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06-03-2014 06:00 PM  4 years agoPost 21


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my first 3 autos were almost perfect, I didn't practice them, I only did it when something died and was forced to. First two to my amazement were pretty good, nothing broke, pretty soft, the third was a little rougher, broke a link, then practiced 5 or 6 until I hit to hard with the vibe and said well, Ill start doing those again when it dies and im forced to LOL

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06-03-2014 07:30 PM  4 years agoPost 22

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santa fe, NM, USA

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when I flew line-of-sight, I developed a very strange problem of only being able to do autos nose-in. I think that was because I always did approaches and entered the hover nose-in most of the time, so I could never break the habit of doing autos that way.
I could do them pretty well, just only nose-in....

I'm about to start learning them FPV, like I said earlier, so now I'm looking at videos of how autos look in a full-scale. Just like regular flying FPV, autos from FPV can't look any stranger or more different than line-of-sight.

So no one feel bad, I'm going to be starting completely over from scratch once again.


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06-03-2014 10:10 PM  4 years agoPost 23

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I did it- I did it- I did it and got it finally!#@ Did I mention I got it lol? Today it finally 'clicked' and it was mostly due to the tips here and the RonLund Auto lesson that I read/ that was recommend. Thanks Tyler. I can't say enough good things about how clearly and in detail he presented that- and I have read and watched many things on this topic. I finally grasped altitude, speed, and aproach angles. My biggest mistake is that I have been starting waaay too far out and then trying to stretch the glide path out and it simply wasn't working. Today I flew a flight to get comfortable and shot some power on recoveries with the altitude/speed/descent angles that Ron recommend. Wow, what a difference! I could actually control my Raptor in the descent rather than feeling like I was falling from the sky. On my second flight, I clicked throttle hold and started down. I could almost see/feel my angle and rate of descent were perfect halfway down. With sweaty palms I refrained from clicking throttle hold off and I touched down and slid slightly to a stop. What a great feeling! I then flew 3 more tanks of fuel literally doing nothing but practicing autos. I now finally could understand what it was supposed to feel like. That 'feel' is what I was lacking and without that I was kinda swinging in the dark. I probably did about 50 autos today and I can't wait for good weather so I can get back at it. I truly want to thank all of you for the help on this topic. This, I can say, is the greatest feeling of accomplishment flying helis I've felt since my first controlled hover. Pascal- couldn't agree with you more. The Sim was much more difficult than when I finally did the real thing. I have a much better sense of the sky and machine when I physically take it all in.

06-03-2014 11:27 PM  4 years agoPost 24



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I always tell the guys I fly with who have not done a auto that the hardest part of doing autos is hitting the throttle hold switch. When I first started flying nitro helis that was the first thing I wanted to learn because I knew one day this one small skill would save my butt and my wallet.

Good job and congrats

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06-04-2014 12:07 AM  4 years agoPost 25
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Now you do realize that you have opened the box to the most addictive helicopter maneuver, right? Let the fun begin!


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06-04-2014 01:18 AM  4 years agoPost 26

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Sedalia, Mo USA

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What festered said! If I don't do much else during a flight sometimes, autos are almost always part of them, no matter what

Congratulations and...........ENJOY!!

06-04-2014 01:34 PM  4 years agoPost 27

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Chicagoland area

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This is also the most customizable maneuver in the helicopter bag of tricks.

I often go out and say, "today is a 100 auto day", and I bang them out until I hit 100. Sometimes 25, 50, and maybe this summer I'll pull a Ron Lund and set that goal to a full gallon. He and Nathan have shot 2.5 gallons of autos each using 50/60 class engines in a single outing.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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