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06-21-2015 02:10 AM  5 years ago
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wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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prepping my grandson to fly
anyone else teaching the grand kids ?

Watch at YouTube

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06-21-2015 06:03 AM  5 years ago
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Yeh I did this but the grandkids fell asleep but try the pico quad he was hovering in an hour and feeling the sticks
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06-21-2015 01:09 PM  5 years ago
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06-21-2015 03:23 PM  5 years ago
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thanks guy's
you read my mined, i'm buying the little man a nano quad in a couple weeks

both my grandson's will leave there mom and dad to follow me in the house, just to see the helicopters lol great kid's

thank you for the great advice.
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06-21-2015 05:20 PM  5 years ago
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+1 Either a little coax or a nanoquad.
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06-21-2015 11:52 PM  5 years ago
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Another big +1 for the RTF NQX and grand kids. Put it in SAFE mode and let them have some fun. Gonna get him a "real" transmitter (DX6i maybe) as a next step with the NQX to make him feel like one of the big guys.
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06-22-2015 05:58 AM  5 years ago
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Major potential...like the concentration....

Get him a proper SIM.....with a proper TX...and not the SIM TX.

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06-22-2015 11:25 PM  5 years ago
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No, use the sim controller designed for whatever sim you get him. It will withstand the abuse better. It will not affect his learning ability to use the sim controller and then later switch to a real controller when he is ready to flyWhich is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!
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06-23-2015 05:15 AM  5 years ago
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But EE has a point, a coax/quad is only going to take him so far:
Get him a proper SIM
+1

Sims are free to crash and safe to learn on. And you can get A LOT of time on a sim. An hour wiggling the sticks on the sim is easy in an evening. But that same hour, even on a long legged nitro, would be six flights with probably a RX battery charge in there somewhere...that's an afternoon.

However, +1 on abusing the controller that comes with the SIM.

Believe it or not, transmitters DO wear. Mostly the potentiometers. The pots can be changed out, but repeated SIM use puts a lot of time on a transmitter. Consider what it would take to put an hour of stick wiggling on a real heli vs. a sim and you can see how you are putting A LOT of use on a TX if you use it for your SIM time as well as your flight time.

I do see some benefit in using your actual transmitter with the SIM now and then to ensure stick feel/forces are the same. Maybe some mixed use is good. I personally am able to adapt but I do see the benefit. How you hold the TX, feel, fit, etc.
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06-23-2015 12:25 PM  5 years ago
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I spent a lot of time with my daughter (9 yrs old when we started) using the sim. We then spent a lot of time going over flight and what is need for flight. We then created some drawings together to describe how the radio system works in unison with the aircraft. We then spent time building, which I think is a must, and then she knew how it all went together. Finally we spent a lot of time with question and answer sessions to ensure she was ready to go fly. Then we went to the field and flew. First flight and she had the sticks and spent quite a bit of time flying without me intervening. I would call that success and she was ready to deal with the aircraft, fully. Building, trimming, setting up radio and yes flying.

I know it seams like a lot of time to get to the flying part, but if you think about all of the great time you get to spend together it is worth it. Unfortunately for me she has now taking a liking into monster trucks and off road RC vehicles. Which is still good and yes she is capable of doing most of the work.

By the way I am an engineer by profession and I guess that is why I did things the way I did. It was not enough for me to just teach her to fly, she needed to know all of the how's and why's...

Best of luck...

Gary
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06-24-2015 01:18 AM  5 years ago
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transmitters DO wear. Mostly the potentiometers.
I have both a SIM Tx and an R/T TX for that very reason.
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06-24-2015 04:04 AM  5 years ago
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Hi, Wicked!

Good on you for doing that!

Good luck!

John.
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06-24-2015 04:06 AM  5 years ago
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Hi, Wicked!
Good on you for doing that!
Good luck!
thanks brother.
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06-24-2015 04:32 AM  5 years ago
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06-24-2015 05:12 AM  5 years ago
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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thank you for the video brother im bought done watching it.

good stuff
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