On this show we wrap up Project Wraith with a chat with Matt from Dinky RC!! On the next episode we are back fully into Large Scale with a great interview where we help answer some questions about pipe selection for your engine!!
A very tragic reminder of how dangerous this hobby can be, something we often forget or take for granted. Even with surface vehicles I have seen some real close calls and have seem people take serious hits. A good reminder to be cautious. This exert was taken from the ABC news website;
A teenage remote control helicopter enthusiast flying one in a park on Thursday was struck in the head by it and killed.
Roman Pirozek Jr., 19, was pronounced dead at a Brooklyn park near a busy parkway, and initial reports suggested he was killed by the helicopter’s blade, police said.
The accident occurred in Calvert Vaux Park, where operating remote control helicopters is allowed in designated areas. A club for hobbyists, the Seaview Rotary Wings Helicopter Club, flies its aircraft from a field there.
Pirozek’s father, Roman Pirozek, is a vice president of the club. He and other club members didn’t return messages seeking comment Thursday.
Police said they didn’t suspect any criminal act was involved in the teenager’s death. They didn’t immediately release the model and make of the helicopter he was flying.
In a YouTube video posted in July by someone named Roman Pirozek Jr., a T-Rex 700N DFC is shown flying around at high speeds in lateral and vertical jolts.
That particular make is on the larger side of remote control helicopters, said Rich Hanson, spokesman for the Muncie, Ind.-based Academy of Model Aeronautics, a membership group of hobbyists.
Hanson said the helicopter has an almost 4 1/2-foot wingspan and can reach speeds of up to 60 mph but is used primarily for tricky, acrobatic maneuvers.
“Flying a RC helicopter is one of the more difficult aircraft to operate,” he said. “There are really two common reasons one might go out: pilot error or equipment failure.”
Pirozek’s death, Hanson said, likely is only the second ever caused by a remote control helicopter in the United States. He said some years ago an instructor in Texas was killed by a remote control helicopter after the student he was teaching lost control of it.
Here is Episode 34 of TDS. It was great to have a chance to talk with Andy from Horizon Hobby. We talk a little about Power Jam and much more!!
Listen in for details on the new contest to name my Forum section in the podcast!!
Well, we made it home no worse for wear!! Today we unpacked the trailer and got some things done. We worked out the issue I was having with my 5B, who would have thought it was a bad RX! Replaced a bad RX with another bad RX, we will be speaking with Spektrums CS tomorrow. Here is the final installment of the Special Coverage from TDS at Power Jam. A big THANK YOU to all the people who had kind words about the show and for listening in the first place. The next show will be August 1 and will arrive on the first of each month thereafter. I hope you all enjoyed the coverage, it was a lot of fun and I’ve already started to plan for next year!!
Till then, Hope to See All Trackside!!