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Dallas, TX

#1 Jul 25, 2011
What is that a helicopter? How big is that?

Utica, NY

#3 Jul 25, 2011
Ian Hob wrote:
No it's a farming combine heh. About 6 feet long.
The turbine is a Wren it's a little smaller than a coffee can but loud enough to wake up the whole bleedin' neighborhood. The engine, the FADEC computer (full authority digital engine control)to run it and the tranny alone are about $4k but nothing compares to turbine power and smoothness. Top speed is about 100mph and 3D stunts are slick. Seeing these do tic tocks and axis roll is downright scarey and insane looking. They're not for everybody.
Do you need a lisense to fly one of those? How much is the toatal cost with all the stuff for it? What does it weigh? I'd like to teach my sons and I know they would really enjoy learning that wow it looks slick hob.

United States

#6 Jul 25, 2011
You should rig it with explosives, invite all your monkey friends over for a gangrape and then kill yourselves with it. I bet you go down in history as a hero.

Saint Johnsville, NY

#7 Jul 25, 2011
Post the link to the rc dealer you bought this from and what brand it is.

Utica, NY

#11 Jul 26, 2011
Ian Hob wrote:
<quoted text>No you don't need any sort of governmental permission to operate one. The total cost altogether of this ship is just under $11k with all support equipment but I get it for dirt because I ingratiate myself to the turbine manufacturer, like a barter deal. The helo kit was about 3k. Wet weight is about 23 lbs and it will fly for around 40 minutes but few people ever operate them that long.
If your kids are smart and technically apt this might be a good thing but you could start with an rc car kit to get them up to speed on the basic radio stuff and you can actually buy many fine helicopters and planes for less than $150 complete RTF Ready To Fly. Also, there are softwares like RealFlite which has a dummy transmitter that plugs into your pc and it's a simulator so they can learn to fly like sick before they ever break a real blade.
In my opinion this is something they will always use their technical skills they learn on it, it's a much better thing than like a sport like baseball for the kids. And it gets them outside walking around and chasing it. The things they learn here will put them above the crowd when it comes to mechanical and electronics for life, and there's plenty of competitive flyers out there. I'm not saying a sport is useless that should be encouraged etc, but what do you learn swinging a stick at a ball or running around a circle right? All the people in this hobby are very nice and informative. I would recommend a cheaper setup and see if they like it.
You mean the cops cant stop you from flying that around? You could kill someone with that thing like chop them up! Im surprised most of them wish they had the best toys lolol! That cant be right Ian there must be more to the story.

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