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12-20-2003 04:58 AM  13 years agoPost 1
CURBY

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Windsor Ontario Canada

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hey this is my first season of flying, and now the heli is put away until spring cause of winter. My main question is that, will i lose the flying skills since i'm not practicing for a few months? or is it like riding a bike, you never forget?
Thx
Ronnie

Horsepower is how fast you hit a wall, Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

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12-20-2003 05:03 AM  13 years agoPost 2
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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It's like riding a bicycle...once you get the hang of it, you don't forget. The first couple of flights might find you a bit rusty, but overall, no problem.

Dave


You could stay "fresh" by using a simulator over the long winter.

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12-20-2003 05:07 AM  13 years agoPost 3
E_eves

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Cincinnati, OH

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For me, the spring recovery time always takes about a week to get back up to speed. Of course, the sim in the winter helps.
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12-20-2003 05:11 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Sar

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Saugeties, NY

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I always worry abou this after a crash, my finances don't allow for instant recovery, but I find in no time at all I'm ready to try new things and work the heli a bit. I wouldn't worry about it, maybe get a sim if you don't have one. Give yourself the time, YOU are the best judge of how you are doing and what you are comfortable with.

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Jon

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12-20-2003 05:12 AM  13 years agoPost 5
cdrking

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Seattle

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I read an aritcle that says that to maintain your skills you need to fly an hour a week. To advance you need to fly two hours per week. Can't really say I agree with the exact numbers because everyone is different but there is some truth to it. Unless you are a perfect RC heli god.

I flew about 35 gallons this last year. I recently took about a month break because of work. I would say that I didn't lose skill but I had to fly a bit conservative the first few flights to get back into the swing of things.

I use the sim a lot I believe that it will help you maintain what you've gained. But burning fuel in the heli is the only way to advance in this hobby.

It's only an opinion and I am sure there are a whole bunch of other ones out there.

Jeff

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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12-20-2003 05:20 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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NOT if you use the simulator to stimulate your brain.

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12-20-2003 06:02 AM  13 years agoPost 7
SAL

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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I went 3 months without flying a heli, or the sim, straight after a major competition............

Anyone who tells you it is like riding a bike, man they ain't trying hard enough!!!!!!!

It does take time to re-learn it all, go at your own pace, or you'll regret it like i have

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12-20-2003 07:09 AM  13 years agoPost 8
Freya

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Seattle, Washington

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I agree Cdrking. Burning fuel is the best way to advance.

The sim is not the best replacement but it beats not flying.

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12-20-2003 01:43 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Dragon2115

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New England

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It all depends on how you use the sim. If you use it arcade mode then no, you don't learn anything. If you set certain skill goals then you can come back from the winter better than before. Granted a few flights to get warmed up but then the new skills you learned on the sim will kick in.

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12-20-2003 02:52 PM  13 years agoPost 10
rcheliflyer

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calif., usa

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I have had periods of time away from flying ranging from a few weeks to
several years.
The previous posts reflect the effects pretty well, I felt the shorter periods caused the "rusty" feeling, longer periods added orientation
probs esp at alt or distance, was'nt used to seeing / feeling the heli anymore .
The sim helps, but it takes the real thing to get you hooked up again, it
will be like when you started but a lot faster.
You won't forget you basic flying skills, take it easy at first, otherwise
a sudden awakening could occur

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12-20-2003 03:22 PM  13 years agoPost 11
helifever

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BE-8750

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you don't fly because of the winter?

No you will not forget how to fly, same thing with a bike!

helifever

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12-20-2003 03:31 PM  13 years agoPost 12
Coloradoheli3d

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Colorado USA

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I didn't fly for eight years while I started a business, got my first heli in that time up this spring and put it in a hover and held it there just, just like riding a bike.

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12-21-2003 08:05 PM  13 years agoPost 13
woodchopper

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Edmonton, Alberta

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Hey Curby what are you talking about? you don't fly in the winter?

I know it is cold up here in the great white north but there are plus's to winter flight. Your chopper will love the cool dence air, performance goes way up and that blade noise we all love gets a real sharp crack.

The crowd at the flight line is all but gone, and you can't suck up dirt from snow covered ground.

You do have to take a few precausions, batterys don't last quite as long, plastic bits get more brittle and bolts can come loose.

But to keep up on your nitro fix it is worth the pain!

I have managed to burn 3-1/2 gal so far this December. If the temp is close to 0c and not to much wind you can have great fly days.

Either way, have fun you will never forget all you have learned, but rust never sleeps!

Mark Richens

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12-21-2003 09:38 PM  13 years agoPost 14
col

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U.K. Ipswich.

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i'm with u SAL

after a week i'm pump and now its been months!!!!!!!!!!

must be a small brain thing, sure guys u wont forget how to fly but u can loose the edge on complex stuff real quick.

colin..

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12-21-2003 10:14 PM  13 years agoPost 15
mnm2406

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Singapore

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FLYING SKILLS

Me either , had a 12/7 on shift been out since Aug03 my crappy, freya and humming bird are begging me to fly them had a sim as well and 4 gallons in store

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12-22-2003 03:01 AM  13 years agoPost 16
pluto911

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maryville, TN

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It's been 8 yrs since my last hover and every winter is to long when you want to fly. just pick it up back up at a mild pace and you'll do great!!

Pluto911

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12-22-2003 03:14 AM  13 years agoPost 17
corey11

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Bay Area, California

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whats this winter you speak of?? i fly all year

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12-22-2003 11:50 AM  13 years agoPost 18
w.pasman

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Netherlands

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It takes me a month (4 consecutive weekends) to get back to where I stopped the year before. Rusty feeling, not comfortable, heli not dead accurate.It's quite boring to do only sim work the whole winter, so what I do is stop it alltogether and restart training on the sim a month before the next season starts.

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12-22-2003 01:44 PM  13 years agoPost 19
Drunk Monk

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Preston, UK

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No flying AND no sim?? can usually get out for a couple tanks at weekend but I play about on the sim every day just to keep the skills (or lack of) up to scratch


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-22-2003 03:50 PM  13 years agoPost 20
RLO1

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Chandler, AZ

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Get a Hummingbird

Great for nose in practice.

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