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07-22-2006 12:21 AM  14 years ago
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Clockwerks

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So anyone else find the prospect of actually getting off the ground scary?
I've had my Blade CP for about a week now. Crashed it good. Gone through about 5 pairs of blades, 2 drive gears and shafts and a landing gear. I attribute this to my eagerness to get it in the air.

After a while I realized that I was going WAY too fast. Bought myself a simulator (in the mail) and went through RADDS RC helicopter school of flying. I'm on my 9th battery so I guess I should be looking to hover in the next two.

To be honest though, while the thing is hugely exciting, the prospect of getting it into the air is also a little nerve wracking. Anyone else feel like this? Is that normal? I've got it so I can have it hover -just- barely on the training gear balls which creates quite a bit of vibration and turbulance and it would likely be easier just to bump it up that foot or so to get beyond the blade backwash but I'm really quite nervous to.

Any other newbs out there at around this stage? I'd love to hear what you've done to make that leap into the water, as it were.
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07-22-2006 12:52 AM  14 years ago
Chief_USN

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Just go with it. You are correct when you say "SCARY". Man that first hover is one small step that starts a big leap. I know when I had my training gear on my Cal-30, it would shake like crazy. So much to the point where it was making me even more of a nervous wreck. I took the gear off, and the helo was on rails. No vibes whatsoever. After that I never put them back on. I was actually more comfortable flying without them than I was with them.

Take it slow though. Don't rush it. It will save you money and you will actually learn faster because you won't be sitting on the bench broken waiting for parts. Trust me, I know. I rushed some stuff and I ended up sitting on the bench from T-Day last November to Jan2006. Luckily I had the sim to keep me from getting rusty, but it would have been better to fly the real thing and out from behind the "Little Red Button". Good Luck.

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07-22-2006 01:46 AM  14 years ago
philthewrench

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It's not getting off the ground that scares me, it metting back up with it that makes me...... Thankfull for second day air and that most amazing substance called glue!!
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07-22-2006 03:56 AM  14 years ago
Clockwerks

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I went out with a guy who started on a Blade CP and then later moved onto a T Rex, we buddy boxed it which was great. Even though it was for only a little while I learned a good deal. It's funny though, I always get a little skip watching a copter go up, even if it isn't my own...
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07-22-2006 04:04 PM  14 years ago
AlanR8

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I've been flying helis 8 years now and the first flight of the day still gets to me! My hands shake.

Just wait until you start doing aerobatics, another adrenaline rush just waiting to happen!
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07-22-2006 04:47 PM  14 years ago
camt10

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tell me about it just getting into inverted hovering all those nerves rush right backTO CRASH OR NOT TO CRASH
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07-22-2006 10:37 PM  14 years ago
AlanR8

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I find nose in inverted hovering not as scary as other stuff I try!
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07-23-2006 03:01 AM  14 years ago
bluesdr44

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Alan - I'm with you, though I've only been at it for about 9 months, and just started forward flight. I have the same issue, on the first flight or two, having the shakes, which then go away...at least until I do something like lose orientation!
Clockwerks - I dont know about the training gear on a Blade, but I had the same issue on my 50 size nitro, and it in fact, caused me to crash. The balls started vibrating, which moved throught the training gear, until the entire heli was vibrating, and in she went from about 7-10 ft off the ground. I was told to shorten the rods on the training gear (from about 4ft to 2.5ft), which did the trick by eliminating that vibration.
Getting a sim was the best move you could have done. Like fromme2u said, take your time, dont rush it...it will come.
Turn it and burn it, to learn it!
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07-23-2006 05:03 PM  14 years ago
Clockwerks

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Thanks for all the great advice guys! I got my little bird into a more solid hover yesterday than ever before. But inevitably it caught a gust of wind, shot up about 12 feet and I overcompensated with the throttle which brought her down quite speedily... Nuked a blade in half but that's about it... Lucky.

I find having the rotor RPM and the pitch on the same channel odd because it seems to compound the effect of increase or decrease in altitude. Anyone else find this is the case?
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07-23-2006 05:21 PM  14 years ago
tchavei

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you're right about the sinergy created by mixing throttle and pitch. In an ideal situation your blades should turn always at the same speed which would make sense since increasing the blade pitch increases drag and to coop with that throttle needs to be increased.

When I was starting out and since I didn't have anybody to help me out I used to use the governor to check headspeed. One thing I found out is that I was able to control the pitch easier with the governor turned on which is pretty easy to understand since your stick only controls pitch while the governor will keep the blades rotating at the same rpm.

Many people don't advocate the use of governors when learning but in my case I had no choice and that didn't stop me from learning how to program and make good throttle curves/pitch curves.

My rule is: if you think something will help you, use whatever means you have available.


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