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10-19-2009 07:09 AM  8 years agoPost 1
skytrekin

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Anchorage, AK

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Ok ive searched a little bit on this subject.

What do you look at when flying your heli?

Usually I am looking at the canopy and skids, but sometimes at certain angles it looks backwards!
Any new advise?

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10-19-2009 09:25 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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Orientation bites us all but some more than others.

For me I use the skids, canopy and tail. Also helps alot not to fly that far away, its not a plank.

Rick

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10-19-2009 10:47 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Spitfire1

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Perth Australia

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Ive just rebuilt my heli with black skids, black tail pipe, almost black canopy and black sideframes and its downright scary to say the least.

Some things that ive found help are flourescent coloured k&b tail blades, yellow canopy, white skids with yellow rubber grommets, also those flouro green raptor flybar paddles make a nice green disk.
If you have CF blades try some holographic stickers on the ends.

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10-19-2009 12:52 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Aaron29

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USA

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I look at the body for orientation.

I also like a visible rotor color, so I can see the disk and notice small attitude changes. But the predominance of my attitude information comes from the heli's body and tail.

Cannot discount bright colors. Also some contrasting colors on the canopy.

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10-19-2009 01:34 PM  8 years agoPost 5
T.C.

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Nottingham. England.

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Canopy & skids.

I do tend to put white tape on black skids to give contrasting colours with different spacings on the left & right.

Tony

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10-19-2009 02:03 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Aaron29

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USA

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I've seen some neon skids that looked good. I had white skids on an old Raptor and they were useless. Couldn't see them.

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10-23-2009 12:44 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Heli0228

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Ripplemead, Va

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orientation

get some blaze orange duck tape at walmart and place on the skids, also the best thing that has helped me is blades that are black and white like (Mah G3 Blades), when you fly you can rock the heli and see the blades and keep orientation. The blades are the best to see at a far distance, up close you can see the skids and tail boom, but when you are far out look at the blades and you can see them better if the blades are a color scheme that you can see well.

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10-23-2009 01:07 AM  8 years agoPost 8
copperclad

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NY

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Hi
i fly a lot first thing in the morning , when there is flat light , like on an overcast day , or at sunup or sunset , and it is a real bear , it helps a lot to have direct light on the machine

so it's best to have
bright highly contrasting colors
stay in close
and good light

.

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10-23-2009 04:03 AM  8 years agoPost 9
skytrekin

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Anchorage, AK

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Thanks alot for all those suggestions!

I'm sure I will put them to good use!

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10-23-2009 04:20 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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Try to pay more attention to what your fingers are doing to the controls to limit orientation problems.

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10-23-2009 09:13 AM  8 years agoPost 11
itsjojo

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North East Pennnsylvania

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In each and every orientation I look at the exact part of the heli I want to move to bring her back to level or straight orientation. This depends on which orientation she is in.
Upright nose in - I look at the tail
inverted nose in - I look at the nose
Inverted hurricane I look at the upper or lower rotor disc
Tail slide Rotor in - I look at the nose

This is what I call positive control. I look at what part will move in the same direction as the stick.
Takes a while but works well for me.
Jojo

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Foreseeing My Flybarless Future!

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