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11-22-2006 01:53 AM  11 years agoPost 21
Kinger

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When you get to a plateau in this hobby, you can either sit back on what you have accomplished thus far and just be happy with that or you can push yourself even harder to learn the next "new thing".

As you advance your skills, it gets harder and harder (IMHO) to get to that "next level". First you start out with hovering, then it moves to forward flight and stall turns, then you might start autos, then the next thing you know you are trying things backwards or upside down. Then wham you start trying to put things together to form things like funnels, death spirals and snakes. Next thing you know you are moving onto even more stuff like piro flips, piro loops, piro snakes and piro tic tocs. Then to make it even more interesting you try to do all of those things in a different orientation than you had previously learned them. (Clockwise piro's vs. counterclockwise piro's.) The amount of things you can work on in this hobby is virtually limitless. What it really comes down to though is how far and how hard to you want to push yourself to get there? (wherever there may be) Some folks try to get there too fast and just suffer burnout. Others don't have the desire to do all that and just learn up to hovering or forward flight and call it a day. The bottom line is, when it's not fun for you anymore it's time to move on. After 4 years of trying to learn new things, I still have desire to improve upon what I already know (not much).

It's a hobby, take it easy and don't sweat the small stuff.

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11-22-2006 02:32 AM  11 years agoPost 22
KC

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A. won't happen

B. happens at any level of flying ability.

the learning curve usually flattens out for me when I'm bored, broke, or something else has caught my interests...which all means less flying.

I rhink I have a pretty steady learning curve, everything takes too long to figure out and costs too much

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11-22-2006 04:36 AM  11 years agoPost 23
Unbalanced

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The obsession lasted a long while with me - because of the challenge. Realising based on experience just how hard it was going to be to reach the level I would like to be at, a few crashes and pressures away from the hobby has eaten a long way into the obsession.

I respect those that pore themselves into the hobby over a long period of time - I have no idea how guys like Curtis can maintain the fire as he has. I'd suggest that to avoid B. coming prematurely don't over commit yourself financially or otherwise to the hobby to avoid nasty shocks. Get the fundamentals down so you can really fly the heli rather than rely on stick timing - just like most sports getting the technique right leads to the best and most satisfying results.

Jeff

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11-22-2006 07:21 AM  11 years agoPost 24
stickyfox

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I was flying for the challenge of it, back when I couldn't hover worth a damn anyway. But since I got the hang of the controls I just fly it for fun. I haven't really been concerned about learning new tricks or flying "better." In fact, people have commented on it so I am pretty sure I am getting better. I get an even bigger kick out of flying now than I did when a set of new blades lasted 2 hours.

Last week I'd have said that I'd gone over a month without even crashing, but I took care of that this week. Several times.

There is so much to this hobby besides doing tricks that I don't think there's any risk of boredom. And if you're the type who's driven by competition, I still wouldn't worry about it. Judging from the stuff I see on youtube and google video, somebody else will always be a few steps ahead of you.

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11-22-2006 10:55 AM  11 years agoPost 25
hootowl

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I get a thrill everytime I fire mine up and lift off. I love flying.

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11-22-2006 11:22 AM  11 years agoPost 26
Yuma_Tommy

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Like Helichop said, you have to Enjoy heli's. I say,"you gotta Love it"!

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11-22-2006 12:52 PM  11 years agoPost 27
Lorents

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End of the Rainbow?
At the end of a rainbow is the ground (sorry, couldnt resist)

I am with Yug. Even if you learn it all there is always possible to do it a little better, smoother or faster. You also have the technical aspect of the hobby - there is always something you can tweak and fix on your heli to make it a little better... and if your heli is perfect there will probably be a new product out soon that makes it even more perfect.

When the learning curve flattens out it might help to take a week or two off and do something else. I think the brain needs a break sometimes when trying to learn new stuff, at least mine does... Most important is to keep having fun and enjoy it whatever level you are on. I dont think mastering a new advanced 3D manouvre gives you any more pleasure than learning to hover nose in for the first time

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11-22-2006 01:27 PM  11 years agoPost 28
scatbass

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The thing to remember is that often, we (as people) develop passions for SOMETHING, during which time you may eat, breathe, and sleep that something. Most of the people on this board have a passion for helis, and that's fine. Some people have a passion for guitar, others for cars.

If you're anything like me, that passion may change from time to time. It doesn't mean you're not disciplined or anything like that, it simply means you have a lot of interests and depending on the time of day, phase of the moon, and a number of other immeasurable factors, the "it" thing of the moment may change. Go with it. If you get bored with helis for a while and are more into something else, even if it's just for a while there is nothing wrong with that. You can always go back at any time. Don't make the mistake of trying to appreciate something just because you feel you "should". That's when it becomes no longer fun.



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11-22-2006 02:57 PM  11 years agoPost 29
PaulJC

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Once you win NATS, WORLDS, XFC, TAIWAN CUP and 3DM then I think you can call it the end of the rainbow.

Until then..keep practicing.
Even thats not the end of the rainbow, you have to do it several years in a row

Re-entering the atmosphere...

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11-22-2006 07:50 PM  11 years agoPost 30
jester4

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Most of the people on this board have a passion for helis, and that's fine. Some people have a passion for guitar, others for cars.
I have a passion for helis and cars..........man I'm broke

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11-22-2006 09:25 PM  11 years agoPost 31
eyeflyhelis

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truth is i only got into this cuase i thought it would be more fun to cut the grass with my heli than my lawn mower. i still cant do that......maybe i should buy a mower and sell my heli???

only you have the power to make no difference!

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11-22-2006 09:27 PM  11 years agoPost 32
Droid

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To be honest once you have cut the grass for the first time thereafter it becomes a chore cleaning chlorophyll and bits of grass of the blades, canopy and airframe.. it gets everywhere!!

Quotes may have been changed for my own amusement

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