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HelicopterBeginners Corner › Rarely discussed important skill
04-14-2017 03:11 AM  44 days 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.

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-17-2017 08:09 AM  40 days agoPost 2
betty

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Not really understanding your meaning.

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04-17-2017 08:21 AM  40 days 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  39 days 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  38 days 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.

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-29-2017 01:29 PM  28 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  28 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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