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01-15-2009 07:33 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Storm07

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Hey all Just had my first successfull hover flight that did NOT end in a crash... the damn battery ran out and I had to land! Grr Luckily I have 2 batteries charging right now

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01-15-2009 07:38 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Heli 770

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Don't let the batt run out. Time your flights so you can safely use 80% of the batt pack.

Edit: Congrats!

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01-15-2009 07:39 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Storm07

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Yeah, I did. Was making a joke about it that I was sad I had to land and that the flight lasted long enough (without a crash) to actually use the battery up Lol

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01-15-2009 07:49 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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Congrats, but be careful flying helis is addictive.

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01-15-2009 07:50 PM  9 years agoPost 5
JRjoe

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He's hooked now!!!


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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01-15-2009 07:52 PM  9 years agoPost 6
USNAviationjay

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grats man.. the hook just got set... hold onto your wallet and 401k =D

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01-15-2009 07:54 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Storm07

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Thank you all for the help. This forum is probably the best resource I have found in the RC Heli world.

I do still have the trainging gear on. Not sure how long I should leave it on before trying without it. My guess is until I am consistently landing smooth? Would make sense.

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01-15-2009 08:32 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Lojik

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when you can safely hover in all 4 orientations (tail-in, left side, right side, nose-in) I would take them off, you can take them off earlier but if your forced to land nose in its better to have them on.

Jack
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01-15-2009 08:58 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Steff Giguere

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Yes take the training gear off as soon as you are very comfortable landing.

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01-15-2009 09:00 PM  9 years agoPost 10
predatorman

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You can leave the gear on for circuits, I would...just in case you need to land in a hurry...anything that can save a spill like that should be used.

Like mentioned before, dont let the battery run out...once the heli loses a bit of power, you should be able to hear the thing powering down a little...land and put a fresh battery in.

Take your time, dont show off to your mates/family too much...cos once you crash they wont give you cash to get it fixed

Rob

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01-15-2009 09:08 PM  9 years agoPost 11
RaptorMan23

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Congrats

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01-15-2009 09:52 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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Yes take the training gear off as soon as you are very comfortable landing.
+1 Once I took the gear off I started focusing more, I guess the gear gave me a false sense of security and safety! Once it was off I focused more because.

Congratulations and welcome to your new addiction! Have fun and be safe

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01-15-2009 10:37 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Ausable

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First hoover
Hi Heli 770

I just read your answer on the battery on the first hoover how do you know when you have used 80% of the battery?
Thanks Newbie

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01-15-2009 10:45 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Heli 770

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You can take a voltage reading. At 3.80volts per cell you have 20% capacity left in the cell. If it was a 3S pack voltage would be 11.40volts.

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01-15-2009 10:59 PM  9 years agoPost 15
Steff Giguere

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We usually count on MAH. Example if you have a 3000MAH battery then you should use more than 2400MAH. You start with say a 4 minute flight and then see how much you put back in. If you only put 2000MAH back in then increase your flight time my 15 seconds and then see how much you put back in and soo forth till you use about 2400MAH. If after this 4 minute flight you put 2500MAN back in then reduce the time you fly. Hope this is clear to you.

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01-16-2009 01:53 AM  9 years agoPost 16
bjj0866

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STORM;Congrats man! keep up the good work.The FUN has just BEGUN

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01-16-2009 02:05 AM  9 years agoPost 17
Storm07

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went through 6 batteries tonight...whew no crashes... This was all hovering in my basement which is quite big. Tomorrow...we try outside...assuming my hands can move considering how cold it is Lol

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01-16-2009 02:26 AM  9 years agoPost 18
Heli 770

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Storm07
If you fly tomorrow. Keep your batt packs warm and let the Heli sit out side for about 10 minutes so the gyro acclimate it self to the outdoor temp.

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01-16-2009 02:57 AM  9 years agoPost 19
coptereddie

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Congrats - don't do like I did and spend $18K in your second year in the hobby...

I almost was paying child support to 2 WIVES (LOL)

good luck

Edwin

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01-16-2009 03:59 AM  9 years agoPost 20
GMPCOBRA

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hay copter eddie it is some times easier to ask for forgivness than permission but what do i know i dont have a wife now but i do have 19 helicopters . and my girlfriend who dose not live with me dosent seem to mind.
hay storm good job i have been flying my electric for about 3 months now and took my training gear off after the 5th or 6th flight and found it flies much better with out them. pluss when flying outside i kept getting it caught on the grass when taking off. but if your able to hover on tail in for long periods of time smoothly i would get rid of them. just my 2 cents.

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