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10-05-2005 04:08 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Bllade

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I've been trying to sharpen my reflexes and orientation control so I've started flying my sim (G3) under varying conditions.
I've moved the trims into different positions and added up to 30MPH wind speeds. SO far the most difficult part has been taking off. It's hard for meto judge which way the heli is gonna go as it gets light.
The elevated windspeed has really been making me work the collective to try and maintain altitude, especially when turning with the wind.

Are there any other things that you have done to make flying the sim more unpredictable in an effort to increase your skills?

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10-05-2005 07:30 AM  12 years agoPost 2
crowfly

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Pleasant View, TN​U.S.A.

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I have the aerofly pro deluxe simulator, but I'm sure you can do the same thing with G3. I built my own heli very light weight, with too much horsepower, too much pitch & too fast of a piro. rate. If you don't get rediculous with the settings, you can build a reasonable heli. that responds much quicker than your model. Practice with this & then when you go to the flying field everything will seem much slower & eaiser to stay ahead of.

If God had meant for man to fly, he would have given him more money

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10-05-2005 10:01 AM  12 years agoPost 3
AussiJohn

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You can do all sorts of stuff. Play a bit with the drag efficiency settings and you can get it feeling more real.
Also i often set engine failure for every flight, then cut sick with 3D and practice your autos from any orientation and attitude.
Heaps you can do if you get into it

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10-06-2005 12:12 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Leif

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Good exercises for the SIM include:

Set trim offsets on cyclics. This forces you to rely on your fingers, not the stick center to hover the heli.

Set a large rudder trim offset, then try to fly without touching the rudder. This teaches flying in all orientations, and also allows you to get used to a heli that is pirouetting. I like to set the collective for a good hover, add rudder offset and then try to hover with just the cyclic stick.

Add wind... including gusts. Don't go overboard here, you don't want the wind to exceed the maximum forward speed capability of the model. Gusts are better for reflex practice as they're less predictable.

Change your take-off position routinely. Practice taking off nose-in, side-on and various other orientations.

Set the pilot position further from the landing pad, then try takeoffs and landings at a distance. This prepares you for the inevitable unplanned distance landing.

Increase the "time base" to make everything faster. This improves reflexes. G2 has a time base setting under Miscellaneous setup.

Go to full rates on the collective and rudder, then try to fly. You can also tweak the flybar and paddle settings to get a more twitchy response.

Turn off auto-zoom, then fly out to a far distance. This teaches you to deduce orientation based on how the model reacts to inputs, not based on being able to see the model geometry.

All of these are good practice scenarios. Of course, they don't prepare you for everything but they do help improve your skills, orientation and reflexes.

Leif

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10-07-2005 09:28 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Bllade

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Great input guys, I appreciate and will try em.

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