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03-29-2005 11:17 PM  13 years agoPost 1
rookie5

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Harlow, Essex - United Kingdom

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hi its my first time posting and i just wanted to know what things i should learn next as i can hover my heli and i am trying to hover it side ways on to me. ive tried doing a circut but i cant do them yet but i nearly can.
anyone help ??

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03-29-2005 11:33 PM  13 years agoPost 2
dgshaffer

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I've been doing square boxes leaving the tail alone and trying to become as stationary as possable at the corners. Try this and it'll point out your weak areas really quickly. Picking up and setting down nose in has also taught me a lot.

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03-29-2005 11:44 PM  13 years agoPost 3
pcliftonjr

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Phoenix, AZ

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Here's what I did:

Tail-in hover

Once I could keep it still...I moved it around:

Hover forward 10ft, back to center
Hover left 10ft, back to center
Hover right 10ft, back to center
Tail-in small circles

Now turn it about....:

Tail-in hover to side in right, back to Tail
Tail-in hover to side in left, back to Tail

Once I could hold a stable Tail/side hover, I moved on to slow forward flight...:

Tail Hover, turn right....go forward slowly about 10ft and bring it back. You can either do a tail drag or do a 180 and fly it back (The 180 is the goal, it's called a Lazy 8)

Do the same to the left....

Once you can safely complete the above, start practicing Nose-in...

Final note, If you don't have a SIM get one. Practice about 10-20 mins a day minimum on these basics. Good Luck!!

Paul

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03-30-2005 11:49 PM  13 years agoPost 4
darkfa8

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Brick, NJ - USA

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hey Paul, thanks for the flying schedule of sorts

unfortunately my instructor friend is moving far away by about 300 miles so.. I'm moreorless on my own and don't trust anyone else to touch my heli.

About 6 tanks ago I took off the hula-hoop, put on a lower profile/wide landing gear for my Hawk and felt confident enough to hover around without the training gear. I wound up flying it safely and controlled with nice soft, on-command landings.

Today I went out and flew two tanks and kinda got a bit more used to dealing with a headwind and at one point had the heli swooping up to about 30'-40' .. despite me getting a lil panicky I kept control, kept it stable and eased off the throttle to get it down to a more comfortable level and gave throttle as the wind dropped out so I didn't plummet into the grass.

I think worked at moving the heli forward a bit and then bringing it back. Then was very successfull at moving it in a hover side to side by 10'-15'.

Overall, I've become much better at "placing" the heli where I want it and keeping it under control. I'm looking to refine all that so hopefully I can have a rock solid hover.

While I was out at the park doing all this I had several little kids asking me all kinds of questions. One offered to carry the heli back to my work stand Another older guy came buy and he's apparently now interested in buying a heli.. a Hawk of course :P

He wants me to help him learn lol .. heck, I'm still novincial with only 2 gallons through my machine.

Hey Don, let's get together and work on some stuff

- Dan Goldstein
Team Revolectrix

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03-31-2005 12:38 AM  13 years agoPost 5
yugi

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Maryland

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You should learn what I call “4 point hover” which is tail-in, sides, nose-in. After that, I would get into FF. After that, learn to AUTO!!


Yugi

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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03-31-2005 12:57 PM  13 years agoPost 6
darrens

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United Kingdom

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As Yugi says, the most important thing is to lean orientation in any direction. Progress from tail in hover to side on and to nose in. You should be comfortable in all orientations at the hover before you do FF. If you are not and you fly away from yourself, you will find it even more difficult at distance so get this sorted in the hover first.
Hope this helps.
P.S. Buy a sim, it helps loads.

He who dies with the most toys is the winner!

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03-31-2005 01:13 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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rookie5 Welcome to RR this may help


http://www.littlerotors.com/flyinglessons/hovering.asp

.

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03-31-2005 07:14 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Gary

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Crosby, Texas

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Rookie5,

One of the best things I learned was at Curtis Youngbloods school. It's called the hovering T. Basically you make a T shape and when you can put the heli in any orientation and do the T with it, you will have practiced what you need to have just about every orientation down pat. Not to say that you don't fly anything but the T, but you use it to practice instead of just flying around. I've been working on it since I got back fro mthe school and it's helped my flying a lot. I've been flying helis for not quite 8 months and after practicing the Hovering T for at least a couple flights every day that it doesn't rain I am now flying backward, nose in, inverted forward flight, and just started working on inverted autos.

In the last couple of days I've started working on the T inverted and that will help me move on to inverted backward flight.

"Who said obsession was a bad thing"

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