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12-01-2005 09:14 PM  12 years agoPost 1
colin421guns

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I just wanted to say say thanks to all the people here who are so willing to share their experience and advice. I got the bug to fly RC helis back in sept and started to read everything I could. I eventually stumbled on this site and read and read and read. The advice from this site led to my first tank of fuel hovering tail in, with out incident. What a blast!!. I will list the advice I used in order:

Get a sim- Bought G3 in sept. Praticed hovering one hour every day in all directions. ( very fustrating and discouraging at first. Didn't think I'd ever get the hang of it.)

Bought a Raptor 30v2 and 9chp mid november - Read almost all the invaluable info from Raptor Technique (Thanks Mike). Sill Practicing on the sim.

Went to the local flight club and met other pilots. Went home praticed on the sim

Had an experienced pilot help with the set up of the Raptor. Went home and practiced on the sim.

Had an experienced pilot test fly and trim the heli on tuesday past. Went home and practiced on the sim

Today I tried hovering tail in for the first time. I had no problems taking off or landing. WAY more stimulaing than the sim!!!!. Came home and wrote this post about my experience here on RR. Will go now and practice some more on the sim.

Thanks again for all the advice. Couldn't have done it this fast with out the members here.


Colin

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12-01-2005 09:19 PM  12 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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Good job!

Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com

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12-01-2005 09:50 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Nanuk

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Warner Robins, Ga USA

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Good job Colin. Your on the right track, just keep taking slow steps.
The sim is still after two years where I spend a lot of my time. It has payed for itself at least 20 times by now. Keep up the good work.

Nanuk

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12-01-2005 10:03 PM  12 years agoPost 4
3410253

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Great Job!
Is your hart beat back to normal.

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12-01-2005 11:23 PM  12 years agoPost 5
BC Don

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Colin, don't you have a bit of problem finding theHeli when you land it in all that snow?

Congratulations on hovering around. Don't know if you are using training gear or not. One of the things I'm doing this winter is putting floats on the Heli. It is MUCH nicer on the snow, no sinking in and from a training perspective, there is a much wider stance and they "bounce".

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

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12-01-2005 11:35 PM  12 years agoPost 6
A. Bundy

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Great to hear.

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12-02-2005 12:20 AM  12 years agoPost 7
colin421guns

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No snow here yet!
To answer the question about the training gear I did have it on for about 5 minutes. I had such little difficulty getting off the ground I took it off. My heart rate was up and I was hyper-concentrating on each movement of the heli and it's reaction to my minor stick inputs. I almost felt drained after the 20 min experience. My heli was set up and trimed by a very experienced pilot. I think that had a lot to do with it. It is very toned down and set up for an inexperienced pilot like me. As I master the goals he set for me, he will tweek up the performance of the heli to match my progress. I have learned how to improve the helis performance mechanicaly and how to tweek the pitch and throttle curves myself but I have allot to learn yet and I promised myself I would not let my self confidance direct my progress.

Colin

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12-02-2005 02:17 AM  12 years agoPost 8
A. Bundy

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My advise.Master basic skills one by one.Heli flying is like putting a puzzle together.The more pieces you have,the clearer the total picture and easier to add more parts to the whole.

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12-02-2005 04:56 AM  12 years agoPost 9
wurthless

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Thanks to all. I flew today for the first time.
Wow ,,,,,,,,depending how far you flew I bet your arms are tired!!!!

QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,

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12-02-2005 05:31 AM  12 years agoPost 10
chuckhager

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Way to go Colin! Now it's going to be harder to stay disciplined in working with the sim. Flying the real thing is so much more of a rush that I found myself using the sim a lot less. But I still feel the sim is necessary for learning and honing your flying skills to the point that they become instinctive in all attitudes of flight.

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12-02-2005 01:16 PM  12 years agoPost 11
lrogers

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Mobile, Al

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There's no turning back now. If you think the first flight is exciting, wait until you do your first circuits!!!!

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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12-02-2005 11:48 PM  12 years agoPost 12
BC Don

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A couple of more things. I generally don't fly for more than about 10 minutes at a time. I find that is more than enough for me. Also, I've found that once I got into FF it got MUCH more interesting.

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