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09-12-2007 07:36 PM  10 years agoPost 1
rcchauffeur

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Hello,

Just would like to know what part of the Heli do your keep your eye on when your heli is in Flight ?

Does it depend on the Distance it is away from you ?

Is it the Boom and Canopy ?

Is it the angle of the blades ?

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09-12-2007 07:39 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Nick_P

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DeSoto MO

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09-12-2007 07:42 PM  10 years agoPost 3
jwhitacre

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Tarentum,PA- US

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I fly smaller(300-450 electric size) birds so for me it depends on distance. From 10' to 70' it's mostly the canopy and from 70' to 200' I focus on the rotor disc.

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09-12-2007 07:45 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Macazon

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When in flight I look at the Heli as a whole. I don't specifically look at one part. I also find orientation easier when its doing aerobatics that when flying around sedately.

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09-12-2007 07:50 PM  10 years agoPost 5
tadawson

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Fuse and tailboom - I make a point of NOT flying the rotor disk . . . perhaps from learning with black blades, dunno . . . but this seems to give me much better reaction to condition.

- Tim

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09-12-2007 08:26 PM  10 years agoPost 6
SSN Pru

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I also look at the entire heli. In addition to visually seeing the heli, I try to keep a mental picture of what attitude it is in as well. I've done this for years and started it on my planks years back. Ive been able to recover from disorientating attitudes based on comparing the mental picture to the actual picture haha .

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09-12-2007 08:31 PM  10 years agoPost 7
shuttlepilot

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Mullins, South​Carolina

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Look at the fuse, concentrate on the nose most of all. I think of all moves as nose up, nose down, etc etc. The only time I pay attention to the rotor disk is when adjusting tracking.

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09-12-2007 08:38 PM  10 years agoPost 8
sharam

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I think it depends on where you are in the learning phase.

When I first started, I focused on the canopy. Then I would also use the tail and the skids. Then the blades. It was funny the first time I put on a set of black blades, I almost crashed since I had "lost" my orientation tool - black blades become pretty much invisible in flight.

As my learning progressed, I started looking at the whole heli. So, now, it does not matter to me anymore what heli/blades/etc., or what orientation I am flying. I see the whole aircraft.

My only comment is to not get fixated on one part of the heli - "use the force, Luke; look at the whole heli."

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09-12-2007 08:58 PM  10 years agoPost 9
mcfast

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09-12-2007 09:04 PM  10 years agoPost 10
jaxrotor

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Jacksonville FL

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IMO focusing on one part of the heli will make you lose orientation faster.I try to look at the heli as a whole.

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09-12-2007 09:05 PM  10 years agoPost 11
ThunderRobo

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When i'm hovering i use the rotor blades

during any foward flight or 3D, it's canopy

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09-12-2007 09:15 PM  10 years agoPost 12
Two Left Thumbs

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If it is close, the rotor blades.

Further away, anything that gives me a reading.

I suppose it depends on which direction the nose is pointing.

The hardest for me is detecting aileron movement when at 90 degrees. It can be drifting towards or away, and I just can't tell. In this case I try NOT to look at the skids, because it is easy to mix them up and give control in the wrong direction.

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09-12-2007 09:28 PM  10 years agoPost 13
AndyH

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Whole heli.

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09-12-2007 10:58 PM  10 years agoPost 14
Rockohaulic

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Canyon Country, CA,​USA, 3rd Rock from​the Sun

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jaxrotor,
IMO focusing on one part of the heli will make you lose orientation faster.I try to look at the heli as a hole.
Yep - as a hole in my wallet!!!

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09-12-2007 11:19 PM  10 years agoPost 15
A. Bundy

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I use the Force.

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09-13-2007 12:08 AM  10 years agoPost 16
beast

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Laurel MD

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you have to be able to fly with whatever you you can see. disc, canopy tail etc. oreintation is the key if you know were the heli is heading, you should know what controls what to do whatever it is you want to do. flying all routines with canopy off is the ultimate test to see how good you are at knowing which way heli is heading

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09-13-2007 12:16 AM  10 years agoPost 17
Rockohaulic

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Any hot chic walking by!

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09-13-2007 12:20 AM  10 years agoPost 18
Envision

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MI

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I agree with umdpru, both physical (whole heli) and mental.

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09-13-2007 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 19
cookie monster

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My wallet!

that was funny

I am looking at the whole thing too.

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09-13-2007 01:59 AM  10 years agoPost 20
tlankford01

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Amarillo, TX 79110

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It depends on the conditions and the helicopter that I am flying but I try to see the whole helicopter. When I am doing AP work with my gasser I am not usually trying to fly the heli so much as hover it. So I look at the skids and just keep them under the disk. Of course I am also flying at higher altitudes usually with this heli. With my 600 I am looking at the heli itself because the skids actually rotate 360deg. I also fly this heli more when I am doing action shots or flybys. When I am out at the field just having a good time I am concentrating on the entire bird.

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