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05-27-2015 03:32 PM  3 years agoPost 61
Zaneman007

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It took me three months
But it would have been less with a decent heli.

I had a Hawk Pro (POS). The swash stabilizer was an "upgrade" to the kit. So a little left input might also be up or back, depending on where the swash was at the time.

Then I bought a used Raptor, and progressed much more quickly.

Old Guys Rule!

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05-27-2015 06:50 PM  3 years agoPost 62
HeliRyan

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Hovering
Only took me an afternoon on the sim .. Guess Iam a natural.. Forward flight and circuits in a couple of days. Made transition to actual flight in a month and all is good.. Lol for the most part.. I don't trying I haven't mastered on the sim .. Now autos, took me a bout a week to learn with about 15 to 20 min a day not hours..

I don't crash, I land at full speed!

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05-28-2015 05:01 AM  3 years agoPost 63
swofly33

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I started in 1990 with a MA Excel 60. Had flown planks since the 70s so picked it up in no time at all, a few hours without crashing! Here's the secret, larger helis are easier, more stable, get a hula hoop, two dowalls, and strap it to the skids. Most important don't get any higher than a foot or two! Keep nose out tail in until completely comfortable, then learn sideways, nose in etc.before you move on to circuits. Never used a sim until I wanted to learn inverted and 3d. Nowadays sims are definitely an advantage. Keep at it, it will suddenly click in if your patient.

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05-28-2015 12:40 PM  3 years agoPost 64
Heli_Splatter

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One afternoon??? yeah right

Your idea of learning to hover and mine are two different things. No way can you learn all four orientations and keep the heli flying over a spot for a minute after one afternoon.

So I guess that we need to define "learning to hover". Picking the heli off the ground for short jumps is not hovering.

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05-28-2015 12:47 PM  3 years agoPost 65
felixthemaster1

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One afternoon??? yeah right
+1

xD

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05-28-2015 02:06 PM  3 years agoPost 66
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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Months back in the mid-70s with my Schluter Heli-Baby and Heli-Boy.

Flash forward to 2002 and it was months, too many blades and other parts to count, as well as a new kitchen set and vinyl floor.

(Note to self and others: Trying to hover in the kitchen is not the best of ideas)

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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05-28-2015 02:29 PM  3 years agoPost 67
OuttaControl

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kitchen
I hear you on that GMCullen. I cleaned off my kitchen table and scared the crap out of my Ayredale dog trying the same stunt. It wasn't pretty

Mine fall down, went BOOM!!

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05-28-2015 05:05 PM  3 years agoPost 68
swofly33

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I did not say one afternoon, I said a few hours and that was nose out tail in. Took a while longer to get all the orientations down especially nose in. I was doing forward flight after a few gallons. The main thing is, don't try to run before you can walk.

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05-29-2015 02:57 PM  3 years agoPost 69
rexxigpilot

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swofly33, how many hours of sim time did you have before you hovered the real thing?

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05-29-2015 04:20 PM  3 years agoPost 70
Cobra 46

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I remember getting my first Heli ,A gmp cobra with an os 46 and a heli ball muffler!! The first day was not easy bounce it around Pop it up and down 3 inches wow it was tuff !! The second time I flew it I was doing rolling circles and autos at my feet !!!!! Then I woke up,,,Darn dreams!

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05-29-2015 05:11 PM  3 years agoPost 71
Flying Foot Doc

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When I 1st started I figured it cost me a set of blades each flight, plus rebuilding - learning- opportunities. My biggest advancements came with doing the lessons on Radd's School of Rotary Flight & using the simulator. Good luck, let us know how it goes. None of us started out knowing how to do this. Andy

Inverted IS more fun!

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05-31-2015 02:58 AM  3 years agoPost 72
revmix

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NJ

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yeah right
actually a correctly set up machine hovers itself
overcontrol of cyclic by players hence the oscillation

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06-01-2015 10:34 PM  3 years agoPost 73
p00rboi

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Rockville, VA-USA

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+ 1 on the Radds School of Rotary Flight. That is what I used to learn all upright hovering orientations with no sim. I don't remember how long it took...several months I'm sure, but each new acomplishment was very rewarding. Don't get discouraged. Don't skip the basics. Don't run before you can walk.

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06-02-2015 03:50 AM  3 years agoPost 74
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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Simulator is by far the best way to learn.
Start nose out orientation... once you are completely comfortable and solid work on moving it around up and down the runway. Straight down the line, both to the left and right, holding just few feet off the ground. Once you have all that down for every orientation flip the helli upside down and do it all over again... very slow and deliberate disiplined practice. Sounds borring as hell probably, but it works extreemly well. If you do it right it takes a while to learn to hover.

I got stuck in simple foward roll and loop land for a few years till i decided to do that. Most productive few months i ever had, and no crashes.

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