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06-07-2009 12:49 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Hamo

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Hi, I have only recently started flying inverted, and nearly had a crash on Friday when I inverted in normal mode, forgetting to switch to idle up. Luckily the heli was about 100 feet up, so I was able to turn it the right way up again. What do you guys do to make sure you are in idle up before inverting ?
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06-07-2009 12:54 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Lunesta

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One way is have a lower headspeed in non idle-up mode.That way you know your not ready to "stunt" with a low headspeed.

Once the headspeed is up,you know your ready to go.

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06-07-2009 01:00 PM  9 years agoPost 3
LaurenceGough

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Yep, done that once before in a roll.

Since then I have always lowered the normal curve quite a bit compared to idle up, this way you can hear and feel the difference.

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06-07-2009 01:19 PM  9 years agoPost 4
DarkSide41

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Set your normal mode throttle curve so it will do no more than get into a hover. You will have to switch to ST1 just to get any altitude.

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06-07-2009 01:40 PM  9 years agoPost 5
DougsRC

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Its happened to me once or twice, when you slam into the ground head first a couple of times you force yourself to remember You can also dangle a tag off your idle-up switch that says "Please flick me before doing anything Fancy"

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06-07-2009 02:10 PM  9 years agoPost 6
rcjon

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Switch to Idle 1 before take off and switch to Normal before the next start up.

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06-07-2009 02:11 PM  9 years agoPost 7
maveric4

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Guys,

Great informaton here which should help alot.

Do you have any advice that could help once in idle up mode, then flicking the throttle hold switch for an auto, then remembering to flick idle up off first before turning off hold.

how scarry will this situation be.

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06-07-2009 02:12 PM  9 years agoPost 8
JAGNZ

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Yup, different headpeeds is key. Make sure Normal is for hovering only and crank her up in Idle Up. I have never made that mistake because my curves were never close enough for them to remotely sound the same. Since I run around 2K in Idle Up she has a nasty snarl that is unmistakable there.


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06-07-2009 02:48 PM  9 years agoPost 9
duceduc

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I do that all the time.
I check the switch before I 3D the first time of each flight.
Higher headspeed is a good reminder but there are days you might not pay attention.

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06-07-2009 02:50 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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One way is have a lower headspeed in non idle-up mode.That way you know your not ready to "stunt" with a low headspeed.
Thats the way i do it and you never forget then that your not ready to go. I also have the pitch curves set that when im hovering and i switch from normal to idle up one and idle up two the heli remains completly level so it doesnt jump up or down on you. It takes a while to achieve this but its worth doing. Mabey thats the way you guys do it anyway.

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06-07-2009 02:53 PM  9 years agoPost 11
DougsRC

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As a habit I fly in idle-up ALL the time now, lift it up 5 feet and flick, not only is it good for stunts but also very windy conditions were some negative pitch will help you plow thru Updrafts---just gives you more control overall.

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06-07-2009 02:57 PM  9 years agoPost 12
philthewrench

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I only use normal mode to spool up the heli. I switch to idle-up before liftoff (+/-10@1750) and use idle2(+/-10@1950) as my "idle-up" so to speak.

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06-07-2009 02:57 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Steve91T

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I did that a couple of times with my TREX 450. Now with my Raptor 30, I only fly in idle up.

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06-07-2009 03:42 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Hamo

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I am wondering if it's possible to install some kind of indicator on the heli which will show if in idle up ????
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06-07-2009 03:44 PM  9 years agoPost 15
LONEWOLF2440

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I always fly in idle up

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06-07-2009 03:51 PM  9 years agoPost 16
helidevil

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i once rolled over with my 250 and its suprising how much energy it retains! i was able to flip it back over again luckly enough!

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06-07-2009 03:56 PM  9 years agoPost 17
TOSH

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Normal mode for spool up
ldle up for flying
Throttle hold for landing

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06-07-2009 05:52 PM  9 years agoPost 18
Heli_KV

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Why at all to spool up in normal mode? I use it only for tuning. Sometimes I set pitch to 0 in normal - so I cannot lift off at all.

Slow start at ESC and here we go. Spool up in Idle-up.

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06-07-2009 05:53 PM  9 years agoPost 19
Ronald Thomas

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Hamo
If you have an electric, spool up in idle 1. If you fly nitro, make your normal mode % just high enough to get the heli light on the skids but not fly. Then you HAVE to switch into Idle up to get it off the ground........Ron

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06-07-2009 05:55 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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laughingstill
well said!

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