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11-05-2004 10:53 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Lowenzahn

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Baumholder, Germany -- Also Anchorage, Alaska

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Hi! I just got the hummingbird v3 as my first ever remote controlled aircraft. I got everything set up and ready to go, but it seemed no matter what adjustments I made, the helicopter either drifts left or right, depending on what I adjust how much. What is happening is that when I apply throttle, instead of coming straight up, the heli picks up either the left or right skid first, never both at the same time. The helicopter is pretty much out of control before I even get off the ground. I used the search function and did not find anything. How do I make the adjustment so that adding throttle makes the helicopter hover? Thanks in advance!

Dan

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11-06-2004 01:19 AM  13 years agoPost 2
brooksnb

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Sussex , New Brunswick , Canada

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Sorry to be the one to tell you but that's pretty well normal...the heli constantly will need corrections to lift and hover stable...you need to learn to "fly" the heli..that's what's fun about them as well as challenging...simply applying trottle will only result in a crash. If you have a sim ...practice and get the feel for the lift off and hover before you fly the heli and crash...even better find a heli pilot to test your heli and show you a few of the basics.
It's fun to fly but not simple especially for the complete newbie.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.... Dennis

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11-06-2004 02:37 AM  13 years agoPost 3
RRuiz

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Dan
I also want to add something besides Brooksnb...
Is the gyro installed in the correct direction? It has to move opposite of the force applied.
Thanks

Roberto

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11-06-2004 04:52 AM  13 years agoPost 4
okw14

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Ditto, Dennis
Dan,

I've seen quite a few posts recently saying that the heli won't lift straight up. I know it's the last thing a new pilot wants to hear, but Dennis is right on the money. You have to continuously make adjustments with the cyclic to keep the heli stationary ... especially when first leaving the ground, due to ground effect.

Just try to keep the heli from sliding before it leaves the ground and it should come up relatively straight. The main thing to remember is not to over correct. Be gentle on the sticks.

Good luck!
Keith

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11-06-2004 06:05 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Phranque

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Lowenzahn,

If you get the opportunity, watch a real (full scale) heli. It doesn't lift off or touch down both skids at the same time. This is due to the tail rotor. The tail rotor is there to counter the torque produced from the main rotor, but it also has the effect of pushing the heli slightly sideways, so when you are hovering, the heli & rotor disk does not sit perfectly horizontal. This also means that they do not lift off straight up without input from the operator.
It takes a lot of practice just to learn how to carefully lift off, hover, and gently touch down a heli. A heli is naturally "unstable", and requires constant inputs just to hold it still. The best hovering analogy I've heard is "Learning how to balance a unicycle on top of a beach ball while juggling bowling pins." It's not easy, but the effort is worth it.

Brooksnb is correct, a simulator, and someone who knows what they are doing, will help you tremendously. Get help, otherwise you may be frustrated into quitting.

Flying a heli is like seeing the Matrix, it is a mind bending experience.

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11-06-2004 07:28 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Lowenzahn

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Baumholder, Germany -- Also Anchorage, Alaska

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Thanks for the quick replies all! Shortly after posting I kept digging around the site and found a few that said exactly what ya'll are saying, its not gonna come straight up and requires pilot input. I have a simulator on order and it should be here monday. Once I get the hang of it I'd like to get a gas powered model like the hawk sport perhaps. Thats going to be a while still by the looks of it though. I do not have the luxury of someone with experience in the area, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled. I'm stationed in Baumholder, Germany with the 1st AD at the moment. Thanks again for the advice!

Dan

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11-06-2004 12:08 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Rappy da Raptor

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Dont get a hawk sport get a Raptor 30 or 50 they are much better!!!

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