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Old 01-16-12, 10:43 AM
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Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Are remote control helicopter toys, like this one, dangerous? What happens if the blades come in contact with skin while running?
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Only in Florida.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

It stings, nothing more. You wouldn't want it to hit you in the eye.

Those Syma ones are about 74 times better than the stupid Air Hogs ones, by the way. The control is unbelievable.

We have two of them.

Unfortunately, all the ones you get on Amazon are the same channel so you can never fly them together (My brother has purchased 8 of them as gifts, all same channel).

I suppose it could tear your scrotum.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

all three of my kids have one...and it is fine...I am sure if it hits your eye it would do dmg...but they have hit my arm and it just stung a little....
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Okay, I assumed that had to be the case since they are so popular with kids. Are the blades made of plastic? If you move your finger into the blades while running, will they simply stop?
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Originally Posted by Patrick G View Post
Okay, I assumed that had to be the case since they are so popular with kids. Are the blades made of plastic? If you move your finger into the blades while running, will they simply stop?
yes...just make sure your kids are wearing eye protection and they will be ok...
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Originally Posted by foxdvd View Post
yes...just make sure your kids are wearing eye protection and they will be ok...
I disagree, going by the tenor of his posts, his kids should remain inside the bubble.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Only to Vic Morrow.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Eye protection?

Just let them learn their lessons. Nothing teaches you more about protecting your eyes than having a brother with an eye patch.

Originally Posted by Patrick G View Post
Are the blades made of plastic? If you move your finger into the blades while running, will they simply stop?
Yes, plastic. But they won't stop simply by hitting your finger. It's usually the scream that stops them.

Seriously though, it hurts a little. But the blade doesn't need to stop because it bounces away. You're left with a stinging sensation that goes away after 5 seconds.

What exactly is the problem here, you or your wife?
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

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Eye protection?

Just let them learn their lessons. Nothing teaches you more about protecting your eyes than having a brother with an eye patch.



Yes, plastic. But they won't stop simply by hitting your finger. It's usually the scream that stops them.

Seriously though, it hurts a little. But the blade doesn't need to stop because it bounces away. You're left with a stinging sensation that goes away after 5 seconds.

What exactly is the problem here, you or your wife?
The only problem is I wanted to confirm the blades wouldn't cut skin on contact before I made the purchase. My son turns 6 on Friday and I realized I hadn't bought anything yet. Thought he'd love something like this, but obviously wanted to confirm he's not going to get his fingers cut off using it. Google has a hard time differentiating among the toy and the more advanced remote helicopters, which I believe are quite dangerous.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

The recommended age on the helicopter you linked to is 12 and up. Since he's 6 maybe you should look for something more age appropriate.
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The recommended age on the helicopter you linked to is 12 and up. Since he's 6 maybe you should look for something more age appropriate.
I don't go by age recommendations nowadays. You can usually safely halve it. In today's world they put restrictors on sit-and-spins for pete's sake. I remember buying an old one from the 70s when my kids were younger so they could have as much fun on it as I did when I was their age.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

My son is 5 and he loves it.

He won't lose a finger.

Might cry once or twice, so do emphasize safety (but not fear). No grabbing it while the blades are running, etc.

These thing are really cool.

Here is how I handled it with both my son and a neighbor kid:

1) Before you can fly it, you have to have a "training session."

2) First, learn to hover in space. Go up gently without hitting the ceiling and keep it in the air for 15 seconds.

3) Hover and turn in space. Just turn around 3 times in each direction while hovering.

4) Crash stop. You don't want them to keep holding the throttle after a crash. Hold the helicopter in your hand while they hold the gas and when you get close to the wall, they have to let go right away. Do this a lot. This will extend the life of your helicopter a lot as well. It doesn't matter if the vehicle falls to the floor, but you don't want that blade to keep going when it's trapped or hitting a wall. They need to learn a quick release. LET GO and start again. This is probably the single most important thing in preserving it and having fun.

5) Hover and move forward, back, then land gently.

6) They are on their own.

That should take no more than 10 minutes and they will have a lot more fun than if you just sent them loose and get frustrated/scared.

My nephew (3) is terrified of theirs so that was probably a little early.

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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Here's what I'm most worried about now though after you've confirmed they're safe for kids: the LED TVs I have mounted on my walls.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

It's not only safety but it can also include how well the controls can be worked for certain ages. Maybe younger kids had a difficult time controlling it or got bored with it quickly. But it looks like it's an indoor model so shouldn't be too powerful and it's fairly inexpensive so what the hey.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Yeah, I would consider my son advanced when it comes to using stuff like this, so hopefully we'll both enjoy the purchase. :-)
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

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Here's what I'm most worried about now though after you've confirmed they're safe for kids: the LED TVs I have mounted on my walls.
Make it an outdoors-only toy (or put room restrictions in place in the winter).
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

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Only to Vic Morrow.
I wonder if anyone has ever flown one of those outside of Jennifer Jason Leigh's window at night, with a speaker attached, making moaning ghost sounds. That would be awesome.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

You can't fly these outdoors unless there is zero wind.

The TV's are a concern. So simply set up boundaries. You get within 5 feet of the TV, you let go and start again away from the TV.

The control is plenty good that accidents shouldn't happen if you set up a boundary and teach him to drop the copter any time it's in a jam.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

I would suggest not walking into the propeller
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

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I would suggest not walking into the propeller
Well, the first thing I'm going to do when I take it out of the package is fire it up and put my finger against the propeller when it's running at full speed. I'm not looking forward to this, but I have to do it to make sure it's not going to hurt him.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

Make sure you try it on a finger you use the least
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

That's gonna hurt. If you're holding the helicopter the impact will be greater than in free flight because it won't respond to the impact in the same way.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

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That's gonna hurt.
I can deal with hurt, I just don't want cut.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?

I just tried it. It hurt but I didn't cry. You bastard.

It's nowhere near a cut.

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