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11-07-2005 06:36 PM  14 years ago
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ariel

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complete newbie to rc and g3
I have just started using Real Flight G3 and have been bumbling my way thru it. To date I have about 6 hrs on it and after destroying millions of virtual $'s of virtual helis I am now able to fly with a fair degree of confidence, my virtual repair bill is down to about 50k per session. I am able hover tail nose and left facing and am able to keep the heli in about a 3 heli area. Right has been problematic, but that could just be my left handed bias. i find that once I start to lose the heli in hover its like trying to steady a plumb bob on a bungie cord in a hurricane. Because the supplied documentation is rather sparce and assumes a certain level of knowledge I have been left with a number of questions. Even their on line flt. manual is confusing as the pages in the index do not correspond with the actual pages.

With regards as to the controller, as a complete beginner what flt. mode should I be in? I have tried all 3 and do not find a great deal of difference between them. What about the pitch position knob, or perhaps it is finding what I am comfortable with.

Does the switch in the upper front left do any thing or is it just for planes?

I only have a 15" LCD screen and find that the heli turns into a pepper speck quite quickly an so I lose the orientation of it. I use the binoculars but then I lose my relationship with the ground. Is this just a shortcoming of a sim program and I will have to learn to compensate for it?.

I'm using a borrowed computer - 3Ghz P4 with a Radeon 9600se card - My own computer is a I-Mac G5. Has anybody run G3 on a Mac using Virtual PC?

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Les

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11-07-2005 11:07 PM  14 years ago
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Les,
Usually beginners start with just a normal flight (as opposed to an idle up) mode until you get past the hovering stage / general forward flight and want to start into basic aerobatics.There is nothing to stop anyone useing idle up modes before this ,just that you have to be careful in reality to avoid hot starts in idle up or otherwise
switching into the mode inadvertantly at any other time.So generally by leaving it until later,when a beginner needs to/wants to use idle up for aerobatics,by that time they already have a fair bit of time/experience of operating the model+radio already in normal mode,so the idle up mode/s seems less daunting and also less likely to have any operator error type mishaps .By that time though the mistake can be forgetting to be in idle up when you intended to be:-)

As far as the G3 controllor goes,with the 3 position switch furthest away from you,that is the normal mode,the two forward positions are the idle up rpms that can be set to a governed rpm.Some of the models may not have the idle up programmed up in the sim software.
A useful aid is to set the Advanced navguide display up to show the rotor rpm,with models that have the switch enabled with a governed rpm, you should see the rpm changes. In an enabled idle up mode that has an idle up curve or an rpm governor value set up, the engine will not drop back to idle at full low throttle collective stick

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Does the switch in the upper front left do any thing or is it just for planes?

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It is the dual rate mode for aileron,elevator and rudder
Some heli models may not have it setup or maybe on only one of those three axi's.Try it with the Dominion ,you should be able to see an effect
on all three with that heli
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