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09-01-2009 04:52 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Rogman88

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West Monroe, LA

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I am torn between the power/weight ratio and inexpensiveness of the 500, but am contemplating going the 600 route for ease of seeing and the ability to autorotate. I would like my next heli to be my last for a while and don't want to get the 500 wishing that I had gone bigger..

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09-01-2009 05:10 PM  8 years agoPost 2
outhouse

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get the 600 but there still both excellent helis.

i have 450's, a 500 and a 600

600 is still my favorite. wrecked the 500 last week cause i lost orientation when it was out aways from me.

i love the 500 and it gets more flight time because its cheaper to crash but now that im only crashing once twice a year its not a big deal.

its personal choice more then anything else. 500 is fast and powerfull stock and the 600 isnt no slouch either. 600 is very visible plus its more stable in the air.

500 autos ok but not like a 600

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09-01-2009 05:22 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Darren Lee

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I learned to auto on my 500. It does quite well with the right blades.

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09-01-2009 06:13 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Rogman88

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Which blades are better for practicing autos? Longer ones? Which ones are you using bee?

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09-01-2009 06:19 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Darren Lee

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In my experience, nothing autos better than Mavrikk G5 Pro 430s. They have a wider chord than most blades.

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09-01-2009 07:09 PM  8 years agoPost 6
ckoelliker

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I like the Maverick blades as well. All in all I would say that the 500 is easy to auto.

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09-01-2009 08:43 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Funky Trex

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A lot easier than autoing a 450

This was my first day shooting autos on the 500

Watch at Vimeo

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09-01-2009 10:42 PM  8 years agoPost 8
blbills

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My 500 gets by far the most stick time out between the 450 and my 50.

But for it's size I'd have to admit that it barley autos better than a 450.

Brian

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09-01-2009 11:15 PM  8 years agoPost 9
outhouse

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good auto-ing funky lol looked like a kangaroo

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09-02-2009 02:54 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Ken4

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Funky's autos rock!

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09-02-2009 04:28 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Al P

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Nice autos.

I just got a stock 500 CF in the air but I've never done an auto. Does the tail kick when headspeed bleeds off... just before touchdown ?

I have a Realflight G3 simulator. Is that good for practice ?

Thanks.

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09-02-2009 10:07 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Rogman88

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Nice! Thanks for the video!

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09-02-2009 10:59 PM  8 years agoPost 13
blbills

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Does the tail kick when headspeed bleeds off... just before touchdown ?
Nope.

Brian

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09-03-2009 02:30 AM  8 years agoPost 14
Funky Trex

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Nice autos.

I just got a stock 500 CF in the air but I've never done an auto. Does the tail kick when headspeed bleeds off... just before touchdown ?
Nope, I was turning the tail myself in the vid before some of the landings.

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09-05-2009 05:33 AM  8 years agoPost 15
504Rone

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Starting tomorrow im going to try to auto from 8ft after every flight.

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09-05-2009 09:35 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Spitfire1

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^ Careful, I find with the 500 you only get one pump of the collective and then its all over, after that it might aswell be a house brick, apropriately sized in relation to a brick also.

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09-06-2009 04:33 AM  8 years agoPost 17
DWS6

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the 500 autos great with Mavrikk G5's. There is a video in my gallery with an auto at the end.

Dave Williams
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09-06-2009 11:00 AM  8 years agoPost 18
Romak

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Some hints and tips on how to learn to auto my 500 would be much appreciated guys.

Cheers

Rod
14sg....... ;-)

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09-06-2009 04:14 PM  8 years agoPost 19
DWS6

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I always tell people to work on the approach without hitting hold. Just fly the helicopter through the auto.

When learning, always auto into the wind

When your comfortable with the approach, start hitting hold and descend using approx -3 to -5degrees of pitch, or that first little mark above center stick is usually pretty close if setup right, and keep the nose up slightly so the bottom of the disc is perpedicular to the on coming air. The amount of nose pitch depends on the angle of approach but just just dont nose dive into the auto. Over pitching into the negative will only make the heli fall faster and can stall the blades rather then helping them stay spooled up so dont over due the negative.

Start flairing (pulling back on elevator) around 15 feet up then bail out of hold and go back up and try again. The idea is to start to feel out how the heli feels on a flair. Again, you can practice this under power too. If using an electric model then you will want to have a few percent of throttle on hold so the ESC does not need to re-initialize. This could be very bad. Just increase the hold until the motor wants to start to turn when in hold.

Bring your flairs lower and lower until you touch down softly.

Starting your autos low and working your way up works too but is more difficult to learn. You will reach a point at about 8-10 feet up that when you hit hold, there isnt enough time to bring in the negative pitch to keep the blade speed but its too high to hold positive pitch and it will hit hard every time. I shy new guys away from this method because it gives a false sense of auto ability in the machine. They feel it wont auto from a higher distance. This method will yield a higher chance of pancaking the heli IMO.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Dave Williams
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09-06-2009 07:18 PM  8 years agoPost 20
Romak

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Thanks Dave. I shall print off your post and study it carefully. It will be electric I'm dealing with and yes, I was a bit concerned about the controller having to re-initialise which seems to take a long time but in reality is probably about 5 to 6 seconds. Heli can fall a long way in this time.

I'll have some serious practice on the Phoenix sim before trying anything. Weather here is bloody terrible at the moment but may get a chance in a few days.
Thanks again

Cheers

Rod
14sg....... ;-)

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