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03-12-2003 07:43 PM  14 years agoPost 1
SkywalkerrrNovice - West Kentucky - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

You guys that fly fullscale probably know what this phrase is reffering to.

The idea is that a new or inexperienced pilot will tend to overcontrol the aircraft thus moving the stick or yoke through circular arcs resembling someone stirring a large pot of chili!

This seems to be MY biggest hurdle to overcome in order to achieve good photos consistently. With our setup vibration is not the enemy, what is is the entire platform (heli) simply moving too much.

At altitudes of 100ft and below, I can hold a very solid hover. This means all the camera man has to do is frame the shot and hit the shutter release...piece of cake. At altitudes exceeding 100ft, my hovering goes downhill FAST!

I usually end up overcontrolling and yanking the heli all over the place (stirring the chili) making it very difficult for the camera man to frame the shot. When I finally settle down enough for him to hit the switch, I jerk the heli sometime after he hit the switch and the camera actually captured the image making for blurry images or severely tilted horizons.

The point to my rambling is DO I NEED A CO-PILOT? You guys that are using them, do they make for a more stable heli at high altitudes?
It is my assumption that if the pitch and roll were stable even if the heli translated downwind that it would make for a more stable platform and thus better photos?

Please give me your thoughts and insights on how I can improve, and for those of you using a co-pilot, how and when do you use it?

Thanks
Michael

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03-12-2003 10:24 PM  14 years agoPost 2
ELOSSAM

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I like it and helps me a lot. I turn it on as soon as I go away from hovering position and normally turned it off before landing but sometimes I landed with it turned on and never had any problem.
It will not stop your heli were you need but sure will help you to keep it in place more time than without it.
A fine inversion IMO.
Elossam

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03-12-2003 10:29 PM  14 years agoPost 3
James Cistola

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Look like to me , you need to add some Expo. to your radio. That will slow down your stick in the center! Hope this help

James

If it's worth doing, then it's worth over doing

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03-12-2003 11:54 PM  14 years agoPost 4
flyboy

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from what I hear everybody using them seems to really benifit from their application. No experience myself.
Have you tried trimming the helicopter, putting it in a high hover get it to stay in one place (trim) put it where you want it and then leave it a alone, snap the picture and then put it back where you want it?

Thanks, Flyboy

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03-13-2003 01:55 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Skywalker

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Thanks for the tips. I will give them a try.

Who makes a good set of white high lift blades? I am currently using 700mm V's (probably not the best lifters) and have always thought of trying a set of semis.
Any suggestions?

Thanks
Michael

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