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Posted by xatled99 | Jun 29, 2008 @ 10:29 AM | 4,182 Views
sunday morning (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by xatled99 | Jun 28, 2008 @ 07:11 AM | 3,728 Views
After previously having flown only fixed wing aircraft, I jumped into the deep end of collective pitch helis in January. It might have been easier starting with coaxial or fixed pitch, but with patience, going straight to CP can be done.

how I learned:
  • RADD ground school
  • learn tail-in, side-in, nose-in
  • re-learn without training gear
  • re-learn out of ground effect
  • re-learn outdoors
  • FFF

month timeline (including time for repairs, full time work, part time school, part time life):
  1. indoor hovering
  2. hiatus for vacation/repairs/other projects
  3. outdoor hovering
  4. comfortable with altitude, fff
  5. outdoor nose-in hover
  6. nose-in fff
things to be aware of:
  • ground effect / terrain effects
  • wind and translational lift
  • vortex ring states
  • temperature effects

observations:
  • don't panic.
  • as with fixed wing aircraft, altitude is your friend; obstacles and distractions are not.
  • crashing sucks, but it's not the end of the world. rebuilding gets easier and cheaper after a couple months, and crash frequency goes way down.
  • after a certain point, you will have to push your comfort zone and take risks to take things to the next level and learn more.

when buying:
  • HH gyros are helpful. don't bother with rate gyros.
  • don't buy RTF- buy ARF and install your own servos and gyro. you'll need to replace the stock junk anyway.
  • RTF doesn't really mean RTF.

Posted by xatled99 | Jun 21, 2008 @ 02:18 PM | 3,827 Views
Posted by xatled99 | Jun 18, 2008 @ 07:05 PM | 3,959 Views
I haven't had much time for outdoor flying lately, so I threw the training gear back on the king2 for some indoor practice.

http://vimeo.com/1195514