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05-26-2015 01:25 AM  3 years agoPost 1
Dan Minick

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I recently got a call from my LHS about a guy who bought a heli and needed some guidance. My LHS does NOTHING with helicopters so I put my name in with everyone there to send heli guys my way! Anyways the guy bought an Align 800 DFC for his first heli, assembled it, programmed the Gpro and setup his radio all correctly after my check. He brought it over and I maiden it for him. One slight tail gain adjustment and I felt it was in good flying shape for him to get to forward flight. He asked what he could do for some training gear so I came up with this idea. A pool noodle and some wood dowels. Maybe its been done before, maybe not. But he had is own solo maiden today in 14 mph winds and was very happy. Maybe something you could try

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05-26-2015 03:19 AM  3 years agoPost 2
Jim Cimino

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Cool idea...I like it. I still like training gear for newbies, I think it saves them some money even with simulators.

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05-26-2015 03:26 AM  3 years agoPost 3
Dan Minick

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I realize once your off the ground this really does nothing.(Maybe lowers the cg a bit) But when you first start spooling something larger than a blade 200 its a little intimidating at first. At least this should prevent a tip over on take off and landing

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05-26-2015 05:02 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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But when you first start spooling something larger than a blade 200 its a little intimidating at first
yes this is true, I remember my first few lift off's, altho I had a lot of SIM time I had two old cheep SIMs to learn on (Dave Brown's DOS SIM & FMS), once in the field I learned on my first lift off that my 30 size heli had a lot more power than on the SIMs

I think your Idea is pretty neat, the only thing I can think of that could be a problem would be air drag and a small foot print, other than that it should work OK

Jim
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05-26-2015 09:10 AM  3 years agoPost 5
wrongler

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I think its a better idea than just having the 4 balls, But what would you use on smaller helis?

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05-26-2015 11:33 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Retired2011

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I think small balls might still be the way to go for smaller helis.

We use small, child size Hula-Hoops around here. They are much better than balls also...especially if you are flying off of grass.

I really like the noodle idea, more forgiving than the Hula-Hoop even...

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05-26-2015 12:11 PM  3 years agoPost 7
Dan Minick

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air drag and a small foot print
This is only for his first few weeks of hovering. Any drag should be no issue.

Dont forget this is an 800 size heli. The footprint is rather large at 3.5 ft diameter

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05-26-2015 12:19 PM  3 years agoPost 8
Heli_Splatter

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Learn to fly on the simulator.

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05-26-2015 02:21 PM  3 years agoPost 9
DSW

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Seems like a great idea for water landing.

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05-28-2015 06:43 PM  3 years agoPost 10
swofly33

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This is a good training device, especially on large helis. I started with a 60 size nitro with a hula hoop attached. Just stay low, no more than a foot or two until you get very comfortable with all orientations. Of course a sim is a very good and safe way to get started. For smaller birds such as 450 size, cut the hoop down to about 1/2 the size. I've taught several guys to hover using this method.

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05-29-2015 08:24 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Ladymagic

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That's actually a pretty neat idea for learning stationary hovers under 3ft and low spot-to-spot hover training.

On the other hand, I used wood dowels and balls on my 30 size when I was learning, but I took them off after 2 hovers since my heli just didn't feel right...learning to hover was much easier for me after I took them off.

But, on a big bird like this one, it's still a great idea. Nicely done

Mellisa

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05-29-2015 08:45 PM  3 years agoPost 12
don s

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Michael's sells small (relative term) styrofoam rings that you could use for smaller helis.

Or use a sim.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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01-04-2016 10:40 AM  35 months agoPost 13
Italiangateman

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Great idea thanks for sharing

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01-05-2016 08:38 PM  35 months agoPost 14
artimus

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Just remember you will have to relearn to hover without them.....but now you have more insight as to how the heli flys.

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