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Archive for June, 2012
Posted by eolson | Jun 24, 2012 @ 10:51 PM | 3,046 Views
This is a little list of things I have found to be true about flying coaxial helicopters. I have no experience with any other copter. To add to that, and to even narrow my knowledge base, I have only owned one helicopter and it's the one I currently "pilot", which is a Blade CX2. On top of all that I have only been flying for a couple of months now. So, take this all with a grain of salt, but I think most everyone just starting out will agree with most of the following statements, as may some of the veterans.

1. Patience equals more than virtue, it also equals savings. Savings from parts that need repairing/replacing because you weren't patient.
2. The wind is your enemy.
3. Learn to hover.
4. Get bored. When first learning to fly, if you aren't bored with doing the same thing over and over again, you aren't learning. Getting bored means you aren't crashing. It means that your stick movements are becoming second nature and being burned into your "muscle memory". That is a good thing.
Posted by eolson | Jun 24, 2012 @ 01:10 PM | 2,366 Views
This will be my first blog entry, even though I have been flying for a few months now. This post will discuss some of how I got into the hobby.

It happened when I was looking on HobbyTron for an airsoft gun gift to give my son for his birthday. While perusing the site I came across their r/c helicopters and a small seed was planted. After ordering the gift, I revisited the site and that seed grew into a small plant. I bought what I thought was a decent copter, and one I thought was mid price. I ended up with a DH9104. I had problems from the get go and barely touch the thing now.
So, I did a Google search for r/c forums and found this place. Having previous experience with message boards getting me through my previous hobby of saltwater aquariums I knew this would be a place I could find help, answers to my questions, and advice I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.
When my tax return came in this year I visited my local hobby store and left with a Blade CX2 coaxial helicopter.
I had no idea what I was doing and trying to learn to fly in my dining room was not the best choice. I went through more than my fair share of stock blades before making certain changes to the heli with upgraded aluminum parts and hardened blades. Eventually I cleaned my garage out and had enough room to really start learning how to fly this thing.
To date, due mostly to my ego, I have had to replace a few inner and outer shafts and gears. But I am learning and using what I know to take it easy and not get too confident.