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04-14-2017 03:11 AM  3 months agoPost 1
heliraptor10

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You need to practice an odd mix of situational awareness,
And tunnel vision.

Awareness of your surroundings,
But focus on the bird.

Example
I was aware this bug landed on me just before the 2 minute mark of my timer. But I ignored it until the final 4 min beep and landed.

Nothing special in the arena of Heli tricks. But an extremely valuable, and developable skill. You'll have mosquitos, and bees, and wasps to contend with. It's normally funny to watch people freak out about a little bug.

An over reaction or even a reaction could cause a dangerous crash. Dangerous as in, your Heli hits you or someone else. Take nothing for granted. If you watch enough Heli crash videos you hear a lot of,

"I don't know what happened"

And that happens to us all.
But less with experience.
And a lot less a lot earlier with perspective.

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04-17-2017 08:09 AM  3 months agoPost 2
betty

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Not really understanding your meaning.

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04-17-2017 08:21 AM  3 months agoPost 3
heliraptor10

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You need to be able to ignore bugs.
Pay attention to your Heli
And your surroundings.

It's a weird mix of ignoring and focusing

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04-19-2017 04:20 AM  3 months agoPost 4
Gearhead

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actually, tunnel vision is one thing a newbe does not want to get when flying !! I know, I got it 2 times on my first few forward flights, and I remember it well too. if you had a lot of sim time, and got a good feel of the sticks you may want to keep flying because you can learn from it as I did, but if you had little sim time I would say land quickly

Jim
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04-19-2017 07:10 AM  3 months agoPost 5
heliraptor10

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But one really good piece of advice is,
To fly free from distraction.

Leave kids at home,
Leave your phone in the car and focus.

But maybe I shouldn't have used the words tunnel vision. But that's how I see it,
High refresh rate focus on the heli,
But at lesser intervals noting surroundings, incoming gusts... Animals.

I'll never forget the moment I first felt connected to the model. And I suppose that's a tricky moment, because for me everything else kind of faded away. That's the trade off in performance, letting go and feeling vs calculating. And with helis calculating is always the way I go.

That's one of my oldest rules.

No bright ideas.
Or
Always be thinking about what you're going to be doing next.

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04-29-2017 01:29 PM  89 days agoPost 6
Heli_Splatter

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maybe some of what you mean is practicing landing quickly when you are distracted. Of course, sometimes you have to let that mosquito bite you.

First rule: fly the aircraft.
Second rule: see rule #1.

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04-29-2017 08:08 PM  89 days agoPost 7
heliraptor10

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Some of it is being able to land quickly.

But sometimes early on I crashed trying to land quickly because of a bug or my phone.

I learned that ignoring them was better.

But then you do have to be able to land quickly... to investigate noises
Or if you see something fall off the Heli...
(This last one is avoided with proper use of Locktite, and proper pre and post flight checks).

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07-12-2017 10:00 AM  15 days agoPost 8
awsomechoppers

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I agree, when you get annoyed by say a bug you want to get it off of you as quickly as possible. It's good to stay calm until you can get it off, I usually just get it in a hover and swat it off. About 7 years ago when I was learning inverted hover a gnat flew into my eye and I freaked out and put it straight in haha, don't do that.

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07-12-2017 04:12 PM  15 days agoPost 9
learnedthehrdwy

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Saginaw, MI

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When flying in areas where people may show up it doesn't hurt to have a spotter. My gf comes with me and lets me know if anyone is approaching from behind. Spotter can also double as a swatter lol.

Also try to fly at areas with only one entrance and are surrounded by a fence or line of trees. Anything that at least discourages entry out where the helicopter is flying.

I fly exclusively in public areas but use schoolyards and church properties instead of parks since there's a lot less foot traffic. Of course I don't use them during operating hours or if anyone is there.

Is important to be aware of who/what's around since most people don't realize the danger involved so they won't give the model the necessary respect. Anything you can do to minimize risk to others is definitely a good thing.

The most important skill IMO and something that seems to never get mentioned especially since rescue came about is being able to keep your cool and recover when things get out of shape.

Lose your cool and panic will add another mistake to the one you already made. That's when things can really get ugly.

Being able to recover from sticky situations is vital for man and machine.

Easy to practice on a sim or durable little micro. Simply go nuts, fly way beyond your ability and try not to hit the ground lol. Probably be the most exciting practice you ever do as well.

Pretty much the sole purpose of my 230s other than warming up before putting something more expensive in the air.

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07-12-2017 04:33 PM  15 days agoPost 10
Ladymagic

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2 Things....

1) Managing your concentration when it comes to bugs and other distractions during flight is more of a discipline than a skill per say IMHO. Freaking out almost always creates more problems so you need to be able to remain calm and in control until you can safely land and address the problem.

I learned to control my reactions due to constantly being startled by bystanders walking up behind me unannounced during my flights. I really do believe a few of them were purposely trying scare me into crashing. They never succeeded at least, but it did get my heart rate up a few times.

2) What happened to your Tx's screen? Looks like it's seen much better days. Does it even still work? If not, how are you able to setup your helis if you can't see input values?

Just curious.

Mellisa

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07-13-2017 07:12 PM  14 days agoPost 11
heliraptor10

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Lol.
That's just a weird reflection.

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07-13-2017 08:05 PM  14 days agoPost 12
Chris Bergen

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Only suggestion I would offer is to never fly alone... Things besides a wayward bug can go wrong and that other person may just save your life...

Chris D. Bergen

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07-16-2017 06:02 PM  11 days agoPost 13
heliraptor10

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+9000 Chris

I started flying 450 size helis and flew alone because I was nervous about hitting someone.

That was a mistake,
I never paid for it. But when I got into the bigger birds it became obvious that flying a alone is a serious safety risk.

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07-22-2017 03:51 AM  6 days agoPost 14
EEngineer

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Never accidently step on a fire ant mound.....

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07-26-2017 02:40 AM  2 days agoPost 15
doorman

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Fire Ant Mounds

Those little buggers are about as mean as it gets!!!!
Haven't got into one flying, but I have around the yard... definitely paying a lot more attention now....
Lot of good info in this thread....

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07-26-2017 03:11 AM  2 days agoPost 16
EEngineer

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I accidently stepped on one....was flying a pattern plane.....

When they starting biting, I had to endure it while setting up for final and then land....

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07-27-2017 07:39 PM  9 hours agoPost 17
tek18x

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Hahaha this was great thank you for this

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