Battery #10.....

TIME TO FLY!

by Radd

Here's the real deal!....If I completely left this lesson off I know that you could fly now...I am so confident that even if I dropped dead on the heli pad right now you would be fine. And you could fly..And I'll betcha you feel the same. If you have followed the lessons and been honest with your self and not rushed ahead then you are ready and you know it. You can feel it. The beautiful secret that we share and which you now take for granted is that though you've only been at this a few days your not scared anymore. From now on you will look back on the frightened faces of newbies that have been “hopping and hoping” for as long as a month or more and still do not feel the sense of confidence that you do now..Had I not seen that confident stare in the eyes of my flyers many times I could not have the audacity say this is true..But I always see it !.

By now many things about helicopters have changed for you. You understand them much better. Your not afraid of them anymore.You have felt totally in control as well as being very confident in a confined space. Many new flyers with 4 time the experience do not feel the way you do now even in a space the size of a football field. And you have mastered the controls of a helicopter in the space of one square foot!! (Well mastering it maybe pushing it a little?) And, at this moment you're probably feeling one of two things...Your either thinking I've been holding you back or you've accidentally bounced off the ground a couple times and your ready to stay up for a while...

It's about this time that I do you a great favor and ask that you once again to STOP AND THINK!! Stop, think and listen to me for one last Battery Pack. Just one more pack and you can be on your way.

For a brief moment think back on all the steps and battery lessons you practiced up to this point..

  1. You spun up and held the tail
  2. You held the tail and tilted the swash
  3. You increased the Head speed and maintained control
  4. You became light on the skids and moved the tail in both directions
  5. You held the tail straight and scooted the Heli in the direction of you choice.
  6. You learn to spin down and think. ( Most important of all..you disciplined yourself)
  7. You stayed within the box..( your sky!)

Here's another way to look at it....(As if you were flying)....

  1. You lifted off and held the tail in towards you
  2. By tilting the swash you flew to the left and right
  3. By increasing the throttle and head speed you learned how sensitive your throttle and collective is. What it takes to climb out or maintain hover...as well as what the tail is going to do with the increase of power.
  4. You learned to make the helicopter's tail stay rock solid. By moving the tail to the right and left on the floor you've learned how to control, keep and move the rudder in the air.
  5. By scooting the heli in different directions on the floor you've become aquatinted with the cyclic controls and how they will react in the air.
  6. You've learned the fine art of when to becareful and when to back off.

So what does all this sound like? Does it sound like you can fly it without any concern.. Well, not exactly but you are miles ahead of the average beginner. There is just a few things you need to know before hitting the throttle flying around the house and making all your neighbors whoot and holler and pat you on the back.

Here weeee go.....and ....one more list of the things to practice.

Batttery #10

1. Take that Flyin Machine OUTSIDE!

2. Burn half a pack outside on the pavement. (that's my advice..You'll feel better and a little more calm if you can use just that small bit of patience before the first lift off...You don't have to scoot it around just get it light on the skids and calm down..In just thirty seconds after windup let your shoulders relax take a deep breath try to relax you hands and fingers...After a minute or two you will be ready to lift off

What is your helicopter going to do?

As soon as your helicopter becomes light on the skids it can only lift off in one of two ways. The first being slowly....If you continue to add very small amounts of throttle until your machine lifts off it will skid and drift on the ground to the left before it becomes airborne..You may even run out of space if you throttle up slowly enough..The second being of course throttling up quickly. If you find that after the helicopter is light on the skids and you punch up the throttle quickly to bring it off the ground you will see the helicopter raise and pitch severely left due to the rotation of the main blades. You must immediately give right aileron to counter act and then back off the aileron to 0 or mid stick again to avoid flying off to your right. So which way is best? Sounds simple to say somewhere in-between. The truth is, after you lift off a hundred times or so You will naturally compensate for the Yaw and Roll even before your fully spun up.. What does that mean? If you know for one hundred percent certainty that the heli is going to pitch or roll to the left on lift off then it makes great sense to be ready on the sticks to counter that movement with right aileron. As you practice lifting off you will notice that as you add throttle It becomes quite natural to add right aileron and tilt the swash to the right at the same time causing a gentle and graceful lift off straight up. At the same time after all my yelling you should already be holding the tail dead on 6 O'clock or I'm going to give up and go back to work for my Uncle Louie at his Hamburger stand and forget I ever knew you...

So....DRIFT LEFT AND COMPINSATE RIGHT...simple huh? Remember..the helicopter will upon lift off ...(DRIFT LEFT ...SO BE READY TO COMPINSATE WITH RIGHT AILERON..)

3. FREAK OUT!! No matter how much we have prepared for this, when your helicopter lifts off for the very first time and you see it....You Will Freak Out!...That Special magic of flight always amazes..And why shouldn't it? That's what We've been working so hard all this time for..As it lifts off And you see those skids rise off the cement you can't help but shocked and filled with excitement.. And being the mean old kill joy it's my job to keep the machine in one piece..So.. Yeah you guessed it!! My rule here is to set it right back down..I know, we all want to say and tell our friends about the first time flying and how it stayed up for ever. But, even if you were in perfect control and calm I still ask my new flyers to set the bird down right away after the first time it becomes airborne...Usually after they do they don't say a single word...They simply stare at me for a second...Then they shrug their shoulders trying not to blow their cool image by screaming and face the heli once more. Why do I ask you to come out of the candy store when your sooooo hungry? Because in this first flight You can actually focus so intently on the machine you can actually forget how close you really are to other objects such as telephone poles, cars, people and even the ground...

4. DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE COPTER!...Strange as it seems after setting it back down after the first time in the air new pilots often want to share the adrenaline. By turning to their friends and screaming....Yeah , screaming!...something like....( #$%^&*) or (@#$%^&*)...But,Keep your focus...Keep your eyes on the machine!

5. SO! NOW YOUR FLYING!! What's going to happen now?..Usually again..Two things continually happen. First being, most new flyers leave the box and start flying and drifting all over the place...But! “you didn't tell me about any flying box?”....Yeah, that's true but It wouldn't have done any good anyway !!. What should I say ?? 6 foot box?... 8 foot box??..Neither.. The best thing to do is set some parameters in your own head as to how far big and wide is “YOUR BOX”.. This is one of the hardest teaching and learning steps.. Most new flyers will tell you and totally believe they were incontrol as the Helicopter tilted and jiggled and danced like a hoola dancer around the parking lot.. But in most cases they are Extremely Turned On! Happy to the point of Hystriahia and lacking all judgement!.What is to be done with students at this point? I have found that there is only two things I have found effective in stopping them. The first being to slug them swiftly in the back of the neck with a lead pipe wrapped in leather, or, Screaming continuely to be reasonable..

Suppose your one of the sane and unusual test pilots that doesn't loose his mind as the rotors go higher and higher....Why would I ask him to set the helicopter back down even if he is in control?...Because this is your last day of training and you are still suppose to be learning... Isn't that right? My logic for asking the unreasonable request is that you stay in control. Remember I have been teaching you to control and not how to recover...You must remain in control. You must not let the helicopter control you! This includes flying as well as scooting on the ground...When the machine lifts off it should be right where you want it to be and to stay right where you tell it to stay....The only way to over come this sloppiness is the beaware of this before it happens...When it comes off the ground..Make it stay put...Make it be obedient...Hover in control...FOCUS!!! Set it down often and think...and re-think once again!...

6. STAY IN YOUR AREA!..use the same control and discipline and punishment as when you were staying in that old chalk box on the floor. You might laugh, but If I let new flyers go they will be wobbling tilting and flying all over the place...Over the cars, missing the trees and scaring the crap out of the guy scattering his French fries and milkshake all over the parking lot.. And .. all the while thinking they were just hovering and not in forward flight...so..ok... OK!...Keep it in a ten foot space...How's that? TEN FOOT SQUARE!!!

7. KEEP IT SHORT

8. KEEP THE TAIL

9. KEEP IT IN YOUR SPACE

10. KEEP IT SAFE.....

11. KEEP IT IN ONE PIECE.. Watch the mast, watch the swash, watch the plate....And watch out for me!!!!

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