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Old Jan 17, 2011, 06:21 AM
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Now, after the third lesson, I'm working on flying nose in direction of flight box patterns. They look more like deformed triangles right now, but I'm actually flying the damn thing. The three things I suggest are:

1. Get CaptJac's help.
2. As he will tell you 'Practice, practice, practice'
3. As anyone will tell you ... Patience. There is a 'click' and now I can hover that bird fairly well from three orientations. No pro by any means, but it's coming.
----If I may add a 4th to your suggestions ..

----4. Practice, practice, practice

Phoenix been doing their homework on updates - and have greatly improved their training layouts in providing flight-box patterns. Great job Semerien - you're advancing fassssst and really keeping me on my toes staying ahead of you!!
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 11:12 PM
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wow Captain Jack made this fun!

I can tell you that if you are on the fence about learning how to fly with Capt Jack get off and DO IT! By the end of the session I was flying! Really flying in circles! It was a blast and I can't thank him enough!
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 03:27 PM
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I can tell you that if you are on the fence about learning how to fly with Capt Jack get off and DO IT! By the end of the session I was flying! Really flying in circles! It was a blast and I can't thank him enough!
Ditto!!!!
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 03:33 PM
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Well it's been a month since I had my hovering lesson with Jack (3 months since I started helis). It changed my approach to practicing and now I practice hovering in all orientation and very slow piros in place every day.

here is a video I recorded today. I am now working on inverted hover/circuits and polishing backwards/some half piro flips experiments/collective management (it's not on the video too ugly hehe)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jduqqSIyDWE

I'll try to record similar video from RL when weather permits.
Thanks again Jack.
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 04:01 PM
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Your flying style is very precise and controlled - I like that. It's one reason I have people do those same drills - the hovering while doing slow piros and level circuits and so on. You can really see where that training is showing through in your flying. Nicely done!
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 05:55 PM
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Lookin good

Your flying style is very precise and controlled - I like that. It's one reason I have people do those same drills - the hovering while doing slow piros and level circuits and so on. You can really see where that training is showing through in your flying. Nicely done!
Thanks Jasmine - if not these forums, I'd be nowhere with my flying and I'd not even think about getting a 50 soon (not to mention I'd not build my 250)

I still have a long way to go, I'll be doing these slow and precise drills even if I get to some smack 3D level (if ever). After 10 minutes of these anything seems easy. I start to understand why hardcore 3d guys always talk about FAI/F3C
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 08:55 PM
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Yeah you should read through these... Finless Bob Video Challenge...
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=252568
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=256165

The whole point behind those is to give people something reasonable to practice so they get the basics down before they move on. However, even for experienced pilots, it is a great practice, as it's easy to see when you mess up.
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 10:43 PM
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Where can i download a very fast jet for Phoenix sim..Like the F22 or which ever is the fastest???
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 10:51 PM
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You can edit the jets to make them faster, but I don't think you can download any other than what comes automatically. Periodically they add aircraft and it will download and install them for you. To increase the speed of the jets, you need to up the thrust to weight ratio AND the weight of the airplane. When you do this you're going to need to tweak the control surface travel also, to make the plane flyable at the higher speed. It will probably be near to impossible to land.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 01:15 AM
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Yeah I have an f16 on there that tops out at 583mph but its very hard to control and impossible to land unless you are someplace with a huge open field. Even I think I've only gotten it down successfully less than 10 times seeing as it stalls at about 80 mph. It was fun for awhile but not being able to land sucks and it also takes forever to get off the ground (very bumpy and hard since the suspension isn't meant to carry 110lb). Now I have one that weighs about 50lb and does about 300mph. Much more controllable, much easier to land and more fun overall. Anyways the f16 is the easiest to make go fast and is still flyable(there are others that are flyable at 600mph but you have to change the wings and a whole bunch of weird stuff). There are also a few that you can get going 700-800 but aren't controllable, just zoom off into the sky.


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Also you have to make the wingspan 7ft on the f16. Any bigger and will go beserk when flying and doesn't work lol.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 01:27 AM
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Yeah you should read through these... Finless Bob Video Challenge...
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=252568
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=256165

The whole point behind those is to give people something reasonable to practice so they get the basics down before they move on. However, even for experienced pilots, it is a great practice, as it's easy to see when you mess up.
Yes, I am practicing this as well. Everyone should look into it.
(second one is very hard on the sim due to lack of depth).

My goal is to pass "B" BMFA certificate this year and start attending competitions sometime next, time permitting. (good practice routine as well http://www.bmfa.org/achievement/files/Hel-B-Issue8.pdf)
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 10:33 AM
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CaptJac,
I know that you tried to get together with me on Skype in December before I left on vacation. I'm finally back and ready!! Could you please give me your Skype Number so that I can contact you directly?
Looking forward to chatting with you.
Alan Roth
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 08:58 AM
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Lessons with CaptJac

I've been following this thread with some interest. Since I'm a new heli pilot... trying to learn a few skills. I'm comfortable with the mCX, MSR, and SR 120. And now looking for something bigger. Folks at the local flying field recommended simulator experience. And so I bought the Phoenix... and have been playing around without much direction.

CaptJac has really made my learning focused and directed. Instead of randomly stumbling across learning points... he takes you step by step through a structured path.

If anyone out there is thinking about joining up with CaptJac... just get off the fence and do it. Worst case is you learn a little. Best case is you learn lots, and have fun.
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Training exercise -

moved to new location ..
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 12:12 PM
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Tail-in hovering

moved to new location ..
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