Questions and Answers If you have general RC questions or answers discuss it here.

Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Reply

Old 05-06-2003, 04:39 PM
  #1  
davcoz
Thread Starter
My Feedback: (17)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Rootstown, OH
Posts: 61
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

I've been flying R/C for more than 20 years. In that time I've seen very few wives at the field and the only woman I've seen even try to fly is my wife. I know that there are many women aviators out there. I was just wondering why this hobby doesn't draw more women participants.
davcoz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 05:43 PM
  #2  
MinnFlyer
Senior Member
My Feedback: (4)
 
MinnFlyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Willmar, MN
Posts: 28,519
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Same reason more men don't go to tupperware parties.
MinnFlyer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 08:05 PM
  #3  
Charlie P.
 
Charlie P.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Port Crane, NY
Posts: 5,088
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Loud noises and spinning blades seem to freak-out the lady folk. Either because of nature or nurture it more often occurs that we guys are better dispositioned to deal with them. We spend our youth oogling powerful motors and machines and have the background in mechanical technologies because of societal norms and masculine conditioning that enable us to enjoy these building and maintaining projects. That, and it is our tendencies towards escapism and desire for control that draw us to a hobby which makes no sense to most women. Who could be anything but enamoured of a hobby which allows a $1,200 investment with 800 hours of labor to turn into a smoking hole because a $0.39 part failed or a battery was not charged properly?

And they don't like the Three Stooges or Laurel & Hardy either.

Who can figure them wimmins?
Charlie P. is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 09:21 PM
  #4  
Crash_N_Burn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: d, AL,
Posts: 535
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Nice dissertation, Charlie. I always enjoy reading your posts and your avatar is a favorite of mine.

I generally agree but have found that some women like the stooges...my wife being one. No interest in R/C, however...but in your own words, if she did, to where would I escape? LOL

Crash_N_Burn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 09:46 PM
  #5  
GrnBrt
Senior Member
My Feedback: (5)
 
GrnBrt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 6,988
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Well my better 1/2 doesn't build or fly but she sure is a big supporter of me doing it. She'll come to the field when she can and intermingle with the other wive's but since I fly only during the week and she still works it's kind of hard for her. She is still amazed that I can take a big old box of wood and turn it into a plane that flies and really does enjoy helping me pick out color schemes. If I stay away from the shop for a awhile she'll get pi$$ed and tell me to go and get some building done, methinks though she just wants to watch Dr Phil and not here any lip from me about it!!
GrnBrt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 11:47 PM
  #6  
JGM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Ontario ,Canada
Posts: 9
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

could it be that they really are smarter than us men?

or maybe they have found the perfect way to get us out from under foot.
JGM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 10:21 AM
  #7  
bla bla
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Oslo, NORWAY
Posts: 1,579
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

I, in a moment of madness spent a summers afternoon the the Heli' crowd down at their strip and was overjoyed to see many fine looking, bikini clad babes shooting the breeze...

Talk about head lock.
bla bla is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 10:24 AM
  #8  
ThaFlyer
Senior Member
My Feedback: (16)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Lakeview, AR
Posts: 129
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

There are no TV's, couches, or telephones!
ThaFlyer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 11:10 AM
  #9  
RCaeroguy
My Feedback: (4)
 
RCaeroguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Delevan, NY
Posts: 930
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

My better half wants to learn to fly this summer but for the most part that's it. She fully supports my endeavors in the hobby and goes to the field just about every time I do. The "wimmins" seems to like to social aspect more than the flying part.
RCaeroguy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 04:08 PM
  #10  
MHawker
Senior Member
My Feedback: (16)
 
MHawker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,586
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

My wife came out and started doing some flights with an instructor. She was doing pretty good, but could never fall into the "social" aspect of it. My buddy and I are out at the field for 5-6 hours. We might get in 5 or six flights. Figure a 10 minute flight and you've got 4-5 hours of "????" time. That's the time she can't get used to.

We help other pilots, walk around and check out planes, etc. She would just rather show up, fly, land, fuel, fly, land, fuel, fly, land, leave. She has no problem with me doing it though.

That's why I allow her to..... Oh crap, here she comes........ Pretend I was saying something nice about her!!!!

Mike
MHawker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 06:22 PM
  #11  
pinball-RCU
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Garrett Park, Maryland
Posts: 501
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Same reason more men don't go to tupperware parties.
I think MinnFlyer has summed it up perfectly. What I think is odd is that folks are always asking questions like why women don't do this or that, and creating gov't programs to encourage them to do this or that, but nobody is asking why more men don't go to Tupperware parties, or care about their hair or their clothes, or love chatting on the phone, and of course, why they can't breathe in stores with a lot of tiny little furry objects and flowery smells like Hallmark?
pinball-RCU is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 07:55 PM
  #12  
glowplug
Senior Member
My Feedback: (1)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Weirton, WV
Posts: 1,860
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

bla bla, you're right....the only time I see good looking women at the field is when the heli guys show up.......couple of them usually have fine looking specimens with them......oh, then there is the occasional MILF that brings her kids to the field to watch the planes fly.....

Mike
glowplug is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 08:09 PM
  #13  
MHawker
Senior Member
My Feedback: (16)
 
MHawker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,586
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

How funny! I never realized it, but Glowplug is right (must be a "mike" thing). A while back, I ventured (no pun intended) to the Heli field and there was some guy flying his Heli and his wife, mistress, maid, homecare nurse, "niece" was sunning herself in the bed of his truck.

The last person we had sunning themselves at the Plane field, was our 300lb club president who was trying to even out the tan on his arms so he could wear his overalls without a shirt!

Mike
MHawker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 08:31 PM
  #14  
SDR-Hammer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: , MI
Posts: 683
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

It was a girl that got me started in R/C so to speak.

A girl I was dating, many moons ago, had taken up the sport with her father. She never really had a passion for it but could fly.

Well I got into the sport as well and began spending more time with her dad than her (could have been the demise of our relationship ) I still keep in contact with him.

Now I have a 6 year old daughter that is showing some interest.
SDR-Hammer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 12:56 AM
  #15  
mjd3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Carmel, NY
Posts: 174
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Here you go.

Concert pianist, instrument rated pilot, gadget freak and R/C fanatic. (taken)
Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version

Name:	76712_34038.jpg
Views:	8
Size:	47.0 KB
ID:	45485  
mjd3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 02:28 AM
  #16  
Mustang Man-RCU
Senior Member
 
Mustang Man-RCU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 195
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Who cares?
Mustang Man-RCU is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 03:33 AM
  #17  
herc75
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Columbus
Posts: 37
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Doing my best.

My own top 10 as to why you don't see more women at the flying field.

1. It stinks.

2. It's noisy.

3. The planes don't always do what you tell them to.

4. It requires alot of patience.

5. The first four remind them of their husbands, boyfriends, and just men in general. (especially 1 and 2)

6. Its either too hot, too cold, or too wet.

7. Um....Most can't even drive a car

8. There aren't any flying fields at the shopping mall.

9. You can't pick up men there as they have already found their true love.

10. They'd be too busy "complaining" about 1-9 to do any flying anyways...so why not just stay home.


Actually,
I am doing my best to get my women involved...the ama should make a day/event of "take your spouse flying".

My wife will tool around the sky on my SlowPoke with a buddy cord on...she gets nervous because all my planes are kit or scratch built and she knows how much effort goes into each one. I need to put together a beater for her.

I also already started my 3.5 yr old daughter with model rockets and rubber band powered models!...start em early and they will get hooked forever! Or at least till she discovers boys...ugh.

Nick
herc75 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 11:03 AM
  #18  
davcoz
Thread Starter
My Feedback: (17)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Rootstown, OH
Posts: 61
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default mjd3

mjd3,

That is really great! I've never seen a women start an engine, let alone fly on her own.
davcoz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 01:28 PM
  #19  
mjd3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Carmel, NY
Posts: 174
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

She gets a lot of attention at the field. I never knew the guys could be so helpful!
mjd3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 01:50 PM
  #20  
herc75
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Columbus
Posts: 37
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Insurance on fingers?

Concert Pianist...YIKES how much is the premium on the insurance policy on those fingers.

Can you get a per finger rate...?

Nick
herc75 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 02:28 PM
  #21  
mjd3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Carmel, NY
Posts: 174
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Tell me about it. I usually insist on doing the starts and needle adjustments for her.
mjd3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 05:28 PM
  #22  
SST
Senior Member
My Feedback: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mt. Morris, MI
Posts: 1,151
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

My wife recently purchased a GL with a TD at the local swap meet, and is hot to begin her building career with the Herr Cub she 'appropriated' from me. She also recently purchased a Kadet Sr. at the LHS, which she intends to slip my HP VT .49 into.
SST is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2003, 03:07 AM
  #23  
Ruralflyer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Oregon
Posts: 122
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

posted by grnbrt: If I stay away from the shop for a awhile she'll get pi$$ed and tell me to go and get some building done, methinks though she just wants to watch Dr Phil and not here any lip from me about it!!
You'd think that she'd get mad about the to build list you've accumulated!!! I've seen it in other posts.
Ruralflyer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2003, 08:06 PM
  #24  
david a
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: montgomery, alabama
Posts: 328
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

Men need a place to go and be with their own kind. Women get in the way of our talking about them and sharing lies. They have their place and we have ours and that's a pretty good arrangement.
david a is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2003, 11:27 PM
  #25  
tsawyer148
My Feedback: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern, UT
Posts: 672
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Why Doesn't More Women Fly R/C

I have tried to get my wife a little more interested, but the only time she will go is if it is just her and I. She says the smell of Nitromethane and Testosterone makes her ill....

T.
tsawyer148 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service