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Man killed by his own rc heli...

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Man killed by his own rc heli...

I wish that the field that he was flying at had a safety fence

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Man killed by his own rc heli...

A really sad accident. I feel for his family. Too bad you can't protect everyone all the time. It won't reflect all that well on RC modelers in that area, or on the rest of us. ITs too bad really that some of these park flying situations are not all that safe, and don't have much control. The fact that it was an AMA sanctioned site also hurts. From watching that guy's videos, he was wild, and it could have been a bystander that got killed or badly injured. Did anyone have any idea that a carbon fiber rotor blade was strong enough to slice through bone like that without shattering first? I think if I'm ever at a flying field again and someone is flying 3D with a larger airplane or wild helicopter antics, I'll be behind a good safety fence, or in my car. Electronics fail, and human thumbs make mistakes. When flying on the edge those mishaps can get real ugly.
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This was an unfortunate accident. His family was devastated by the accident, and his father introduced the hobby to him. He had to feel responsible. After this accident it really changed the helicopter communities outlook on safety. Actually, the safety of flying was brought up before the accident and many people wanted changes made. Helicopter hobbyist's followed the fad of what the pro pilots were doing for their dangerous setups, and flying styles. Since then they did many things to remedy the problem. For instance, lowered head speeds, and not flying so closely to yourself. With the pro's following this the masses so to speak followed. The helicopter Forums are always preaching over and over to fly safe so its offensive when people say "you helicopter people" are unsafe. I can understand people being afraid of something that they know nothing about. Fact of the matter is that you don't have to fly anything in order to be dangerous. Some people are just dangerous. If you think like that then guns should be banned. I feel its the same with helicopters. I've been talked to by people of the club that I should fly else where on the field because they were afraid I would be dangerous and couldn't fly safe. Honestly this angered me, but rather I want people to know the dangers to avoid them. IF any person feels that they are in danger and need to hide or leave then something is wrong. I want to say that any member out there has issue of safety with me being in the club then I will gladly speak to them. I do want to say that some members have been open minded to my hobby. I also an interested in airplanes and want input on my own airplane project.
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Man killed by his own rc heli...

I certainly concur that your aspect of the hobby need not be a safety issue. There are times that all of us get a bit lax about things. I have not yet seen you fly, but those who have were very impressed. Some of the nervousness probably stems from the fact that we had two instances of a 3D pilot crashing into the pits, and endangering others who could easily have been hit. Our prior heli pilots were never a safety issue. Jim

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Man killed by his own rc heli...

I understand.
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I have had the chance to watch Anthony fly (or should I say defy gravity) and his flying was very safe.

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Safety is certainly an issue with anything that has the power to harm or kill. And certainly every effort should be made by all pilots to fly in a safe and responsible manner. That is part of why the AMA was created to help people be safe. But seriously folks a little PERSPECTIVE is needed! That accident occurred in 2013 in a world of about 6-1/2 Billion people. He was the only R/C helicopter fatality. So the odds of being killed in a R/C helicopter accident are over one in 6 billion…….. By the way I don't think anyone has died since then so the odds are now around 1 in 20 BILLION…… In 2013, in the US: 10,000 died from guns 42,000 from vehicles 195,000 medical errors 1 from and R/C HELI Actually you have nearly a 6,000% greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying from a R/C heli. Your most probable R/C related death would be from an auto accident on the way to the field…. You have a much greater chance dying from a medical error, because you were in an ambulance crash, caused by lightning, on the way to hospital because you had a heart attack from worrying about a possible R/C crash…….. But then again stranger things have happened…… 150 people die each year falling out of bed!
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Man killed by his own rc heli...

Outstanding, Wayne, thanks! It puts things in perspective.

Onward and Upward.
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Very good point!
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