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Old 02-27-2011, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First flight and some musings

Hiya All!!

I am now a somewhat qualified Noob CP Heli pilot. I had my very first flight yesterday. The almost obligatory OMG I don't WANT TO BREAK MUST PUT IT DOWN QUICK!! flight of 10 seconds followed closely by the I CAN'T BELIVE IT'S FLYING OMG the WIND TOOK IT PUT IT DOWN QUICK CUZ I DON'T WANT TO BREAK IT second flight of 1 minute 30 seconds. I tried to video tape both and was in front of the camera for both attempts

This morning it was a LOT less windy so I actually took it out and flew it rather than just trying not to crash it. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt71bIn0E9M[/ame] This was my first battery (The first time I actually really tried CP) 18 wonderfull minutes in the air (3 batteries) and I still had pleanty of juice in my batteries (Didn't want to push my luck) I see by the video I have a depth perception problem that I need to work on (It was walking away from me a lot more/farther than I thought)

This is my first REAL attempt at flying a CP helicopter. I started at Christmas with an Airhogs Hawkeye and moved to a 120SR and an MSR then found this wonderfull site and decided to get a 450. Shortly there after I changed my mind and got the 500 that I currently own.

I have read almost every post on here dealing with what to expect on your first flight, what to do to prepare for it etc etc.

There was a lot of good advice here. I figure I will give my point of view as a total noobie.

The SIM saves you money and heart ache (IF YOU USE IT CORRECTLY) I practiced hovering in the sim until I had it comitted to muscle memory. Practiced it with the 500 with no wind and in wind up to 25MPH. Then went thru and practiced it in the 450 for the same. Made the sim more difficult than the actuall Heli. Use the sim as a TOOL not as a toy. Get the basics down in the sim and you will be thanking Mr Pheonix or RF (Or whatever brand you have) on that first flight.

That said

The Sim doesn't give you the feeling of Mass that the real thing does (It's a VERY good tool but not perfect) It just seemed to me that I could tell the heli was heavy as opposed to when I was in the sim. The sim made it possiable for me to hover right from the start BUT nothing is quite like the real thing.

If it's at all possiable get an experianced person to help you out (One is still helping me out right now trying to diagnose a V-Bar/Spektrum issue).

If your in the field and it just doesn't FEEL right then don't try to take off (It's not worth it) wait until everything feels right before taking off (I killed the throttle three times on my third flight because the controller seemed awkward in my hands. The 4th time I got it up and was fine) I am almost positive this saved me from a crash (It turned out my tail fin was hung up on a clump of grass making the Heli act wierd) after moving it a couple of times it was fine.

I will keep updating as I gain experiance (I am sticking to a plan of ~2 hours of just hovering the heli in the air before trying other things)

Edit: Could a mod look at this post and figure out why it posted the youtube link twice?? Nevermind I figured it out (Don't use both the Youtube quotes and the youtube link at the same time)
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats John. Looks nice and stable. Where are you flying ? I am over in Woodbine.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I live in Sykesville and this is at a Baseball park near my house (Takes me all of 2 minutes to get there)

I figure this is ideal for hovering training (I make DANG sure there isn't anybody else around) then I can fly it at CCCs sports fields (I work there and have permission) for transitioning to forward flight.

Something I forgot to put in.

Treat these big Heli's as weapons (If you have any experiance with weapons)

Throttle hold is your Saftey. DO NOT take it off Throttle hold unless your actually ready to fly (Except when doing bench tests then be DANG carefull)

The battery is your Ammo. Don't hook the battery up unless your on the range, the range is clear and your getting ready to fly (Always check to make sure your throttle hold is on when you hook your battery up).
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Congrats man! As a fellow "almost in sykesville guy".. Looks like you did your vigilance with the sim because your hovering looks great! I did a good bit of flying with my 500 today.. Fantastic day for it!
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