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Posted by Dave O | Jan 07, 2012 @ 06:19 PM | 1,810 Views
Given my novice propensity for crashing, I've been using a set of training gear to facilitate takeoffs and soften the uh "landings". After a few weeks and a dozen packs with moderately controlled takeoff and landing, I decided to remove the gear and see if I could still maintain control.

What a difference!

I had assumed that while seemingly small, the additional mass low on the heli would affect the flight dynamics. I had not idea how significant the affect was. I was still able to maintain control (barely), but was very surprised at how much faster the control responses were.

I'm a novice, and will be for a while, but I can definitely recommend using the training gear.

1 Helps stabilize the heli during spin up and takeoff
2 Reduces damage of not so soft landings
3 Slows down the heli so novice response times can still maintain control
Posted by Dave O | Jan 04, 2012 @ 12:53 PM | 2,100 Views
Since purchasing my CB100 in December, I've tried to spend a pack or two each day practicing hovering. My practice area is about 6x6 so there not much more that can be done. This last week I added in some right and left side hovers. Last night I got up the nerve to take my heli for a walk.

My practice area is between the dining room table and the patio door. The walk included a trip through the kitchen, up the stairs, down the hall and into the bedroom. While the kitchen and bedroom are open, the stairs, hallway and door were nerve wracking. With several minutes left on the battery, we returned to the door as the buzzer started to sound.

In my mind this is not so much a statement to my piloting prowess, as it is to the stability of my little CB100 and the advantage of all that time I spent on the simulator while waiting for delivery.

For now it's back to hover practice. Before long I want to try nose in.