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HomeAircraftHelicopterMain Discussion › Can anything be done to eliminate heli's from going around in circles when in ground effect?
03-04-2008 08:49 AM  10 years agoPost 1
MyStar (RIP)

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Hey guys,

An experienced heli pilot flew my new Blade 400 this weekend. I noticed he had some trouble trying to land on my heli pad as the heli got into ground effect about a foot or two from the ground it was going around in circles... I think this is refered by some as the "toilet bowl effect". It sure does make it more difficult to land! What causes this, and should I be checking something on my heli to help make landings easier?

Don

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03-04-2008 09:11 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Breitenstein

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There's nothing you can do about it! It's plain and simple the fysics of a helicopter to behave like that because of "the ground effect". You just have to get used to it.

Jens

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03-04-2008 09:22 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Drunk Monk

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It does get alot easier with practice and you learn to correct for it as you get used to it more.


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-04-2008 01:05 PM  10 years agoPost 4
tlankford01

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Hit throttle hold and let the helicopter settle to the ground from a few feet up.

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03-04-2008 05:09 PM  10 years agoPost 5
TaleGunner

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Practice practice practice . A little thumb control and it sets down fine

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03-05-2008 12:22 AM  10 years agoPost 6
David Blain

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Copy that Tailgunner-- when you think you've practiced enough, practice more... All of us know there is something that will suprise you..... Just keep going and keep your practice up.. Hang in there!

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03-05-2008 05:36 AM  10 years agoPost 7
MyStar (RIP)

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Thanks for your feedback guys!

I'm going to make a bigger heli pad and keep practicing a little aileron to counteract that toilet bowl effect just before I pull back on the collective and set her down.

Don

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