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Old 12-24-2011, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im new to this hobby with a lama v4 and a Honey Bee V2 coming soon and Ive been reading rchelicopterfun.com for the past days and in the day 3 lesson it says:
  • Always fly the helicopter by looking at the nose or pod section
  • Never fly the helicopter by looking at the tail boom or tail rotor

However in Phoenix, when practicing flight, i found the opposite is a lot easier when hovering. Rchelicopterfun.com has been great this far but now i feel perplexed. What gives?
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In some orientations, you won't be able to see much of the tail. That's all I can think of.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well when you turn left the tail goes right. I try to look at the whole heli, can't see the nose when tail in, can't see the tail when nose in.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There are plenty of people that fly by the tail with no problems. If you're uncomfortable with flying the nose and looking at the tail works for you, great...fly the tail. The only problem is that your tail direction will probably end up being reversed. This can cause problems for other pilots that fly your bird to help you, diagnose problems etc.
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