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How do you define sport flying?

Old 03-23-2005, 09:12 AM
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In my mind there is Competition Flying where a Flight Plan is made, and precision moves are practiced,etc. Precision Aerobatics, 3D, Pylon, Scale Flying etc. can all fall under Competion if you are Flying your Plane to practice for serious competing. Sponsors are counting on you. The Trophy's, and respect come to the winners. Bragging rights for years to come if you do well! Also if you build one particular Model, and Fly only one Particular style then you are probally not a Sport Flyer. If you buy only Scale Planes, and only Fly Scale Like Manuevers then you are probally not a sport flyer. If you buy only 3D style Planes and Practice only 3D type Manuevers then you are probally not a Sport Flyer. You are enjoying your hobby in a diffferent way then the Sport Flyer.

Sport Flying im my opinion is all about the Fun of Mixing things up! Its all about mixing it up, and making it up as you go. Mixing Flying Styles and manuevers together, like trying Scale Take Offs just for fun using what might be a non-scale Funtana, or maybe a Scale Piper Cub, or maybe you are racing your Quickie 500, or Sig 4 star Plane in Fast Circles with imaginary Pylons, or maybe you are for no particular reason, and maybe you are throwing in a couple loops and rolls with your Avistar, or Edge 540 for good measure, and then trying to pull your favorite Trainer Plane or maybe a Big Stick into a hover just for the sake of fun or laughs......... that to me is sport flying or Fun Flying. No trophy to be won for your spectacular performance, but just the fun of doing it was reward enough!
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ORIGINAL: Wynterhawk

This is a great thread!! Hmmm.... A Sport flyer... (THE FOLLOWING IS JUST FOR FUN, NO HARM INTENDED - and I've done most of them myself)

If you go to the field with a folding chair, a thurmus of coffee, the lunch the Mrs made for ya and a set of scorecards for when your buddies try to land.....you might be a sport flyer....

If ya did all that and then discovered you left the transmitter home....you might be sport flyer

If the most expensive servo you ever bought is below $30.00.....you might be a sport flyer

If you chose the size of your plane and engine based on the size of your wife's generosity....you might be a sport flyer

If a gallon of fuel last half the summer and your batteries last half an hour......you might be a sport flyer

If you don't feel the overwhelming urge to make a plane hang on the prop for 10 or fifteen minutes....you might be a sport flyer

If the term "Stand off scale" means "Back up about 10 yards and squint real hard".........you might be a sportflyer

If you think a canard is a type of duck....you might be a sport flyer


Who has some more? After all us sport flyers are in for the fun right?






If you can find at least 3 pieces of Scotch Tape on your Plane, then you might be a Sport Flyer!

If you ran to the Pharmacy to get your Viagra Prescription filled when the guy Flying next you looked your way and called you a "Deadstick"................then you might be a Sport Flyer!

If your Planes skin has more wrinkles then you do...............then you might be a Sport Flyer!

If Hanging it on the prop to you means thats how it is hung in the Garage when not being flown...................then you might be a Sport Flyer!

If your batteries Expiration date was at least 5 years ago...................then you are probally a Sport Flyer!

If you spent the whole day gabbing with your buddies at the field, and didn't have time to take your Plane up once before it got dark then you are definately a Sport Flyer!

Old 03-23-2005, 09:43 AM
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and if you buy your epoxy in bulk................then you might be a sport flyer!
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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

What a great thread to read. The only thing I can add is the satisfaction that after all the work
building the plane, and installing everything, it flys, and you can control it back onto the runway
in one piece on the wheels. I fully agree about what everyone said about enjoying touch n'
goes.

Rich S.
Old 06-21-2006, 12:33 AM
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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

What a great thread to read. The only thing I can add is the satisfaction that after all the work
building the plane, and installing everything, it flys, and you can control it back onto the runway
in one piece on the wheels. I fully agree about what everyone said about enjoying touch n'
goes.

Rich S.
Old 06-21-2006, 06:53 AM
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Here is my definition, how I operate, on sport flying. I LOVE engines. Airplanes are just a means of exercising my engines. Yes, I am a capable flyer. I can take off, do some aerobatics and land successfully 99% of the time. I always have nice looking planes to exercise my engine, but I rarely build anymore.

I own several ARF's, SIG Rascal, Ace Cloud Dancer 40, but when I buy a plane I select it according to what engine I will be using FIRST. I always fly tail draggers usually prefer an upright engine installation to show off my prized engines.

I only fly 2-3 times a month due to a heavy work schedule. I go to the field, fly 2-3 times and go home. I do not sit around all day and chat at the field, I am a home owner and always have other jobs to do.

This is something I do for ME, not to impress others, not to make friends, and certainly not to compete; I have enough of that in the workplace.

That is how I Sport Fly.

David
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Old 07-05-2006, 03:54 PM
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I think some individuals need to re-read this thread.....they are taking this hobby WAY to seriously....
Old 07-05-2006, 04:24 PM
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ORIGINAL: tailskid

I think some individuals need to re-read this thread.....they are taking this hobby WAY to seriously....
I couldn't agree more with you on this one.

Ken
Old 07-05-2006, 04:50 PM
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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

Sport flying is having a good day at the field. If you assist others, visit with your club mates, and run out of time before getting a plane off the ground, that's still the sport of flying model aircraft.

You might even go to the field with no intention of flying a plane, (looks best if you take one along) if you enjoy the trip it's still sport "Flying."

Bill.
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Bill, I wish more modelers had that opinion and philosophy......
Old 07-06-2006, 06:09 PM
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Amen, Bill, Amen.
Old 07-06-2006, 06:29 PM
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A little addendum on my comment about taking a plane even if you don’t intend to fly –

One warm sunny day last summer I decided to go to one of our fields and just enjoy the company. I did not take a plane. Several of our fields are restricted access, and the local cops help us enforce the restrictions. I had just opened the gate lock when a police car pulled in the drive, asked why I was there. Even though I showed my membership card and all the other documentation required, they had a hard time understanding why I would go to a model flying field without an airplane to fly. They finally left, shaking their heads.

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Old 07-09-2006, 05:58 PM
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Well, we all know that if they were sport flyers, they`d know.
Old 07-15-2006, 08:32 PM
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If you unload everything you packed at the flying field. Sit down and socialize for a couple of hours with your club mates. Forget to, or don't even bother to fuel up your plane. That is sport flying...
Old 07-16-2006, 01:08 AM
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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

I really enjoy seeing how slooooow my plane will fly. If I have a good head wind I will even try to fly it backward. It's a real kick to see the plane slowly make a slow vertical desent to a soft landing. Using flaps and flaperons to aid in this type of flying is great.
Sure, I enjoy watching everyone fly. We all do it differently. Most of all, we don't have to get real serious about it, after all it's a hobby. I do it for relaxation and enjoyment and I don't have to be the one to have my plane in the air all the time to make that happen.


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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

I consider myself a sport flyer, simply because I love watching the plane that I built fly through the air. Heck, I'm a horrible pilot, and my landings usually involve the plane bouncing a few times before finally settling on the gear. I can watch my plane cruise around and listen to my poorly tuned 2 cycle, but its still music to my ears. If this is the pinnacle of my RC flying, then I can die a happy man!
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Hi

I think sports planes are one that don't really come under any other category.

sports flying is flying one of the above.

Simon
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I'll cast my vote in the "fly for fun" category. I used to compete in pattern and pylon racing, and this ruined it for me. The last two years I flew, I did nothing but practise for pylon, and test props and engines. It was too much work, and I took it too seriously, and I burned out.

I sold all my gear in 1992 and didn't come back until Jan 2005. This time around I only enter fun flies, and that's only because I love my club and want to be part of everything. I try very hard to get a poor result because I'm not falling into the comtetitive trap again.

I generally go to the field every day because it's only 2 miles from my house and it's on the way to where I eat breakfast. Sometimes I don't even take a plane. I just drop by to see my budies. This has become as much of a social activity as it is a hobby, but I enjoy both aspects of it.

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ORIGINAL: RCKen

You don't go through a gallon+ of fuel on one trip to the field. That gallon lasts you half of the summer.

That's the only one I take exception to.

I spend the entire day at the field "sport" flying and it is easy to burn through a gallon of fuel just having fun... especially with the larger planes.

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Default RE: How do you define sport flying?

Ditto.

Several years ago I made a pact with a friend and we met every Tuesday nght from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the club field directly from work. No excuses. Sometimes even if the rain was light or looked like it might break. I flew more that year than I had (or have) in any year. We also flew weekends at least three outings every month through December, January and February. And it gets cold and snowy hereabout. Unfortunately, he retired and moved south and I haven't found a kook . . . er, I mean like minded pilot, to replace him.

It was all just pure" sport flying.

I also found that leaving your model in a car in the hot summer for nine hours can do funky things to MonoKote.

Some of us never "graduate" from sport flying. I haven't and don't plan to.
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Quite a number of years ago, when I was a bit younger and didn't need glasses to see my airplane a hundred feet away, I visited a flying field. There was an older man with what I think was a very Large Sig Kadet. He took off, pulled up a lawn chair and sat flying his Kadet at what seemed about 5 knots with gentle turns, just enjoying the heck out of it, while we had a nice liesurely chat.

When he finished, I cranked up my Hots 40, took off and screamed across the field faster than the law allows, doing rolls, snaps, knife edge loops, and anything else I could keep up with, just enjoying the heck out of it yelling, "can't talk, I'm concentrating."


WE were sport flying.
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WE were sport flying.
I like that. I have both days. In fact I'm considering a Slow Poke or a Pete-n-Poke with a lame 'ol .40LA for just such occasions as my current fleet is mostly high steppin. My last flat-bottomed winged plane ended up flat to about the third bulkhead in a "series of unfortunate events".

PS - a Baggie as a transmitter cover SOUNDS like a good idea for flying in falling snow until you reenforce the holes where the sticks come out with duct tape so that giving aileron also throws in rudder (and pulls your thumb off the stick) AND the tape will hide that your trim switch on the old radio that doesn't have digital trims has the rudder trim all the way to the right. I created the "snap-hole" maneuver, except the judges said I used aileron so it doesn't count.
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ORIGINAL: Charlie P.

..... In fact I'm considering a Slow Poke or a Pete-n-Poke with a lame 'ol .40LA for just such occasions as my current fleet is mostly high steppin.
Charlie,
Beware of the Slow Pokes. They will suck you in!!! I was buying some things off of a guy who had an OS 52 Surpass that I wanted. He wouldn't sell it without the Slow Poke kit, so I bought them both and planned on selling the kit later. Well....... after reading posts here on RCU and flying it on Real Flight I decided to go ahead and build it, with the 52 Surpass on it BTW. Now..... it's turned into my "go to" plane. You know, the plane that always goes to the field with me every time. In 2 years now it's got 400+ flights on it with over 60 hours total flying time on it. And it's definitely my sport flying plane, the one I fly when I want to relax!!!!!!

Ken
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:50 AM
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Anytime I'm not "Competition Flying" I'm SPORT flying. Which is most of the time

Any plane that I have that is not able to meet the specifications of "Competition Flying". Is a Sport Flyer. Which is most of them.

Anytime I fly and the "Competition Flying crowd" shakes their head, I'm Sport Flying.

Anytime I crash a plane, I'm SPORT FLYING [X(][X(][X(]

If you don't care about "Competition Flying" then you are sport flying.

OK, I'll admit it, I'M A SPORT FLYER. Now where do I go for the weekly meetings? OH YEA! The flying field!
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Great thread and even more some great takes on sport flying...this is my take... I fly because it is relaxing. I fly for the pure joy of flying. Sport flyers will drop what they are doing to help a fellow sport flier with their plane. Sport fliers ask each other about thier families andf how the kids are doing. Sport fliers congradulate a fellow sport flier on a good deadstick landing. Sport fliers have sympathy when a fellow sport flier crashes his plane, and helps him salavge the parts for a possable repair. Sport fliers are the heart and soul of this hobby. Its a hobby for sport fliers and a sport for competition fliers(hope that makes sense). Sport fliers enjoy comraderie as much as flying. Finally
YOU KNOW YOU ARE A SPORT FLIER WHEN YOU LIGHT THE BBQ PIT AT THE FIELD WITH GLO FUEL BEACAUSE YOU FORGOT THE CHARCOL LIGHTER FLUID, AND ALL AGREE THAT THE BURGERS WILL NOT TASTE TOO BAD....AFTER ALL WE ALL LOVE THE SMELL OF GLO FUEL..

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