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09-17-2013 07:52 PM  5 years agoPost 21
2tall

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Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA

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I found a smart phone application named "Air Check". It allows the creation of custom interactive checklists for various models and conditions. I use mine for pre-flight on all models, each with its own custom checklist.

We have a tendency to take certain routines for granted, and to imagine variables to be set properly when they are not - just from force of habit. The advent of flybarless, in some cases with GPS enabled stabilization, requires particular attention to TX switch settings that were not critical in the past. Air Check has prevented my dumb errors a couple of times now.

There is a reason why 1:1 scale pilots are checklist driven.

J

"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."

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09-17-2013 08:29 PM  5 years agoPost 22
RobertAbles

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FT. Worth, Tx.

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Flying only one machine for two years! 700N.

Long flight times are huge when learning new moves.

Same machine keeps the same feel and inputs every flight.

GAUI USA Team Pilot / Cyclone Blades / Scorpion Power Systems / MKS USA / Optipower / YS Engines

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09-17-2013 10:54 PM  5 years agoPost 23
BENTDABOOM

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west seattle

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I have a sim but it doesn't get it for me only hands on with the real thing in real situations, must get over flying planks for so many years and learn different controls, also learning how to escape from aukward crash situations. bottom line>>>>>>>>>>>getting comfortable and confident with how these things fly so its 2nd nature, just like the planks but not really.......o

CAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being

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09-17-2013 11:35 PM  5 years agoPost 24
jczankl

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AZ

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LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of 30% Nitro

GAUI/Empire
Xpert Servos
PowerMaster Fuels
YS Engines
Graupner
Castle Creations
Scorpion Motor
VTX Blades

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09-17-2013 11:36 PM  5 years agoPost 25
jackp332

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Claremont, Nh USA

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Taking the time to learn and master all of the basic skills and not being in a rush to flip n flop was the best thing that helped me. Mastering ascending and descending turns in both directions proved very worth while as well. That and a very experienced heli pilot in my club who would observe and give advice when he thought there were areas i should concentrate more on. Cant thank him enough for that.

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09-17-2013 11:49 PM  5 years agoPost 26
Dr.Tim

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Mojave Desert

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I learned from the masters .. Len Mount, Peter Wales and Al Wert. Mastering the flying was the Easy Part for me .. It was the Building and Detail that took the most work .. A Labor of Love for sure!

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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09-17-2013 11:52 PM  5 years agoPost 27
sharam

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Northern California - Fly at Morgan Hill Field

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This is a great question with many great answers here.

For me, it was the ability to fly quite far from myself. At first I was awfully scared. Little by little, I realized that I can handle the heli and can recognize various orientations at great distances. Eventually it became second nature.

I owe all of this to taking a few classes with Todd Bennett!

Verba volant, scripta manet

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09-18-2013 12:29 AM  5 years agoPost 28
hawk3319

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Sand Lake, MI - USA

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+1 what JCzankl says.
sim practice [I do at least an hour every night in front of the TV]
going to fun flys and flying with pros like JC
and of course have a good mentor

Hawk

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09-18-2013 01:59 AM  5 years agoPost 29
Luvmyhelis

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Spokane, Washington. USA

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I quit counting after 3000+ flights. 200+ different builds. And a ton of sim time. It all added up. But mostly, my thanks to the guys that I fly with for helping me through some real rough patches when a disease ravaged me. And I watched all those hard fought skills go down the toilet. Those of you that talked me out of quitting when I could no longer walk or use my hands normally. When almost lethal doses of morphene weren't cutting it. You guys gave me the will to fight back and progress again. To all of you I owe my heartfelt thanks. LMH

Old cranky heli builder

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09-18-2013 03:56 AM  5 years agoPost 30
Einzelganger

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Campbell, Texas

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Lots and lots of stick time.

Wayne

I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman

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09-18-2013 03:58 AM  5 years agoPost 31
dchekas

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Farmington, CT

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Picking a maneuver and spending 3-4 flights dedicated to it everytime I went to the field.

Team Align, Team Futaba, Team Byron Fuels, Team Thunder Power

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09-18-2013 03:58 AM  5 years agoPost 32
TMoore

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Cookeville, TN

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The secret is at the bottom of a bottle of fuel.

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Drones = EVIL

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09-18-2013 04:09 AM  5 years agoPost 33
cudaboy_71

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sacramento, ca, u.s.

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no doubt stick time. 4:1 sim to IRL for me in the early years (1-4).

but, also something that opened up the sky for me was learning all my orientations forward/backward and upright/inverted. it took a good 3 years of dedicated work to do it for me. but, as soon as there was no orientation i wasn't absolutely comfortable in, all of a sudden there was no fear in trying a new move (up high, of course). blow a move? no matter. just fly out of it and try again. very freeing knowing you won't panic and watch one spiral in out of control.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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09-18-2013 04:19 AM  5 years agoPost 34
Cowjock

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Pa.

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A combination of burning a lot of fuel in ONE heli and sim time.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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09-18-2013 04:46 PM  5 years agoPost 35
NitroSpazzz

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Knoxville, TN

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When I started flying 10+ years ago it was lots of sim time, usually an hour a night. Combined with forcing myself to burn at least one tank working on something specific when I went to the field.

Now getting back into it after 5 years off it's sim time and a nano CPx. Nano is nice because I can burn a few battery packs in the evening working on basic orientation stuff in the living room.

Blake

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09-18-2013 06:24 PM  5 years agoPost 36
3dgimble

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Rochester

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Less SIM time and more real time flying.

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09-19-2013 12:58 AM  5 years agoPost 37
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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Flying NOBAR for two years made me a much better pilot.

Fury 55 NIB Furion6 CGY750 fbl helicopter-Frenzy CGY750 fbl nitro-Frenzy fbl NOBAR90

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09-19-2013 01:26 AM  5 years agoPost 38
Retired2011

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Lee's Summit, MO

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Stick time...SIM or heli!

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09-19-2013 01:38 AM  5 years agoPost 39
John Krebs

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Sim time. Although I hate it.

Having two indentical helis to fly with lots of spare parts on hand. No major crashes in over a year. Now that I said that out loud that will change this weekend.

Concentrating on one new manuaver at a time.

Lots of real flying time.

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09-19-2013 02:04 AM  5 years agoPost 40
piranhafreak

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Manahawkin NJ

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130x !!!

no sim my 130x is my simulator and works very well most off the time

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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