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08-09-2007 11:46 PM  10 years agoPost 1
david11cap

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Would the learning curve be shortened by being taught on a buddy box?

thanks, Dave C.

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08-09-2007 11:58 PM  10 years agoPost 2
cookie monster

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I would say yes... a pro can pull the heli out of any type of flight to save it. Someone can teach you but either way your paying in lesson's or crash's.

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08-09-2007 11:59 PM  10 years agoPost 3
tadawson

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Yes. And the cost too . . . . Although for hovering, there is still nothing quite like a roto-pod and a couple gallons of fuel . . .

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08-10-2007 12:07 AM  10 years agoPost 4
jackheli

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Absolutely! Seen it happen.

IMO the best way to learn. Period.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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08-10-2007 09:52 AM  10 years agoPost 5
darrens

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yes, the reason being that you can push on a lot harder without the fear of crashing. Most students hold back on the things they do (e.g. nose in ) when flying solo. So a Buddy Box allows you to accelerate the learning curve.

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08-10-2007 10:53 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Morris

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Yes surely, we are training a girl who spends about half an hour per week, for six weeks only, she can now hover by herself. All the other folks are right, helps to manage the fear, control the cost and ...

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08-10-2007 11:23 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Rockohaulic

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Made a huge difference for Mandy on her Hurrican.

She flies much higher, and tried true FFF much earlier since I always buddy with her.

She is fLying true FFF and adding multiple piros now. And she just started trying Loops on the sim.............

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08-10-2007 11:31 PM  10 years agoPost 8
co_rotorhead

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I buddy-boxed with my wife while she was learning FF. I had to save it a few times, but not that many. She's doing well now on her own now -- nice figure 8s with coordinated turns.

Just make sure you keep the heli at a healthy altitude, say 50 to 60 feet when you start out. That'll give whomever the instructor is some wiggle room if (when) things get dicey. As the student gets more comfortable and confident, you can slowly start decreasing altitude.

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08-10-2007 11:51 PM  10 years agoPost 9
david11cap

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I am tempted to just go higher but I get afraid that I might crash. I guess thats my biggest fear is crashing.

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08-11-2007 12:20 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Rockohaulic

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I am tempted to just go higher but I get afraid that I might crash. I guess thats my biggest fear is crashing.
That is exactly what Mandy thought. And she kept it far too low to do anything. Now that she is up high, she learned that she has a lot more room to screw up!

I only have to save her once in a while. You should have seen her after her first flight that she took off, flew 6 or 7 figure 8's, came in for a hover and landed without me touching the sticks! She jumped up and down like a kid! Too cool!

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08-11-2007 05:20 AM  10 years agoPost 11
co_rotorhead

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am tempted to just go higher but I get afraid that I might crash. I guess thats my biggest fear is crashing.
Trust me. That's everyone's biggest fear

Someone once told me that the sky will never hurt your heli but the ground always will. The trick is finding an altitude that is high enough to allow you enough time to regain orientation if you lose it, but low enough to lessen the probability of losing it in the first place. As scary as it is when you're learning, altitude is your friend.

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08-11-2007 02:35 PM  10 years agoPost 12
david11cap

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Well said. That is definitly what I will take with me to the field sunday and just go higher slower.

thanks, Dave C.

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08-12-2007 09:42 PM  10 years ago •• Post 13 ••
david11cap

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Well I went flying today. Had some help with and engine issue and got that fixed,thanks Brendan. Started using idle up for the first time. Did some figure 8's and went high. OH WHAT A HAPPY DAY.

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08-14-2007 03:10 AM  10 years agoPost 14
Chook

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Yes. This is the way I learnt to hover and it gave me the confidence to go to forward flight knowing disaster could be avoided by releasing a switch. I found that with plenty of sim time the lead was great as you could fly longer and when you drifted away too far Evert my instructor would reposition it for me. This ment that you could have a go at actually trying to get it back and learn different orientations when it strayed with some height. I went solo after 3 tanks. There's a pic in My Gallery of Scotty on the buddy lead. It is great to get the balls to have a go at an auto from high up as well. Wouldn't do it any other way.

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