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10-28-2006 08:28 PM  12 years agoPost 1
airwolf daz


uk /doncaster

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just wonderd if anybody flys weithout a gyro and how hard that would be??

self taught and still learning

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10-28-2006 08:39 PM  12 years agoPost 2

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we got an old guy up our field that has some really old helis that are fixed pitched and he flys them with out a gyro,
hes now got a heli with one but he can fly them with out it, he says it ant that hard but hes helis are very very old and not up to the head speeds like the ones we fly

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10-28-2006 09:01 PM  12 years agoPost 3


Cedar Rapids, IA

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Yes. RC helis existed LONG before gyros and computer-based radios. I learned to fly without gyros. Never actually installed one till I bought a Concept 30 DX and found myself fighting the tail as it was pretty sensitive. The last heli I flew without a gyro was what is now sold as the Xcell Sport Trainer -- a nice, 60 sized machine that flew very well.

All it takes is practice. Flying without a gyro is not difficult. Much (if not most) of the 3D craziness would be impossible without the heading hold gyros of today. But to go out, fly, do loops, rolls, fly inverted, piros, and other mild aerobatics -- it's entirely possible and not difficult at all.


11-05-2006 04:14 AM  12 years agoPost 4


Starlight, PA

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yup.. the first heli i grabbed the sticks of belonged to a neighbor, he actually got me into the hobby some 25 years ago or so, neither i nore the guy who owned it even knew what a gyro was back then and i yup, i remember crashing, i remember it being a handfull, but i did fly it without a gyro.. stick priority was differant i remember, i had to pay VERY close attention to the tail instead of the heli drifting.. the slightest, i mean the SLIGHTEST change in head speed, even wind gusts loading the head altered the tail speed and changed the direction, but hey.. it got me hooked

i even removed the gyro from a current shuttle i have to see if im in dumb mode now, and sure enough.. i couldnt fly it for Sh*t!! but i think im going to try again and change some tail settings and adjustments

11-05-2006 05:20 AM  12 years agoPost 5


Albuquerque, NM

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I've hovered my R50 without the gyro before. It was as stupid (doubly stupid actually!) mistake. My Gy401 was out of action due to a crash and I wanted to fly.

So, I had the bright idea of installing my old GY133 mechanical gyro in the Raptor, just to get some air time. All went well until the third flight. For some reason, I forgot to turn the gyro on before I took off (no, I don't know why I was actually turning the gyro off with it's switch when it was powered through the main switch...).

Things were a bit "squirrelly" to say the least! After I got over the "what the heck is going on here!" stage, I figured out what was going on and flew it for a few minutes (just in a tail IN hover!) just to see what it was like.

I came to two conclusions about no gyro:

1) Wind sucks.
2) Modern gyros ROCK!


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11-05-2006 08:14 AM  12 years agoPost 6



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here you go,,


Buzz Buzz Buzz

11-05-2006 09:42 AM  12 years agoPost 7

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Northumberland UK

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Give it a go

11-05-2006 07:00 PM  12 years agoPost 8
GimbalFan (RIP)


Big Coppitt Key, FL

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I'd love to see a category in heli competitions that excludes gyros, both for the precision FAI stuff and for 3D. Both types of flying would be very entertaining.


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