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03-06-2012 02:38 AM  6 years agoPost 3321
3DManA1

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Lots of positive feedback
We've sure been getting a lot of positive feed back concerning boot camp. Going back to basic's is a great idea. I've actually been practicing on the sim and it's not easy. This is going to be a great learning experience for all involved. I feel it's going to be mind blowing. I've never seen it done before as a group. This is something world class pilots are always working on. Yes... It's one of my secrets and were going to take it to the next level.

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03-06-2012 02:08 PM  6 years agoPost 3322
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For the Thunderbirds who what to practice on the sim.
We have called this the 3D Basics section, but don't underestimate how difficult some of the following maneuvers are. Time spent on these, working on good positioning and all orientations (to avoid becoming handed) is time well spent.

 
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Hovering "T" So you think you can hover ???(Part1)

I often get asked 'What is the hardest trick I can do??'. My reply is usually, 'The hardest thing I have learnt to do is HOVER 'properly''. I then explain the importance of being able to Hover in ALL Orientations for 3D flying.

So to improve my own hovering skills I followed the advice of Curtis Youngblood from his Q&A book. This involves the Hovering T.

Picture shown in the BIRDS EYE VIEW

1 - Start with the model in a stationary hover in-front of you, tail-in.
2 - Then move out to the right (slowly, this is a hovering maneuver remember), while keeping the nose pointing north at all times. After about 5-10m stop the sideways motion and bring the model back into the hover. You will now be looking slightly side-on to the model.
3 - Bring the model back towards the middle by moving the model left and then into a stationary hover.
4 - Now move the model forwards about 5-10m, then bring the model back into the stationary hover.
5 - Bring the model back towards the middle by moving the model backwards and then into a stationary hover.
6 - Now move the model left about 5-10m, then bring the model back into the stationary hover. You will now be looking on the opposite side of the heli from (Part2).
7 - Bring the model back towards the middle by moving the model right and then into a stationary hover.
8 - Land and take a breather.

In this example the nose is on a constant heading, north all the time.

The idea now is to start with the nose pointing west, then east, then south (nose-in) and perform the hovering T with each of there variants.

I also found it useful to make the T into an E as shown by the dotted lines. I found this gave an extra challenge.

You could also but some cones/flags on the ground, in a T, so that you have points to stop over, like the FAI boys.

What you are looking to achieve is a consistent height and speed throughout the complete maneuver. If your height or speed starts to wander at a particular point of the maneuver, you have just found a weakness in your hovering that you can now work-on.

That is the main reason for doing the Hovering T, it will show up your weaknesses as well as improve your hovering.

My little motto, 'The secret to flying a heli, is being able to hover it'

       
  Hovering T - Inverted So you think you can hover ??? (Part2)

Perform the above Hovering T, but this time inverted

Once you can perform the Hovering T, Normal and Inverted in the 4 orientations, it is safe to say, you are well on the way to becoming an advanced 3D Flyer.  
       
  Hovering T - Pirouetting So you think you can hover ??? (Part3)

Perform the above Hovering T, but this time pirouetting (left and right rotation), normal and inverted

Hang on a second, this isn't very Basic anymore, but you get the idea. The hovering T can really help you develop your orientation of the Heli.  
       
  Hovering T - Metronoming So you think you can hover ??? (Part4)

Perform the above T, but this time Metronoming. The list of orientations is HUGE for this one.

Hang on a minute, we've gone even further past the basics now.  

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03-06-2012 03:52 PM  6 years agoPost 3323
3DManA1

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T Formation
Sorry cant post picture If interested let me know and I will e-mail pic of T-Formation.

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03-06-2012 04:45 PM  6 years agoPost 3324
3DManA1

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Cones
I was wondering if anyone had some cones?

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03-06-2012 06:13 PM  6 years agoPost 3325
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Wondering
Wonder if we can get this thing sponsored?

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03-06-2012 07:02 PM  6 years agoPost 3326
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Nick Maxwell went with Thunder Tiger.

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03-06-2012 07:18 PM  6 years agoPost 3327
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Another sponsored Rep...
Another Thunderbird may become a sponsored Rep. Just more good news for the Thunderbirds.

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03-06-2012 07:34 PM  6 years agoPost 3328
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What's next for the T-Birds

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03-06-2012 09:47 PM  6 years agoPost 3329
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Hard work is starting to pay

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03-07-2012 01:05 AM  6 years agoPost 3330
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That`s better!

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03-07-2012 01:12 AM  6 years agoPost 3331
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Check this out

Watch at YouTube

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03-07-2012 01:23 AM  6 years agoPost 3332
3DManA1

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Very interesting hey Schulz. Vee need more experimentation.

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03-07-2012 01:33 AM  6 years agoPost 3333
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Hey 3DMan
I do have cones. If you need them give me a shout. I've been working with other contacts and things are starting to gel together for the Thunderbirds club. Hard work does pay off.

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03-07-2012 02:05 AM  6 years agoPost 3334
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We'll need the cones. We only need four.

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03-07-2012 02:16 AM  6 years agoPost 3335
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I have 3 cones for the boot camp training. I'll keep looking for more.

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03-07-2012 03:51 AM  6 years agoPost 3336
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Thanks Pete
yes we'll need the cones

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03-07-2012 04:34 AM  6 years agoPost 3337
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Pete, what size cone do you have.

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03-07-2012 05:04 AM  6 years agoPost 3338
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What color are your cones?

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03-07-2012 01:15 PM  6 years agoPost 3339
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I was going to ask another question about the cone. Have we covered the cone questions? I like the little soccer cones.

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03-07-2012 01:32 PM  6 years agoPost 3340
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I also like the big road cones.

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