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04-04-2005 02:12 AM  13 years agoPost 1
shaltac

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Being a newb I have a question. I'm practicing hovering in G3 with the Impala non trainer. I'm still working on tail in. At the "ranch" should a good hover be considered inside the helipad, or directly over the bullseye. I can keep it in the bull for about 10 seconds at a time, then I lose it a little but the bird is still inside the pad. I can then bring it back. Just how much movement should the bird have in a good hover, and how long should I be able to hold it (I know indefinately), but if I can hold it for say 3 minutes 5 minutes, 10 minutes is it a good sign that I'm almost there?
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Rusty

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04-04-2005 02:33 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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Hovering in one spot is only part of the game
moving around then back to a steady hover is important
for the all important landing
as for your question a minute is good is there a need to hover
longer
A tip from my competition days make the helicopter do what you
want it to do not what it wants to do
If you accomplish this you will be a great pilot
I see many pilots that seem always be recovering

PS and welcome to RR

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04-04-2005 05:15 AM  13 years agoPost 3
ptarp

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but if I can hold it for say 3 minutes 5 minutes, 10 minutes is it a good sign that I'm almost there?
If you can hold if for 3, you can hold if for 5, 10, etc. I would keep working on it untill you can hold a hover wherever you want, for as long as you want. About a foot in any direction is fine, but if you are constantly fighting it to keep it still, I wouldn't try on a real heli just yet. The mistake that almost all new heli pilots make is over correction. It takes VERY LITTLE corrections to keep it in stable hover.

Keep working at it, this doesn't come natural to anyone (for the most part).


Philip

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04-05-2005 03:32 AM  13 years agoPost 4
shaltac

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Thanks,
Yesh it feels good and in control about 70% at this point. A foot huh, I'll work that makes it a bit "easier" I was going for totally stationary. I'll aim for the 1' mark, and maybe that will let me relax a little. I find that when keeping it totally stationary I'm good for a sec, then overcorrect and have to bring it back. If I can allow for the foot of drift that makes it a bit more manageable.
Thanks again,
Rusty

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