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Old 10-11-2016, 09:09 PM   #11
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Thanks guys for all the help. I have a simulator. I will make more use of it. I might try FPV & change A/C from my Apprentice.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:17 PM   #12
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Re: Student training difficulties

Highly recommend a Sig Cadet LT40 with a glow engine or at least an electric set up where you can get a decent flight time. Especially at the stage you are at, once you get an instructor lined up, you want to maximize your time with them and shoot a bunch of tough and goes or landings - this will be the hardest thing to master.

Keep at it - I know a gentleman who had over 20,000 hours as a staff pilot for Boeing. Test pilot, transition training, you name it - he told me RC was the hardest thing he's ever done.


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Old 10-12-2016, 12:48 AM   #13
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Re: Student training difficulties

Just put yourself in the cockpit, in your mind and say left...right to yourself and you will train yourself. You may lose it and crash once in awhile. Thats the hobby. Also do use a simulator. Also get training every day or multintimes a week and it will come much quicker. Most older guys(you are 5 years older than I am) tend to not come out enough and they frustrate me never mind themselves. Try to avoid tunnel vision on TO and L.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:07 AM   #14
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Re: Student training difficulties

Just to re-inforce as lots of folks have pointed it out.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:43 AM   #15
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Re: Student training difficulties

Agree with pretty much everything as said. Flight simulator is the way to go but with slight twist. Stay with the same model till a bit comfortable and then go with changes. As for long flying times on you Apprentice, I would keep it to about 6 Mins max as you don't want to go into "brain overload" . More shorter flights are better than fewer longer flights. Flying figure 8's is the best practice going . I find that after you are comfortable do as many touch and goes as you can get in ;as setup for landings will be the hardest as you will be coming toward yourself.
If you want to fly RC I would not suggest FPV . Just one mans opinion.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:46 AM   #16
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Re: Student training difficulties

Most of RC flying is the reality of remembering where you put the aircraft last and planning your next maneouver from there. If you loose track of the attitude and direction it is suppose to be going, level the wings and do a left turn. If it turns left it is going away from you and vice versa if it turns right it is coming towards you. The main reason you look at the airplane is to keep track of where it is so you can plan your next move.

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Old 10-12-2016, 03:55 PM   #17
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I have instructed a couple of older gentlemen in the past and they were successful. Forget FPV and simulators I really find they do more harm then good. Yes being a full scale pilot is a negative because you feel this should be easy. As we become older |hand - eye coordination becomes a issue and also any medications you may be on. I know I had a issue with a medication, fortunately i was able solve it. find someone you trust and doesn't try to bullshit you and fly alot. I promise you will get it.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:44 PM   #18
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Re: Student training difficulties

I'm surprised that no one has suggested an E glider to get more flying experience. Helps teach the orientation part of things & can get itself out of trouble when needed by letting go of the sticks for a moment while it corrects your mistaken input. They (in general) are a far more relaxed way to learn R/C.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:52 PM   #19
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You are probably at the stage where an instructor can't help you it's crash and learn. Into the wind full bore it will fly itself same thing landing. Into the wind elevator is stop throttle is go. Balance the two it lands do these things many many times. And you will be happy. Money doesn't hurt either. Have some stuff ready to go. Be prepared to fix and patch.
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Re: Student training difficulties

The e-glider is in fact a good suggestion for easy paced flying. The radian glider is pretty darned fantastic...and besides the powerful full throttle climbs is really very gentle. For sure an option if you have any interest in gliders/soaring.

And hey, if you get a a photo of you and your plane at your club. Always cool to see who were chatting with and where and what they fly. Just an idea.

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