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Old 10-06-2010, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Below you will find links to videos that will guide you through learning how to fly an RC Helicopter. These short heli training videos are geared towards getting your RC helicopter up in the air fast by showing you what to practice. Following these steps and practicing each level will build muscle memory, orientation, sport flying, 3D skills and give you the confidence you need to improve your rc heli flying at the field. The intended audience is sport to intermediate 3d pilots. Even if you are doing 3d moves test yourself and see if you have any weaknesses in these levels. Make sure you practice and master each level before you move up. In just 30 minutes a night or less you can learn to fly an RC helicopter and become a master 3d heli pilot.

Level 1 Hovering upright
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Learn upright hovering, rudder control and orientation. Hovering side on, tail in and nose in be difficult. This video shows you in a few minutes what to practice to hover an RC helicopter upright. Practice:
  • Tail at 45 degrees offset
  • Side in viewing the helicopters left and right side
  • Nose in with the tail directly away and offset
  • Stretch: Pirouette back to tail in. Backward flips
  • Bonus: Forward flight circle
Level 2 Hovering inverted
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Inverted hovering is difficult because our brains dont want to believe a heli can fly upside down. Follow along on this video and master rudder control and the soft feel you need to hover an RC helicopter while inverted. Practice:
  • Tail offset 45 degrees on each side
  • Side in looking at the heli on the left and right
  • Nose in inverted
  • Stretch: Forward flips, Rolls, Inverted piro to tail nose in.
  • Bonus: Inverted forward circle
Level 3 Flying in circles
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Learn to fly an RC helicopter in circles and keep it on a constant heading without increasing to decreasing in speed. Controlling the cyclic and elevator movements you will learn to groove the heli into a circle and keep it there. Practice:
  • 5 forward circles left and right
  • 5 backward circles left and right
  • 5 inverted forward circles left and right
  • 5 inverted backwards circles left and right
  • Stretch: Forward loops, Backward loops,Tail down tic tocs
  • Bonus: tail down rainbows, stationary piros
Level 4 Flying in Figure 8s
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Once you complete circles the next step is to learn to fly an RC helicopter in figure 8s. The main thing you are learning is the transition between one circle to the other. Dont cheat and do lazy 8s make sure you come around in as perfect a figure 8 as possible. Practice:
  • Switch this move so the figure 8 crosses towards you and away from you.
  • Forward
  • Backwards
  • Inverted
  • Inverted backwards
  • Stretch: Snake transition in figure 8 with 30% bank angle, Side on Tic-Tocs
  • Bonus: Stall turns changing orientations at the top of the turn
Level 5 Learning funnels
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Something about remote control helicopters in sideways flight looks cool and seems so wrong to our brains. Think about doing circles and focus on grooving in your funnels. The key is to reverse your aileron and elevator cyclic movements from a circle and let them go. Practice:
  • 5 upright tail down, left and right
  • 5 upright tail up left, and right
  • 5 inverted tail down, left and right
  • 5 Inverted tail up, left and right
  • Stretch: Funnel figure 8s
  • Bonus: slowing down funnels and changing the speed
Level 6 Learning loops
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Performing large loops with an RC heli can really be fun. Work on these and controlling your inputs on the simulator before you go the field. Also remember with a flybared helicopter that you will need to give constant cyclic inputs during a loop to keep everything in sync. Practice:
  • 5 inside forward, left and right
  • 5 inside backward left, and right
  • 5 outside forward, left and right
  • 5 outside backward, left and right
  • Stretch: Vertical loop figure 8
  • Bonus: Sideways loops
Level 7 Morphing or Transitions
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Learn to fly figure 8s, hurricanes and the mobius with your RC helicopter. The video lesson will show you how to practice morphing from one orientation to another in flight. Follow the video and steps below and practice:
  • 5 of each figure 8 morphing orientations
  • Forward upright to inverted going left and right
  • Backwards upright to inverted going left and right
  • Upright funnel to inverted left and right
  • Verticle loop figure 8s left and right
  • Horizontal loop figure 8s going left and right
Level 8 Rolling travel
Rolling in a straight line forwards and backwards
  • Rolling circle forward left and right
  • Rolling circle backwards left and right
  • Rolling figure 8s
Level 9 Pirouetting travel
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Flying an RC helicopter while is is pirouetting can be challenging. This video will walk you through how to learn to fly your RC helicopter while it is doing a piro. Or as most people describe it this the video with show you how to fly piro moves with an RC helicopter.
  • Pirouetting in a straight line left right, inverted
  • Piro circle upright
  • Piro circle inverted
  • Piro flips
  • Piro Figure 8 Upright
  • Piro Figure 8 Inverted
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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awesome post! thanks for all the great vids and info

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Been using these vids for a while now, nice to see them up on helifreak.
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Thanks Rz. I really like what you are doing with the videos and Heli Flight school. This is something that has been missing from the hobby.

I will be doing some more videos this winter.

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Thanks to both of you!

Rz, I've seen your vids and your flight school postings - excellent work. I like the way you break down maneuvers into steps that can be mastered and then combined.

floop, after seeing this post I went to your web site. Great stuff, and very inspiring. I hope that when I reach two and a half years of flying I'll have progressed as far as you have.

With the work you both have contributed to the community we'll all be better pilots.
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Nice vids. Just missing Rz's style step-by-step analyzis and explanation
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why was this thread moved?
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Nice vids...

where was it before?
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was in the flight school forum, but someone saw fit to move it here... whatever floats your boat i guess
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I wonder if this could be moved back now that there is a flight school thread?
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I have seen chadrg's vids, and there is just one important thing I find missing. Well, actually, I find the same thing missing from many individuals training vids. That is explaining how to actually do the moves. I mean all the vids say, "OK, now first thing you need to do is spend lots of time learning how to hover...", but never really give insight to a newbie, what is takes. I mean, when I was learning to hover, if things were going wrong, I got desperate and searched for vids that would help explain what I may be doing wrong. It was impossible to find. Everybody just shows you how they do stuff, but do not actually explain it.

I have started watching a series from dbutzer. This guy actually tries to explain how to do stuff. I found it as part of this post.

Hope this is helpful to someone.
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Still some of the best tutorial videos on the net after 2 years.
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Thanks for the post. I basically learned everything I know from your, Razas and Berts/Bobby videos.
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floop flies at my field and thats where i steal most of his routine lol, these videos are great but i think its time to add some new ones. how about it?
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great videos. pretty helpful
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Hi Chad,

Thanks for putting all this training video together..

I found your piro-flip is slightly different from Raza's Vid..

I know they are somewhat the same.. But yours after flipping around.. the tail is in.. half a turn more then Raza's..

I've been practising raza's method for awhile.. and now wants to try yours.. But I find that I'm a bit lost with the second half.. from inverted tail-in to up-right tail-in..

I'm flying mode 1.. so I cant really follow your stirring which is mode 2..

I learn all this with looking at how the heli spin and turn and try and replicate it with mode 1 stick movement.. Its been a challenge.. But I know I will get it some time not too soon..

Just wants to say a big thank you to you and raza for putting all this together..

hope to see more training video soon

All the best

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I'm a new flyer and this really helped me learn some new things. Really appreciate it!!!!!
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I appreciate this so much as it helps me get ideas on how to help people that are just starting that I know. So thank you guys very much.
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I have seen chadrg's vids, and there is just one important thing I find missing. Well, actually, I find the same thing missing from many individuals training vids. That is explaining how to actually do the moves. I mean all the vids say, "OK, now first thing you need to do is spend lots of time learning how to hover...", but never really give insight to a newbie, what is takes. I mean, when I was learning to hover, if things were going wrong, I got desperate and searched for vids that would help explain what I may be doing wrong. It was impossible to find. Everybody just shows you how they do stuff, but do not actually explain it.

I have started watching a series from dbutzer. This guy actually tries to explain how to do stuff. I found it as part of this post.

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