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12-28-2009 08:29 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Don

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I decided for the Christmas vacation to put in some sim time.

I usually work on figure 8's, stall turns, flips, loops, and a little inverted nose-in.

Today I tried to do a simple circle with the nose always pointed to the middle. OMG! I couldn't do!

I've been fooling myself about really being able to hover in all orientations.

Anyone else fooling themselves? Get on the sim and try a circle with the nose always pointed to the middle. Then try the tail.

For those that have no problems doing this same thing while inverted... you make me jealous... therefore I must work hard at this!

My troubled orientations are when the heli is to the NW of me and it is facing E - so that I'm looking at it's front right corner. The same goes for when the heli is to the NE of me and it's facing W.

Any tips on this?

Thanks

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12-28-2009 08:35 PM  7 years agoPost 2
Dale M

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I do.. I dedicate one or two flights a session just to basic hovering. Helps make everything else better. I can't offer any tips other than lots of stick time, both SIM and in real life.

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12-28-2009 08:53 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Dilbeck

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Its really funny, Ive been flying for 3 years now and its still diffecult for me to do nose in consistently. My 19 year old son has no problems with orientations what so ever. I guess playing video games from the age of 5 makes a lot of difference. My first video game was the ping pong thing!!!

Clint

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12-28-2009 10:16 PM  7 years agoPost 4
ttsingram

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I think many people can't do it because as soon as they learn to hover they work on FF and than start doing tricks.

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12-28-2009 10:19 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Gearhead

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you know a couple years ago I met this nice kid about 20 y.o., now this kid could out 3D me pretty good, but when he saw I could hove nose-in he was all like "how do you do that ?",, all that 3D stuff he can do but he couldn't hover nose-in,, it's all what you work on..

Jim
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12-28-2009 10:31 PM  7 years agoPost 6
RappyTappy

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Agreed, I had a friend who was doing 3D and even attempting piroflips, but could't do a solid, level, same airspeed figure 8 to save his life. Once I finally got him to practice and get good at it, his flying improved 10X faster and he was a much better pilot after that.

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12-28-2009 10:56 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Helizrule

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I totally agree. Precision hovering skills require intense concentration. I enjoy watching a helicopter hover in front of me and can do so in any direction possible. I feel this helped out my 3D flying as I don't care where the heli is facing at anytime. This helps me be comfortable with it in any direction.

Try doing precision nose in hovering with takeoffs and set downs all nose in then slow piros left and right. Something to do to break up the 3D stuff.

One mile of road will take you one mile. One mile of runway will take you anywhere in the world.

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12-29-2009 12:00 AM  7 years agoPost 8
heli-cuzz

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Do I work on my Hover Skills???

Sometimes.
I just love to fly my heli no matter what the attitude is.

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12-29-2009 12:05 AM  7 years agoPost 9
enahs

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Rapid City, SD

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I like to end a flight from time to time with a slow pirouetting hover. Helps get all the orientations down. There's something mesmerizing about it too.

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12-29-2009 12:13 AM  7 years agoPost 10
AaronJohnson

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Hovering Practice, This is what I do in the winter when I fly indoors. I only 3D indoors if the lighting is good and I am in a big place which doesnt happen very often. I usually just do hovering stuff like nose in boxes, piro circuits, random piro reversals, and other stuff. I agree guys, The hovering stuff (while seemingly boring at times) is actually really hard!

One thing I have noticed as I have been continually challenging myself with learning 3D is that you really must have all orientations down both upright and inverted very well or you will at some point along the way be forced to go back to them before you can progress further. Even if you are comfortable in a certain orientation you may not be "quick enough" at that particular orientation. I found myself going back to piros inverted when I seemd to hit a wall with acuratly controling my piroflips. I was comfortable inverted but not fast enough with certain inverted orientations. After going back and working on stationary inverted piros and inverted piro circuits for a couple weeks, I was pleasently surprised to see that I was now able to practice piroflips again and make some real progress with them. Not to mention it helps with everything else too! In my expirience, precision hovering is a MUST learn skill and we will always need to "brush up" on our precision hovering skills.

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12-29-2009 12:31 AM  7 years agoPost 11
Dilbeck

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Nose in hover for more than 5 min is impossible for most. Try it and find out. 3D is Easter than nose in hover at 10 ft.

Clint

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12-29-2009 12:33 AM  7 years agoPost 12
Jeff polisena

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Most of your pros will tell you always practice orientation skills . You never see them do it but a lot of your hard hitting pilots spend a good amount on orientation practice.

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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12-29-2009 12:44 AM  7 years agoPost 13
fly4fun

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Judged a contest last year and it was funny to watch some of the pro's and they could not hover worth a hoot. They barely could wait to get to the 3D portion.... their scores suffered because of it.

IRCHA offers a Pilot Profiency Program (PPP) broken into multi levels ( including hovering ) this gives you a standard to practice to.

http://www.ircha.org/index.php?pr=PPP_Levels

Good luck

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12-29-2009 12:52 AM  7 years agoPost 14
JasonJ

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North Idaho

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I do slow piros and hover all orientations at some point every flight, be it sim or real. Always good to keep the basics reinforced.

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12-29-2009 02:53 AM  7 years agoPost 15
TMoore

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Upright, inverted, backwards or forwards I do it all at various times just to stay sharp. It's good practice any time.

TM

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12-29-2009 02:57 AM  7 years agoPost 16
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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First flight every day I fly, I work on hovering. Practice makes perfect....and I'm far from that

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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12-29-2009 03:00 AM  7 years agoPost 17
Rotowerkz

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Windham, NH

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I've been working on upright reverse flight, and I tend to spend half a pack on that, then half a pack on just reinforcing hover in non-tail-in orientations. I've found that it helps me with transitions, where if the heli is flying past me tail-in, I don't freak with the change is aspect.

After crashing my way through a few inverted hover attempts last summer, I found that my nose-in hover was not nearly as solid. So, I take the time to work on that as much as possible. As they say, your skills are only as solid as the blocks on which they are built.

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