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12-03-2017 02:01 AM  8 months agoPost 1
Iainhol

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I have dabbled in RC helicopters a few times. Each time I ended up getting discouraged and selling.

I ended up buying a sim to build my skills. I can hover in each direction, can fly forward and do figure of 8s. What skills should I be able to master on the sim before buying another helicopter?

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12-03-2017 02:23 AM  8 months agoPost 2
gmcullan

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You sound ready now. What type of heli have you been flying on the sim, and what brand sim are you using? There are some differences.

From personal experience, the Align 500 Pro on the Realflight sim is very close to the actual heli. I have that Align heli and the sim is just like heading out to my backyard and getting in a couple of flights.

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

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12-03-2017 03:12 AM  8 months agoPost 3
Iainhol

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I have realflight 7.5 and fly all the helicopters some I seem to do better with than others. I life the S7, and the Trex-700 the best.

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12-03-2017 03:40 AM  8 months agoPost 4
Gearhead

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yee-up, you are ready,,, but, and there is always a but, if you feel, or just want more time on the sim before you fly RC then only fly the sim for 10 minutes at a time, even just 5 minutes, this is so you don't get board, jot down the time, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, if you want fly 2 or 3 or 4 times a day like this,, soon you will have 5 more hours on the sim and you will be even more ready for the RC,, it's a trick I did when I was leaning, and my sim was a DOS program LOL

good luck !!

Jim
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12-03-2017 12:05 PM  8 months agoPost 5
Heli_Splatter

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My opinion, you never graduate from the simulator. You keep using the sim long after basic flight skills are acquired. Better to test on pixels than carbon fiber.

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12-06-2017 11:21 PM  8 months agoPost 6
Bladecpnitro

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Ga

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I agree with Heli_splatter.

Any time I venture out and try something totally off the wall or something I've seen some Pro 3D pilot do I practice it on sim until I have the move down very well and can do it many times without screwing up.

Then I try it on the real heli and approach that with caution and a fair amount of height because generally its still harder to do the move on the real heli as they drop much faster than sims do when blades get knife edge.

If its fixed don't break it.

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12-06-2017 11:43 PM  8 months agoPost 7
ICUR1-2

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IMO you're never done with a SIM.
I use mine when I can't fly the real thing.
Once you feel confident on the SIM it will be easier for real.

spending time, paying attention

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12-07-2017 02:08 PM  8 months agoPost 8
wjvail

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Meridian, Mississippi

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I might add, it is never too early to start flying the real helicopter. The real helicopter and the simulator are symbiotic. The two support each other.

Some number of years ago I when through Navy flight training. Syllabus flights in the simulator and flights in the actual T-34C were meshed together from day one. 30 years have passed and now I fly for an airline. We obviously fly airplanes but I still have to go fly the simulator periodically.

Finally, when I began flying model helicopters there were no simulators and there wouldn't be for a very long time. There is no requirement to start on the simulator. Just understand that it took me and many of my friend years to learn nose in and how to do a loop. If you are crashing the real helicopter a lot, maybe you need to adjust your expectations.

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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12-14-2017 10:47 PM  8 months agoPost 9
main rotor

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your ready , get a wl toys V911 and practice indoors. Its very durable and lots of fun $30-$40

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12-20-2017 05:48 PM  7 months agoPost 10
w8qz

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Grand Rapids, MI - USA

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I recommend you get a 500-size machine, or larger (depending on budget). Get an experienced pilot to trim it out, attach some 1/2" dowels in a X for training gear (with wiffle balls on the end), and go fly it. Start in a large open area (i.e. NOT your garage, rec room, etc.). Ideal is an empty paved parking lot. Pick a time with little or no wind, and go fly it.

If you can do it on the sim, you can handle a real heli. I've watched my son do it more than once.

The little helis are a lot harder to fly than the big ones. The only advantage for them is price.

"The helicopter is much easier to design than the aeroplane, but is worthless when done."

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12-21-2017 03:50 AM  7 months agoPost 11
Jeffn0506

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sim
i agree with all of the above comments , it has been my experience from going to all of the funflys i go to ( even ircha ) that the majority of the pro pilots use the sim as often as they can when not flying the real thing , there are many sims out there all different but getting stick time in on it can only help you !

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