I have been mentoring prospective Heli pilots to fly after I was proficient with Advance 3D Maneuvers. Radio Control and most recreational activities are Eye to Hand Coordination Activity. There is a lot more that is involved and there are concepts we must comprehend:
- Flying an RC Airplane is not like a RC Car
- Flying an RC Heli is not like an RC Airplane
- It's quite a challenge for real life Heli pilots learning to fly RC Heli's
- but it is easier for a RC Heli pilot to learn to fly a real Helicopter
* Certain concepts can be transferred but understanding concepts, physics and psychology (behavior and characteristics) of the human mind is the key. That is why we say it just "clicked" one day....B/C you figured it out. Now how long it takes to "click" is dependent.
That is why when you fly an RC airplane and than a RC Heli, you can do maneuvers that apply to both but what happens when you fly backwards for either inverted or upright? Now that doesn't apply to airplanes and if you have relayed heavily on your airplane experience but don't grasp the concept of heli's, you are going to have to acquire the skills. Can't do it just to do it. That I why I love it when I hear:
- imagine you are in the cockpit
So you are in a FPV Aspect. When you fly backwards ... So you put your hand across the seat and look over your shoulder (as though you are backing up a car?). But if you were to know what does what ... Visualize the Heli in its entirety. That would help tremendously!
- I don't want to fly smack 3D
As uninteresting as it is for some ... It is actually really hard b/c it requires a high level of proficiency, coordination and quick reflexes. Now you can cut corners and do left-hand or right-handed maneuvers. Not learning all the orientations will be a sudden shocker if you are caught in that position (we will get to this phenomenon shortly). I find smack 3D a sort of "TEST YOUR MIGHT" ... But like all maneuvers ... When same maneuver is done over and over, very unappealing. But to be fair, some smack 3D hardcore pilots find themselves thinking about it when flying smooth 3D or circuits. Reason why I believe is b/c of the constant banging of the stick vs smooth deliberate precise inputs. Higher HS covers up flaws in maneuvers where as smooth lower HS 3D requires precision inputs and complete understanding of the maneuver. I just muscle it around.
It could also be true in the case where a smooth 3D pilots have to think about the fast pace hardcore 3D. Have you ever done Tic Toc's very fast in the very beginning when learning? You are tic-ing but not toc-ing? Heli ends up really far? Than go back to doing other maneuvers... And It's all over the place? You are going 120% and than back to 50-60%. It's hard for some to compensate and manage, both are different style of flying that requires different type of input. So flying isn't all the same.
When it comes to learning to fly a RC Heli ... It is very difficult. You are using 4 controls at once. Understand what individual controls and physics of the Heli is the key. If you know what you need to do to get the Heli to do when you want, than the battle is half over. You have to mix the controls ... That is why some work on stall turns than progress to momentum turns. It breaks up the controls independently until you are ready to mix it together. Often heli pilot transitioning from airplane will not use rudder on a momentum turn where as Heli use ALOT of rudder. If someone was going off of experience vs knowing what commands to input, there will be some set backs.
Pirouetting flips are the Holy Grile of the Heli World ... It requires all four controls and complete understand of pyshics, to know when to give input.
As for learning a maneuver and than forgetting it. That depends with the individual. If you can comprehend, recall and process efficiently ... You are at an advantage. If you need to think about it , you have to work on acquiring the skills through correct practice. Also, quantity is not the key ... It's actually the enemy. Hours on the SIM doesn't mean progression ... Sometimes it can cause regression. In the case where you are flying inverted backwards for 1/2 hr (I'm using a conservative number)... Than Stumble a bit flying upright fast forward. The transition requires knowing what to do, how to setup, execute and following through. You are caught in wonderment b/c from being too focus and fixated on a previous maneuver. Means your level of proficient has not caught up to your desired maneuver.
The key is correct intervals on maneuvers and sequencing.