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    You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-



    I’m sure the definition of sports flying has been discussed here many times. (I tried to go through all these posts, really I did, but-)
    However, I would like to throw a different twist on this question, just for fun.

    For Example: You know you are a real sports flyer when- You show up at the field with your 1970something fallback plane (one of 30 flyable planes you own) covered in duct tape and 10 different colors of Monokote to cover the holes and you have long ago taken off the spinner and wheel pants, Yet it still flies.

    You know you are a real sports flyer when- Everyone else is practicing pattern work, touch and goes, perfecting their maneuvers in a specific order— when you have no idea what you are going to do next until you do it.

    You know you are a real sports flyer when- you are either the first at the field, the last to leave, or the only one there.

    You know you are a real sports flyer when- Your engine is too big for your plane, or you have converted your glow to electric, or gas just to see how it works, or you have modified or rebuilt your plane so much you can’t even remember what it originally was.

    Or, You know you are a real sports flyer when- you walk back from the flight line after 10 minutes of pure enjoyment being in your own little world, and everyone says, “Nice flight”

    So how do you know YOU are a real sports flyer?
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    I know that I am one as just about all of the above describes me quite well, plus some that you have not mentioned like having flown one particular model for so loooong that you know what it needs in flight even before it shows you.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Your plane's instructions recommends a .40, you intend to put in a .60 but since the .75 has the same case as the .60 you use that. Then your perplexed to why your planes insist on rolling away at 25 mph wile idling.

    You brag about the amount of time it took you to build your new ARF to a guy who's setting up his 120" Tupolev TB-3 bomber with full rivet detail and 1950's Yugoslavian markings.

    Even though you have an expensive proportional servo on it's own channel you only fly your plane full throttle.

    You think the rudder is just for taxiing on the ground and to be used one time in a push to the right on take off.

    Just like a NASCAR driver you can only make left turns.

    "This one is now extinct" Your plans stated your planes weight should be 5 pounds but yours came out at 8 pounds.

    You refer to ARF's in the box as "Kits"

    You spent the 80's and 90's damning all the helicopter pilots to hell for hovering over the runway and now you spend all day hovering a 45% Yak over the runway.






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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    ORIGINAL: AmishWarlord

    Your plane's instructions recommends a .40, you intend to put in a .60 but since the .75 has the same case as the .60 you use that. Then your perplexed to why your planes insist on rolling away at 25 mph wile idling.

    You brag about the amount of time it took you to build your new ARF to a guy who's setting up his 120'' Tupolev TB-3 bomber with full rivet detail and 1950's Yugoslavian markings.

    Even though you have an expensive proportional servo on it's own channel you only fly your plane full throttle.

    You think the rudder is just for taxiing on the ground and to be used one time in a push to the right on take off.

    Just like a NASCAR driver you can only make left turns.

    ''This one is now extinct'' Your plans stated your planes weight should be 5 pounds but yours came out at 8 pounds.

    You refer to ARF's in the box as ''Kits''

    You spent the 80's and 90's damning all the helicopter pilots to hell for hovering over the runway and now you spend all day hovering a 45% Yak over the runway.





    Sounds like someone has a problem with Sport flyers.
    I was hoping to keep this on the FUN side of Sports Flying.
    Ultra Sport Brotherhood #73

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    LOL came off that way but didn't intend too. I love sport planes and flying but you have to have the negative aspects mixed in with the positive ones.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Here is a good example of modeling terms viewed in a funny negative manor.


    Glide Time: The time between the engine falling out and the airplane hitting the ground.

    Aeromodeling: The art of turning precision cut and glued balsa wood and foam into toothpicks and confetti.

    Crash: Method of seeing inside a model airplane.

    Receiver: Part of the radio that picks up interference.

    Tank: Temporary storage place for chemicals before they saturate the plane.

    Elevator: Device to prevent level flight.

    Mixture Screw: Device to meter too little fuel to the engine at critical moments.

    Nose Wheel: Device that prevents an airplane from landing without bouncing.

    Spinner: Critical part of landing gear

    Luck: Very sparse on your side, but plenty with your flying colleagues only they refer to it as SKILL.

    Tough Luck: This is what you usually have. Your flying colleagues refer to it as lack of skill.

    Bad Luck: Same as TOUGH.

    Good Luck: What you need the most, but rarely have.

    Crash: Quick method of removing radio and engine from a model to fit them in your new one.

    Crash: Also: Synonym for "rekitting" a model

    Center Of Gravity: Point in which G-forces, dedicated to separating wing from fuselage, do their stuff.

    Cyanoacrylate: Special glue, designed to instantly glue fingers to balsa structures.

    Cyanoacrylate: Also: Special glue, instantly curing when parts are misaligned, will hardly (if at all) cure when parts are correctly aligned.

    Dead Stick: Two of these can be found on your transmitter after failing to properly charge your batteries.

    Engine: Device designed to make noise. Will suddenly stop making this noise when beyond glide-in distance.

    Epoxy: The stuff that has replaced the balsa after the flying season.

    Fail Safe: Option on PCM radio's that allows a pilot to choose whether to crash near him, or a long way away

    Fuel Tank: Plastic bottle, designed to leak when placed in totally inaccessible locations.

    Fuselage: Optional interconnecting structure between wings and engine.

    Glitch: What you shout when you pull up elevator while flying inverted at 10 feet.

    Landing Gear: Structure to separate fuselage from runway after landing. Does not always succeed in doing so.

    Propeller: Handy tool to cut away excess skin on knuckles.


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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Also....

    You might be an r/c modeler if.....
    You are making an inverted low pass and then pull UP on the elevator
    You get to the field and realize your transmitter is still on charge at home
    You will go flying when it's 104 but you wont cut the grass for your wife cause" it's too hot out there"
    You buy a $600 mini lathe to make $5 airplane parts
    You can program a multifunction 9 channel computer radio but you can figure out your VCR
    You have a dog-eared Tower Hobbies catalog in your bathroom
    You spend $12.50 to get your wife some costume jewelry and $365 for r/c stuff and figure everything is even
    You consider a Sunday picnic a few hot dogs and some soda at the field
    Your wedding anniversary falls on the weekend of a fly in and you actually think about your choices
    You shop Toys-R-Us for pilots
    You have balls of dust on top of your living room furniture
    You have EVER glued your hands together with CA and have had to use an exacto knife in your teeth to cut them apart.
    You have built two right wings for a single winged plane
    You are shopping for land to build your dream home on and would rather have open pastureland than rolling wooded hills
    You have at least 3 planes in separate stages of completion
    You think R/C flying should be an Olympic event.
    You wear goggles and a silk scarf around your neck on the way to the field
    You have at least 10 T-shirts with airplanes on them
    You use more waxed paper building planes than your wife does baking
    You buy the "wife and kids" a new Pentium 3 computer for Christmas so you can practice with the Dave Brown flight simulator
    You introduce your wife as your co- pilot


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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Unbelievable how many of those 22 things I have been guilty of at some time or other

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    When your Ugly Stik is Stand-Off scale
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    That's a low blow MinnFlyer! You leave my sweet'n low stick out of this you snippet!

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    See?

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Geez guys! I actually copied all the posts' lines (so far) with the idea of deleting the ones that I'm NOT guilty of - still came out at 3 pages in MS Word, after deletion (font size 8 - - smallest available).

    Can't believe how many of these fit me - almost like all y'all were part of my family.

    BTW,

    You get to the field and realize your transmitter is still on charge at home

    You have a dog-eared Tower Hobbies catalog in your bathroom

    Your wedding anniversary falls on the weekend of a fly in and you actually think about your choices

    not only "guilty on all counts", but June 21st was my 42nd anniversary - - spent it at the flying field, teaching my wife to fly (and she did pretty darn well).

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    That's a cool Bird Of Time you got there skylark-flier.

    Can't wait to build mine! Going to bash it beyond recognition though.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    When you sell your car so you can put this combination together and just park it on the flight lineand startit for 60 secondsThen pack her up and go home and leave the guys crying.
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Take a good look at the nose on my pic.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Yeh, Ijust did. NICE.....REALNICE....have any video/sound? The radials I've heard on Youtube made me crazy about having one. Nothing closer to the real deal than that engine one a Hellcat or biplane but Ijust couldn't see spending almost a grand on an engine and hide it inside a cowl. NICEPLANE..which Icould hear it running.
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    Na, sound on glow radials suck. They sound just like a single when at full throttle. The gas RCS Mokies however do sound really nice.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-


    ORIGINAL: skylark-flier



    You get to the field and realize your transmitter is still on charge at home

    Or you get to the field with your transmitter and realize you DIDN'T charge it at home. Which actually turns out to be a good thing because you then remember you didn't charge your receiver battery either.


    To fly a glow plane, for me, there are approximately 10 essential things needed at the field to get it in the air. At one time I have forgotten each one of them, with the possible exception of the airplane, at least once. (but I have forgotten; wing tube, canopy, possibly even a wing) When that happens I make a mental note not to forget that next time only to forget the fuel, or radio, or starter battery or whatever next time.
    So I have made a check list of everything I need and some things that are just nice to have, only to load up the car and find I left something out because the check list is just too much of a bother to use. (and I'm retired from flying helicopters where check lists are required all the time)
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    ORIGINAL: pmerritt

    Yeh, I just did. NICE.....REAL NICE....have any video/sound? The radials I've heard on Youtube made me crazy about having one. Nothing closer to the real deal than that engine one a Hellcat or biplane but I just couldn't see spending almost a grand on an engine and hide it inside a cowl. NICE PLANE..which I could hear it running.

    Mokies definitely have that radial sound even at full throttle in the air on a fast fly by. On the glow engines you just here the prop noise.

    Here is my favorite radial video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slK-1Xw6EgM

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-


    ORIGINAL: AmishWarlord

    LOL came off that way but didn't intend too. I love sport planes and flying but you have to have the negative aspects mixed in with the positive ones.
    I apologize for jumping to conclusions.
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    NP

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    You know you are a real sport flyer when you catch yourself talking to your flying buddies about what you liked about your third Goldberg Tiger 60 versus what you liked about your fifth Tiger 60, and how you're going to combine the best of the two when you put your seventh one together.
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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

    LOL I'll rember that one when i build my 4th peashooter.

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    RE: You Know You Are A Real Sports Flyer When-

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    You brag about the amount of time it took you to build your new ARF to a guy who's setting up his 120" Tupolev TB-3 bomber with full rivet detail and 1950's Yugoslavian markings.

    That was a good one Mr. Warlord. If they were Soviet markings it wouldn't have been a big deal, but Yugoslavian? I'm still cracking up, thanks.....


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    ORIGINAL: AmishWarlord

    That's a low blow MinnFlyer! You leave my sweet'n low stick out of this you snippet!

    is that a dummy radial or a real one?



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