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HelicopterMain Discussion › What do you keep your eye on when your heli is in Flight ? Poll
09-13-2007 02:08 AM  10 years agoPost 21
wlfk

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uk

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Another way of putting the question, is what are we looking for? Are we looking to keep the helicopter vertical / rotor horizontal, or do we judge what the helicopter's doing by the way in which it's moving?

My personal view is that it's more down to movement than attitude. i.e. if there's a steady crosswind, the helicopter will lean slightly into the wind. But I don't find this particularly distracting. Macazon mentioned he finds orientation easier to judge when the helicopter's moving than when it's static, which fits with my experience.

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09-13-2007 03:02 AM  10 years agoPost 22
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I always look at the nose and skids. I do keep the heli as a whole in my peripheal vision, but concentrate on the nose & skids. Whatever orientation I'm in, flying the nose and skids helps me with directional stick inputs
Then I watch the video of my heli as a whole and study my flite to see what's needed to smooth things out during certain manuevers.

What I'm looking for is how reckless I can make my heli look flying while still being in control.

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09-13-2007 03:36 AM  10 years agoPost 23
oldboldpilot

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Southern California

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mcfast,

Oh, that's a good one!!

I paint my canopy so I can see it "out there," and put trim on the rotor blades so I can see them "out there," too. I also put trim on the skids for landings. Oh, and I like the 90 sized ships for these old eyes..

For me, having a heli trimmed for hands-off level FF flight at cruise airspeed is a BIG assist, as is trimming same for hands-off hover.

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09-13-2007 04:27 AM  10 years agoPost 24
llamont

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California

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I try to focus on the tailboom and canopy at close distances. When the helicopter is farther away (15+ feet), I focus on the disc.

Loren

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09-13-2007 06:02 AM  10 years agoPost 25
learjetcb

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Topeka ks. usa

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THE GROUND

because, most of the time i am in a constant state of recovery.

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09-13-2007 07:38 AM  10 years agoPost 26
naked painter

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Mid glamorgan uk

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I look at the whole heli.Sometimes using the top of the rotor disc to aid orientation when it's banking. You'll need light coloured blades though.

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09-13-2007 08:39 AM  10 years agoPost 27
matman

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Ok.... best answer "My wallet!"
I'll have to second that answer as well.

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09-13-2007 08:57 AM  10 years agoPost 28
Slipknoter

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London UK

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I am an F3C pilot, I look at the skids for reference when hovering, mainly because they are supposed to be at eye level when in competition. When in aerobatics i look mainly at the canopy.

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09-13-2007 10:02 AM  10 years agoPost 29
dick smith

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perth

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i llok at the nose generally

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09-13-2007 05:05 PM  10 years agoPost 30
AceBird

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Utica, NY USA

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Mostly the ball, I sometimes don’t use the bats. If I move the rudder to the right and the ball moves to the left it is coming at me. I don’t have a problem so much when it is going away from me.

Ace
What could be more fun?

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09-13-2007 05:08 PM  10 years agoPost 31
mjsb

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Laredo, TX

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Mostly the ball, I sometimes don’t use the bats. If I move the rudder to the right and the ball moves to the left it is coming at me. I don’t have a problem so much when it is going away from me.
DO you plan to play baseballl with that heli???

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09-13-2007 06:46 PM  10 years agoPost 32
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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The heli as a whole keeping it in sync with what my hands are doing with the controls.

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09-13-2007 07:33 PM  10 years agoPost 33
No_Gassers_Here

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Suisun,Ca.

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the pieces on the ground.

but for real the heli as a whole

we all need a support group. "Hi my name is Richard and I'm a heli addict." 0000001

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09-27-2007 06:48 AM  9 years agoPost 34
bobog

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MV, WA

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Wow what a verity. I have been flying for about 3 weeks, I heard all of these things, I even heard to look at the swash plate, but to be honest here is how I progressed.

- I tried them all, including my wallet
- hovered tail in watching the blades
- started working on an "H" pattern Keeping the tail
in one direction, this allowed me to slowly move
into the 90 degree
- Moved on to the full 180 degrees in a hover
- finished the 180 degrees and got comfortable
with the full 360 by just watching the blades in a hover
- Worked on "H" Pattern in 90 degree increments watching blades
- started forward flight, I noticed I was watching
canopy and skids
- as I got into figure eights the tail and canopy is what
I started watching
- Now that I am up to doing loops and roles I watch everything

the only thing I found was a wast to look at was the swash plate, it was too small to see if the heli was more than 10 feet from you.

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09-27-2007 07:08 AM  9 years agoPost 35
SuperSixTwo

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Virginia City, NV ---USA

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As the others, i watch the heli as a picture moving in the sky. My fav move is to land or low hover about 2 o'clock in front of me, lift off and bank left crossing me. I love to watch the blades spin from the top!

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09-27-2007 08:07 AM  9 years agoPost 36
OICU812

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Edson, Alberta, Canada

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I use the Force.
My favourite answer so far! LOL

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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09-27-2007 01:10 PM  9 years agoPost 37
Yug

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UK. Herts

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I keep my eyes shut, but seriously it largely depends what level of flying you're at as to what you look at. For me now, I'm generally just watching the whole heli (& everything else) to see that it is tracking through the manouver OK and tweeking as required, but this depends on the type of manouver. If for example I'm doing a piroetting loop, I'll be watching for the roundness of the loop, the direction and orientation for stir sync and the disc axis. If it's a rolling circuit, then I'll be watching the boom more to help maintain a good 'line'. etc etc
It's also worth keeping your eyes open for these little critters...

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09-27-2007 02:13 PM  9 years agoPost 38
Morris

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Hong Kong

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The heli of the guy next to me, he can't even hover for five seconds so in case he throw the heli towards me, I need to know when to duck ...

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09-27-2007 04:41 PM  9 years agoPost 39
mbrewer

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Corpus Christi, TX

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The ground.

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09-27-2007 04:56 PM  9 years agoPost 40
Kevin H.

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Elk Grove California

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Keep orientation on the whole heli this way you you get the whole picture of the bird in flight. Jagged Edge

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