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03-28-2005 07:38 AM  13 years agoPost 1
harveyhugo

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I'm going to bite the bullet today and try a bit of FF. Any last minute hints and tips. What's the best way to start?

Have hovered about 20 tankfuls, the last 5 without training gear

Just hope the weather holds out, it's a bit cloudy but only a slight breeze

2 x Trex 600N, 2 x Synergy N9

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03-28-2005 07:52 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Evil_Homer

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Take it slowly, and do baby steps, couple of meters forward than bring it back, do it again, actually i think FF is easier than hovering as it is bit more stable. Also remember to feed in a little collective as you start going forward.
Adds a new dimension and brings in some excitment!

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03-28-2005 07:55 AM  13 years agoPost 3
DOKEY

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Best of luck harveyhugo hope all goes well, and you have fun.


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03-28-2005 01:56 PM  13 years agoPost 4
tailpipe

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Hi Harvey,

Sounds like your ready, but can you nose in hover? This is important in case you are flying at yourself. Remember that you can turn the heli tail in and bring it back to you. How high can you hover? This is important, so you are a least one mistake high. Your only friend will be altitude, so if you get disoriented, try to gain altitude. Most people that are new slam the throttle closed when they get in trouble which brings the heli straight down. Also try to stay aware that you have a throttle hold switch that if all else fails and the heli is out of control, you can at least minimize the damage on impact if you remember to turn it on. Good luck and happy flying.

Paul Austin

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03-28-2005 06:44 PM  13 years agoPost 5
harveyhugo

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Thanks guys

All went well, the weather was good and I did a lot of lazy 8's at a height of about 2 metres. Haven't tried a proper banked turn yet, I don't want to rush it. I'm quite enjoying taking my time and pacing myself.

Just operating currently just outside my comfort zone, just to keep the adrenaline pumping.

Trying to avoid any nose-in at the moment, only really got myself in that situation once today. Can fly nose-in on Reflex semi-ok but definately require more practice.

Managed to hydrolock my OS50 today, not sure how, first time it has happened and didn't have my plug spanner, duh!!!!! Managed to get the fuel out with some improvisation

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03-28-2005 06:46 PM  13 years agoPost 6
orlee008

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think of it this way, if you can fly a plank then you can FFF... the heli will have plane like characteristics when flying forward so you shouldn't have much of a problem keeping up with it. But as mentioned above, do it slowly untill you feel comfortable with it then LET LOOSE!!

orlee

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03-28-2005 07:16 PM  13 years agoPost 7
harveyhugo

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Have never flown a plank though

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03-28-2005 09:32 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Evil_Homer

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Well done and keep it up!!!

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03-28-2005 09:40 PM  13 years agoPost 9
BC Don

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If you are Hydrolocked, don't have to remove the plug. WIth my Century products I can easily reach the start shaft. I'll clamp off fuel flow and muffler pressure, then tilt the bird to the muffler side and shake it a bit while moving the start shaft a bit. Normally that'll clear all the fuel out of the cylinder. Then, run the starter with no fuel flow to blow through what might be in the crank and you should be fine.

Oh, and I always clamp my fuel feed line to the engine off before refueling otherwise I can easily hydrolock.

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03-28-2005 09:46 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Ted Toth

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harveyhugo congrats outstanding progress
Do you have a sim?
It will help with the nose in
Just keep practicing with the different orientation's
side in etc


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03-29-2005 04:36 AM  13 years agoPost 11
jjeaster222000

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Good for you, I am getting ready for that step myself and i am a bit nervios about it. But anyway congrats

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04-05-2005 01:59 PM  13 years agoPost 12
rc4stroker

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"if you can fly a plank then you can FFF "

I know that you have to be right on this point. I have been flying airplanes for more than 25 years. I have been hovering long enough to get very good at keeping it still, too still? I think I could hover it in a phone booth! My Instructors say that I need to move more left to right, with airplanes, stable was the way we wanted it. Another one of my conflicts is that I have always wanted to keep the right stick “level”. I find that when pulling down for FF, I catch myself, pull back, stop the FF, to the point of a stall, not good. I know that I am over controlling, I have trained many a plank flyer, just cannot practice what I preach. I did have two flameouts up in the air that has also made me gun-shy. I have now found that problem. On the other hand, my favorite plank-flying buddy has taken to FF like a fish to water. I am finding it hard for us to go fly together because he has advanced and I am stuck in a rut!!

Neal Hayes
Spartanburg SC

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08-16-2005 02:50 PM  12 years agoPost 13
rc4stroker

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With the help of a buddy cord and my buddy Mike I had a good morning of FF practice. We pulled the plug Saturday morning and I think I am on my way to the next level. Wish me luck!

Neal Hayes
Spartanburg SC

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