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Old 03-02-2006, 10:52 AM
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Default What safety precautions to keep in mind?

I am just getting started in this hobby and I want some input/review on the safety pitfalls to be aware of. The ones that come to mind are:

- Establish radio frequency control before turning on radio.
- Turn on TX and turn throttle off before turning airplane on.
- Turn airplane off before turning Tx off.
- Keep hands, etc. away from propeller even when off.
- Keep the flying airplane well clear of people, traffic, animals, etc.

Am I missing anything?
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Old 03-02-2006, 11:13 AM
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Default RE: What safety precautions to keep in mind?

There's a whole bunch - here are some more

Be prepared to put the model in rather than hit someone.
Beware of all of the sharp tools that are used.
Beware of chemicals such as CA adhesive (a big nuisance if it gets in your eyes)

But most importantly - Beware of the addictive nature of this fantastic sport.

welcome to this sport - Go out and enjoy yourself
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:15 PM
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Turn the airplane OFF before programming a computer transmitter. I know of an incident where a pilot inadvertently reversed the throttle while programming and sent a large model at high speed toward a group of people.

Which brings up a related safety rule: Any time the plane is ON, it should be pointed away from people.

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You got most of the basics down. Here's my current pet peeve. Since I fly at a field where nitro/gas planes are the norm, I see a lot of pilots trying out electrics for the first time. So most, after landing will shut the engine down and retract the TX antenna and carry this practise over to electrics. At least one electric has gone flying on its own due to this practise!
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Make sure you and spectators stay behind a spinning prop. I had a brand new prop snap and it would have seriously hurt someone if he/she was in front of the plane. Just pay attention and use common sense when working with these things. No matter how long you have been in this hobby, you can still make a mistake and pay the price for it.
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Before a maiden flight, or after a crash, or anytime you change any electronics, or just randomly before you first flight of the day, range check your radio.
Make SURE your tx and rx batteries are charged.
Always check your controls visualy before EVERY takeoff, way to many people have crashed because of a reversed channel.
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