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Old 05-10-2005, 09:24 AM   #1
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I have been doing the hover thing for about a year now. About the only thing that is eliding me is the nose in hover. But I am sure that will come in time. I have been moving the heli around and landing and taking off from different angles. When will I know it is time to try forward flight.????
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Old 05-10-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
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Hi Darren,

Took me over a year of hovering also. The first time I had a buddy next to me who eventually took it over when I almost lost it. Then it just came.

You'll know when you're ready, but sometimes you need to push yourself a little. Ask Bill to stay close when you're ready to give it a try.

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Old 05-10-2005, 11:37 AM   #3
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Practice on the simulator. I did my first nose in hover last summer. The side hover has me disoriented still. I was also lucky enough to get a lesson with a buddy box hook up - all equipment supplied. That helped a lot, but was still nervous when I did it on my own for the first time. I'll be getting the heli out this weekend for the first time this year. I finished last season with a crash, so I'll be shaky at first.
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:23 PM   #4
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I worked my way up to it in stages.

I started moving the heli around in figure 8's during hover, orienting the tail more in direction of movement as I became comfortable. Eventually the hover 'movement' became forward flight. I still perform forward flights in figure 8's for the first flight to 'settle the butterflies'.
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Gosh, I don't think I would have ever progressed to forward flight if it wasn't for the simulator. I'm a cautious flyer and I rarely try anything I'm not 99 and 44/100ths percent sure I can do. Eventually you get so comfortable with FFF on the sim that it isn't quite so bad trying it with the real thing.

I suggest you try sneaking up on it. I still remember how it happened for me. Eventually I sort of forgot to stop flying forward, banked the heli and went all the way around. If you've already practiced, you probably already know exactly what to do and just don't trust yourself yet.

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When will I know it is time to try forward flight.????
You couldn't ask for a better chance to find out if your ready for forward flight then signing up for the

I see your from Sussex, PEI is just a hop, skip and a jump for you. There is going to be a lot of knowledge there, and when it comes to helis, you can never have enough knowledge.
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hi everyone,

The best part with the school for this type situation is that there is no risk to your helicopter, you will buddy box on the school's 30s or 50s. We'll take you up to a safe level and then give control or let you take off and climb up to an instructor recoverable altitude, then talk you through circuits and approaches to a landing. It depends on how your abilities are at the time as to which method is employed. We could even do a bit of simulator pre training to get your feet wet first so we might work the weaker areas in an educated manner.

Colin and I are willing to put in some OT after school hours inorder to satisfy our fellow modelers and adjust to your needs. We ask only that you put the effort in attending the school.

A good friend of mine was in the same situation as many and after two buddy box flights he gained the confidence needed to get over "the hump" and become self sufficient and so continued advancing past that brick wall! I initially pushed and pushed him into things I knew he could do but without any training aids. He was like my cat, constantly....he stayed in the doorway even when he wanted out big time. Most of us have the basic skills within ourselves and need but a little push up the ladder using a safety harness. I only wish I had such an opportunity years back, although it might have affected GH crash-cash flow!

Once you experience what can happen by your own hand in a relatively risk free and controlled situation, this will go a long way to helping with that common situation we've all encountered! even get to burn our fuel and remember one crash with your precious machine will most certainly be larger than school tuition.

The only reward for us (and a large one at that) is seeing everyone happily together dusting off various cobwebs! Hopefully we'll see some of you at the Moncton heli funfly this month prior to the school.


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