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11-21-2006 04:23 PM  11 years agoPost 1
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What happens to heli pilots when they either:

A. Learn all the tricks in 3-D

B. Reach a point where the learning curve flattens out?

I am asking, because I wonder how I will respond. I don't know if I'll ever get to A, more likely B, and then what?

I can tell already that I become bored quickly. The new move that was challenging last week is boring this week. So I press on and try new things, and that is great, but eventually I'll master it all (yeah, right), or become frustrated because I cannot progress further.

Is that when you start buying more helis, or gassers, or scale, or some other aspect of this hobby, because it is no longer all about the flying?

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11-21-2006 04:32 PM  11 years agoPost 2
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I think it's actually the other way around, it is all about the flying that keeps you in the hobby. The "young guns" that are coming up are all about getting better than the other guy and impressing people ect ect. That has no staying power. You have to love helis and love to fly them period, whether or not you are doing 3D or just casual flying. Who cares if you can do piroflips on the deck or just do figure eights, as long as you ENJOY what you are doing, then you will stick with it.

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11-21-2006 04:48 PM  11 years agoPost 3
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But what about the challenge? I think that is what keeps me interested.

To be honest, what I really want to do is fly full scale. Standing on the ground with a box in my hand is a substitute. Due to family and financial reasons I will not fly full scale helicopters.

Time will tell if I am one of the young guns you mentioned. I sure hope I stick with it

But be honest, aren't most of us always pressing the limits, trying new things?

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11-21-2006 04:54 PM  11 years agoPost 4
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I think there are different kinds of people that want different things.

Some are more than happy being able to fly a circuit and others want the full 3d schedule at 3' under the belt, one thing that seems to remain common is the love of helis.

Once you have the full 3d schedule under your belt perfect, you compete!!! There will always be someone to beat at or above your level, as your progressing, so are they

Re-entering the atmosphere...

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11-21-2006 05:13 PM  11 years agoPost 5
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In the beginning, learning to hover is a challenge. Then forward flight. Then stall turns, loops, rolls, autorotations, pirouettes, all are challenging. Getting bored? Try it all backwards - brand new learning curves. Getting bored again? Try it all inverted - then inverted backward. And that is all just basics - throw in fancy 3D type moves and start learning again. Even for a fast learner it can keep you interested for quite a while. Think you have learned it all? Try to do it really well. (What do I mean by that? Take my loops for example. I have been able to do them for over a year now. Have I ever done a really round one? Maybe, but if I did it was random chance.)

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11-21-2006 05:31 PM  11 years agoPost 6
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I am just getting into FF, so have a loooong way to go. Years I'm sure. But eventually I'll reach a plateau. Just curious how some of the very accomplished fliers here deal with that.

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11-21-2006 06:19 PM  11 years agoPost 7
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A. Learn all the tricks in 3-D

B. Reach a point where the learning curve flattens out?

I am asking, because I wonder how I will respond. I don't know if I'll ever get to A, more likely B, and then what?

I can tell already that I become bored quickly.
(A) if you have all the tricks down then you'd be bored and apparently you stop when you get bored
(B) Yes, the learning curve flattens out. You will have to repeat the figures more and more times on the sim because they get harder and harder to get down. I guess at some point the sim will bore you and you stop

I think (A) will not happen, there is always a harder trick.
(B) is more the real problem. I think most flyers like you quit at that point. Only the ones that have an eye even for the smallest advances can keep going. Competition is one way to do that but not everyone likes that. I expect that stick bangers are bored earlier, because an exact flying style takes so much longer to reach good levels at

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11-21-2006 08:10 PM  11 years agoPost 8
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Pick out your Headstone..

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11-21-2006 08:19 PM  11 years agoPost 9
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you stay away from me lucky charms!!!

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11-21-2006 09:26 PM  11 years agoPost 10
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Take a break, i did for 12 months, its funny how the rush comes back!

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11-21-2006 09:39 PM  11 years agoPost 11
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Droid is it like riding a bike, or did you have to learn again?

I'm just having fun and enjoying the hobby, but I do think down the line when I make purchases.

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11-21-2006 09:48 PM  11 years agoPost 12
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Always better than learning to ride a bike!!

I found it did me more good than harm, i had been pretty full on with the hobby for 2 years so the break did everyone some good, but never forgot a damn thing (slight amount of rust had started to form ), first flight out after 12 months and straight into grass cutting mode!

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11-21-2006 09:51 PM  11 years agoPost 13
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Two Left Thumbs - your original post implies that the capabilities of helis and pilots is finite. It isn't. As the top pilots improve, the manufacturers also have to improve their machines. The pilots can then push them further and so on and so on. A pilot may well hit a plateau as most do before working loose and progressing further. As one progresses, it also challenges ones own characteristics such as self discapline, the ability to be constructively analytical, staying power, questioning and understanding ones objectives and motives etc.
The heli 'thing' is unique inso much as it has limitless boundries in most of its facets.

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11-21-2006 09:59 PM  11 years agoPost 14
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Exactly when your fingers are cold from flying you can come here and warm them up on a keyboard! My typing skills have never been so good!

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11-21-2006 10:39 PM  11 years agoPost 15
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I agree Yug, it is limitless, but my skills are not necessarily so.

I'm not trying to be a downer, just asking if people stick with it or tend to move on after a while. Right now I'm flying/reading/thinking about helis way too much, wondering how long I can sustain it

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11-21-2006 10:47 PM  11 years agoPost 16
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At least 18 more months!!

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11-21-2006 10:58 PM  11 years agoPost 17
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Oh, OK, thanks Droid. I'll mark my calendar!

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11-21-2006 11:17 PM  11 years agoPost 18
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I agree Yug, it is limitless, but my skills are not necessarily so.
Well I don't reckon my skills are neither, but I'm addicted to the whole heli thing. There must be a medical term to describe this condition

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11-21-2006 11:49 PM  11 years agoPost 19
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Everyone has some down time, recently i was feeling VERY negative about the whole hobby to the point i thought about selling up and doing something else instead.

The guys on RR gave me a bit of a reality check, told me to just go flying for the sake of enjoyment and not goal seeking or advancement

Re-entering the atmosphere...

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11-22-2006 12:07 AM  11 years agoPost 20
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The guys on RR gave me a bit of a reality check, told me to just go flying for the sake of enjoyment and not goal seeking or advancement
Best piece of advice i've heard in a long time on RR!!

I'd agree 100%

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