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03-11-2003 05:24 AM  14 years agoPost 1
psiros

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Mission Viejo, CA

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Tried to fly my Raptor 30 for the first time on Sunday. It flew for about 40sec then I landed and my stupid training gear got caught in a bush. Ended up pivoting the heli around itself and destroying the mainblades, bending the flybar and loosening the tail rod (so far that's all I've found...)

Anyway, when I took off the heli slowly drifted left. I tried to correct with right cyclic but it gained altitude when I did that (I was at about half stick right I believe). My engine isn't fully tuned yet, but is this something I should come to expect with a heli?

-Jeff

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03-11-2003 05:44 AM  14 years agoPost 2
drdot

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So. California,​Orange County.

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My two cents...

All helis are always trying to crash.... Try setting the trims wrong on your simulator, then try to pull the heli into a nice stationary hover. Adding gusty wind helps too. When you can control these situations, almost nothing the heli does on takeoff will suprise you...

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03-11-2003 05:52 AM  14 years agoPost 3
MG

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California

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I suggest finding someone local to help you out. It will be much easier for you to learn if you get the help from someone that has exp.

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03-11-2003 05:54 AM  14 years agoPost 4
Kurt64

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Salladasburg, PA

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Helis have a ntaural tendency to drift to the left when lifting off....it is just the physics of it and it cant be avoided. You will soon learn how to compensate for it. If you tried to give it right aileron and it didnt respond well, your head speed may be too low or something else may be wrong. Did you have help setting it up or is there an experienced pilot in your area?

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03-11-2003 06:45 AM  14 years agoPost 5
psiros

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No one I know of local, but I'm not a newbie to RC either. I know which way cyclic is supposed to go, gyro settings, etc. I just wanted an affirmation that my heli's behavior was at the very least somewhat expected. I have a feeling that after I clear an LZ at my local field I'll get the hang of it. Thanks for the replies.

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03-11-2003 04:02 PM  14 years agoPost 6
Kurt64

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Salladasburg, PA

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If you are in Orange County, I seem to remember a few other guys from that area that post here. Anyone have the web link to the pilot locator?

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03-12-2003 03:42 AM  14 years agoPost 7
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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First of all you need to get away from the bushes. Sounds like you are flying in your back yard. Beleive it or not helis really require a lot of room. Try finding a flying field and get some help.

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03-12-2003 02:14 PM  14 years agoPost 8
midwestpilot

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Crystal Lake, IL

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Pilot locator link

here ya go
http://www.p-locate.rc-helipad.com/

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Rich Erikson AMA 6175

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03-12-2003 04:23 PM  14 years agoPost 9
Kurt64

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Thanks Rich....my link was outdated and wouldn't work.

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