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10-20-2004 03:05 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Skyquest II

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Can some people post the "Little" things they suddenly found that really helped them to fly. I think this thread would be a treasure trove for us newbies

Like... I finally realised that SMALL stick inputs are needed to correct, but when the adrenalin is going and one has the shakes.BOOM we hit the stick all over the place and the heli becomes alarmingly unreasonable. I also realized that heli SETUP is THE key to successfully learning..if the heli is not correctly setup then it behaves badly and one learns bad habits from the start.

Lesson III: The higher the heli is in the air does not necessarily mean more time to recover..I yanked the heli in the air 7 feet hoping to get a better hold on things because the ground was a little further...she just hit the ground that much harder.

"Gravity is the RC heli pilots worst nightmare"

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10-20-2004 11:03 AM  13 years agoPost 2
SPB

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Lesson III : WRONG

Altitude is always your best friend unless if you haven't understand one of the basic rules when flying helicopters. The only time you give negative pitch is either when inverted or when landed.


Sotiris
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10-20-2004 11:15 AM  13 years agoPost 3
cjw

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I agree with SPB, altitude IS your friend.

If I get disorientated or a little out of control - not too often now - I automatically go for more altitude. Whn first learning this didn't feel right; you think the heli is safer lower to the ground. WRONG, the ground is hard whereas the sky is nice and soft

Clive

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10-20-2004 12:55 PM  13 years agoPost 4
S76 Mech

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Hatboro, Pa.

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I'm no Veteran by any means, but one thing that helped me with the noobie jitters is to take a deep breath, relax, and do not commit to flight until your calm and you've run through all your preflight checks.

Good Luck & Fly Safe !!!
~ Rick

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10-20-2004 05:44 PM  13 years agoPost 5
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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You need to find something that gives you a larger adrenalin rush so that flying the Heli doesn't. One of my "other" activities has been riding Motorcycles at high speed on the track (track days). Going through a tight corner and having a bike slide out from under you, wearing through your leathers as you slide along and then not understanding why your shoulder no longer works as you attempt to pick up your bike (broken collarbone), coupled with four to five grand in repair bills means that flying helis is MUCH more relaxing.

Yes, it is annoying when I auger in butI don't take it all that seriously. The worst thing is "down time" waiting for parts.

Now, when I get a bit mixed up and a 2,000 RPM blade is heading for me, that does tend to get me excited

I'm still a rank beginner but so far I've found that attempting to do things before you've practised them on the sim can lead to heli failure. As well, not thinking through what you want to do. Worse still is changing your mind half way through. For me, the key is to have a plan of what I'm going to do and stick to that plan for that flight, DON'T decide that just cause things are going well I can do whole bunch of other stuff.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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10-20-2004 06:04 PM  13 years agoPost 6
yugi

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Maryland

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out of control

When you find the heli out of control, don't give up! fight it all the way to the ground! You might be able to minimize the damages!

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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10-20-2004 06:47 PM  13 years agoPost 7
pcliftonjr

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see below...

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10-20-2004 06:48 PM  13 years agoPost 8
pcliftonjr

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The thing that really helped me was practicing on my SIM. Like BC Don said, you should go to the field with a plan...

Paul

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10-20-2004 07:22 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Camp

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PA kinda. Mostly OTR​driving

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Ha ha BC Don, I have the same lumpy collarbone from a lowside! It actually hurt more than my highside (into the trap).

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10-20-2004 07:26 PM  13 years agoPost 10
MSP765

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St. Marys, GA

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I was learning nose-in flight and was getting pretty comfortable doing it at all altitudes. So one day I was in the parking lot at work (no cars in that section) I turned the heli nose in, all was good until it got a little tail wind. Well, started coming towards me and i did the first thing i could think of.....i ran it into the pavement! I've actually had worse damage on grass from that altitude (~10ft), but none the less, rather hurt the heli than myself or anyone else.

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10-20-2004 11:32 PM  13 years agoPost 11
R0XoRiZoR

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Austin, Texas - US

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Burn lots-o-fuel? Something about all your answers are at the bottom of a 55-gal drum of Heli fuel...

That tends to be the #1 tip i get all the time. hehe

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10-21-2004 06:32 PM  13 years agoPost 12
Rappy da Raptor

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I was able to hover pretty much first time because i used the simulator a lot. The best thing you could do is to get a simulator Real Flight G2 is really good i have heard good thinks about Reflex and practice and then you will get more confident.

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