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09-19-2013 05:37 AM  5 years agoPost 41
hbk2owner

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indianapolis, Indiana

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Flying, flying, and more flying. As well as having good flying buddys thats help keep you in the air and working on flying skills. Oh and cant forget sim time!

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09-19-2013 06:07 AM  5 years agoPost 42
Gearhead

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Vt

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practice of course,

but NO shortcuts on the build and setup, take as much time as it takes to get it built and setup correctly, get the heli built and setup correctly at home so you don't have to work on it at the field, I almost never need to work on my helis at the field

Jim
Buzz Buzz Buzz

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09-19-2013 03:01 PM  5 years agoPost 43
cabeng

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South africa

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FLy on sim , get a better pilot to fly online with you , That is how I am learning , an hour a night 3 times a week , you learn loads , go back to basics , fly fig 8's in all 6 orientations , you will be amazed how you automatically "Catch" your heli when you at the field ptting the sim time to practice!

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09-19-2013 08:11 PM  5 years agoPost 44
Shawnlh

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Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

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I'll second the sim and learning all 6 orientations doing figure 8's, you need to get to the point where these maneuvers are instinct. As in if you have to think about it, it's to late. Another stepping stone is a heli that you can crash and not be worried about it. For me that was a mcpx bl.
Breakdown:

1-sim
2-crashable heli
3-dedication, patience, and practice practice practice
4-have fun

I find the reward for your dedication, practice, and patience is more than worth it. I love this hobby

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09-21-2013 04:01 AM  5 years agoPost 45
Gary Jenkins

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Nowhere, US

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practice with small heli like a 450. It make flying a larger one easy.

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09-22-2013 04:43 AM  5 years agoPost 46
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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phoenix rc sim and realflight.

Insha Allah made in america

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09-22-2013 10:01 AM  5 years agoPost 47
RogerRabbit62

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Thuerigen germany

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Sticktime, sticktime and sticktime.
When nothing helps, try sticktime.
When the tank is empty, fill up to get - you might have guessed it - sticktime.
When the lipo is empty - charge it to get - sticktime.
For those wh cant read small letters or hints

S T I C K T I M E

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09-22-2013 10:35 AM  5 years agoPost 48
Volcano

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chicago

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Whats helping me is flying slower and lower. You can fly fast and high and make a million mistakes without seeing them. Slow and low and any error is apparent.

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09-22-2013 12:01 PM  5 years agoPost 49
Retired2011

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Lee's Summit, MO

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I like flying higher because it gives me time to fix a mistake before it hits the ground, which translates to more flying time and less repair time.

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09-22-2013 01:29 PM  5 years agoPost 50
daveapplemotors

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Edgewater CO USA

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Two thing that helped me are bravery and music

Removing fears:

1) Crashing and attendant repair.
2) Crashing into me.

Here is my two year progression.

I shelved my 250s about 2 years ago.
Lots of Phoenix sim time,
Mcpx- limited but most of the fear of repairs is gone
Lots of Phoenix sim time,
double brushless Blade mcpx - good performance with good crashability
Lots of Phoenix sim time,
nano ncpx - mediocre performance with great crashability
Lots of Phoenix sim time,
double brushless nano - good performance with great crashability
New phone with ear buds - Rhythm works

Recently I smacked myself hard in the head with a fast moving nano. Both victim and perpetrator were fine and the so was the nano.

Nirvana! Music and a good nano make me almost fearless.

The 250s still scare me but now I can fly them without fear of crashing.

I love to fly my little helicopters.

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09-23-2013 05:19 AM  5 years agoPost 51
turboomni

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East of the Equator

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When I started I learned on a Raptor 30 with wood blades. This was what was available at the time as there were no SIMS of any worth or tiny electron powered crap that would only strip it's tiny gear if you screwed up and hit your self in the head. This was the real deal from the get go. I built it as best as I could and presented it to my hobby shop guru. In the 1990's he went to many competitions and heli fun flies ,,another words he knows his poop and still flies great. He went through the machine and explained alot then went WAY over my head about setups,,theory etc how to fly and fixed all I did wrong. He Tested the bird at the shop,,and set it up for beginner hover. No sims then. Strapped some trainer gear on with the sticks and whiffle ball ends. Got a Sullivan starter ,,starter battery ,,glow driver ,,fuel ,,fuel pump..etc. Then it was up to me to learn to hover.
I learned to respect the machine from the get go. This Rappy 30 was nothing to mess with for a noob on his own. You had better concentrate to the fullest to be in full control at all times and think think think about what the hell you are doing. No reset button and possible damage and injury were all part of this learning experience. I feel because of this experience I learned to respect the machines and all the good and bad they are potentially capable of. To this day I do not take them lightly. This caution may have reduced my rate of progress but that is ok because I am still learning and enjoying flying my present fleet immensely because of it.

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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09-23-2013 05:33 AM  5 years agoPost 52
Flys4Fun

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new mexico

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money and time.

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09-23-2013 06:10 AM  5 years agoPost 53
keiser BLADE

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WV USA

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30 percent nitro and stick time for sure and a lot of cash

Brandon

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09-25-2013 09:57 PM  5 years agoPost 54
fly4fun

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Ohio

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GET the basics, no matter how boring it may seem there will be pay offs around every corner of your learning curve-flying skills.

All to many pilots are in a hurry to "do the cool stuff" and neglect truly mastering the machine. It is way to easy to lose or misplace your respect for a machine and what it can do to you... in the name of impressing your buddies.

Fuel, stick time, help from an good pilot on set up... more fuel, more stick time... repeat repeat repeat.

Best of luck

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09-25-2013 11:53 PM  5 years agoPost 55
icanfly

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ontario

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little stick inputs and not big tilts on the r stick.
sim time at .30hr every day or two.
work on the tough orientations and what is difficult to control at first while going over it many times. I land the last flight of every sim flight even after crashing. I do one more gentle flight around and nose in land in front of me, in the sim, nose in land sometimes for real.
Take it slow and easy at the beginning of every session to guage where I'm at in terms of concentration. NOT RUSH.
SMILE

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09-26-2013 12:09 AM  5 years agoPost 56
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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Got myself a 450 with a flybar.
It should really sharpen me up

I literally never use the word literally right.

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09-26-2013 12:46 AM  5 years agoPost 57
Manny1776

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Melbourne, Florida. USA

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SIM and Practices...

Fly High, Fly Fun, Fly Secure.........Fly 3D!!!! Bavarian Demon USA Team

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09-26-2013 01:47 AM  5 years agoPost 58
flyin dan

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Beloit Wi.

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Been doing this on an off for twenty years!! Just got serious about it two years ago. Simulator!!! Ya buddy! New radio equipment and a sim. I hovered these Damn things for years on and off with no help from any one. Not complaining, mind you, just saying! This forum has been a big help, wish it had been around twenty years ago.
At least now I can actually fly and do some stunts, things that had only been possible with my planks. Now I go out and fly at the club, the older guys are surprised if I show up with a plane!

AMA # 943111

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