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Old Dec 08, 2013, 08:05 PM
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Like some advice for friend that has a large .90 powered helicopter and is scared to try to fly it for fear of wrecking it. My friend Ralph , had his own Bell 2 helicopter, real one and flew it for several years. He finally realized his age and sold it. However, the bug was still there . Many years ago he purchased a custom built helicoppter RC model. It is strictly fly by wire- no gyros or anyother flight assists.

My question .. Is there a good way to equip this large model with flight stabilizing electronics so Ralph would have a better chance of flying?

Finding a helicopter pilot experienced and willing to help is priority but there are things that can be done to modernize. Any help/suggestion appreciated.
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Old Dec 09, 2013, 04:25 AM
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http://www.servovision.com/HeliCommand.html
these have auto levelling and some kind of position hold .
have hem of rears and love them.
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Old Dec 10, 2013, 07:03 PM
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One best flying aid

Thanks. Will look them up.
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Old Dec 22, 2013, 01:12 PM
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I think FMA used to make a stabilization devise that would suite your friends needs but not sure its available anymore. prolly best thing he could do is get some time on a simulator and put in some time so he gets a better idea of what to expect. also a decent gyro will help a lot and be sure and cut the ATVs back to around 50% to calm the cyclic down, other than that it just takes time and practice practice practice
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Like some advice for friend that has a large .90 powered helicopter and is scared to try to fly it for fear of wrecking it. My friend Ralph , had his own Bell 2 helicopter, real one and flew it for several years. He finally realized his age and sold it. However, the bug was still there . Many years ago he purchased a custom built helicoppter RC model. It is strictly fly by wire- no gyros or anyother flight assists.

My question .. Is there a good way to equip this large model with flight stabilizing electronics so Ralph would have a better chance of flying?

Finding a helicopter pilot experienced and willing to help is priority but there are things that can be done to modernize. Any help/suggestion appreciated.
You were given two very good suggestions. The FMA Co-Pilot is still out there.

I'm more interested in a few pictures of this custom built helicopter than anything else. Can you provide some pictures of it? An overall picture with the canopy installed, and a few other pictures with the canopy removed?

Thanks in advanced.
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Old Jan 01, 2014, 06:50 PM
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just seen a FMA training unit on fleabay
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Old Jan 04, 2014, 12:11 PM
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Yes the Helicommand does have a save feature. I have one installed in my Whiplash Gasser helicopter. That said if this person is just learning to fly RC helicopters then that will not help. He will need to learn to hover first and there is nothing to help in that area other then a well set up machine with some training gear.

I would suggest a cheaper helicopter like a Blade MCPx BL to learn on or maybe a flight sim. Learning to fly RC helicopters you WILL crash it's just a matter of time.
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Old Apr 16, 2014, 06:37 AM
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Tell him to learn like most of us did. Get a small 6 channel helicopter like a blade mcpx or 130x or similar. Start with that learn to hover first then fly. Having real helicopter flight experience is not going to help much he's still going to have to start from scratch and learn to fly.
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Old Apr 17, 2014, 02:22 PM
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Maybe I missed something, but if your friend has (had?) the means to support a 1:1 scale helicopter, and gave it up due to his age, a 130x doesn't feel like a good call. For reasonable money, a 500 class electric from a local shop, with a self leveling flight stabilizer, set up to fly mild... is one realistic way to learn.

A custom setup machine that predates even tail gyros, is not going to be easily fixed in the inevitable training mishap.
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