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08-08-2011 12:14 AM  6 years agoPost 1


South Africa

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Good day. Have posted this on Helifreak in the flight school topic a few days ago with no reply`s. Maybe someone here can help me?

Hi all. At the field I can do smooth, slow and fast stationary hovering piro`s(still struggle with inverted hovering piro`s on the sim), loops, rolls, flips, inverted hovering in all directions. 99% of the time I feel in control. Started doing upright backward flight which I have almost under the knee.
Am I jumping the gun by saying I want to go to inverted forward flight then inverted backward flight and then funnels?
I know I`m jumping the gun on phoenix where I have mastered upright/inverted forward/backward flight, funnels, chaos, but I stopped it a few days ago (Have about a million hours sim training). 1 Step at a time from now.
2nd question: Although my loops/rolls are smooth, I have a problem doing a loop with the wind (wind not helping me to tip over), it always look`s like a tiny baby loop or a flip. And then rolls against the wind where I always end with nose up tail down. Loops against the wind/rolls with the wind are all 100%. What am I doing wrong here?
Thanks all.

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08-08-2011 01:06 AM  6 years agoPost 2


Southern Cali, CA - USA

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Do loops till you're blue in the face. Upright, inverted, forwards and backward flight. Maintain constant size and position. Try varying the speeds. It's all in the collective. Do large figure eight style loops and transistion using 180-dgree tail swings, aileron rolls and elevator flips. Make sure you don't favor one side or the other.

Use the field called Countryside Hill on Phoenix because it always has a slight turbulence present (even if you have weather set to Dead Calm) and will really force you to pay attention to your collective.

The thing with doing big air style flying is you need to be patient and wait for the model to execute what you're asking of it. You can't get ahead of yourself. Start applying a count to your manuevers. For working large loops, try counting off the positions of the hour marks (like a clock) of the loop. There's many variations. Most of the time for a loop, I do a '1 count' for every 90 degree position, a full circle loop would be 1,2,3,4. There's musical types of variations you can apply to the count, like alter the last example to be '1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and (repeat).

There is an ideal speed for each model and you want to start getting locked onto that. You want to start harnessing the power of transistional lift. By forcing yourself to always maintain constant speed, you will become more aware of it and be able to apply it to your flying.

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