Best Tip from Ron.....The best tip I learned from Ron was the importance of taking the model up very high and practice flipping the switch to enter AND exit throttle hold. Climb to 150 feet, start a moderate descent with some forward speed, flip the switch, descend for 50 feet and flip back out and resume flying. The model should not stop flying and everything should be smooth and gentle.
Once you get the hang of switching, start to notice how the model's characteristics change once the switch is flipped. There are many dynamic forces that change when the torque and H.P. from the engine are removed from the equation. I had previously set all my trims to match my other flight modes, but soon realized that I needed a different set of aileron and elevator trims when doing autos. Performing short autos at altitude will give you time to watch the model and determine what settings your model needs, and you don't have to worry about smacking the ground.
After a practice auto at altitude, I would flip back into normal flight, land the model and give a click or two here and there. Then fly back up to 150 feet, do another test auto, and flip back into forward flight. When the heli remains nuetral while autoing, you are set.
I didn't realize how much head speed I was killing by "flying" or making corrections to my untrimmed heli to the landing pad during autos. I would flip into hold, notice the heli was rolling or yawing, etc. and correct it. Then as soon as I release the sticks, the heli would start to roll, yaw, etc. again. Mind you that my brain was in overload mode at this point. I was fighting the heli all the way down, and had little brain power and/or headspeed left to settle into a gentle flare.
Once the heli can descend on its own, you will find that the auto is almost like autopilot, except for the flare and set down. Performing the above steps will save your metal power and head speed for the end of the auto, which is where you need it.
"Stop fighting the heli and let it do most of the work for you." Quote from Ron Lund