Control Lines For all you fly-by-wire fanatics!



Old 08-21-2017, 11:48 AM
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Here`s a story I`d like to pass along as it pertains to this topic and as a lesson to those who hesitate and wish they hadn`t.
When I was young and living on my own in Portland, Maine I was walking through a park on my way home. There was a baseball diamond and near the pitchers mound was a man and a young boy trying to get some type of a Cox model (can`t remember which) going.
The control lines were all laid out and I stood outside the fence around the diamond watching them. It became obvious that the man was having trouble getting the engine running, that the engine would die after the prime shot ran out. The boy was probably around 7 or 8 and was excited and nervous at the same time.
It was at this point that I could and should have stepped in and offered to help, since I was experienced at running those engines up, even though I`d never flown one.
But I just stood there as the man and his boy grew more and more frustrated. Maybe I was hoping the man would look over and ask if I knew anything about these, or maybe I thought it would be too intrusive to just step in Who knows. I think the man was ready to throw in the towel by the time I walked away. Hopefully they succeeded at one time or another, but I don`t think it was then because I never heard the familiar .049 scream as it was peaked out the farther and farther I walked away.
I think of that moment in time once in a while and that I could have made a bad situation good had I just stepped in and offered to help.
It`s a lesson to me now that if one can make a difference in a situation and make it better, than by all means don`t hesitate.
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:24 PM
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Yeah, just reading your story makes me want to open the needle.
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And you might have taken a different route home that day and never witnessed the event, much less interacted with them.

It's been my experience that they who have succeeded didn't let a day-one failure stop them. They sought help or figured it out.
The pair either did or did not become lifelong enthusiasts whether or not you helped. You may have sped things up, though.

I understand how you feel, but don't beat yourself up too much. We all have regrets.
Look at it this way: You've grown.
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