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Old 05-19-2011, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I became addicted last year. Falcon 40 FP to my current Trex500. I flew a lot and made quite a bit of progress last year. However, it was a long winter and a pretty crappy spring (weather) in Wisconsin. Sure I spent time on the sim, but it’s not the real thing. Anyway, I got out a few times in the past couple weeks, practiced circuits, hovering in, out, left and right, FFF and a some inverted basics too. Just getting the rust out of my thumbs, and my knees solid again. Flying very well, inside my comfort level…

So today, on my second pack…What the heck…I decided to push it. Loops went fine, flips were nice…then I decide, gotta go faster on the flips…cool 3 in a row (a triple, I guess you could call it) pulled out, heli banked, (thumb malfunction) and wham, into the ground. I was over tall grass so damage was fairly minor as far as 500 crashes go, but still…Heli is back on the bench now. I knew I shouldn’t have tried that yet…

I see over and over on so many posts, “get comfortable with the basics”. If I would have just followed that advice, I would have time for 3 more packs tonight after work. Lesson learned.

I’m glad I like building too…Guess what I’m doing tonight.

Had to vent to an understand group,
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea, I too got to where I could do loops, then flips and piro stall turns but, couldn't come in to land nose first. This jump in progress led to some crashes. I am now going back to basics like episode #1 in heli flight school. It's surly helping me. I can now hover nose in pretty well but, I'm not going to say that I've got it down.

So now when I'm not working on basics, I will fly around a bit and I can see improvment already.

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Old 05-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You don't learn if you don't push yourself, at least not very quickly. The trick is knowing yourself and just how far you can go past the comfort zone. My last crash was me pushing myself and getting cocky. My heli is STILL not right!

Don't be afraid to push a little even while "perfecting" the basics, as you will learn more by adding baby steps here and there.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is nothing wrong with going out of the comfort zone a little bit and having some fun.my rule is to come out side of my comfort box just for a second then right back in then repeat that learning everything.cheers and enjoy some people say world is going to end in a couple of days :}
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