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Old Jan 10, 2005, 09:26 AM
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Yippee!
Fantastic First Fast Forward Flight!

How's that for alliteration? I finally tipped the nose forward on the Corona, grabbed some throttle and went for it. I gained some altitude and started flying fast laps at the school. It was a lot easier than I thought. I was afraid it would fall in a nose in hover and I'd lose it. It flew fast and well in the breezes that were picking up. I feel my skills inventory growing weekly as I fly. I did my frst piro about a week ago,(again, thinking it would spin out of control). I'm working on nose-in on the sim and with the XRB.
BTW, the XRB is a great tool for polishing skills. Because it's so stable, it's like flying a slowed down sim, the motions on the TX are identical as a reg RC heli, just slower and easier. Once you have it nailed on the XRB, you can cafrefully do it on the Corona.

In a nutshell; A sim/Corona/XRB are out and out the best way to enter helis! I have pretty much taught myself on this combination. In a month and half, I'm only out $25 worth of parts on the Corona and nothing on the XRB.
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 02:43 AM
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First forward flight is a pretty good feeling. I found it similar to flying a plane, just have to remember not to cut power and pull up if it all goes wrong.
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 12:42 PM
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Hehe, my first FF was horrible with the Eco8... I had wayyy too much positive pitch so I was stalling the blades all along and I had to do a few extra circuits because I couldn't get it back into a hover. I was in panic-mode the whole time; I guess my plane skills kept me from crashing. I wish I had a sim back then.

So, good job uglyplane!

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 02:48 PM
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Yes it's a wonderful feeling to nail that first fast forward flight and make it back in one piece. I startred out with a micro (FP Hornet, a real rag if you ask me) and learned the basics on that. I can now fly my Corona in slow motion circles about 5" diameter, nose in is a piece of cake and figure 8's are a breeze. I found it just takes confidence in your abilities, that and alot of practice.
Congradulations on your accomplishment!

Gary
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 03:27 PM
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Bill,
Great work keep it up. It does feel good to get around with it and back to earth in one peice as Gary stated. I have finally gotten to the point where I no longer fear the crash,I am now comforable enough to fly anytime and anywhere ,and I do! After you've began the forward flight training you're really snagged and never want the battery to go dead or can never have enough batteries charged. Soon you'll be flying in the rain and wind and never think twice about it. I've been known to fly in the rain,well a light rain from my porch.
I have to say that if it were'nt for the XRB I probably would'nt be where I am now with the Corona. I can see your face now as your flying just one big grin,is'nt it?

Rick
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 04:24 PM
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Congrats Bill! Welcome to FF.
I have a 110 foot long front yard so what I did was hover in front of me, then push the nose forward. When I wanted to stop I just gave a bit of throttle and pulled aft cyclic. After many many times of doing that I found myself rocking back and forth the length of my property until one day I drove the heli forward and at the end I pulled back on the stick, kicked the tail around, a drove it back. That was on awesome day!
Now you can move on to forward/reverse and open/closed figure eights!

Fun fun fun aint it?

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 05:16 PM
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I too am practicing FF and circular flying patterns. At times I feel that I am losing it but I just pull back on the cyclic and cut down on the throttle to slow down and break into a hover. Practice, practice, practice itís whole lot of fun. Like no other. I just need to stay more in control of my altitude.

Try consecutive 360 degree spins. They are a blast!!!
I love it!!!!

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 06:12 PM
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I used to be able to do SFFF (super fast forward flight).

Probably had my eco moving along at 40-45 mph..And i could do it in all orentaions..

that is until i crashed it..i was out of it too long, so i forgot it all, now i'm using a raptor to relearn..

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 06:28 PM
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That's exactly what I did for awhile. started getting bored, just moving it around, so that's when I just said the heck with it, let's go FFF. The worse thing that could happen is a trip to the Corona hospital for $0-$20 worth of parts (then I would just upgrade them at that time)...
You are right, I'm really hooked now!


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Congrats Bill! Welcome to FF.
I have a 110 foot long front yard so what I did was hover in front of me, then push the nose forward. When I wanted to stop I just gave a bit of throttle and pulled aft cyclic. After many many times of doing that I found myself rocking back and forth the length of my property until one day I drove the heli forward and at the end I pulled back on the stick, kicked the tail around, a drove it back. That was on awesome day!
Now you can move on to forward/reverse and open/closed figure eights!

Fun fun fun aint it?

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