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Old 12-21-2017, 07:52 AM   #174 (permalink)
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Yes. Pro pilots have amazing reflexes and many of them have a natural ability for this. But it does take them quite a while to learn. Very few of them will take a short time to start doing really difficult maneuvers. Many of the pros have been flying for years from a young age. And many others just practice a long time.

For us regular human beings it takes a long time with the short time to be able to allocate to practice. I will be 3 years in next March and I am still trying to learn all my orientations.

The single most important cause of slow progress though is fear of crashing. I actually lived that. I was doing basically only tail-in hover and crashing constantly. When I tried some FFF (fast forward flight or side to side in a straight line across the field) I had one my most terrible crashes. But on the sim I was able to hover inverted, do stall turns, flips and rolls. Once I almost crashed a little 230S on a very bad inverted hover attempt and saved it by pushing Rescue. That, for me, removed the psychological barrier of crashing and I was able to fly high and try everything I was doing on the sim. So literally overnight my progression gave a huge leap forward.

It is key to find a way to remove that fear of crashing. Usually a small inexpensive heli will help. Some buy a couple of the same to crash one, and have the other for reference and to keep flying even if with a bit more reserve until both are fixed and you can start trying new things again. That is how you progress quickly. But yes, it does take time for the brain to adapt and it's different for each person.

Originally Posted by Allan114 View Post
I appreciate that, these heli's can get away from you pretty easily. This is why I am amazed at the top 3D flyers on You Tube how they pole these helis around and yet they are 100% in control all the time. To be honest I don't have a clue how to do that kind of flying where the tail is continually spining and yet the direction of the heli is fully controlled. A sim is a very good tool. I have an older copy of Phoenix which helps me.but it isn't quite like actual flying. One thing I would say with the sim is that when you use it make every effort not to crash the heli. I know crashes are free in the sim but I found that the mental attitude of crashing seemed to overflow into my actual flying.
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