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Marinevet1812

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Middletown, CT USA

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Hey guys...
I thought I would share something with you all, I have been flying helis for couple of years now. I'm not a begging heli pilot, but yesterday when I took my 550 for a spin I felt like I never flown before I was a reck. Nervous, shaking, heart pounding etc. Day prior I was fine... Flying by myself enjoying the mild 3D flight, that includeded a new maneuver that I learned the pirouetting half funnels, which I think is just awesome. I'm not sure what happened yesterday, perhaps that other plank pilots where there, I left the field with a ****ty grin on my face, completely disappointed...

10-07-2016 12:43 PM
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fastrc1

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Brooklyn, NY-USA

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Really? How many people do you know that can fly helicopters let alone do aerobatics. Seems like copter anxiety.

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10-07-2016 01:06 PM
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Slowpoke

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Dublin, OH

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I certainly have been in that situation, when nerves take over!

10-07-2016 02:39 PM
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helifanatix

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Fountain Valley, CA

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The human mind is constantly changing (like the weather).

Go back to play out the events 24 hrs prior
- did you get enough rest?
- piloting heli's is an eye to hand coordination activity
- tracking the heli in a pirouetting maneuver is very intense
- when working on a new maneuver, it's taxing on the mind
- "certainty" gives us the winner's edge, so while trying new things..that certainty maybe not be there

Mood has a lot to do with it.
- If you don't know what is wrong
- than go back to basics
- Do what you did when you are comfortable and work your way back up
- these are my strategies I used with very good luck

BTW
I've been flying for years and one day I did an auto
- Heli was coming in hot
- my leg were shaking and almost buckled on me
- I admit I jump right into it (was my first maneuver of the day)
- 24 hours prior, My mind had been replaying over and over
- however while mentally visualizing the auto, a lot is left out since it's difficult to include all the moving parts.
- it's best to do what you can and work your way up
- know and accept your current skill level

since auto's are tempermental (almost gotta be precise everytime, there is really no do-over..I have no bail out).

I should of warmed up but that was a lesson learnt.
- Now I take it easy
- do some basic slow & steady auto's
- than some traveling pirouetting figure 8's circuits

Hope this helps.

- Scott

10-07-2016 03:15 PM
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Marinevet1812

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Middletown, CT USA

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Hey guys thanks so much for responses and helifantix, you are absolutely correct. I think what scared me is the fact that I never felt as such before or at least not to this extent. I'm also thinking that forgetting to take my meds morning off had an influence as well. I will go back out to fly again, in couple of days and hopefully it will be alright. Again thank you all for responses, as I really like to fly helis, it is a skill very unique to the rc pilots...

10-07-2016 10:40 PM
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DennisH

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Baton Rouge Louisiana

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I also agree with helifantix. You must be in the mood, and completely rested and alert.

Example: Just the other night, I was so excited, I stayed up until 5am working on my 600. I was actually cross-eyed.

Needless to say, tomorrow was "already" here!. I was in no way ready to fly that morning/evening because I wore myself and my eyes out. I was suppose to start flying around 9am.

I couldn't even read the mail or focus on my computer let alone focus on my Heli. I ended up resting most of the day just to regroup and mentally prepare myself.

So I sat around watching everyone else because I knew it would be a mistake to get my Heli off the ground.

I love the hobby and have been doing it since I was a teenager (many years ago), LOL.

For the last few days, I have been making sure I go to bed around 10pm +/- an hour or so. I find I get more done and get it done correctly with the proper rest.

Plus, I am happy with my flying.

JMO, Dennis

10-08-2016 12:46 AM
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helifanatix

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Fountain Valley, CA

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Glad I was able to contribute. Great job everyone!!!

- Scott

10-08-2016 01:33 AM
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cyclicpitch743

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Jersey City, NJ, USA

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I have flown helicopters from fixed single rotor and collective pitch micro,120,Blade 130, 200, and 450 off and on for several years now since my retirement. I have 4 size 450 flybarless, 6 axis Walkera and one Blade 450X. It seems that whenever, I begin flying I can go through hovering front and back facing, and mild circle around the field. However, the enjoyment can become a disaster when I would lose control of the helicopter. Except for the Blade 450 with the BeastX receiver that I have flown only about 6 times,(thank God no crash on this) my inclination is towards the Walkeras with the 6 axis that enables me to make more stable flights. I have incidents of crashes that require blade and main gear replacement. I cant figure whether my reaction is slower than what my eyes can see. I have don't have vision problems as I have a new set of eye lenses that entirely eliminated my wearing eyeglasses.
Right now I have 2 Walkera 450 for main gear replacement, 200 for possible pitch servo failure, a scale 200 Alloutte 3 bladed main and rear rotor helicopter with a slipping tail gear that is loose. (Don't buy RTF scale as it is a pain in the neck to repair).
Giving a thought on my time and investments, perhaps I may think of hanging my helicopter gloves and stick to park flyers.

10-08-2016 09:49 PM
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helifanatix

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Fountain Valley, CA

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Flying is not easy and not hard if you know what you are doing.
Ask yourself this: "How much control do you have?".
Can you get the Heli to be in an area while flying or is the heli controlling you?

Things go a rey when we get too ambitious. The Walkera 6 axis has built in stabilization. 3 axis for FBL and other 3 for stabilization. Hovering in one place and staying in an area is different. Smaller heli's are agile, react and get out of site quicker. We must learn to give small inputs and plan out maneuvers. How often do we go out and do things on a whim? It's time to set goals and strategies to make it into reality. Big inputs and over correcting are comman problems.

I would suggest learning figure 8 circuits in both direction. Do the figure 8's tighter and tighter till you can do it in 20' x 20' box. That will teach you complete cyclic & collective control.

- Scott

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