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12-17-2003 03:37 AM  13 years agoPost 1
eddie13231

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St. Louis Missouri

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When you guys are flying a heli, what do you look at? When I was learning, I used the skids as a guide to tell how level the heli was during flight but now its becoming more difficult to use this type of strategy during regular flight. What do you guys use to keep orientated?

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12-17-2003 03:46 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Tom DeWinter

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Looking at the skids will mess you up! I think it is better to look at the body, but try to look at the heli as a whole instead of concentrating of one thing. In time it will become easier to recognize the attitude and direction of flight. I got dependent on the skids when I had the training gear on.

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12-17-2003 07:16 AM  13 years agoPost 3
S_Owen

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I always looked at the rotor disk while I was learning to hover. After that, I don't really know. You get a feel for the heli as a whole when you get into FFF. Every part of the bird becomes a point of reference.

Brightly painted/stickered canopies really help too.

You can't focus on the gear. You see both sides at the same time and it is hard to tell which is which, then you're in the dirt.

[b]Murphy's Constant:[/b] Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

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