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09-11-2007 06:17 PM  10 years agoPost 1
ripley

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I know to most of you this is no big deal. I have been flying for awhile off and on and never learned to auto. Well today was such a beautiful sunny day with winds 5 to 10mph I had to go out and fly. I flew a couple of tanks just doing circuits and trying to learn inverted hover etc. Then went back inside and watched a few videos off of heli-freak. Looked outside and said I'm going to go for it. I was concerned about the varying wind direction but said what the hay. Popped the Rap up to a good altitude and came in twice in normal mode to practice (not touching down) took her back up and hit the auto switch and the approach felt real good so I just let her come in and started pushing in just a little positive pitch and flairing at the same time and then eventually pushed all the positive pitch in just before touch down and WALA - just like on the sim!!!!!! Then I did it two more times with no problems at all. COOL!!!!!!!
I however was shaking like a leaf but man what fun. Good piece of mind now if I ever do have a flame out etc.

Ok I'm done now sorry, I just had to tell someone and my wife could care less

"Excuse me honey can you finish on your own I think thats the Fed Ex man"

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09-11-2007 06:19 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Hydroman

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good job rip.....nice accomplishment

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09-11-2007 06:22 PM  10 years agoPost 3
cellexjohn

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Congrats!

I haven't done any yet myself so it's a big deal to me.

Enjoy

John

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09-11-2007 06:23 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Zaneman007

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good job,

Auto every landing.

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09-11-2007 06:27 PM  10 years agoPost 5
cessna151

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Great job. They are a blast, now you will never end a flight with power again!

I've been doin autos for a couple years but just did my first "TRUE" (engine dead) auto a couple weeks ago. I saw my heli was about outta gas so i headed to the moon. Just a couple seconds later the engine cut out and it headed down and flared just like as if i hit the hold switch.

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09-11-2007 06:32 PM  10 years agoPost 6
sharam

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Congratulations - it does feel great to do them!!

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09-11-2007 06:34 PM  10 years agoPost 7
SuperSixTwo

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Great Job! I programmed the switch after a crash (tail rotor failure) but haven't had the guts to flip it yet! MAYBE this weekend!

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09-11-2007 06:37 PM  10 years agoPost 8
ripley

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I have to say this and probably some of the pro's will disagree with me, but it really was very similar to the sim. I use G3 by the way. Haven't had any experience with other sims.

"Excuse me honey can you finish on your own I think thats the Fed Ex man"

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09-11-2007 09:00 PM  10 years agoPost 9
sharam

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Actually, I think auto in real life is maybe even easier once you are over the pucker factor.

I seem to remember that the G2 software had too much float in auto but G3 and Reflex XTR both do a good job of making it feel more real.

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09-11-2007 09:41 PM  10 years agoPost 10
QuantumPSI

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I feel confident enough to do autos on my Stratus but because it's a Stratus, I won't do it My Stratus has so much hang time it's not even funny, if my 600N had hang time like that, I'd do them all day. ONE DAY I'll do an auto on purpose (done a few of them not on purpose). My first real auto was on my Stratus ironically... that was probably my scariest moment in RC helis.

Congrats man!

...now where was I, dh/dt = BS-dx/dt
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09-11-2007 10:02 PM  10 years agoPost 11
ZXXflyer

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I LOVE auto's!! I learned them right after I mastered hovering.. now I do them all the time... even my little Hawk Pro will auto pretty well.. It has to come in REALLY fast if I want any hang time though!

Believer in Weston motors!

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09-11-2007 11:14 PM  10 years agoPost 12
ripley

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Thanks everyone. I actually think I have a little bit more confidence that will help me progress to more advanced manuevers now.

"Excuse me honey can you finish on your own I think thats the Fed Ex man"

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09-11-2007 11:37 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Ray Fernandez

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I know to most of you this is no big deal.
Believe it or Not, even those who have gotten the auto down pack can tell you it really is a big deal. Most especially when an auto is botched.

Congrats, dude! Just keep it up.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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09-12-2007 03:47 AM  10 years agoPost 14
w8qz

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Grand Rapids, MI -​USA

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Been doing 'baby' autos for quite a while - since last summer, but just worked up the nerve to try real ones about 2 months ago. The heli has survived 'em all, but they still 'feel' like being a few millimeters from a crash. Gets the heart pounding, every time! Man, that thing falls "like a brick with a spinner on top".
I'm hoping that a 50 (hope to get as my next machine) will give a little more margin for error - with my 30, it takes split-second timing to get a really good auto (at least it sure seems that way.)
Went to a float fly last weekend, and did some autos onto the water, on floats - a little less bounce, with water
I think autos are a big deal - but, at least now, with a flame-out, I've got a reasonable prospect of getting it down in one piece.

"The helicopter is much easier to design than the aeroplane, but is worthless when done."

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09-12-2007 03:51 AM  10 years agoPost 15
patriot21

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wait till you do your first inverted auto....
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09-12-2007 05:15 AM  10 years agoPost 16
ripley

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Yeh that's on the list. I'm working towards it now.

"Excuse me honey can you finish on your own I think thats the Fed Ex man"

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