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10-21-2004 03:47 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Djshunter33

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DeSoto, MO

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My first flight was with my raptor 50 wasn't too long ago, and man did it suck!! I practiced on the sim a lot so i felt very comfortable flying it because it is just like it. I was about 4 feet off the ground tail in and my engine died so i had to do my first auto. Thank God i landed it w/ no practice with them. I figuired out my glow plug rattled loose and came out. from that piont on i always end my flight with a auto. I suggest you do so too.

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10-21-2004 04:15 AM  13 years agoPost 2
dragonlord

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luton uk

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frist flite it took off and span round as fast as it could the gyro was on up side down guy at shop had checked and sait it was ok

Its a act of god I got it down in one bit.

2 one was without a gyro above the tree tops nose in againg not clever but dident crash it
I wouldent recoment anyone else trying it I must have been mad that day

helped me learn nose in real quick and if you think ther hard to fly tryem with out a gyro

3 one it fell of the landing gear while it was on the ground
as the slanding skid screw had fell out due to virbration
80 quids worth of damage. while it was on the dam ground

must have been gods way of catching up with me
pissed me right off got away with 1 and 2 and olny to watch it crash it self after i landed it to lean the enging off a bit.

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10-21-2004 04:25 AM  13 years agoPost 3
RRuiz

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Puebla, Mexico

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The first time I flew I crashed the heli. All people around laugh.
I thought helis was not my hobby but I love them!!! So my decision was to continue it doesn't matter what all think.
I had learned by myself (videos, books, here in RR, etc) and I could say proudly that the satisfaction is big... slow but happy!
So if someone tells you are not good, think what is your objetive and go for it!

Roberto

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10-21-2004 04:36 AM  13 years agoPost 4
R0XoRiZoR

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Austin, Texas - US

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My first flight was pretty much more of the same, the gyro wasn't set up properly... as the JR g500t instructions suck goat.... anyhow.. it spun around in tight circles for a few days.. till i finally figure it out..

the first actually airbourne flight was pretty nice, hovered about 3 feet off the ground for about 15-30 seconds, set her down.. let my heart settle back in my chest and took off.. only one set of snapped blades since.. still goin

Everyone says "is that all it can do?" when they see it hover... if only they knew...

r0x

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10-21-2004 09:33 AM  13 years agoPost 5
cjw

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UK - Cheshire

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He he....

My first flight on training gear was spinning around on the ground as well due to the gyro reversed. Fixed that and then spend the flight bouncing up and down on the training gear and scaring myself silly when it lifted more than 2" above the ground

That was just over a year ago.

Didn't crash though.

Clive

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10-21-2004 01:35 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Mikelleen

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Salt Lake City UT -​USA

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Mine was last weekend. Had someone with more experience check the setup and trim it. Then I flew it, sweaty palms, neck and back muscles bulging from being adrenalin rushed.

Flew half a tank with HH on, up to 10-15 seconds then down onto the RotoPod, another 15 seconds then down again to figure out how to breathe. Flew a tank and a half without damage or major incident.

After work yesterday I flew it without supervision for the first time at a park down the street. Put in 4 tanks without incident, and by the last tank I could hover the whole tank without touching down.

Still very nervous.

Funny thing is, I have ben practicing a lot with Real Flight G2 sim. It really helped me learn orientation and stick movement. But the sim is harder to fly than the real thing!

Have a good one!

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10-21-2004 03:30 PM  13 years agoPost 7
dragonlord

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luton uk

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I used FMS it was great for orentation but landings are to easy and the no ground afect simulaton.

a freind has G2 and I find the theing is real bad and terible hard to fly.

yesterday recived reflex xtr and it spot on much beter them all of em.

I found the sims helped me with oriantaion a lot ans i was able to keep oriantaion of my raptor the first time i had in the air

I could hover and move it around on there first tank

but I found the landings very hard to do

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10-21-2004 03:30 PM  13 years agoPost 8
SkyQuest

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North Carolina

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First flight I decided wind was not an issue, flew in a 8 mph gusting wind..all went well till the nose of the heli was not in the wind, a gust came up and flipped the bird over. Time to learn how to repair the bird. New blades and waiting on some parts.

2nd time never got off the ground higher than a few inches as the last crash was still fresh in memory.

3rd time decided to hell with this and hovered the bird 4 feet in the air at which time the heli decided to take off into forward flight. I got the heli down but landed on a slight incline and the heli fell over. Off to the hobby shop for more parts.

Found a nice huge field, got the heli up around 8 feet and then the heli started flying backwards, over corrected and the bird took a nose dive into the ground. Lost the rotopod wire clip that holds the skid to the rotopod. 5 day wait for another wire clip. Lesson: tie the rotopod clips to the rotopod so they cannot fly off and get lost in a crash.

I still have to get used the sound of the heli just before hover as the noise and high rpm blades are quite intimidating. I have taken to being as far from the heli as possible.

Main lesson: Heli's are hard on the wallet

"Flying on the Edge of a New Frontier"

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10-21-2004 03:37 PM  13 years agoPost 9
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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Mi 1st flight was a Schluter Mini-Boy around 15 years ago. We did not have gyros or programmable radios. Very different than now.

The heli went sliding across the street and crashed into a neighbors front door. IT was pretty much fun to watch though.

Of course, all this happened after I started the heli while holding the tail boom. Brilliant move. The blades came around and struck my thumb. I had 10 stitches at the base of my thumb...then went off and crashed it.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-21-2004 03:44 PM  13 years agoPost 10
pcliftonjr

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Phoenix, AZ

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I practiced tail-in hovering in G2 for about a month before my first flight. I had one of the guys in my club check out my Raptor 50 and trim it out for me.

After that I took the sticks and bounced around for a tank...It was pretty nasty but I didn't break anything.

Paul

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10-21-2004 08:13 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Rappy da Raptor

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Dorset

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Before i got my heli i learnt on the sim and it helped a lot - i didnt crash once

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10-22-2004 01:05 AM  13 years agoPost 12
webbhost

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england - Leicester

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im glad i read this... whoever checks my heli is going to check my gyro not once or 2ce but 3 times just to make sure everythings right.

meh

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10-22-2004 03:52 PM  13 years agoPost 13
SkyQuest

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North Carolina

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here is a REALLY helpful technique for learning direction when the heli is in different orientations

http://www.raptortechnique.com/nose-in.htm

"Flying on the Edge of a New Frontier"

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10-22-2004 03:59 PM  13 years agoPost 14
caz

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Warwickshire

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My first flight was back in May,had my Raptor checked over by my Husband and Craneyum
The first few times i just took off and landed to get used to the sticks and how she was going to react.Sorry to say i am still taking off and landing but no training gear now
The adrenalin still rushes through my viens and when it stops i shall hang up my transmitter
No major mishaps as yet and am slowly getting the hang of it again.

You're only young once; you can be immature forever.

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10-24-2004 05:38 AM  13 years agoPost 15
SkyQuest

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North Carolina

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Today I was hovering around. came down and saw the boom suddenly dip toward the ground. Having seen how a heli can open your wallet real quick I stopped the heli and examined everything, checked the pitch - checked every linkage - checked the blades. I fired her up and she did the same thing. Packed the heli in the car and took it to the local hobby shop. One of the pro's was flying her, landed and all was well, suddenly blades flew everywhere whilst he went to hover again and that was that. Finally found out the receiver was on the fritz. We were flying next to a shopping center car park with 20 - 30 cars in, luckily the heli died on the ground

"Flying on the Edge of a New Frontier"

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10-24-2004 05:57 PM  13 years agoPost 16
RRuiz

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Puebla, Mexico

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Also my first real flight was using the aluminum heli stand from "Rock" It works well but the only issue is to find the real center of gravity of the heli, if not it vibrates a lot!
It is a good stand but more less difficult to setup

Roberto

Don't let confidence exceed ability

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10-29-2004 07:16 PM  13 years agoPost 17
armyrcer

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Newport news va

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my first flight was watching my heli spin in circles due to the gyro being reversed and the set-up in the radio not being right. We got it fixed and took it up trimed it out then it was my turn with the rotorpod. I got a half of tank through and my nerves were shot for the day. The next day i seem to get almost a tank through it before putting it up for the day. Well now it has been about two months and i put two or three tanks through it a day and the rotorpod is off and im having a blast with my heli. I have purchased one more since then and plan on getting a scale project for the winter. take care mike lansford

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10-29-2004 07:21 PM  13 years agoPost 18
SkyQuestrrNovice - North Carolina - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Having trouble flying my venture 30 so need one of these..anyone know where I can get a rotopod for this heli

"Flying on the Edge of a New Frontier"

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10-29-2004 07:40 PM  13 years agoPost 19
Ringding

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Austria

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Mine was 2 months ago. I just took off and tried to land immediately because my hands were shaking so badly. The raptor 60 was a bit difficult to control though because the rotor only had around 1200rpm (me not being aware of that), so collective response was really sluggish. Managed to land after about 20 seconds (without training gear).

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10-29-2004 09:05 PM  13 years agoPost 20
BrunoB

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Quebec, Canada

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Well, I really had two first flights; one with training gear and one without. After approx. 10 hours of Realflight, I went to a club and had a experienced pilot check her out. It was a real rush to see my helicopter bouncing on the runway and quite the challenge to keep her at 12 inches from the ground (the light breeze was a PITA). Then, a month later I was tired of attaching the training gear so I took off without it. Everything was fine until I decided to land, I think I was more nervous than the first time. For some reason, I kept thinking that it wold tip on the one side (I was on tall grass). That was a year ago. Sometimes, when I think back, I wonder what was the big deal but for a newbie those are very big steps.

The best thing about helis is that you can always get you hart pounding trying a new thing or getting out of trouble. It never feels old and if it does, it's because you are not pushing enough !

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