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    Does anyone here like to fly RC aircraft? If so, what kind?
    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

  • #2
    I would like to one day fly RC Airplanes, but it is an expensive hobby to have. I' am guessing you have an aircraft, what type do you have? What kind of stuff does someone new need to start out and price range?
    DizZy SO

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    • #3
      Hobby

      Originally posted by Mr. Security
      Does anyone here like to fly RC aircraft? If so, what kind?
      Mr. Security,

      You're a licensed pilot. Do you get to fly the real thing very often? I don't fly RC planes but my brother in law does. He goes around to competitions throughout the country. I don't know to what association he belongs, but he and my sister are coming to Houston for an event the first week of October.
      Richard Dickinson
      Dickinson Security Management Group, LLC
      DSMG Provides a Variety of Software Products and Consulting Services to the Contract Security Industry
      www.hrdickinson.com

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      • #4
        Haven't tried flying RC planes (Although, Digg(1) had an article on 4 RC planes for under $100 dollars, I'll look it up and post the link sometime...) but I have done its cousin: violating US Airspace with model rockets.

        Its amazing what you can do with those Estes model rockets. Both stupidly and within the confines of the NAR codes.

        Used to make D engines into Zunis by gluing a nose cone onto the end of the rocket and fins on the bottom. Set it off by solar ignitor, and woosh! The finest in unguided rockets.

        One of these days I'll buy an RC helicopter, get good enough to get it to hover, and throw a cheap wireless webcam on it. Then one day I'll get really board and mount some little A or sub-A rockets onto the thing with a servo controlling the solar ignitors. People love to see model airplanes and helicopters launch ordinance.
        Some Kind of Commando Leader

        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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        • #5
          I also have my private license. I have found however that flying RC is much harder. I tried it once a couple years ago.

          It's cost was like this:
          Plane: $275.00
          Hours to put together: approx. 60
          Radio and controls: $560.00
          Misc: $100
          Motor: $250.00

          Flying time: 15 minutes and then ............<*>

          Lesson not to do again: priceless

          If I do it again I will buy a cheap complete airplane with radio. That way if It crashes it wont be that bad.

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          • #6
            Rc

            what do you all think about the $50.00ish ready to fly quick charge RC planes?

            For a novice-first timer-beginer with little $ like me.
            Last edited by Knight Watch; 09-29-2006, 04:09 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Knight Watch
              what do you all think about the $50.00ish ready to fly quick charge RC planes?

              For a novice-first timer-beginer with little $ like me.
              People on Digg like em. Of course, they also like:
              Canada, Apple, Linux, Hillary Clinton, Hezbollah...

              So, if you want to go with the crowd mentality, go for it.
              Some Kind of Commando Leader

              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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              • #8
                Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                People on Digg like em. Of course, they also like:
                Canada, Apple, Linux, Hillary Clinton, Hezbollah...

                So, if you want to go with the crowd mentality, go for it.

                Can you clarify the above? What is Digg? Canada AND Hezbollah?
                I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                  People on Digg like em. Of course, they also like:
                  Canada, Apple, Linux, Hillary Clinton, Hezbollah...

                  So, if you want to go with the crowd mentality, go for it.
                  LOL

                  There are ready to go planes you can get that cheap but, if you want to learn to fly an rc plane I would stick to the $200-$300 price range for quality and ease of learning. If you buy a cheap one it may not teach you handling that you can transfer over when you want to upgrade. Some of the cheap planes handle too easily and when you upgrade your lost and SMACK the plane is history. With a middle ground plane you will have better knowledge of the dynamics of RC.

                  I would recommend something like these:
                  http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/123781.asp
                  http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/123680.asp
                  http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/116015.asp

                  They take very little assembly and will give you a good beginner experience.

                  My friend that flies all the time gave me these inputs. So, if you don't like my recommendations let me know. I'll tell him about it and chew his a$$. lol

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                    One of these days I'll buy an RC helicopter, get good enough to get it to hover, and throw a cheap wireless webcam on it. Then one day I'll get really board and mount some little A or sub-A rockets onto the thing with a servo controlling the solar ignitors. People love to see model airplanes and helicopters launch ordinance.

                    Speaking of RC helicopters here is a video of absolutely the best control of an RC aircraft I have ever seen. How someone can fly a helicopter upside down and tap the ground without hiting a rotor is beyond me.

                    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...99402901911766

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HotelSecurity
                      Can you clarify the above? What is Digg? Canada AND Hezbollah?
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digg.com

                      http://www.digg.com//

                      From Wikipedia: Digg is a news website with an emphasis on technology and science articles. It combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication with a form of non-hierarchical, democratic editorial control. News stories and websites are submitted by users, and then promoted to the front page through a user-based ranking system. This differs from the hierarchical editorial system that many other news sites employ.

                      See, especially, "Online vigilantism." If the digg masses don't like what someone's doing, they blow their internet up.

                      Netscape.com's new "voting interface for stories" is directly influenced by Digg - to the tune that they tried to hire the top 100 "diggers" (People who submit items for voting) to run their netscape news. It failed.

                      During the Second Israeli-Lebanese war, the "digg masses" were squarely on the side of the Hezbollah, modding down any pro-israeli comments. Most are neo-liberals who want to move to either California, or Canada, for based on the region's "progressive civil rights."

                      Many democrats see Canada's near-socialism as a "model for American Democratic government." Keep in mind they usually just pick and choose seemingly at random what they like about Canada's form of government and social policies.

                      They also perfer Apple computers to both Windows on Intel and Linux on Anything. The "digg masses" are the forefront of "Web 2.0" and "the internet intelligista."
                      Last edited by N. A. Corbier; 09-29-2006, 03:32 PM.
                      Some Kind of Commando Leader

                      "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                      • #12
                        never mind then!

                        Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                        People on Digg like em. Of course, they also like:
                        Canada, Apple, Linux, Hillary Clinton, Hezbollah...

                        So, if you want to go with the crowd mentality, go for it.

                        Anything that puts me in the catagory of liking Hillary Clinton and hezbollah, NEVER MIND! I

                        I'll stick to my balsa wood gliders of my childhood

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DizZy SO
                          I would like to one day fly RC Airplanes, but it is an expensive hobby to have. I' am guessing you have an aircraft, what type do you have? What kind of stuff does someone new need to start out and price range?
                          Not too long ago, RC hobbies were cost prohibitive for the average individual. In recent years though, ready-to-fly kits at 150.00 to 350.00 have made it possible for individuals to join in on the fun.

                          I fly a RC Cessna 172 that cost me a $140.00 for the whole kit. The plane can reach altitudes of 150-200 feet and speeds of 30-40 mph. It has an electric battery-powered motor that produces more thrust than you might think. Eventually, I will upgrade to nitro-fuel RC planes. Right now, I'm still learning. It's a challenge because the controls have to reversed in your mind when the plane is heading toward you. Still, it's a thrill when you have a good flight.
                          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hrdickinson
                            Mr. Security,

                            You're a licensed pilot. Do you get to fly the real thing very often? I don't fly RC planes but my brother in law does. He goes around to competitions throughout the country. I don't know to what association he belongs, but he and my sister are coming to Houston for an event the first week of October.
                            I haven't been flying the real planes as often as I used to. I've been up twice this summer in a 1941 Stearman bi-plane. I like to do steep turns, crazy 8's (military style) and hammerhead stalls. I also fly the Piper Cherokee, Warrior, Archer, and the Arrow when I get the chance and save up enough $$.

                            The organization that your brother probably belongs to is the AMA. I think that stands for the American Modelers Association.

                            Correction: AMA = Academy of Model Aeronautics
                            Last edited by Mr. Security; 09-30-2006, 11:50 AM. Reason: AMA
                            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                            • #15
                              Learning to Fly RC Planes

                              Your best bet is to join a local club in your area. They can set up your RC transmitter so that you and an instructor are on the same channel. If you lose control, the instructor can over-ride your transmitter, regain control, and save you from a crash and the financial PAIN that goes with it.

                              Otherwise, you could opt for a simulator on your PC. Software is 250-300 bucks. I recommend the first idea.
                              Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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