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09-17-2013 02:27 PM  5 years agoPost 1
trappg

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Let’s hear about your personal techniques for honing your flying skills? I am on a personal mission to train my brain for that next level of flying. I have flown planes for years but have only been flying helis for a few months. I’ve read/heard about the basics like slow continual piros, flying a level box with nose pointing in different directions, loops, rolls etc. I go thru phases of forcing myself to fly a sim for 30 min when I can’t make it to the field but that can be monotonous. I know some of you are going to say practice, practice, practice but what techniques worked for you to reach that natural zen that made you a more confident pilot?

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09-17-2013 02:39 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Heli_Splatter

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Google Radds School of Rotary Flight

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09-17-2013 03:07 PM  5 years agoPost 3
shawmcky

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And having a really nicely set up helicopter to make hard learnt skill progression as smooth as it can be.Its hard enough without having to fight an unstable platform as well

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09-17-2013 03:08 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Stephen Born

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No money.

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09-17-2013 03:11 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Ace Dude

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Lots of practice and focusing on the mastering the basics.

  

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09-17-2013 03:11 PM  5 years agoPost 6
TurboRacer

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MCPX

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09-17-2013 03:13 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Richardmid1

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There simply is no substitute for practice.

My flying came on leaps and bounds once I got a simulator. The trick is to force yourself to go on the sim. I personally sit infront of the TV with my laptop on my lap (where it should be I guess?! ) and controller in my hands occasionally having a 5 minute break and looking up at the TV. If I get bored ill fly a different model or goof around with the settings or shoot some autos etc. etc.

The other thing is to have a real life model that is robust and cheap to repair and always have spares to hand, it helps if its a model you bought used with a tatty canopy etc.

Also helps to stick to flying the same model for as long as you can without getting bored of it.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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09-17-2013 03:14 PM  5 years agoPost 8
rcnut

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For me it was forcing myself to learn the maneuvers on the sim first, honing those skills until they were easy. Then picked one heli (a practice heli) and tried every maneuver slowly until it was easy.

The biggest break through was getting every orientation down first, then everything falls into place.

Still have timing issue with piro flips!

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09-17-2013 03:14 PM  5 years agoPost 9
jschenck

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learning to recover from flight attitudes that I wasn't comfortable with. When I learned to recover from the tail flipping 180, tail sliding skids pointing toward me (hard attitude to correct from) my flying confidence went up and I started to experiment more.

Sim time was used to learn how to correct from any bad flight attitude.

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09-17-2013 03:15 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Rsams

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Go to a Todd Bennett class. That is the best time and money spent on helis

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09-17-2013 03:17 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Craigdieslemac

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I am by far a skilled pilot, but my best learning tool is flying the heli. having a practice bird that you care nothing about helps, one that is stable and cheap to fix. I think the biggest scare is loss of orientation. Practice bail outs for those times that you lose orientation or depth perception. Sim time every day is good.. I have a sim on my ipad i use sometimes, not having a controller sucks, but it helps with reinforcing habits.

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09-17-2013 03:41 PM  5 years agoPost 12
Tyler

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Having a quality friend to fly with on a regular basis, someone who is honest, encouraging, helpful, and truly interested in your progress and their progress. Skill level is not as important as their desire to advance themselves while you improve along side them.

This will naturally foster a desire for more PRACTICE.

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09-17-2013 03:43 PM  5 years agoPost 13
BrainDrain_dx

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Wichita KS

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hands down the MCPx was the best thing that ever happened to my flying.

Worry free flying is the key to quick learning and also is huge amounts of fun.

It bridges the gap between sim and real life for next to no $$$ compared to learning on big helis.

Now replaced by the MCPx BL which I love even more.

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09-17-2013 04:12 PM  5 years agoPost 14
trappg

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All great advice so far and looks like I'm doing some of the right things. I do have an MCPX and the sim of course. I will check out some of these online recommendations for sure. Thanks, keep em coming.

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09-17-2013 04:20 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Richardmid1

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Watch videos of the pros flying, when you see a move that looks cool keep rewinding and watch it over and over till you understand it then do it on the sim but slower and slowly speed it up and make it more fluid, then do it for real!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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09-17-2013 04:20 PM  5 years agoPost 16
MattJen

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Lots of practice and focusing on the mastering the basics.

AGREE 100%

I also did attend a flight school where i was forced to master the basics, made to hover all angles in all weather and still keep the machine within a square at first, then eventually keep within a 1.2 meter circle.

then learning to fly with other people.

Matt

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09-17-2013 04:31 PM  5 years agoPost 17
red_z06

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circles, circles, and more circles.

I stopped flying for about 2-3 years and found myself not being able to do them comfortably anymore so I'm back at it again.

While these takes more work to get them back, tic-tocs, piro-flips piro-rainbows came back much much quicker.

Time to do some more circles, circles, and more circles.

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09-17-2013 06:45 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Copter Doctor

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Lots of practice and focusing on the mastering the basics.
+1
no substitute for practice.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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09-17-2013 06:55 PM  5 years agoPost 19
qraptor

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Lots of sim time practicing the boring things: bring it in to a specific orientation. Land in a tightly defined spot in a given orientation. With added wind. And added sim speed.

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09-17-2013 07:35 PM  5 years agoPost 20
wrongler

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I would have to say my flight sim has had quite a work out!

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