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Old 02-21-2007, 05:07 PM   #11
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One thing you try is to contact Darren at Extreme Heli (I think that is the name). You can get contact details at Pinnacle Hobby in Markham.

Darren gives a 1 hour intense lesson using his own heli with a buddy box, and he is a fantastic pilot/instructor. Pinnacle can give you the rate but I remember it being reasonable, especially considering there is no other cash outlay for this, no risk, etc

It could give your buddy a taste of what heli flying is about in the real world. Having sim time though would benefit him even prior to this type of experience.

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Old 02-21-2007, 07:08 PM   #12
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Advanced plane flying is easily as hard if not harder than heli flying.

Hovering a plane is NOT easy!
However, the learning curve for a helicopter is definitely steeper, but it's also a "better" learning curve in that it won't ingrain as many bad habits (such as the lifeless throttle thumb a lot of plankers have).

Once you progress to forward flight, a helicopter behaves remarkably similar to a plane though, the only difference being you HAVE to use the rudder. Like I said, it teaches you to use the full 4 axis' of movement, which will ultimately make you a better plane pilot.

I would say starting on plane is probably easier, but a big part of this hobby is about being interested and motivated. If your coworker has no interest in planes, then starting him off on a plane may have the same end result, discouraging him from the hobby.

Just warn him about the high price of crashing, the complexity of mechanical setup, and the inherent difficulty a helicopter poses to fly. If he feels it's a challenge he can handle, then let him go for it and help him where you can . I learned to fly helicopters on my own with minimal plane experience, sure, it costs me a bit more, but it CAN be done so long as he's got the green to back it up, and a personal love for frustration...
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