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10-23-2013 08:21 PM  5 years agoPost 1
woppini

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I took a 5 year break from flying at a local club. Use to fly scale,very smooth and consistent. I looked into joining another club, and decided to dust off my Evo. Checked all my settings, +9,-9 pitch etc. Fired it up into a hover. OMG, I can only hover. No nose in, forward flight is a joke, and a 50 size pod and boom is now intimidating. I have to change pitch to -5. I was making all the noob mistakes. Grrrrrrr, set them back on the shelf and kicked the dirt like a whiny kid that doesnt want to clean his room.

my wifes cooking is so bad, the flies are sewing the holes in the screen door

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10-23-2013 09:20 PM  5 years agoPost 2
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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It's just nerves .. everything will come back to you once you calm down and fly a couple dozen times ..

I find that if I take a long break I can actually fly better after a few flights than before ..

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10-23-2013 09:45 PM  5 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Get the flight sim out and spend a little quality time with it, That should get you right back into the swing.

Bill Whittaker

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10-23-2013 09:46 PM  5 years agoPost 4
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I've been a long break(almost 1 year)
Looking forward to seeing how my 1st outing flies.

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10-23-2013 10:09 PM  5 years agoPost 5
AWittleWabbit

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O.C., CA

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I took a similar break many years ago. It will all come back to you. You just need that muscle memory back. Gotta tame them nerves.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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10-23-2013 11:54 PM  5 years agoPost 6
flyin dan

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Beloit Wi.

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I had a almost a 8 year break, all I could do was hover for a month! Then after that, The TREMBLING THUMBS ON THE STICKS for another couple of months, while flying around! , All good now, for me at least, take a breath, have fun! Dan.

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10-23-2013 11:55 PM  5 years agoPost 7
RCHSF

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NC

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woppini get you a nano cpx, and beat the crap out of it a few days it will all come back, then some.

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10-24-2013 12:22 AM  5 years agoPost 8
ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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It's all muscle memory, just takes time for your brain to realize it.
hop on a sim about an hour or so before bed time for 15 minutes every night

spending time, paying attention

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10-24-2013 01:00 AM  5 years agoPost 9
AgentOrange

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Jacksonville, Florida

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That is exactly what I am dealing with right now. I haven't fired up my heli in five years went and updated all my electronics and had some help setting it up and haven't touched it in the past few weeks. I have been on the sim trying to get my skills back.

Trying not to put them in the dirt.

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10-24-2013 01:01 AM  5 years agoPost 10
BENTDABOOM

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west seattle

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Back into it after 10 yrs cuzz I got bored flying planks but found myself at the same skill level I was when I dropped out which wasn't much but am getting comfortable again with flying around and doing circuts which is fine, but gotta admit the heart rate still goes up every time I lift off "if ya know what I mean

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10-24-2013 01:24 AM  5 years agoPost 11
Retired2011

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Lee's Summit, MO

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gotta admit the heart rythum still goes up every time I lift off "if ya know what I mean
I know what you mean...mine starts going up as soon as I plug the battery in.

Chet

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10-24-2013 03:10 AM  5 years agoPost 12
sharam

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Northern California - Fly at Morgan Hill Field

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Welcome back! Come down to sccmas.org and fly with us! Lots of former Bayside guys there!

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10-24-2013 04:32 AM  5 years agoPost 13
grim.the.grim

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Houston, Texas

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Welcome back to the dark side!

I feel your pain. I just started up again a few months ago after a year and a half hiatus...

I'm barely hovering nose in, and doing very weak slow pirouettes over a point.

Fingers still shake at times that I had to put more expo in to hide the shakes!

*** Real Pilots BEAT the air into submission! ***

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10-24-2013 07:05 AM  5 years agoPost 14
R.J.

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SF bay area, CA USA

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Good to hear you're back at it. It actually is like riding a bike; you never forget, but just get rusty at it. Agree that spending some time on a simulator will help bring back the muscle memory. Don't remember if you already have a simulator, but you can check out the simulators at Aeromicro or Victor's Hobbies. They have RealFlight running on a computer at their stores to try out. If you have RealFight 3.5 or above, you may be able to upgrade to the latest version for about $50.

Regards,
Rick

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10-24-2013 11:20 AM  5 years agoPost 15
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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Yep, I took an about 15 year break. It took quite a while on a sim to get to where I could just hover without a crash. IIRC, it was a couple of weeks. Then I turned the tail around and had to resurrect nose-in. That came much faster, tho, since by then the rust was coming off...

Now I fly exclusively FPV and my regular line-of-sight skills are beginning to fade again lol. I haven't flown without the goggles in 2 months now and last time I tried it I was kind of shocked lol....

LS

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10-24-2013 11:33 AM  5 years agoPost 16
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I guess you could say hovering a heli (which is still flying) IS like riding a bike. Nose in would be a bit like doing a wheelie and inverted would be like a one handed wheelie!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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10-24-2013 11:40 AM  5 years agoPost 17
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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For what it's worth, I get rusty with everything in just a couple weeks. In my plank, for example, if I don't fly for 2 weeks the first couple approaches are usually too high and my airspeed is kind of all over the place. I stir the stick pretty good on those first couple landings.

It's wierd how it happens, you seem to remember it like it's yesterday until you actually plug in and go fly... then it's like how did I forget all this stuff?

LS

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