly's mainly by himself or with his brother. You really need a few friends to share this stuff with. Not too many, just a few.

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Old 05-03-2021, 06:10 PM   #13
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Re: Lack of flying drive

I'm with Bill, lots of drive but have to rotate my many interests . Sometimes the planes loose out to other interests for a while but they always go back in the rotation .. when I was younger I would sell everything off and then have to buy my way back in . Now I've learned to just put them aside for a while because I know the interest & passion comes back . . cheers
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:32 AM   #14
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Re: Lack of flying drive

Maybe it is time to change things up from your normal routine? Challenge yourself with something new?
Try flying EDF jet models. It is a totally different spectrum of aircraft that will challenge you and reward in equal amounts.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:42 AM   #15
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Re: Lack of flying drive

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Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one that is going, or has gone through, the lack or urge to get out flying. Covid makes it difficult but I'm not sure that's the main issue here.

For the past two/three years I find I have to really force myself to load up some planes and get out to the field to do some flying. I still like the building, assembling, tweaking, etc, etc in the garage or basement, but the flying is where I have seem to have lost some interest in.

Anyone else gone through, or in, this funk?
Once - years ago when I was pushing hard, be the best, win, build the best, win, all self driven when a former 104 driver and better rc pilot I'll ever be, asked me if I was really having fun? I changed what I was doing in the hobby and have never looked back.

How old are you?

Now going my my 43 year with rc , I'm turning 67, and going strong on all fronts. I've just started on a 79" ws Bf-109 from Platt plans, I have a garage and sun room full or models from EDF, foamies, amphips, warbirds....... what ever strikes the mood I fly plus I LOVE aviation and airplanes and I've got another couple warbird projects on the back of the eyelids.

We have a nice retired group that I fly mornings out at the WHAM field and the Camp & Fly group out of Gimli is top notch as well.

We enjoy each other's company at the flying field, that is a big part of the hobby when out at the flying field.

I've had club mates that call up out of the blue and say they are done aeromodelling and sell out and not come back - it happens.

Hobbies allow us to escape real life and play, if the hobby seems like work then change what you are doing in the hobby or change hobbies.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:42 AM   #16
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Re: Lack of flying drive

I learned to fly around 1995, when we all had jobs and 72 MHz radios were modern. (boy am I dating myself!)

The crowds on the weekend combined with the channel restrictions limited your flight time to 3-4 flights per day. (If you were lucky)

BUT!

This was the opportunity to chat and visit with the rest of the members. It was a real social event.

NOW, with most of the members being retired they can go to the field ‘WHENEVER’ and a crowded day at the field is FIVE people.

I often go to the field just to fly and come home – the ‘Social’ event is largely absent. I miss the chatter and basic BS-ing. Covid has further reduced the social aspect…

I keep my interest up by building new and different planes that give me new challenges.

Such are the times that we live in.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:02 AM   #17
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Re: Lack of flying drive

In order to make your flying more interesting, try the old fashion pattern maneouvers. Have you ever performed a four leaf clover? There are eight ways to do a cuban eight. How about a vertical eight from the top, the centre and the bottom. The four leaf clover is four loops at 90deg. to each other. It can also be done in both directions, with the 90deg. roll both vertical and straight down. There are also lots of fun fly maneouvers you can perform. Try to master a four point roll without loosing any altitude.
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Re: Lack of flying drive

Actually I have more flying drive then I need ,It's 1-1/2 hrs to get to my field LOL.
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Re: Lack of flying drive

I have been in a bit of a flying funk too the last while. There are several problems. First is too many planes, radios and different power systems to maintain and keep up. Overwhelmed by that. Then there is no longer anyone to fly with. The club is down to 3 of us. 1 that talks about flying, 1 that flies twice every second year and me. The social aspect is paramount to my interest in flying. The third thing is the maintenance and up keep of an old house and an acreage. Forth is that I have too many other interests competing for my time and interest. Old cars, motor bikes, off road buggy, on road Buggy, fishing, model sailboats, bird watching, wood lathe turning, gardening...

And they said "What will you do if you retire? You will be so bored!"

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Old 05-04-2021, 11:46 AM   #20
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Re: Lack of flying drive

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How old are you?

Now going my my 43 year with rc , I'm turning 67,

We enjoy each other's company at the flying field, that is a big part of the hobby when out at the flying field.
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Actually I have more flying drive then I need ,It's 1-1/2 hrs to get to my field LOL.
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I have been in a bit of a flying funk too the last while. There are several problems. First is too many planes, radios and different power systems to maintain and keep up. Overwhelmed by that. Then there is no longer anyone to fly with. The club is down to 3 of us. 1 that talks about flying, 1 that flies twice every second year and me. The social aspect is paramount to my interest in flying. The third thing is the maintenance and up keep of an old house and an acreage. Forth is that I have too many other interests competing for my time and interest. Old cars, motor bikes, off road buggy, on road Buggy, fishing, model sailboats, bird watching, wood lathe turning, gardening...

And they said "What will you do if you retire? You will be so bored!"

HA!!!
Ken, Merv, Roger, I'm 60 and still working full time, been into RC for about 16-17 years. And like Bill mentioned, for the most part I fly alone (get together with my brother 4-5 times a year but that's a 2 hr drive for him to come to me or I when I go up to his place). I use to love going out and flying and having all the airspace to myself, but as I get older I miss the social aspect of the hobby and that's what is missing here. There are no fliers anywhere around me out here so my brother is my go too.

I also have an older home where the maintenance is non stop, an acreage that requires constant attention, an overabundance of planes that require never ending maintaining and kids and grandkids that demand attention. At the end of the day, I'm just worn out and don't have the urge to load up and head out to the field. Started noticing it last year, I would load up and head out and after an hour be back home and unloading.... I was over it.

Oh well, bad funk to be in but it is only a hobby and not a life requirement. I'll either find my flying mojo again or take a break like mentioned. Either way, I'm OK with it and will live. Was just wondering about other guys having this issue or not sometime in their lives and how they moved past it all.
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