BATTERY #ONE

This battery is called the “Spin UP”

by Radd
Okeee DoeKeee...Here We GOOoooo... I said HERE WE GO! Oh,Crap?!?Hold the tail

Place your heli in the center of the box and go through the start up procedure. This is your whole sky and any time both skids leave the box you have crashed. (the DEAD ZONE)

Assuming that your heli is set up on the average with stock motors and settings, the normal helicopter hovers around half stick. We will stay well below that today. My trainers start to grind (electric motor hum noise) around quarter stick...You should get used to this sound. I don't believe it damages the motor but for these first lessons you will want the head to spin up very slowly. By listening for the “grind” you can begin the spin up very very slowly. If you have tugged on the blades and set them center you shouldn't have much wobble and the heli should start to spin up nicely just past quarter stick. Let the blades spin up by their own inertia adding tiny amounts of throttle. You should not be rotating the blades fast enough to see any tail movement yet...If you do then gently back off on the throttle...You should also not hear sudden motor power or whistle coming from the blades at any time..This means you are not adding smooth throttle..Again, All we are doing here is getting aquatinted with the controls.. Now, gently spin down...Yeah I know you didn't do anything cool yet!...Come on Man!..Just follow directions OK!.. “That's me yelling at my student!” Are you listening? “AIRMAN”??

Spin back up gently again and then spin down a couple times..You are getting use to the sensitivity of the throttle stick. When you are flying later on it will feel as if you only have to breathe on the control sticks and the helicopter will react. As you practice this you will begin to feel the tail wanting to move to the right. (you probably have been too eager and too heavy on the throttle and it's swung anyway...you bad bad person you!)

If you did listen to me (yeah sure..Ah huh!) and gently spun up your new helicopter slowly and not had the tail move on you then lets get ready and prepare for it. The tail blades move about 4 times as fast as the main blades and as the head speed increases the tail tends to want to move right..**** If you initialized your gyro right and spin up slowly a Heading Hold gyro shouldn't have any trouble holding tail in one place as you spin up..That said and now that you know the sensitivity of the throttle stick focus and think about the tail...As you spin up this time add a tiny more amount of throttle than before and you will feel the tail move. But this time we will give some rudder stick input to counter it.. your rudder stick at spin up should be heading for “2 or 3 o'clock”.

Spin up gently again and hold the tail a couple times but watch that it you are still not anywhere near half stick or even getting the heli light on the skids!!! You don't want to crash before your even off the first battery... (and make me look stupid!)

At spin up it is very easy to remember that a helicopter wants the tail to move right and the helicopter itself to drift left...**** (compensate by using Tail Left, Helicopter Right)!!...burn it in your memory..

Are you being patient? Does this seem unnecessarily slow? Can you follow the plan? Do you want to fly.? Be patient and things will come much faster than you can imagine...

Spin up Hold the tail straight. Spin down..

Spin up Hold the tail straight. Spin down..

You should have quite a bit of the first battery left...As of now you should have been concentrating on three things. The first being throttle..The second being the tail and the third being the box on the floor.. You must remain in the box..As we add a little more throttle and spin up faster the Heli will try to lean to the left. Just as we added rudder input, now we will add right cyclic to hold the helicopter from tipping over and to hold it in one place. Ask yourself . Where is your throttle? Do you feel a little more comfortable adding throttle and can you do it smoothly enough that nothing sudden happens?

Note
At this point I usually sit down with the person and ask them how the sticks felt and were they in touch with the machine? Did it react as they thought it was going to? Because.. we are going to add even more throttle next and begin to feel a little more authority.
Also, at this time I usually re-introduce what I call punishment...Punishment is spinning down an walking over and realining the heli in the box...If you want to be a good pilot and fly well your going to be punishing yourself a lot from here on...Same as a full size aircraft pilot would do..This punishment will transform you and change your outlook on flying for a lifetime. It will become your best friend. It will protect you and treat you well. Not to mention how much money it will save you. In years to come it will be there and whisper in your ear telling you not to take off or becareful! Back off!..This is dangerous..
Warning
If at anytime the helicopter doesn't obey,turning without your stick imput, (which means you're out of control)..You must punish yourself. Spin down and reset the copter..Don't think even for a second about trying to fly out a mistake...Or flying the tail back to center ...( That is a CRASH!) If your not in control at all times then the helicopter is and I consider it a (CRASH)..In this stage of learning there is NO recovery!..only crashing!! So we are not going to get out of control...Not ever!...You must be in perfect control at all times.... If your not then you must punish yourself... If the tail does not stay dead straight punish yourself. Stop... Spin down and reset the helicopter...This is the basis for everything in these lessons... I'm not there with you but I were I would tell you this over and over again...As anyone of my flyers would tell you...STOP DO IT RIGHT!.This is also why the Old flyers think it's unreasonable to stay in the box...Because it's hard!! Don't listen to them. This is very good training and you must PUNISH yourself often...(You will soon see the power of the Box Grasshopper”)

There are a few places most heli pilots watch as their Helicopters are “Live”. Some guys watch the nose. Some watch the skids. Some watch the rotor disk, tail or body and some watch the mast.. Well, lets think about that for a second.. On the spin up if I watch the nose and it's pointing away from me then my tail controls seem ether backward or minute. If you watch the skids (Most popular) then you are playing catch up because with everything that's happening ..the last thing to move are the skids...If I watch the tail it's backwards to the TX controls. Watching the tail, about the only thing you'll notice imediately is nose up and down and tilting sideways and this is way too slow..That leaves the rotor disk and mast. At this point in your training the huge spinning rotor disk is way too intimidating and also way to late to get you out of trouble..The mast is the pumbob of a helicopter and which ever way it moves or tilts is an indicator of which way the chopper IS going to move...Notice how I capitalized IS?...The mast moves first in realtionship to the controls on your radio. It's movements can be noticed in very slight changes. Before any other part of the heli can react the mast has to move first. In flight or Hover the mast will show you the intent of the heli before it ever happens. Which ever way it tilts that is the way the machine is going to go. By watching the mast you can actually be ahead of the helicopter in a hover, correct it and think ahead before the chopper has even moved..Cool Huh?

So as we spin up the helicopter somewhere under half throttle and move your aleron sticks you should watch the tilt of the swash..If you're well under half stick you can really work the stick hard and tilt the swash quite severly to get a feel for the relationship or sensitivity of the radio to the helicopter and how it will react. STAY WAY UNDER HALF STICK!

As I said earlier , the tail will want to swing right and the heli will want to drift left...So be ready on the sticks. Your sticks will be heading for “( 3 and 3 )”...Spin up and feel the inertia and the tendency of both the movements...Hold the tail and be ready on the right stick to keep the heli level. Hold it steady for only a second or two and then spin down...Come On!!..Don't push...Take a breath and think about how small the stick movements actually were..

For the rest of the battery run through the spin up and spin downs...You'll start to know your radio and your control over the machine.. If your not in control...the Helicopter is!..

Hold the tail dead on 6 oclock and keep the heli in the box...

HOLD THE TAIL...YOU BIG BABY!.. HOLD THE TAIL !!!.... (and call me SIR! “When you start to whine!)...”(I cant hold it ....SIR!) the student says!” ... “ STOP whining Soldier!!”...I SAID!...HOLD IT!

WATCH THE MAST!...IT'S TILTING!.....KEEP THE HELI LEVEL!....RIGHT STICK 10 o'clock! HOLD THE TAIL!....WATCH THE MAST!!! CONCENTRATE!!! YOU BIG BABY!!*** I SAID***...HOLD THE TAIL IN ONE PLACE!!!... NOW YOUR GOING OUT OF THE BOX!!...WATCH THE THROTTLE ...DON'T INCREASE IT!!

Ok! At Ease!!!....spin down and Breath deep!

Alright...How did it go? Did you feel me yelling at you like a drill sargent? All joking aside did you cheat? Did you take it past the safety level? Did you spin up and down as often as I told you? You still have a alot of batteries yet to go...can you follow the plan? I hope so because we're becoming friends...Each time you were able to spin down you are going to focus much harder next time..The safety factor goes up and the cost of repairs goes down..Your control will become razor sharp and your sticks will begin to feel totally natural in your hands.....You are getting aquainted with your heli...I'd say bird, but that sounds funny.....I just wish I was there to SCREAM AT YOU!..that's fun to!...

Warning
Did you notice anything strange mechanically going on with your new bird? Do you feel any Red Flags? You must trust them...Check over all linkages and controls before going to the new battery...

As simple as it sounds you must also have a procedure for when changing battery packs..

  1. Always hit throttle hold before walking over the heli after flying.
  2. Always hit the off switch before carring the heli...
  3. Always dissconnect the battery before shutting off the transmitter. (very important habit)..

Install a new battery and then go through the start up porcedures..

SAME AS THE FIRST BATTERY!......” awh come on??”...Yeah I can hear it now! “WHINE , WHINE, WHINE.” Quit crying you big baby! A battery only takes about ten or 15 mimutes...Cheeeezze whats that?

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