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12-13-2004 01:01 AM  13 years agoPost 1
FDNY260

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i have read several articals that mention fai, i know it has something to do with 3D but what does it mean and what do the letters stand for? thanks.

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12-13-2004 01:03 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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Fédération Aéronautique Internationale


The World Air Sports Federation


FAI


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12-13-2004 01:11 AM  13 years agoPost 3
FDNY260

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is this something you can get certified in? can i get fai certified?

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12-13-2004 01:13 AM  13 years agoPost 4
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The FAI has a competition category for helicopters called F3C. A lot of people refer to this competition style of flying as FAI.

It's a prescribed pattern of maneuvers that place emphasis on smoothness and accuracy.

While 3D is huge in the US, F3C is MASSIVE in Japan.

Si

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12-13-2004 01:16 AM  13 years agoPost 5
FDNY260

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so when people say they have a fai machine, it basically means its setup for 3D?

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12-13-2004 01:18 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Secret Squirrel

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Nope.

It means that it's setup for stable, fast flying and precise hovering. Generally an FAI machine won't 3D that well cause they often have big fins to help with FFF stability, big heavy paddles to make them stable in the wind etc.

Si

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12-13-2004 11:59 AM  13 years agoPost 7
PaulH-MA

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F3D certainly does involve 3D flying, but hovering accounts for the majority of your points. You have to learn to set up your heli to do a little of everything instead of one thing well. Then it's up to the pilot's skill to make up for what you could not be done mechanically.

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12-13-2004 01:08 PM  13 years agoPost 8
airdodger

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First Ted gave the web site ,which you could have checked, second we were talking about F3C, not F3D. Also F3D has nothing to do with helicopters it is a designation for pylon racing. Three D flying is not yet recognized by the Federation. Chris

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12-13-2004 06:17 PM  13 years agoPost 9
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Chris,

Sorry, that was a typo from posting before I had my second cup of coffee this morning. I meant F3C.

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