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10-24-2004 08:06 PM  13 years agoPost 1
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MIlford CT

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Can someone explain to me what the benefit is of keeping Heading Hold mode ON all the time (with the exception of 3D flying), when the aircraft flies better in normal (rate) mode, because the tail "weathervanes" to the direction ?

Nick

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10-24-2004 08:58 PM  13 years agoPost 2
GBNT

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From threads I have come across, some people use HH all the time & others dont.
I personaly find it easier to fly in HH all the time and put the tail in the direction I like and it stays put.
Its a choice I suppose, depending on your style and type of flying.

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10-24-2004 09:58 PM  13 years agoPost 3
dragonlord

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some like me dont have a choice.

hlg200 heading hold no normal mode

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10-25-2004 09:43 AM  13 years agoPost 4
cjw

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I fly HH all the time, never switch to normal mode. You just have to fly the tail and put it where you want. It means that you can do sideways flight though

Clive

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10-25-2004 02:31 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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I guess because of my extensive experience in flying fixed wing models, I find it much easier to fly the heli in normal (rate) gyro mode, rather than HH.

I do agree that the HH function does provide excellent control for 3D style flying, but for casual pattern flying around the field, normal mode seems to have a more natural "feel" to it.

Now, on a windy day, I can see the benefits of HH, even for casual flying.

Nick

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10-25-2004 02:46 PM  13 years agoPost 6
BarracudaHockey

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Your plank flying will improve if you learn how to use that rudder.

Andy
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10-25-2004 03:27 PM  13 years agoPost 7
greenboot

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Marblehead, OH

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Nick,
For those of us that use HH all the time, moving the tail to the correct heading is no problem. Using the HH allows lots of interesting variations such as sliding sideways into turns, and backwards flying.

You are correct that in Forward flight, being in normal mode will remove this chore, but then you have to switch modes when you come back into a hover.

I would encourage you to use whatever mode you most enjoy!

Tom

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11-19-2004 08:43 AM  13 years agoPost 8
Cnice

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HH is the only way i can fly...especially after 6 or 7 beers and a bong rip.

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11-19-2004 02:31 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Gary

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I'll stick to HH. On a newly set up helicopter I'll do the first flight in rate and make any adjustments and then put it in HH.

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11-19-2004 04:37 PM  13 years agoPost 10
rcheliflyer

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I learned how to fly on the old style non HH gyro and flew like that for
a long time , switching to the HH felt odd at first , but you'll get used to it.
Later after flying more agressive heli manuvers you probably will not want to fly normal mode anymore.
It really makes the tail more predictable and allows you to expand your
flight envelope.
Depending on your flying style, you may like to fly in N mode, suited to
general sport, scale, for 3d I like HH and most flyers just keep it in HH all the time.

Great technology, take advantage of it

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11-19-2004 06:02 PM  13 years agoPost 11
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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I've got a non HH gyro on my Hawk. Has definitely got me used to moving the tail around so I can position it where I want it. On the SIM when I use an HH setting I find I've got problems in turns cause the tail doesn't swing around. Seeing as I'm putting a Raven together with a 401 guess I'll need to learn more tail input during those turns.

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11-27-2004 12:22 PM  12 years agoPost 12
l-milk

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i started out in hh and one day i found out the difference when i step in a pot hole in the field hit the hh switch and turned it off, well needless to say i made a big boo boo, i saved it inches from the dirt. so i continue to fly in HH

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