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Why I love Flying Syma Helis
Just to get some feed back as what you get out of flying rc products, and how it gets in your blood, and the joy or anger it might give you after crashing and repairing your favorite flying buddy!!
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This topic was really for fun, as have a lot of friends that fly Syma helis,planes,quads, and we often just talk about our flying joys and upsets of crashes rebuilding are best heli or plane. So at my local flying field talked with beginners and old flying dudes like me as to why they fly rc birds- the response made me want to create this topic.

Beginners said they hated crashing as they really though this hobby was a breeze in the park and then had to learn how these products work to fix- some just gave the hobby away, most got hooked and would be hitting me with "How do I fix my heli"

Then the old flyers would talk about their new models and how to do mods etc-what I saw was a twinkle in all flyers eyes as they progressed in learning this great hobby....

 

This one guy at 69 years old said to me at the field "Buddy this hobby to me is like Meditation in flight" I have good meditation days others I crash my birds, and give the fingers to the Devil and repair them.. but more than that he said " I enjoy the meeting of people learning this hobby me giving advice and expanding mates" So as mad as you guys think I am- is true, it tickled a place in my heart to see how others felt about this hobby.

This site I created was for the pure fun of flying the Syma 107,never did I think would it create so much energy! I have met so many neat people on this forum that create great posts and spend their free time to help others-As CPD said on a previous post "You have a family here"

So pander to my madness and express your flying joys,anger,and what you get in your mind and heart from this hobby- could be fun- Go on join my craziness.... SFLaughSurprisedYellConfused

"Fly like a butterfly sting like a Syma" http://syma107.com

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September 26, 2012 - 7:57 pm

nickden said

I'm 68 years old from Greece this hobby for myself is a MEDICATION who keeps the doctor outdoor HEHEHEHIHIHI I'm flying Syma 107,800,and 107 with cam.Im very enthusiastic for this hobby while keeping me in good health mentally and in general thanks good you show me this way to enjoy my self Regards to everybodyNikos

I would agree with you about flying it's very therapeutic, Myself being 68 and I find flying these little helis keeps reminding your brain to keep your reactions quick. It is certainly very relaxing. When I Was younger I built and flew all types of model aircraft, then I would dream about flying indoors on bad days, now thanks to Technology It is possible for all of us To enjoy the hobby anytime.Smile

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Great post guys,appreciate you honesty-I am 62 and still fly planes,most foam ones from Hobbyking and electric,crash them often..then I relax at home flying my Syma helis indoors,the only problem is to keep them just higher enough so my dog Billie can not grab them out of the air..now stepping into fpv(first person view) remember this,the mind is never old only if we think it is!!

"Fly like a butterfly sting like a Syma" http://syma107.com

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September 29, 2012 - 4:05 am

I am nearly *9 oops the keyboard slipped, and I love all the things that can keep us sane, well nearly anyway, Must go now my 7 Syma's are all charged up and ready to go.

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December 22, 2014 - 9:49 am

I'm 64.  I have always enjoyed R/C in any flavor since '89.

I keep my reflexes tuned up, love these new electric Quad Copters.

Before I got a Quad, I flew an Atomik RC dual counter rotating rotors with fly-bar, and a weird method of forward and rear flight by a tiny rotor on the top of the tail boom.

It is now relegated to the hangar!

Quads put it their!

Regards to all!

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I agree helps the reflexes, especially flying quads to keep the orientation correcthelicopter

"Fly like a butterfly sting like a Syma" http://syma107.com

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January 11, 2015 - 6:25 am

I brought a syma 107  with the hope it would be controllable. I do like the way they are so easy once you realise that ground and walls affect the control. my second was the new improved 107G which flew better but I still have a soft spot for the original version. The tail rotor went the other way and the rotor was slanted the other way too. I think they are relaxing fun.

I am the pilot nothing else matters apart from flying safely, the world has to wait until the battery is used.

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I believe the fascination with these little drones is linked to the innate human envy of birds.  

While we all cannot emulate F. Lloyd Wright, nor can we all leave the ground at the controls of our own Piper Cubs, we now have the ability to overcome the force of gravity -- in a small but very real way. We push the buttons and up it goes.  And it stays up there.  And it moves around the way we want it to.  

We cannot compete with the eagles and the falcons -- especially with a little Syma S-107.  But we have, by extension, taken a step in that direction.  

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I don't recall why I chose the Syma S-107 as my introduction to flying these little drones, but if I'd chosen something else it is likely I would quickly have lost interest in the hobby and put it aside.  It is the ease at which getting this tiny machine to lift off my coffee table, hover like a hummingbird, and obediently respond to commands from my totally inexperienced, 77 year-old fingers and brain.  

I was so impressed with the S-107 I thought I'd have little to no trouble working with something a bit more sophisticated, so I ordered a UDI-13A, which is a bit bigger, heavier, 3-channel, radio controlled, with camera.  This bird turned out to be too fast and awkward for flying indoors and too unstable for effective control outdoors with even a slight breeze.  

My next effort was a WL-V911, which is smaller and lighter than the S-107, RF controlled, 4 channel, which was much too fast to fly indoors, too light for outdoors in a slight breeze, and I am too old to be chasing these hard-to-control (for me) machines around an open field.  

Next came the S-106 Chinook, another Syma, slightly bigger (longer) than the S-107.  This is a nice little 3 channel Syma machine which is suitable for indoor flying -- but if I didn't have the experience afforded by flying the 107 all around my house I would quickly have given up trying to control the Chinook and given it away.  The problem with this machine is it needs a considerable trim adjustment when initiating each new flight.  I believe this is owing to its long shape and the positioning of its rotors.  But once I figured out how to get this heli stabilized it is (almost) as easy to fly around the house as the 107.

So, having just replaced the battery in my faithful 107 for the second time, and having resigned to the fact that this well-designed little machine is as good as it gets for my level of interest, I've noticed that within the year since I discovered these RC helis there seems to have been a significant surge of general interest in the technology.  So I'm sure we can look forward to a proportionate surge of new, vastly improved and reasonably-priced rc helis and quads in the very near future.  

Meanwhile, for me, the S-107 is as good as it gets.  

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February 18, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Well written Mike. For outdoor flight with the same controls as the 107 the F1 with its radio control is ideal.

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Redfive said
Well written Mike. For outdoor flight with the same controls as the 107 the F1 with its radio control is ideal.

Hello, Redfive!

Good to hear from a cousin in the Mother Country.

Question:  Is the F1 you mention a Syma machine?  Is it as easy to control as the S-107?  And is it as suitable for indoor use as the S-107?

Mike--

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February 19, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Yes the F1 (flying dragon) is a syma but larger and has a radio rather than ir control  it can fly indoors but needs lots of room. For indoor use the F4 is a 3 channel Infra red single rotor that flies like a 107

http://s267.photobucket.com/us.....6.jpg.html

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Redfive said
Yes the F1 (flying dragon) is a syma but larger and has a radio rather than ir control  it can fly indoors but needs lots of room. For indoor use the F4 is a 3 channel Infra red single rotor that flies like a 107

http://s267.photobucket.com/us.....6.jpg.html

Thanks!

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February 24, 2015 - 5:37 am

Sorry Mike I gave you a bit of wrong information, the F4 is radio control too.

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I've been looking at some of the more expensive camera-equipped drones and it seems this technology is really taking off.  If I could afford to I would like to buy a Phantom 2, which is equipped with a GoPro camera.  The price is $1,099 -- but there are even more expensive units available.  I've seen some which cost up to $3,500!   

As with any new technology, prices are always high during the introductory stages of availability.  I bought a Panasonic VCR when they first appeared back in 1980.  It cost $900.  And while it was quite impressive at the time, looking back it was rather primitive compared with those which appeared prior to the VCR's eventual obsolescence.  

I bought another Panasonic VCR about five years ago.  It is mechanically and electronically far superior to the one I bought in 1980 -- and it cost only $125!  So I'm sure we can look forward to similar improvements in quality and reduction in prices as RC drone technology passes through its inevitable stages of competitive evolution.  

So unless restrictive laws are passed I fully expect to see drone traffic becoming common and thickening year after year.

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February 26, 2015 - 7:14 pm

I think restrictive laws are only round the corner but in the mean time the syma x5c  quadcopter  has a camera  and flys like a dream

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I think restrictive laws are only round the corner but in the mean time the syma x5c  quadcopter  has a camera  and flys like a dream

Bryan,

I must agree about restrictive laws.  

Recently, Amazon proposed using drones to deliver packages.  Imagine that -- order something online, wait five minutes, step outside, look up, and here it comes.  The problem with that is it would be an answer to Abu-bin-BaBoom's fondest wish.  He could deliver ten pound blocks of C-4 to infidels of choice from half-a-mile away.  

So I can't imagine Amazon's intention to be approved.  And it won't be long before restrictions on use and ownership of useful drones will be comparable to those affecting firearms -- if not moreso.  

Mike-- 

 

PS: Thanks for the tip re: the X5C.  

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February 27, 2015 - 8:00 pm

I think sanity about where to fly is the answer but that only takes a few idiots to bring new laws in.

x5c flys well and is very light here is a clip shot from mine. It is a 4 channel so not an instant pick up and fly if you only fly 3 channel but I fly 4 channel as well anyway.

list=UUBWxJtAC8noOYlCPHSd51yg

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Redfive said

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Redfive said
I think sanity about where to fly is the answer but that only takes a few idiots to bring new laws in.

And therein lies the tale!

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Redfive said
I think sanity about where to fly is the answer but that only takes a few idiots to bring new laws in.

x5c flys well and is very light here is a clip shot from mine. It is a 4 channel so not an instant pick up and fly if you only fly 3 channel but I fly 4 channel as well anyway.

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Bryan,

Thanks for the video.  Nice little bird -- and I like that very old, very Medieval, stone structure in the background.  What is it?  

Mike--

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