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04-06-2013 11:33 PM  6 years ago
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EMSPilot

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should I start again?
Hi All. I am a full scale heli pilot working a EMS gig in deep south texas. Flying EMS means I have a lot of time on my hands. (EMS = Earn Money Sleeping) I used to fly nitro helis years ago. i.e. Raptors, ergos, xcel etc. I have been out of the hobby for a long time and have been recently thinking I need a hobby to keep me busy in between calls. I was toying with the idea of RC cars (more specifically a 1/5th scale Baja racer to play with) but then started thinking about getting back into RC helis. I know the technology has changed quite a bit over the last decade or so and I was thinking about an electric heli. I have a friend with a TRex and to be honest, while doing some searching on the net, the blade 550 caught my attention. I would also like to get a simulator to get my RC chops back and hopefully move into more advanced flying. When I flew nitros, I never accomplished full 3d however I was able to fly upside down, nose in etc. Basically a intermediate pilot at best. But I would like to get more advanced. I do have many big areas to fly as my home base is located on a small airport and most of my work over bases have large areas to play while I work as well. So what do you all think? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
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04-06-2013 11:43 PM  6 years ago
wrongler

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Sim is a great Idea, I would start there and get more info on more helis you might be willing to try.Bill Whittaker
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04-06-2013 11:48 PM  6 years ago
pH7

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Also, if you can find a local club with heli pilots, you can see some of the newer helis in person and talk to other pilots about the pluses and minuses.
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04-07-2013 12:57 AM  6 years ago
JasonJ

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Not only has the hobby changed but the level of information you can get has changed as well. Just since I started in 07 it is amazing how much you can research on the interwebz before spending cash. Finding and getting with other heli flyers in your area would be helpful as well. It is tempting to say to look for local clubs but unless it is a heli club it would be grumpy old plane flyers, not helpful at all.

The Blade 550 heli you are talking about is very new so it's problems have not been fully flushed out. What you could do is get a brushless mcpx and a good transmitter, DX7s minimum or a dx8 (I hate the dx6i and it is quickly outgrown). The bl mcpx flies awesome and is cheap to own. It literally is a real world flight sim. After that you can move on to bigger helicopters.
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04-07-2013 01:20 AM  6 years ago
mustang67ford

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What is "years ago"; when did you get into helis and then out? Heck, raptors are still the way to go IMO; did you keep any of your stuff? If you were able to fly like you said, it should't take you much to get back.Team HeliProz - Retired
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04-07-2013 01:22 AM  6 years ago
Dave Willis

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EMSPilot
In 1979 myself (EMT) and a good friend of mine Mike Ellis (Paramedic) learned to fly GMP Crickets while on shift at our local Ambulance Service. We did our building on the pool table and flew in the parking lot. When raining or cold we'd pull the ambulances outside and hover in the bays. I remember Mike flying into the side of the nursing home next door. It's not pretty watching heli parts flying out from under an ambulance I slid under parked in the parking lot.
We had Blast

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04-07-2013 01:22 AM  6 years ago
Dan Minick

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i think the blade 550 is a bit overpriced for a "blade". if you want the 550 size consider a Synergy E5 parts fit and finish is second to none. and you can still fly with just a single 6s battery
if you have flown helis before my i think you may be wasting your time with a micro as in my personal experience you will quickly outgrow. unless its indoor flying your after
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04-07-2013 02:25 AM  6 years ago
JasonJ

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You don't outgrow the brushless mcpx. There are micros and there is the brushless mcpx. That plus a lawn equals awesome damage free flying and it does well in light winds.
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04-07-2013 02:33 AM  6 years ago
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sure why not IF you have the time, money AND the patience because you need lots of the last......    ▲
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04-07-2013 05:08 AM  6 years ago
Einzelganger

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http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXCRFJ&P=MLI love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman
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04-07-2013 01:07 PM  6 years ago
doorman

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Good Link
Einzelganger, that is a good looking "rappy", and I would bet it would fly fine too... but did you look at the accessory page...
$200.00 for one 6s battery, and then they are showing a 4.8 volt Nickel Metal battery

He said that he has a buddy with a t-rex...and I am not knocking any of the others out there... but I have found that the instruction manual is now as good as they get... and if you follow the directions to the letter, you will have a well set up heli RTF right off your building bench... and parts are a lot more available and easy to get from a heli specialty shop...plus his buddy can help him along with it also...
I would suggest a T-rex 600 set up with 12s... this would get him back on the saddle and he can go from intermediate pilot to full on 3D if he likes and still staying with the same heli..
The 12s set up, might be an adder.. since I have not looked at kits for some time now (whats available) but it does open all of the doors that he is looking for...
Good Luck and welcome back to the hobby/ADDICTION... Just Go For It!!!!

Stan
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04-07-2013 01:52 PM  6 years ago
Daved Gutierrez

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I would pass on the rc truck idea, you will get bored with it fast. Simulator is a most and definitely the best investment you can make. With the power of electric helis now days, I would recommend a single 6S heli, good options are the Gaui X5, Synergy A5, Goblin 500 or Trex 550, welcome back and good luck!
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04-07-2013 09:06 PM  6 years ago
EMSPilot

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Thanks for the reply everyone. very helpful stuff. I do think I will get a sim. Anyone recommend a good one? I am guessing realflight is still king? Is there one that will teach you stick movements for 3d? Also, I do like the goblin 500. Is there a good place to buy it? I couldn’t find it on heliproz site. One more thing. Radios; I was always a JR fan, however what do you all think of the Futaba? JR from what I remember was always super easy to program. But the Futaba FASST stuff looks very cool.
Thanks again for all your help.

As far as heli clubs, im going to pass for now on that. I don’t think I am that much of a beginner that i need help, also my job takes most of my time and that is where I will do most of my flying anyways. My lifestyle does not allow for me to be traveling to go fly in a specific area to fly. So thanks again for all the advice and support.
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04-07-2013 09:40 PM  6 years ago
nitrojunkie

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Realflight is not bad I have it and Phoenix 4. For Heli training Phoenix hands down.Plus you can use a JR or Spektrum transmitter with it. Not a DX7S though.I got the Phoenix this past Christmas and love it. I started in helis years ago myself and am getting ready to fire it up again and for the most part start over.I bought a Raptor 30 v2 got to hover tail in really good but then life got in the way. I put 2 gallons of fuel through it and stopped flying.The last time I got it out I laid it over and wiped out the rotor blades.I just finished going through it and checking everything out for its first fire up in 2 years hopefully this week. I did finally join the AMA and a local club to take it as far as I can. We have a lot of heli guys in the club that are really helpful. Good luck with your return.I love the smell of nitro in the morning..
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04-07-2013 09:53 PM  6 years ago
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EMSPilot, try HeliDirect, Experience RC or A Main Hobbies if you're interested in the Goblin. Welcome back to the hobby!~Jenni Alderman, AMA # 640475
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04-07-2013 09:59 PM  6 years ago
MartyH

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Simulator for sure. Great place to start.
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04-07-2013 10:21 PM  6 years ago
stubbs

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I am a full scale heli pilot working a EMS gig in deep south texas.
Where exactly in "deep south Texas"? You might be close to Ron Lund/Heliproz South territory in Corpus. I flew with Ron years ago while in Corpus for Navy flight school. Great guy and he's HUGE in the heli sport/business now. He was barely starting out back when I knew him. If you're close, he won't steer you wrong with equipment and he'd be a great guy to fly with. Although I'm not local anymore, I still buy stuff from him all the time.

Also, the new 2.4Ghz radio gear and electric helis are fantastic. I, too, took a break for a long time from flying nitro helis and planes. I've been 100% electric since getting back in and don't miss nitro (expense, having to find it locally, the mess, etc) one bit. The performance on most modern 3D capable electric helis is absolutely unreal.
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04-07-2013 11:03 PM  6 years ago
Einzelganger

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Welcome back to nitrojunkie as well.
I want to put in a plug for RealFlight 6.5 here. Phoenix might be better...., maybe, I've never tried it. Many love it. RealFlight flies exactly like my Raptors when it is set up the same. I spent several hundred hours on the sim before I ever spooled up the real blades.
Also, a +1 to Futaba. I use the 8FGH super and honestly, the learning curve was steep for me. Now that I've just about got it down, it is an amazing and flexible radio. I got it knowing that it was set up for the CGY750 gyro and it works very smoothly with it.
I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman
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04-08-2013 02:24 AM  6 years ago
jschenck

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Since you are an accomplished rc pilot I'd suggest getting a blade 130x. It'll be a good size for an airport hanger with minimal risk to any equipment in that hanger.
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04-08-2013 02:38 AM  6 years ago
RyanW

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EMS- how close are you to Corpus?-Ryan
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