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Slowpoke

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I fly mostly oval circuits, similar to tracing a nascar track. I find clockwise circuits easy, but counter-clockwise much more difficult.

Could this be a matter of a right or left handed person naturally have a preference to a certain direction? (I am left handed)

Or could the main rotor and tail rotor torque make the heli more difficult to control in a certain direction?

I'd like to know if most flyers find a certain direction easier or harder.

Slowpoke

09-06-2016 11:16 AM
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doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Not Harder!!

Lefts and rights are the same... it is more the way you have learned to fly.. just depends on what you did the most of.. left or right..
I usually don't mention this to new fliers and hust have them move into doing figure 8's... that way each direction gets equal time, andcthe "harder" turn doesn't come up,.,
Have fun and it is just practice and getting used to the little different orientation...
Stan

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09-06-2016 12:55 PM
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Slowpoke

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ok, I understand that. I first started on planks, and the flying field where I learned to fly had very strict rules about how and where you could fly. One direction only, and you had to stay withing certain boundaries.

I attempt figure 8s occasionally, and I'm sure anyone watching is greatly amused.

I'll keep practicing!

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09-07-2016 03:45 AM
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doorman

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Have Fun...


It will take a bit, but you'll make it!!
Stan

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09-08-2016 01:10 PM
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Tyler

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Helis fly differently through right and left hand turns, as they tend to lose altitude in one direction and gain altitude in the other. FBL controllers make this less obvious than before, but these dynamics are still present.

You are forced to fly turns differently. Some pilots compensate without even realizing it.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

09-08-2016 01:24 PM
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allupndown

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It is interesting to think about. So many factors in the equation and I've always wondered the same as Slowpoke but the case is opposite. I'm right handed and my left turns are much prettier than my right turns lol. Even with planks so in my case I think it's mostly comfort zone.

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09-18-2016 05:06 PM
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Tyler

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Left turns are easier because the rotor disk causes the heli to lose altitude, thus maintaining speed and momentum. The heli grooves well.

Right turns cause the heli to nose up and gain altitude. It feels unnatural to push the nose down so we must overcome our innate habit to pull up. The heli loses momentum and tends to lose air speed and we sometimes find ourselves in a hover positioned in an uncomfortable orientation.

Those unexpected hovers can cause overload and panic.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

09-18-2016 06:55 PM
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Slowpoke

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yes, definately understand the panic.

Been flying a lot this week, and making some progress....

09-18-2016 09:09 PM
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allupndown

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I was just messing around on RF doing race track and figure 8s. Everything Tyler described was the case. Never really put thought into it while flying a real model but nice to know it's not all me lol

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09-18-2016 11:40 PM
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Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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I think that difficulty flying one direction or another is a figment of ones mind. They are both equally difficult(simple). It is only what you perceive. It only means that you have practiced one direction more than another and tells you where you need to work.

I don't know how one can say that they need more collective(or less) in one or the other circle direction. I am flying the collective all the time in both circles. I cannot just leave the collective set and fly circles in either direction. I am flying wind, etc.

Another Opinion For Consideration.

09-20-2016 04:56 PM
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Slowpoke

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we've had great flying weather in Ohio this week, so I've gotten a lot of flying in. The left hand circles are getting easier, but not flying as fast yet as when I do right hand. I've gotten in a few near respectable figure eights, but have a ways to go yet.

09-20-2016 05:42 PM
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doorman

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On Your Way!!

Just takes practice... I could not agree more with HeliSplatter!!

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09-20-2016 08:01 PM
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