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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

Soulskill posted 1 year,12 days | from the rest-in-peace dept.

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An anonymous reader sends this news from the Wall Street Journal: "A 19-year-old model helicopter enthusiast was killed Thursday when a toy helicopter he was flying struck him in the head, a law-enforcement official said. Victim Roman Pirozek 'was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks. He was executing a trick when he was struck,' the official said. Mr. Pirozek – depicted in [this YouTube video] he posted in July — was flying a remote-controlled helicopter worth about $2,000 when it struck him, cutting off the top of his head, the official said. The Woodhaven, Queens, resident was pronounced dead at the scene. His father was with him at the time of the accident, the official said."

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OUCH (4, Interesting)

cod3r_ (2031620) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775137)

Holy hell that's insane. What a way to go :(

Re:OUCH (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775249)

No kidding. I have no doubt this story discussion will be filled with jokes (somewhat understandably), but man that's horrible for his father as well. My thoughts and prayers go out for that family.

Re:OUCH (1, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775303)

I have no doubt this story discussion will be filled with jokes

Such as, "Pics or it didn't happen"?

Re:OUCH (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775409)

No, people don't care about the death of a man's child, even if he was 19. Think how his parents, his family and friends are feeling right now.

If you wouldn't say it to their faces, don't fucking say it at all.

Re:OUCH (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775501)

pics or it didn't happen

Re:OUCH (0, Flamebait)

hairyfeet (841228) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775545)

Sorry Missus Coward but I have a fricking hard time feeling sorry for somebody who kills themselves with their own toy from the sounds of it doing some jackass stunt with the damned thing. Either have enough damned sense to use the thing with proper levels of safety or don't be surprised when your own stupidity takes you out of the gene pool.

Re:OUCH (5, Funny)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775619)

Maybe he was just trying a random stunt that he though up off the top of his head.

Re:OUCH (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775661)

The Wall Street Journal version of the story (first link) has pics...

Re:OUCH (4, Insightful)

slashmydots (2189826) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775343)

Yeah, not so much jokes as Darwin award nominations. You basically fly a high-horsepower rotating sword directly at yourself for no reason outdoors where the wind can change in a second. That's definitely up there on the list. This guy isn't exactly a firefighter running into a burning building. There is zero legitimate reason to fly a deadly helicopter at yourself just to do a trick.

Re:OUCH (5, Funny)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775493)

quick, lets ban them! think of the children :D

Re:OUCH (5, Funny)

krovisser (1056294) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775541)

Careful, this is NY were are talking about.

Re:OUCH (4, Interesting)

kimvette (919543) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775691)

in MA that would definitely happen. As it is Nannychusetts now requires all dirt bikes and ATVs to be registered (even if used only on your own private property!) and no one under 16 may operate any such vehicles at any time (even under guardian supervision), except to train within 21 days of a sanctioned competition.

I see it now: all RC devices are now required to be registered and may not be operated by minors (even under guardian supervision) unless within one week of a sanctioned event.

Thankfully I don't live in People's Republik of Nannychusetts any more. I know NYC can be pretty draconian but they don't compare to the insanity of Nannychusetts, sugary drink ban notwithstanding.

Re:OUCH (5, Informative)

Splab (574204) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775463)

At first I thought, fuck man, that sucks, but then I read that one of his tricks was to fly the helicopter close to his head.

This was a pure Darwin Award moment, plain and simple, stupid trick ended with someone getting hurt. It's up there with torn groin videos from bad landings...

Re:OUCH (5, Informative)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775539)

Which is sad.

Some facts about R/C Heli's in the same general class as the one that killed him:

They weigh roughly 10-12lbs, this one was a gas turbine, so it likely weighed a little more.
The rotors each weigh about 3/4 lbs, most of the weight being from lead added near the tips to facilitate autorotation.
They can fly at speeds up to 100mph, though its unlikely he ever went over 30mph when doing 3d aerobatics.
The rotor tips in non-aerobatic flight travel at about 300mph.
In aerobatic modes, the rotor speed goes up by about 30% so you have reserve power, that brings them to nearly 400mph.
Carbon fiber blades are used not because they are lighter (you really don't want lighter blades at that size), they are more rigid, flex is wasted energy and can cause tail boom strikes.

Doing the math on the rotor blades, .325kg * 175m/s * 0.5 = ~28.4 the tips carry approximately 28 joules of energy assuming they don't separate from the rotor head.

That in and of itself, not so impressive. If you get hit with the broad side of a rotor, it hurts like hell, but won't even bruise most people.

But thats not what happens. Even if the rotor separates from the hub in a crash, they are aerodynamically stable. They are wings after all. They fly straight and true in almost every case with the weighted leading edge up front.

Thats 28 joules of energy in what is basically a knife edge. It can easily severe a leg at the ankle.

These are miniature aircraft. They are easily deadly.

I've put multiple helis into the ground to avoid possibly hitting someone or something, some of the scariest experiences I've ever had were due to a out of control heli. The worst was where I didn't properly fasten the radio antenna and it got pulled into the rotor blade during inverted flight nearly directly over the flight line (where everyone stands to fly) at our local club. Nothing I could do at that point but watch it tumble towards the ground and yell at people to scatter. I was able to recover the aircraft when it got closer to me and without hurting anyone, but you can not imagine the fear people had as the aircraft was tumbling towards them.

Jokes about this kid getting hurt are about as funny as jokes about the Shuttle Columbia's last re-entry.

Re:OUCH (2)

radiumsoup (741987) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775651)

Jokes about this kid getting hurt are about as funny as jokes about the Shuttle Columbia's last re-entry.

All of this, and many times over.

Re:OUCH (5, Insightful)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775705)

Maybe if the Shuttle Columbia was trying to do inverted tricks on re-entry.

Otherwise, it's not much different than someone juggling chainsaws that are running.

Re:OUCH (2)

davidwr (791652) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775649)

Yeah, I've got jokes running through my head just like a lot of other people, but a man died. Family and friends are grieving.

Human decency requires a suitable interval before making light of such a tragedy. By the time that interval passes, this thread will be in archive mode.

Re:OUCH (4, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775333)

Holy hell that's insane. What a way to go :(

At least he died doing what he loved. But in the last 60 seconds of the youtube video, he lands the helicopter on a table just a few feet from his face, while he is seated and thus unable to dodge it easily. One of his friends isn't even wearing eye protection. He was taking dumb risks and it isn't a total surprise that he was later killed. I fly R/C helicopters, and mine are small enough that they could barely leave a scratch, but I would never land one that close to a seated person, and I would never operate in the vicinity of someone without eye protection (parts can come loose, and even small helicopters can kick up debris).

Re:OUCH (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775475)

Holy hell that's insane. What a way to go :(

Ah, but he died doing something he enjoyed. Isn't that the dream of every man?

Here Lies Ackthpt, Fully Debugged At Last

LOL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775145)

What an idiot. Another one wins the award.

Re:LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775231)

I gotta agree. After watching that video of him flying his RC copter so recklessly, this was pure idiocy.

a new drone (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775149)

Don't let the government see this. Obama + Kerry = the biggest liars to walk the earth.

This Was News Yesterday (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775171)

Great, You guys are almost 20 hours late to this story. It's already been digested and regurgitated in every media, what's the point of posting this to slashdot now?
This place has really turned to shit (sorry but its true).

Re:This Was News Yesterday (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775205)

Do you really refresh Slashdot all day for the latest news, AC? That's not really what it's for. Maybe you live in NYC, but it wasn't on the news aggregators I looked at last night.

Oh, and, topically: BAN ALL THE THINGS!

Re:This Was News Yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775279)

Do you really mean ban all the things - like ban chainsaws and BBQ grills and all the other things that could kill a person when not used safely, or do you just mean ban remote control helicopters because you have some irrational bias against other people's hobbies.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775295)

Do you really mean ban all the things - like ban chainsaws and BBQ grills and all the other things that could kill a person when not used safely, or do you just mean ban remote control helicopters because you have some irrational bias against other people's hobbies.

Pretty sure he means to be facetious, Eisenstein.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (1)

Alsee (515537) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775429)

You mispelled sarcastic.

-

Re:This Was News Yesterday (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775643)

I know what I said.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (5, Interesting)

TWX (665546) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775505)

There are also procedures for using chainsaws, barbecue grills, and other things that can kill a person. There probably are procedures, at least minimal, CYA procedures for model aircraft too. That he wasn't following them is why he killed himself. Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

I play with model rockets. Fairly big ones, I'm up into the "G" engine size, and we practice a certain amount of range safety. I've had factory-made engines explode on the pad and that 30' distance is very important, as are following procedures for hooking up the electrical wiring for the ignition. Even with rockets that have exploded on the pad, rockets that have broken up in-flight right after leaving the pad, and rockets that have caught on fire, no one has ever been hurt because we're not stupid enough to sit right next to the rocket when we fire it. The only real danger we have to face is rockets whose parachute ejection fails, and the rocket coming down like a javelin, which has happened a couple of times but nowhere in the vicinity of where anyone was at the time.

I feel sorry for the guy's family, but my sympathy is limited by the documented reckless behavior he's shown before.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (4, Informative)

show me altoids (1183399) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775629)

Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Actually, juggling chainsaws, while somewhat dangerous, isn't as bad as it looks. Even though the motor is running, the chain is not moving, at least with a stock chainsaw. You have to press on the trigger for the chain to move. Fucking safety interlocks, how do they work?

Re:This Was News Yesterday (4, Insightful)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775695)

There probably are procedures, at least minimal, CYA procedures for model aircraft too. That he wasn't following them is why he killed himself. Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Except that helicopter was many feet away from him for most of its use, and it was intended to be used exactly as he used it. It's sometimes not possible to be aware of exactly how far away and high up a model is just by looking, as models are small and depth perception is weak in our species.

There is only ONE 'CYA' rule for model aircraft: Try not to hit anything. Most of the time when you operate an R/C aircraft, it's something smaller and softer, where if it did hit a person, it might give them a small cut from the prop but is otherwise like getting hit by a big Nerf dart. This guy was using the metalized pro model, which was a bit more dangerous.

It sounds like he was doing some simple ground effect tricks, and the heli got too close and clipped him. It's actually a hobby and a sport, in which many hundreds of people participate. If you think doing tricks with model helis is 'documented reckless behavior', then I have nothing to say but "You must be a ton of fun at parties.."

Re:This Was News Yesterday (0)

MightyYar (622222) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775221)

Maybe I'm an isolated case, but I hardly watch TV (Netflix-aholic) and this did not show up on news.google.com yesterday - or at least I did not see it. Besides that, this is not time-sensitive news.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775257)

If you want recent news, don't come to Slashdot.
If you want hardcore technical news, don't come to Slashdot.
If you want real politics, don't come to Slashdot.
 
Slashdot is about discussing the stories. Most of the discussions and stories carry a bias that most either love or hate. Most are wildly inaccurate... to the point some of them come off like total lies.
 
Slashdot really isn't a news site. It's not the best place for news from any genre of news. The opinions of those who discuss the news are often narrow minded and wrong.
 
Welcome to Slashdot.

Re:This Was News Yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775453)

If you want recent news, don't come to Slashdot.

Are you kidding? It's well known now, but you see, there's even a lag in the complaints, so when he sent the message, it was still timely.

Shitbird Obama Supportes Untie! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775173)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893004579057271019210230.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

"The Iranian message, intercepted in recent days, came from Qasem Soleimani, the head of Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force, and went to Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups in Iraq, according to U.S. officials.

In it, Mr. Soleimani said Shiite groups must be prepared to respond with force after a U.S. strike on Syria."

Iran being involved in terrorist activity in Iraq is another thing that was claimed by conservatives for the last decade and was always derided by the left.

Guess who was correct.

Re:Shitbird Obama Supportes Untie! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775285)

They told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney, the middle east would slide into turmoil and bloodshed due to the US's wreckless cowboy diplomacy. And they were right!

Hats off for model helicopter enthusiasts. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775185)

Hats off for model helicopter enthusiasts.

Too soon?

Re:Hats off for model helicopter enthusiasts. (-1, Offtopic)

erikkemperman (252014) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775269)

Probably a lot of you have seen this, and it is only on-topic with a lot of imagination. But still, I nearly pissed myself over this

prank [youtube.com]

In poor taste? Sure. Funny as hell? You betcha.

Re:Hats off for model helicopter enthusiasts. (2, Funny)

mrclisdue (1321513) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775527)

Now I know why they call them choppers!

cheers,

Darwin's Theory In Action (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775187)

Q.E.D.

Natural Selection at Work (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775191)

Darwin Award candidate, maybe?

Re:Natural Selection at Work (5, Funny)

nopainogain (1091795) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775213)

This guy is going to get flamed but I agree. No flying-chainsaws near your own head. It seems like a "no-brainer" oops, too soon?

Re:Natural Selection at Work (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775259)

Yeah, I agree this very unsafe behavior for at least one reason, just off the top of my head.

Re:Natural Selection at Work (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775339)

More like a flying lawnmower, no?

Toy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775209)

Those things are not "toys". Anyone with more than a passing interest in them will tell you that.

Re:Toy? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775255)

toy /toi/
noun
1. an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.

Other than the child part, it seems to fit the definition of "toy" pretty closely, unless they were doing something practical with them?
You sound like one of those people running around yelling "It's not a doll, it's an action figure!"

Re:Toy? (4, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775263)

"The only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys."

Don't be so sensitive on the terminology. Any recreational device can be considered a toy. Some "toys" are quite expensive, and some can be quite deadly if used improperly and require caution and respect, but they're still basically adult toys.

Re:Toy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775481)

Don't be so sensitive on the terminology. Any recreational device can be considered a toy. Some "toys" are quite expensive, and some can be quite deadly if used improperly and require caution and respect, but they're still basically adult toys.

You sound like a real sadist, do you have any good recommendations for adult "toys"?

Re:Toy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775557)

Why do so many people use the word "adult" to mean "juvenile"?

Re:Toy? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775579)

Considering the hell itself probably cost upwards of 2k just on the airframe, its hard to call it a toy.

It was a gas-turbine heli, they are the most expensive ones you can buy.

these things should be regulated!!!11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775613)

I have a hard time calling something that can chop off the top of your head a toy.

Re:Toy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775659)

This brings up another point: 19 years old is not a "man". It's a kid / young adult.

Kids these days don't mature until their mid 20s to early 30s. This is especially true if they're rich enough to afford an RC helicopter.

Re:Toy? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775483)

well what do you call a device you have for no practical reason.. a tool? no, you call it a toy. even if it is big and dangerous.

fyi, dirtbikes are toys too(for 99.9% of owners of them)..

Better him than an innocent (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775241)

Given his attitude, "'was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks", would be matter of time for getting someone hurt. Father's fault for not teaching him prudence properly.

Re:Better him than an innocent (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775447)

Father's fault for not teaching him prudence properly.

Neighbor Victor Tommaso feels the same way, and would go so far as to publicly demand that:

His father must be destroyed.

so that this won't happen again.

Always wear a helmet! (3, Funny)

mi (197448) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775245)

Real helicopter pilots always wear a helmet. And so should you...

BTW, would somebody think of the children ? How long before some maniac brings one of these to school and decapitates a bunch of innocent children?

It is long overdue we ban them on school grounds (and for a couple of miles around each school) and establish a national registry for the devices and background checks for buyers!

Straw man (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775297)

Who is actually advocating, or going to advocate, banning them? Citations? I'm waiting.

By the way, you forgot to put <smug> . . . </smug> tags around your post.

Re:Straw man (-1, Flamebait)

mi (197448) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775743)

Who is actually advocating, or going to advocate, banning them?

The same people, who are willing to shred the Constitution (the Bill of Rights, specifically) to ban firearms...

Re:Always wear a helmet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775331)

Well, this guy won't hurt anyone ever, so maybe someone did think of the children...

Re:Always wear a helmet! (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775349)

But we must make sure to only ban assault model helicopters!

Re:Always wear a helmet! (2)

mi (197448) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775595)

But we must make sure to only ban assault model helicopters!

Oh, no we don't. This most recent incident is just another painful reminder, that the time for half-measures is gone! Enough! We must do something about the safety of our communities, the safety of our kids. And we must do something NOW! .

Re:Always wear a helmet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775623)

The article didn't mention that once striking a hard enough object, like the head, even carbon fiber blades become unbalanced and damaged to the point where the model becomes so unstable that it would crash soon afterwards.

I'm worried more about the maniac just flying the heli into the kids and let all the debris and flying components do the real damage.

Good. (3, Insightful)

obarthelemy (160321) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775271)

At least he didn't kill anybody else.

I wish media would stop referring to this as a toy (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775293)

Toy helicopters are available for $20 from amazon.

This was an enthusiast's RC model.

Toys don't decapitate people.

Re:I wish media would stop referring to this as a (2)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775455)

Being more expensive doesn't make it stop being a toy.

I wonder if... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775307)

...the Rotary Club will make him an honorary member?

Get Hurt Early Get Hurt Often (3, Interesting)

wrackspurt (3028771) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775321)

I was a klutz, big hands, big feet, big head, small body, but I tried out for every sport and when I didn't make the teams I waited to be picked last for pickup games. I don't know if this guy missed out on team sports but maybe he did. Sports teach you you can get hurt. Computer games and remote controlled toys don't teach you about getting hurt. They don't instill caution.

Re:Get Hurt Early Get Hurt Often (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775571)

A giant four-foor spinning blade sure as hell instills caution in me; not sure what would do a better job, actually.

Re:Get Hurt Early Get Hurt Often (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775761)

Wow... a man is killed and all you can did make it about you and insinuate that maybe he had social problems too? That's a new low even for the normally extremely insensitive Slashdot.

Murder? (1)

Prune (557140) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775323)

I'm not saying it's likely at all, but how can one be sure that someone else didn't override his signal and took over control of the craft? Just a thought.

Re:Murder? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775377)

That's pretty paranoid, but who knows? Maybe if he wore a tinfoil hat, he'd still be alive.

Re:Murder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775457)

I'm not saying it's likely at all, but how can one be sure that someone else didn't override his signal and took over control of the craft? Just a thought.

DSMX makes this not even feasible.

Re:Murder? (2)

Prune (557140) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775537)

I don't believe you. The algorithm has been reverse engineered: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1759502 [rcgroups.com] Anyone skilled with a software radio could eventually synchronize to this and then just need to put out a more powerful signal.

Michael Fuckin' Crichton knows who did it!!!1 (1)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775673)

I bet this is the nefarious plot of Dr. Charles Luther [wikipedia.org] .
Yeah, that's Gene Fuckin' Simmons there. WTF 80's?!!

Re:Murder? Possible and maybe practical (4, Insightful)

PseudoCoder (1642383) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775551)

I'm not saying it's likely at all, but how can one be sure that someone else didn't override his signal and took over control of the craft? Just a thought.

It's quite possible with the old analog FM transmitters if you knew which channel they were in, and even then the two transmitters would be "fighting" for control and positive override control would be very difficult. The way he was used to flying so close to himself (according to one of the stories) it only takes a brief "radio hit" while the chopper was close enough to him to lose momentary control and cause this impact. Someone could possibly take advantage of one of these moments and just mess with the signal a little bit, if they wanted to do it deliberately.

In the case of an FM radio system it's more possible it may have happened by accident if someone on the same FM channel started their transmitter and gave his receiver even a quick radio hit. At a field with loose radio impound rules it's possible another user on his FM channel could have accidentally switched their transmitter on without checking to see if that channel was in use. In my rookie days I would have done something like that.

With the newer digital 2.4GHz spread-spectrum stuff it's highly unlikely to happen by accident and would be a lot more work to achieve deliberately.

Either way I would not take the chance to fly so close to me. I have a healthy respect of rotating machinery and so should everyone.

Model aircraft season (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775361)

Couple this incident with Colorado selling thousands of drone hunting permits [nbcnews.com] and perhaps its time to find a safer hobby than model aircraft. Like say noodling [wikipedia.org]

Re:Model aircraft season (1)

cruff (171569) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775591)

... Colorado selling thousands of drone hunting permits ...

The small eastern Colorado plains town that is thinking of selling these permits != the entire state of Colorado.

Missing details (0)

jbeaupre (752124) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775365)

He was executing a trick

Wait. What? There was prostitution involved?

Re:Missing details (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775397)

GOB: Michael, a trick is what a whore does for money. [Notices children] Or candy!

Re:Missing details (1)

Prune (557140) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775499)

What is "GOB"? None of the definitions I found by a web search fit.

Re:Missing details (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775593)

Next time, try Googling the quote itself instead.

Re:Missing details (1)

X-Power (1009277) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775611)

google Gob Bluth

Malfunction or unnecessary risk? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775375)

Maybe it was actually a malfunction but I suspect not.
It seems like serious hobbyists sometimes run into the same problem as many of the extreme sports folks. It's easy to become complacent after years of nothing serious ever going wrong, then they let their guard down or take an unreasonable risk just one time too many and the results are catastrophic.
They call them helicopter blades for a reason. Never let them get near you under any circumstances, unless the model is shut down.
This is New York though, so I'm sure there will be new an idiotic regulations requiring foam-rubber blades and full-body kevlar, or more likely just banning all powered models larger than a couple of pounds alltogether (except for government agencies or law enforcement). Imagine this thing carrying a soda larger than 16 ounces. Now that would be a truly egregious danger.

Instant Darwin award! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775389)

Bam!

Really, how can someone be so stupid?

Helis (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775403)

He had plenty of space to fly..

The trick should not be how close to potential danger you are. Especially with a 4+ foot wingspan!

Brace yourselves (3, Insightful)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775411)

I can hear the legal coffers clinking as lawyers prepare to amass and file class action lawsuits over an infrequent incident blown out of proportion by newscasts seething with "Think of the children" and "Helicopters kill people" campaigns.

Re:Brace yourselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775733)

But Helicopters do kill people pretty regularly [wikimedia.org]

better than the other way around (2)

nimbius (983462) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775413)

if i were to die by drone (radio controlled aircraft in this case) id rather it be the one I control.

Re:better than the other way around (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775707)

Yup, because it wouldn't have happened if a Computer controlled it...
Always good old reliable human failure, just like car crashes...

Cue... (3, Funny)

longbot (789962) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775491)

...NYC outlawing remote-controlled planes/helicopters/etc in 3...2...1...

In Soviet Russia ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775523)

tricks execute you.

(sorry)

In his last video... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775531)

Some of the stunts he performs are pretty impressive, but as far as I can tell they're all dangerously close to him, given the model can go what appears 0-100 in less than a second. At some points the vehicle is less than 10 feet from him. I would call it a toy, but it's a bit beyond that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRPfLKVMGM8 - Last video posted by Pirozek. Rest in peace, doing what you loved.

Vic Morrow Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775533)

Twilight Zone: The Movie. Yrggg!

And for my last trick... (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775561)

RIP

19-year-old Helicopters (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775603)

The article doesn't say why he was so enthusiastic about 19 year old helicopters.

Great candidate for a Darwin (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775609)

RIP RC guy.

I fly model helicopters (5, Insightful)

MpVpRb (1423381) | 1 year,12 days | (#44775637)

They are definitely NOT toys

The high performance ones have 5 to 10 HP motors

The flying style currently popular among the top pilots is to fly very close to the ground and very close to the pilot

So naturally, the guys with less talent want to fly like the pros

I think this is kinda crazy..no room for error

After reading this.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775687)

I've got half a mind to build one myself......

Insane stunts (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44775735)

I saw a youtube video of this guy performing stunts with his model craft, and it looked absolutely insane. The things that he did with that craft seemed unreal. The speed and precision involved is mind-boggling. I can also see why this guy had the top of his head, and a shoulder, cut off.

I'm at work right now, so I can't go searching youtube for the video, but I'm sure it's not hard to find since he used his real name for his youtube username.

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