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HelicopterMain Discussion › Not all airplane pilots can fly helis. But can all heli pilots fly planks?
01-11-2011 02:57 PM  7 years agoPost 61
Rogman88

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I think it's funny when a heli pilot picks up a foamy plane or simple 3 channel plane for the first time and can make circuits with it. They think that planks are for people who can't fly helis and are so easy. The analogy here is, a planker could pick up a coaxial helicopter and fly it well, and put it where he wants it. Does that mean he can fly helicopters? Well put him on a collective pitch 450 and see how long he lasts making circuits. Once again the challenge is in taking off, not hand launch, but actually taking off a tail dragger. Even landing a tail dragger or trying to land a plank in a cross wind is way more challenging than landing a combat plane.
I do see that heli pilots do tend to have better reflex's on general than the average plankers, and that the heli pilots at our field tend to be the better plankers as well.

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01-11-2011 03:45 PM  7 years agoPost 62
Fnity

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I started with airplanes and that gave me the confidence to try helis. Still enjoy flying airplanes here n there but Helis is what I enjoy. After watching the guys at XFC the only airplane that could excite me as much as a heli would be a large aerobatic but I rather drop 3k on a heli

I agree with the OP and think its easier for a heli pilot to transition to basic airplane flight, and harder for a planker to learn the heli basics

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01-11-2011 04:21 PM  7 years agoPost 63
SuperSixTwo

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Planks can hover too!
Nice Hover! Try that with my plane and you better have the tail on a stick!

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01-11-2011 04:38 PM  7 years agoPost 64
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Once again the challenge is in taking off, not hand launch, but actually taking off a tail dragger. Even landing a tail dragger or trying to land a plank in a cross wind is way more challenging than landing a combat plane.
I find it more of a challenge to hand launch a small plank than it is to take off from the ground with any sized plank. For me during a conventional take-off its full throttle, up elevator and its flying.
Also dealing with cross winds is a challenge when landing but if you come in hot it helps immensely on not being pushed around too much.

I've owned and flown many different sized electric, nitro, and gas 3D planks and others too. The bigger they are the more stable just like larger sized helicopters.
Less affected by wind conditions just like larger sized helicopters.
Planks can hover too!
Nice Hover! Try that with my plane and you better have the tail on a stick!
Thanks!
My little Cap232 takes less than 5 feet to get off the ground, cut the throttle back, and immediately go into a hover lower than the height of my body. I like to drag the tail across the asphalt while hovering.

Here's something for all the heli/plank buffs.
Here's a pic of my Showtime50 equipped with a Hyper50 helicopter engine, 9252 servos on all control surfaces, and helicopter ball links and rods.
The Hyper is an awesome engine for this plank. It hovered just fine but it's definitely a knife edge machine with the side force generators installed.

I don't care what it is!
I just love to fly.... Although its mostly helicopters!

SuperSixTwo, what plank do you have?

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01-11-2011 05:00 PM  7 years agoPost 65
Rogman88

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I find it more of a challenge to hand launch a small plank than it is to take off from the ground with any sized plank
Interesting. I guess an underpowered plank would be tough to hand launch. Mine are usually so powerful I just let em go and they just start flying. Our heli pilots have strykers that take a pretty good heave to get going but can be done solo with out too much trouble.

I love the showtime 50. I've got a great planes Reactor .46 that is pretty fun as well especially in knife edge. I bet those side force generators are fun! I like the ole knife edge snap back into knife edge. I love flying planks in any orientation except right side up (just not fun). The only right side up flying I do is takeoffs and landing.

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01-11-2011 05:08 PM  7 years agoPost 66
heli-cuzz

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Interesting. I guess an underpowered plank would be tough to hand launch. Mine are usually so powerful I just let em go and they just start flying. Our heli pilots have strykers that take a pretty good heave to get going but can be done solo with out too much trouble.

I love the showtime 50. I've got a great planes Reactor .46 that is pretty fun as well especially in knife edge. I bet those side force generators are fun! I like the ole knife edge snap back into knife edge. I love flying planks in any orientation except right side up (just not fun). The only right side up flying I do is takeoffs and landing.
+1 Rogman

I've only had two foamy hand launchers. The stryker was one of them and it was a good heave with the occasional hand launch into the ground. LoL.
I like to keep both hands on the TX.

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01-11-2011 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 67
Solmanbandit

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I have found y'alls assessments pretty much right on target. I started out on heli's and then went to planks. Flying easy and landings took some practice. I still have people say that I fly heli's better than planks. Of course I put way more energy into heli's than I do planks.

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01-11-2011 06:22 PM  7 years agoPost 68
Rogman88

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I could hover the Reactor with an OS .46 FX at 5/6 throttle. I Electrified it and can now hover at 1/2 throttle. It is much funner now that I can hand launch it!

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01-11-2011 07:42 PM  7 years agoPost 69
heli-cuzz

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I still love nitro.... I swear! :D

I could hover the Reactor with an OS .46 FX at 5/6 throttle. I Electrified it and can now hover at 1/2 throttle. It is much funner now that I can hand launch it!
Chalk another on the board for an electric win in the E vs. N thread. LoL

Electric power is so much silly fun its

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01-11-2011 08:37 PM  7 years agoPost 70
Rogman88

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What prop do you use on the showtime?

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01-11-2011 09:05 PM  7 years agoPost 71
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Our heli pilots have strykers that take a pretty good heave to get going but can be done solo with out too much trouble.
Doyle is the only one who's done that successfully I think.

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01-11-2011 09:36 PM  7 years agoPost 72
Solmanbandit

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I have also talked to a few plank guys who have tried to fly heli's, but have given up. They said that they couldn't get the hang of it.

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01-11-2011 09:47 PM  7 years agoPost 73
Rogman88

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Doyle is the only one who's done that successfully I think.
Yep half the guys who own a stryker can hand launch them! Man those things fly well!

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01-11-2011 10:09 PM  7 years agoPost 74
ChuckJrster

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So, when are you getting yours!?

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01-11-2011 10:40 PM  7 years agoPost 75
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As soon as our worthless LHS deems it fit to meet my needs for a change.

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01-11-2011 10:41 PM  7 years agoPost 76
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I had a guy flying a plank at local field ,plane was getting away from him and looked to me like rudder was to the left . I'm yelling Rudder,Rudder,Rudder!!!!! He crashed afterwards I talked to him and he said he didn't think of using the rudder. First he took off without checking surfaces then never used rudder to react ,using it when needed.The reputation of planks did not come about from heli guys ,the bottom line is stereotypes ,heli guys are ace wholes and plank guy are dangerous everyone always remembers the negative stuff but there are alot of good guys and good times to remember also

Ive had and love anything I can control from a little box with no wires

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

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01-11-2011 10:44 PM  7 years agoPost 77
ChuckJrster

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"Who" or "what" is an "LHS!?" Just tried callin' ya, will try again later.

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01-11-2011 10:54 PM  7 years agoPost 78
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LHS = Local Hobby Shop

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01-11-2011 10:57 PM  7 years agoPost 79
ChuckJrster

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Gotcha, could say more, but, won't on that note. You know what I mean anyway!

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01-11-2011 11:05 PM  7 years agoPost 80
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NASA trained monkeys to fly spaceships, so don't think too much of yourself....

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