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Old 07-12-2020, 05:02 PM   #1441 (permalink)
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Gotta say - this is a great tutorial. Slow piros are invaluable. God knows why I never thought of it before.

Normally, I can fly FF, flips, loops, rolls, a little inverted (nose in only), and nose in. Been like that for years.

Left and right orientations sketch and nervous, and I'd become "handed" - right piros only.

Done 10 sessions so far (CW and CCW piros) and it has already transformed my flying in real life. I can piro slowly with ease, and I now have stopped flying back to myself tail in. Veyr happy in all orientations upright and it makes the world of difference.

Will keep at it. Done clean runs in slow piros now so onto inverted piros.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:00 PM   #1442 (permalink)
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Wow, halfway through reading this thread. Still torn on which sim to select, got the demos of all three (Heli-x, neXt, and AccuRC) all downloaded. I'd say I'm leaning toward Heli-x; however, probably because it has been easiest to get full time on demo. AccuRC and especially neXt quit so quickly, hard to get a good feel for them.

Seems neXt and AccuRC you can achieve the same result simply using the radio trim (for rudder).
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Old 11-04-2020, 06:42 PM   #1443 (permalink)
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I am very intrigued by this because the orientation training makes perfect sense...practice the hover whilst rotating. The standard four hover orientations do not necessarily teach the same memory muscle skill as hover while the heli is rotating 2 times a minute or 30 times a minute.

A lot of learning to do this is strictly muscle memory like video games. While we don't have a digital playset to rely on at the flying field....these lessons on the sim produce results. My work life is so crazy it is hard to make a "commitment". But this thread has changed the way I practice on the sim 100%. Seems like common sense.
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Old 11-05-2020, 01:22 AM   #1444 (permalink)
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Cool this thread is still active, no surprise really since I find the lessons super!


I've been following this training guide for a year now. I'm a bit OCD and has followed the lessons in their numbered order instead of doing two threads. Since February I've been chipping away at Lesson 5b: compass circles, got it down the other day so now I'm finally moved on to Lesson 6: Upright forward circles.


I'll come back to 5c when I'm done with Lesson 12. Enough is enough.



In the real world I'm already flying forward circles/eights, loops, rolls, hammerheads etc.. Basic airplane stuff. But it's quite sloppy and with a fair bit of speed, so it's still a challenge to get perfect slow circles close to the ground.


Is there any point in reading the 1 400+ posts in this thread? Guessing the signal to noise-ratio is extremely low after all these years.
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Old 11-05-2020, 10:19 AM   #1445 (permalink)
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Indeed this thread is a great resource and definitely post here for any experiences moving through it.

I started with it but I still was messing up my orientations. What worked for me was to practice my static 4 point hovers, then go back to the piro hover, and back and forth, depending on what I saw my weakness was and work on that one harder.

What I also "tweaked" was to alter my orientation circuit or figure 8 practice on the same flight. I noticed my brain got "stuck" on an orientation if I only practiced that and then I couldn't do a different orientation so I worked on mixing them up to force my brain to think about having to get used to the change.

But great resource and kudos to ArchmageAU
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Old 11-15-2020, 09:37 AM   #1446 (permalink)
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Took me seven sessions to complete lesson 6 Forward circles. But I've been doing 'em a lot IRL so I just had to hone the execution.


Started reverse circles today and I'm back to laughing hysterically to the impossibleness. After fifteen minutes of solid fails I managed three laps. Very far from perfect circles but laps non the less. Feels like it will be possible to achieve this skill, too.



Did 5b compass circles again afterwards, 'cause I felt like I had lost the touch flying inverted IRL yesterday.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:58 PM   #1447 (permalink)
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FYI: I recommend removing or updating this link at the bottom of the post.

"Addendum:

For those wanting to track progress and fine more things to progress with, I can recommend: http://rcheli.club/moves/"

It is no longer what it should be and wouldn't want anyone seeing what I just saw unless something is wrong with my computer...
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Old 02-03-2021, 03:59 AM   #1448 (permalink)
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Backwards circles took 19 fifteen minute sessions.

Inverted backwards was a whole different beast, but after chipping away for 45 sessions I finally got it done today! With a good margin too. It's not a very consistent circle yet, but circles none the less!

Off to inverted forward circles...
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Old 02-03-2021, 08:56 AM   #1449 (permalink)
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Keep the updates coming. Always great to see how this thread keeps helping people. Different methodologies work for different people but this one keeps being very popular and helpful.
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Old 02-03-2021, 05:44 PM   #1450 (permalink)
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Here is my progress in the sim (1y 3m)

Sim: Half piro-flips (2 min 3 sec)


And reality

Reality: Half piro-flips (4 min 49 sec)
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Old 02-04-2021, 09:01 AM   #1451 (permalink)
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I think I like the real life half piro flips better. They look very smooth! Congratulations.
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Old 03-04-2021, 01:13 AM   #1452 (permalink)
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31 sessions to achieve lesson 9, forward inverted circles. Now I'm better at those than any of the other orientations, including normal. In fact the first few tries on Lesson 10 were frustrating to fly normal.

Luckily it's only in the sim, IRL I seem to still remember normal flight.
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Old 03-23-2021, 09:24 PM   #1453 (permalink)
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Back to hobby after about 6+ years of pause. Very effective traning case! I have restored my previous fying skills for about 25 sessions and currently make new progression. Thanks to author! Very recommended fly 20 min session, pause about an 1 hour and second 20 min session.
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:31 AM   #1454 (permalink)
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There is ONE dumb question.
It’s very clearly not... “is the first rule of helicopter club that we’re not allowed to talk about helicopter club???”

... because we talk about helicopter club all the time 😄
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Old 05-18-2021, 01:17 AM   #1455 (permalink)
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I have been flying sim every day for 20 mins, insist is the key. Learned all the basic skill from reading this post, thank you again.
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Old 06-25-2021, 04:09 AM   #1456 (permalink)
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This is a great training program. I'm getting back into the hobby after a 10+ year break. Previously I could do loops, rolls, flips, nose in inverted, but starting again I could not do the slow upright piro. Now I have logged 7 hours on the simulator following your exercises. I'm on the dreaded lesson 4 and just starting to get it, have built up to 100% speed and currently getting about 2 crashes per 20 minute session.
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Old 07-24-2021, 04:07 PM   #1457 (permalink)
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Great tutorial. I am at the "Hover nose in" stage on the SIM. I did tail in for a week and can now stay that way without thinking about it.
I'm using RF 9.5 with the medium sized circle.
I understand why the OP recommends listening to music, to avoid boredom.
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