I've been flying a bit without my landing gear lately, but today I decided to strap it back on and get some orientation issues worked out.
What I did was get the heli up tail-in, hover for a bit, get comfortable. Then I started hovering facing left, then facing right. Then I started doing the tee drills (the ones where you go left 10 ft, stop, back to center, stop, right 10 ft, etc.etc...). I did fine except when:
I had the heli facing left and I was going right (hence flying backwards) past center. I guess that's the point where it's kind of like you are flying nose-in. But, i'm going to keep working on it until i get comfortable doing this drill left and right.
I also did some forward flight in the figure 8 pattern. While doing the figure 8, i didn't even leave the ground. I was skipping along the ground kind if like I was driving a car.
I had a good time today, but I sure have some things to work on. I want to make sure I have the fundamentals down pat before I get into more advanced flight. I know it's too easy to learn bad habits when you skip steps.