Archive for August, 2010

Crash in audience area, at 3D Masters 2010

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At 3D masters this year a crash happened that could have had huge consequences, one of the pilots broke the tail in flight, while flying inverted, the mistake he made was trying to save the helicopter, the helicopter started to fly over the audience area and the pilot finally killed the engine. This proves that even professionals can make mistakes.

Note to self: Kill engine immediately after something is broken in flight.

See the video of the crash here:

New German flying fields on

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It is raining outside today, the last day of my vacation and boy would i have loved spending the day flying, but NO !

But i never waist time, i have been adding 448 new flying fields in Germany, really great. We now have 3981 over all registrations the highs registrations world wide, and you can see the new fields in Germany here zoom in for more details.

I am working on integrating the flying fields to a smartphone solution. Keep your eyes open.

We are only missing 19 then we hit 4000 overall registions are you going to help me achieve that goal ?
Show your support by registering on the map, it is easy: the biggest pilot and field locator in the world.

Do you have a large amount of fields you would like to see on the pilot locator, please contact me (Tim P) and we can add them to the map.

More informations about the pilot locator here

Nitro vs Electric at 3D Masters 2010

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At the 3D master i decided to try to count the number of nitro helicopters and the number of electric helicopters, and i did that more or less as promised, i installed an application on my android phone for editing excel document and i updated the document every hour or so and the result you can see here:

Nitro flights Electric flights
82 flights 17 flights

Nitro still is the dominating choice, but it is just a question of time i am sure, you can’t see any difference in flight style between the two. Only how long the flight lasts.

The results are not scientific. :)

Cheering crowd at 3D Masters 2010

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“Chop, chop, chop”, “LOWER” and “Kill IT” is some of the shouts you can hear when you are at a RC Helicopter event. At the 3D Masters event this year i was fortunate to sit with the Danes, being from Denmark that was obvious. We had a great time and the cheering was just making it more fun for us and i think for the pilots, they seemed to like a recognition.

At the moment there is a thread on Runryder discussing the cheering and the noise the crowd makes, some like it some don’t. I like it, i think it makes the event more relaxed and enjoyable for all.

To show you my point watch this video from 3D Masters Venlo 2010 :)

We use an expression: “Talk him down” and that is part of it to, it proves if the pilot is good.

The longest chicken dance ever

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When your at a 3D Master event like i was i Venlo this year there is a lot of things going on all the time, and when you are trying to get some of the good stuff down on video you can’t get lucky all the time, but this time a had a bit of luck with me. We where watching a flight when all of a sudden in the other end of the field a helicopter was doing a chicken dance.

At the time i didn’t have my camera in my hands but the dance was just going on and on, and i got most of it on camera, check it out here i am guessing there is a lot of rebuild after this dance: