On Sunday this past weekend, we had the distinct pleasure of flying out at the “Field of Screams” – an AMA field in Damascus, Oregon, that specializes in rotorcraft and takes a permissive view towards FPV flight operations.
The whole day was a revelation for us. For Techinstein and myself, this project has been a lonely endeavor. We have only ever communicated with our fellow enthusiasts via the Internet and often at such vast distances the the possibility of a face-to-face meeting is remote at best.
Suddenly, we were surrounded by people who have an awful lot in common with us. It was interesting to see how they had addressed the same problems that we ourselves encountered, and what they did differently – and the same – to overcome them.
As you can see in the photograph above, helicopters substantially outnumbered multirotors on the field, and we saw some extremely skillful acrobatic helicopter piloting. When an especially accomplished pilot stepped up to the flight line, Techinstein leaned over to me and said, “Here’s where the laws of physics go out the window.”
I was gobsmacked by what followed... There were times when I honestly could not understand where the thrust was coming from to keep that bird in the air. It didn’t look like nearly enough of the rotor disk was pointing earthward to keep the machine flying – but fly it did.
Absolutely everyone we met was gracious and welcoming and helpful, and they had established quite a nice field for themselves, with a metal-roofed shelter providing ample table space for their birds and equipment, as well as a great view of the flying out on the field.
They invited us back to fly with them sometime, and I have no doubt that we’ll be taking them up on their generous offer. We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone at the “Field of Screams” for having us out, and especially the club’s secretary/treasurer, Harvey, who first reached out to us about coming by for a visit.