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04-08-2011 03:31 AM  6 years agoPost 1
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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Has anyone out there taugth themselves to fly without using a sim or having a buddy to coach/teach them? I was flying today and I thought that although I'm still learning, I consider myself "self-taught".

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 03:36 AM  6 years agoPost 2
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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I've never seen a heli fly other than mine and I could hover pretty good before I knew about sims.

The sim did bring my skills up pretty quick after I discovered them though.lol....

I literally never use the word literally right.

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04-08-2011 03:36 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Darren Lee

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Woodstock, GA

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Yup.

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04-08-2011 03:41 AM  6 years agoPost 4
flyride

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Salt Lake City UT

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100% self taught here. My first heli I didn't even know how they were supposed to work mechanically but I figured it out. About ten years later I got a sim.

and the blonde said "RECTUM, Hell damn near killed em!!"

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04-08-2011 03:42 AM  6 years agoPost 5
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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I find myself not using the sim at all anymore. I practice new manuevers 3 mistakes high so I can bail out in time. Some days end up in good and others not so good.

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 03:47 AM  6 years agoPost 6
helismash

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Gloversville, NY -​Fulton

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Yep, I did. The sim helped a bunch. Nobody to help with a buddy box at first.

Hey, Who put the ground there!
T-Rex 500/T-Rex 600N FBL/T-Rex 600E PRO/T-Rex 700N/T-Rex 700FBL

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04-08-2011 03:50 AM  6 years agoPost 7
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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For me there is a sense of pride to know that I have gotten this far on my own. Anyone else feel the same way?

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 03:50 AM  6 years agoPost 8
JoseA

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South Chicago

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Self here. One day I said to myself, self, I will purchase and fly an RC helicopter. Don't have a sim...yet. But guesting and finally signing up here at RR got me at sport flying with my birds.

Basic DIY vids here helped alot so thanks all.

The ignored one

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04-08-2011 04:24 AM  6 years agoPost 9
Wingman77

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Pulaski Tennessee

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self taught - no sim

I learned the flying a lot faster than the building...

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04-08-2011 04:33 AM  6 years agoPost 10
JasonJ

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North Idaho

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Self taught, 100%.

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04-08-2011 04:38 AM  6 years agoPost 11
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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For me there is a sense of pride to know that I have gotten this far on my own. Anyone else feel the same way?
Big time!!!

I literally never use the word literally right.

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04-08-2011 04:56 AM  6 years agoPost 12
OH-6 Cayuse

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san antonio tx, USA.

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self taught here, have never crashed either so hoping to stay that way for a while! Running on college funds so can't afford crashes anyways!

!!For some people the sky is the limit, for me it's home!!

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04-08-2011 05:18 AM  6 years agoPost 13
rilopez825

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Pembroke Pines, FL

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Self Taught here untill I started flipping, now I sim here and there just orientation practice only.

Richard

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04-08-2011 05:32 AM  6 years agoPost 14
Ladymagic

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South Korea

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Yep, that's me back in 2002 with a Nexus 30 combo deal i bought for $700 and no clue what I was doing. I didn't have alot of money back then so, crashing would have taken me a long time to recover from. I picked up the basics pretty fast and I learned without ever crashing. I managed to learn without training gear and now that I look back, I don't know how I managed, but I'm glad i was able to learn like I did.

I learned how to appreciate thorough training and taking the time to learn in a progressive manner that saved me lots of money in the long run. I did spend alot more time hovering than most people would (2+ years), but I think that extra time helped me really develope a more refined flying style and the ability to fly in virtually any orienation comfortably. I like to think that's why I average about 1 crash every 2 1/2 years.

Mellisa

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04-08-2011 06:28 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Spitfire1

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Perth Australia

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I started without a sim, never thought too much for the sim, the only thing the sim ever did for me was give me a false sense of confidence believing that I was a better pilot than I realy was.

Maybe in a few years the sims will be more realistic, as it stands there bordering on ridiculous.

Its a long standing suspicion I have that sims are not designed to be realistic, if they were people would complain the sim is crap and the sim would be a marketing failure, people dont want a realistic sim, they want a sim thats fun and makes them feel good about themselves.

If they could not get on the sim and do 3d they would complain the sim is rubbish, even though they cant do 3d with there real heli, people like to believe they can perform manouvers with there real heli because they can do them on the sim, they always have a reason why they cant, such as there heli is not setup correctly, powerful enough, weather conditions or "Im feeling nervous today" e.t.c..

In reality the sim means nothing, I think the reason people dont like this viewpoint I have is that it cuts very close to home, theres quite alot phscycology at play here.

In my opinion its only good for a rough aproximation of what you need to do with the sticks on a real rc heli, practiceing a manouver on the sim for hours and hours on end, in the hope that you can do it with your eyes closed doesent work, all you do is set yourself up for failure.

Oddly though Ive found converting to planks the sim has helped me a great deal, Ive learnt to hover, harrier and harrier roll on the sim and put that directly across to the real thing quite easily.

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04-08-2011 08:10 AM  6 years agoPost 16
flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Wow, and I thought I was all alone. Went and purchased a few books on model RC helicopters and learned set-up and flying methods. I had my share of crashes but never gave up. Now I fly with three others who also taught themselves.
I won't say simulators are a waste of time but they have their limitations. IMO they save a lot money when you can hit the reset button. Before flying helicopter I was a fixed wing pilot and I believe that experience helped out alot when I transition into rotary wing. Our local club last year had an influx of people who claimed they qualified as pilots due to there simulator skills. Out of twelve, one did qualify. The others did not last long and the one that did is now into 3D flying 1/3 scale aircraft.

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04-08-2011 10:37 AM  6 years agoPost 17
shawmcky

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Isle of Wight,United​Kingdom

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Self taught with a black belt in crashing,cheap fixed pitch a speciality

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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04-08-2011 11:56 AM  6 years agoPost 18
siang

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auckland, new​zealand

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I started without a sim, seek help thru net. Bought a sim but can't even hover on Sim. So I gave up on Sim and hover on real, lol. Funny thing, after being able to hover on real I can actually hover on Sim. lol.

Learning on Sim should be classed as selt taught, I presume. Thinking back, I should have learn my hovering on Sim. It'd have save me heaps, lol.

Then again, I gave up learning to hover on Sim coz it's boring and seriously PITA to try to hover as I dont have any RC experience. Now, I find Sim's a must, to learn, practice and progress.

welcome to the dark side =)

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04-08-2011 12:16 PM  6 years agoPost 19
thtoyman

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Gone ,Flying.

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No sim and 100% self taught. I have sims now. and still can't fly them.

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04-08-2011 12:29 PM  6 years agoPost 20
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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100% home schooled.

Rick

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