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05-24-2007 03:57 AM  13 years ago
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TDriver

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Learning auto`s
How many of you had boom strikes and or crashed when learning how to auto?
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05-24-2007 03:59 AM  13 years ago
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only had one
Practice, practice, practice
Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!
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05-24-2007 05:43 AM  13 years ago
RonHill

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Auto? Not much at all , I think I dented one boom.

Now, Inverted auto? Well that is a different story. I have broken 2 sets of landing gear, and dented the boom a few more times on my EVO and broke a tail blade and tail fin on my Vigor.

But they are fun as heck.
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05-24-2007 01:34 PM  13 years ago
w8qz

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I've blade struck my R 30 (3) times so far due to autos - 2 were deliberate attempts, one was a 'whoops, out of fuel'. Before the last one, I did have a couple sucessful ones. Taking me a long time to learn the split-second timing it takes. Autos with this 30 scare me - it's like trying to bring a falling brick to a hover!"The helicopter is much easier to design than the aeroplane, but is worthless when done. W. Wright"
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05-24-2007 01:52 PM  13 years ago
wilko1

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Loads, untill you tighten up the main blades.hay presto. No more boom strikeswill work for fuel
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05-24-2007 02:15 PM  13 years ago
SPB

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I had only one boom strike while learning normal autos and one crashed heli while learning inverted autos
Sotiris
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06-02-2007 05:45 PM  13 years ago
djsegler

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Best way to learn autos?
I'm a newbie - been flying for a year (off and on only about 4 gallons worth) and a full year before that on the sim exclusively...

I can auto all I want on the sim - but flying the real thing is a little different and that combined with the "pucker factor" has kept me from ever practicing autos for real...

Any suggestions on the best way to learn while minimizing chance for any damage? Do I just suck it up and go for it?

I've read that some people will actually set the throttle hold point fairly high and start practicing that way. Each time, gradually reducing the throttle hold point until it happens to be near idle... and presto, autos don't seem so hard anymore.

Any other techniques or recommendations for me to try? I know I need to learn this asap.

Thanks!
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06-02-2007 06:49 PM  13 years ago
helicrack

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I balled it up my first day learning autos but it was because the belt broke and I freaked. You know the rest.".........said the joker to the thief"
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06-02-2007 11:19 PM  13 years ago
crphillips

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I've never had a problem. First time i auto'd was due to engine failure and i was suprised how easy it was. The main thing is checking your heli is set up correctly for it.

djsegler

If your wanting to practise auto's safely then instead of setting throttle hold to idle keep a little power on. Also increase your headspeed as this will give you more momentum in your blades. Auto's are great fun!
Smoke me a kipper, i'll be back for breakfast
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06-02-2007 11:37 PM  13 years ago
adamsz06

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I've been practicing on the sim for several months, and doing a lot of "baby autos" with success, so tomorrow, if conditions are favorable,(might have to put my balls in a case to be sure I bring them with me...:eek, I'm going to try my first. I hope the heli-gods aren't in need of sacrifice tomorrow...wish me luck.

Adam
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06-03-2007 12:56 AM  13 years ago
JWatson

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good Luck ADAM!

I will be there cheering you on!
Jarrett Watson
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