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12-11-2007, 11:49 PM
I just purchased G4 over the weekend and this is my first experiance with RC Aircraft. I was a CH-46E crew chief in the Marine Corps and have wanted to get into this for a while.
So far the only Helo I can fly is the Heli-Max Axe EZ. Everything is way to touchy and I crash very fast. Can someone please give me a list of progression I should follow. I am not sure what helo does what and what level of difficulty they are so what should I move to.
Also has anyone flown a RC 46 or used one in the sim? I know that they have kits for them and was wondering what they are like.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
12-12-2007, 12:25 AM
Helicopters are a very hard to master and take lots of practice, if you are to go buy one, go for a .30 sized heli, Raptor 30 for example.
When you are flying a helicopter it is practically just moving in 0 gravity (in hover) and most likely will slide around (momentum) making it difficult to hover, requiring constant correction.
1. Practice on G4 until you can hover, canopy facing you. (can try inverted if you want to) BUT do not try this on a real R/C heli! (yet ;) )
2. Get a .30 sized helicopter, Raptor 30 is a popular training helicopter.
3. Join a club and they will sort you out on the first flight & tuning.
On G4 a good heli to practice hovering would be the impala, with training gear on it.
12-12-2007, 12:59 AM
The Stock Huey on the sim seems to be the easiest to fly for me
12-12-2007, 01:38 AM
Personally, I'd use the axe EZ to get used to the controls where you can put the thing wherever you want it. Just don't get used to pushing forwards/right at the same time to go forwards for long distance. Mainly use it to hover practice.
You can also then use the built in "training" feature of "heli hover training" to practice different sticks one at a time. Once you get good enough, pick up the latest expansion and get to where you can do whatever you want to be able to do with the MX450XS or TTR Mini Titan. Then you're set.
30-size is a popular training size but I prefer the 50s myself. They're a little more stable at first, but have a better engine/blade selection for when you want to start kicking its butt.
12-12-2007, 01:13 PM
Like he said, first work on orientation with the Axe.
Then you'll need to work on getting used to hovering with a larger heli.. such as one of the glows.
Helicopters are all about anticipation.
You must correct the heli well before it seems to need the correction... and you must do it gently and proportionately.
Newbies tend to slam the stick around, then panic and slam it back the other way far too much and too long after the fact.
With helis you need to already be counteracting that right drift just before it starts, and then backing off before the drift stops.
That means that you must inherently "know" when to do this...
Knowing comes with experience and practise.
Be prepared to use the red button a LOT at first.
12-12-2007, 07:22 PM
sounds like flyin in tow in the gliders...... severe anticipation............ (i got my gliders liscense over the summer :D )
12-12-2007, 09:59 PM
Thanks for all the good advice and quick replies! I am doing decent with the Axe EZ after a couple days but everything else is near impossible. As soon as I pick up the helo take off wildly like the wind is taking it even though I have 0 wind. I reload the EZ on the same airfield and location and have no problems. I am ruling weather conditions out as my problem. Take the Huey for example at Waco field. As soon as I lift the skids off the deck the aircraft goes hard left woth no other imputs from me. Then I have to try and fix that and everything goes down hill from there. Any suggestions or changes to my settings would be awesome!
12-12-2007, 10:09 PM
anticipate it takes some practice at the slight notice that something is happening quickly give small correcting inputs.... dont wait and try to correct in one big input
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