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Old 03-29-2020, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1st Heli Worlds from 1985

Old Vintage RC Video Magazine #4 1985 Contents in Description (1 hr 42 min 36 sec)


This video has been making the rounds on the pattern list for the 1985 nats, but it also contains the 1985 Heli Worlds Championship, the 1st competition.

Japan team 1st, US 2nd, GB 3rd.

Interesting that the tail rotors come to a complete stop in their autos.

Anyways starts at about 59 minute point.
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In that time frame and into the late 90s you were not allowed to have a driven tail rotor in competition. The 180 deg autos were flown with the tail weather vaning, it works very well but you must keep forward speed. I am not sure when driven tails became allowed just as I am not sure when FBL became allowed.
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I was there in Canada for the first WC. Pretty exciting stuff for the times. There was no rule on driven tails, to the contrary, with a straight line auto, there was no real need perceived at the time. Shorty later, people began to desire more control upon landing because there was a downgrade for rotation at the flare. There still was no "rule" so it was simply an adaptation of a desire to improve autos. Straight line autos were the standard for many years after that but "cross-wind contests" had something else in mind and driven tails became popular. Sometime after that, the 180 degree auto came into the rules and forced driven tails for everyone who was serious about competition. As for FBL, I was out of the hobby during the last 18 years but my best guess is about 2008 but I could be off. I must say, I might be missing the old flybar system as I'm currently enjoying deciphering the CGY755, ugh.
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If I remember correctly, 2015 was the first WC that allowed gyro control on aileron and elevator.
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Old 01-23-2021, 08:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ahhh, simpler times.
I love the crowd cheering for a loop lol.
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I was at the Ď85 F3C WCs, we cheered the loop for that pilot, Pedro Caldente from Spain, because that was the first loop he had ever done!

FlaFlyer52 was spot on, straight autos didnít Ďneedí tail control, and constant drives hadnít been invented yet. We did learn that they were beneficial for straight autos before we really needed them for 180s!

Very much simpler times... we didnít know what we didnít know!

Yes, 2015 was the first year FBL controllers were allowed.

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