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04-25-2002 08:01 PM  15 years agoPost 1
Dirt Dart

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Killeen, TX

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What is the best way to bring the thing down slowly with out going into a hover and coming straight down (rotor wash).

I can finally fly around in FFF and do figure 8's but I can't seem to bring it down smooth. Is there a trick to it?

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04-25-2002 08:09 PM  15 years agoPost 2
Doug

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Port Saint Luice Florida....

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If your pitch curve is correct, while flying level just reduce collective and the machine will remain level and start descending if the throttle is a bit high at zero pitch the rotor may start to speed up, this is normal, as the decent starts adjust the for and aft cyclic to control fwd speed and collective to adjust rate of decent, then smoothly reduce collective while easing in aft cyclic so that the rate of decent is arrested and fwd speed is bleed off as it comes to a stop you will need to add a lot of collective and push the nose over to maintain height, practice practise

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04-25-2002 08:09 PM  15 years agoPost 3
Phil Cole

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You fly an approach, just like aeroplanes do, except maybe steeper. An approach angle of 30 to 60 degrees is pretty typical. As you get to around 10 ft. altitude, pull back on the cyclic a little to reduce forward speed. You will have to reduce collective as well to maintain the descent rate.

If you time everything properly, you will end up just above the ground, with zero airspeed. Level off and descend gently using collective. As you get better you will judge the approach, flare and stop better, and be able to do it in one continuous flow.

Do it into the wind to shorten the amount of ground you cover, and also to avoid going through zero airspeed (remember the downwash) before you get to zero ground speed.

Apart from that it's just practice.

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04-25-2002 09:17 PM  15 years agoPost 4
Chopper

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Stow,Oh- oops, I mean St Louis, nope Stow again,

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Into the wind.

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04-25-2002 10:01 PM  15 years agoPost 5
ALuminum2

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I never know where the wind is going. It is all the same to me and I comfortably fly in 10-15 mph winds. I guess I just fly and don't worry about anything else.

I usually come down like a plane as well. I think it is cool how it can fly with very little pitch.

If you come down faster you can just turn the heli sideways and lean it against the direction. that can work if your not going max speed abd want it tail in or want to stop quickly in one spot.

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04-26-2002 12:04 AM  15 years agoPost 6
Brian Bennett

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Dugway/Tooele UT, USA

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When learning approaches I found the simulator to be a priceless tool. You might also check out Rays Heli Manual. His descriptions on flying are quite helpful.

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04-26-2002 11:31 AM  15 years agoPost 7
Virtual1

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Auto'ing is probably the smoothest way to land.

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04-26-2002 05:17 PM  15 years agoPost 8
Doug

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Be nice

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