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  • How to get started in RC heliopters part II

    Question: When do I know how to move to the next phase of flight?

    Answer: Unless you like wrenching and buying parts, I suggest you wait until you're proficient in hovering in at LEAST 3 orientations. Hovering Tail towards you, and hovering with the tail pointed left and tail pointed right.



    Question: Why can't I just do forward flight now?

    Answer: Because at some point, the helicopter WILL be facing you. Starting at you. Hovering with the nose facing you is intimidating and takes some practice. Because an airplane is constantly moving forward, flying towards yourself is far more natural. With a helicopter, in order for it to continue moving forward, you need to continue pushing forward on the cyclic stick.



    Question: How do I learn to hover "nose in"?

    Answer: After you're comfortable with the first 3 hovering orientations, take the helicopter to a reasonable height (about 15 to 20 feet in the air) and hover in one of your comfortable orientations. With the left stick, yaw the helicopter around so the nose is facing you. Only hold it there for a few seconds, and continue the yaw until the tail is pointing at you again. Continue practicing this, and you can increase the amount of time you hold the model "nose in" Practice, practice, practice. Simulator practice is invaluable, and the more time you put into practicing, the better pilot you will eventually become.



    Question: Now I'm pretty comfortable with "nose in", what next?

    Answer: I suggest flying "lazy 8's" Fly the model at a height of 15 to 20 feet high (too low and you won't have time to react if you become disoriented, too high, and you will have difficulty seeing the orientation of the model) in a figure of 8 shape (imagine looking down from above the model). Take a look at the image of the lazy 8. Practice flying the lazy 8 in both directions. As you become more and more confident, you can stand up the "8" (see the picture labeled "stand up 8") You'll notice that in the "stood up 8" the helicopter will be spending a lot more time flying back towards yourself.



    Remember, before you start to practice forward flight and lazy 8's, have a plan for what you're going to do if you get confused. My recommendation is to yaw around to "tail towards you" and back up the helicopter into a nice comfortable "tail in" hover. Regain your composure, and try again!

    Stay tuned for part III

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    Thanks for posting this Brian! This will be a big help to those just getting into helis. Have you considered doing something similar on setting up CP helis? I know that is one of the major hurdles for pilots transitioning from a fixed pitched or preprogrammed heli, to a do-it-yourself machine like a goblin or Trex. On another note, I would love to see you guys do a lineup of scale helis similar to what you have done with warbirds. Currently, Roban is just about the only company doing scale machines and fuselages, and their prices are high, and parts difficult to come by..

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    • #3
      I have flown rc helicopters. I started flying the 3 channel ones for a start. Now I started flying the 6 channel helicopters and I'm finding it more interesting and the thrill and satisfaction is much greater. Any advice please. Thank you and happy flying.

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      • #4
        Welcome to HobbySquawk Arnold. We got a great group of heli guys in here that can hopefully help you out like F106DeltaDart , TiredIronGRB and more.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Arnold View Post
          I have flown rc helicopters. I started flying the 3 channel ones for a start. Now I started flying the 6 channel helicopters and I'm finding it more interesting and the thrill and satisfaction is much greater. Any advice please. Thank you and happy flying.
          Glad to hear that you are enjoying flying helicopters. What are you looking for advice on next? Are you looking to start moving into different maneuvers? Try scale helicopters? Or looking for a new sport style heli?

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          • #6
            Hi Delta Dart, I'm finding it very difficult to order lipo batteries online. Can you please tell me who will ship them, if I order them on line. Tank you.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arnold View Post
              Hi Delta Dart, I'm finding it very difficult to order lipo batteries online. Can you please tell me who will ship them, if I order them on line. Tank you.
              Motion RC has batteries in their European warehouse. I’d imagine they’d be able to ship to you without any issues: https://www.motionrc.eu/collections/batteries

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              • #8
                Hi Delta Dart, I'm finding it very difficult to order lipo batteries online. Can you please tell me who will ship them, if I order them on line. Tank you.

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                • #9
                  Hi delta dart the problem is that all rc dealers sell lipo batteries but the airlines aren't accepting to carry them. This is my problem.

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                  • #10
                    Hi delta dart thank you for your reply and information. For now I won't go into scale models but I'm into sport models. I dont fly 3d though. I like to enjoy free flights for the time being. Thanks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Arnold View Post
                      Hi delta dart the problem is that all rc dealers sell lipo batteries but the airlines aren't accepting to carry them. This is my problem.
                      For bringing a LiPo on the airlines, the battery needs to be smaller than a 6 cell 4500 and in your carry-on. That is the largest battery below the 100 W-Hr limit of most airlines.

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