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Flying Upside-Down

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments by

Flying inverted is a lot of fun, and it’s a basic requirement if you want to execute some of the more difficult 3D maneuvers. Learning to fly inverted will take you back to those days when you learned to hover with your training gear attached! As you might expect, it’s a bit tricky at first [...]

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Become a better pilot today!

Mar 18, 2014 1 Comment by

 It may seem the expert pilots are so good because of all their practice, and that level of proficiency can only be reached after many months, if not years, of practice. Part of this is true in that good hovering does require practice, but it’s also important to understand how to practice. Certainly you have [...]

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Flying a fast forward roll

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments by

If you have been flying helicopters for a while now, you may be advancing into faster forward flight. One of the first aerobatic maneuvers I learned a long time ago was a straight forward roll. When you practice any maneuver for the first time, your first attempts will not always be the prettiest. However, with [...]

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Pro Hovering Tips & Tricks

Feb 05, 2014 2 Comments by

One of the problems very common in hovering (as well as when learning to fly formation in full-scale airplanes) is that the pilot does not notice the need for a correction until the helicopter has moved, and then an over-correction is required. As an example, let’s compare two identical helicopters in a hover: one flown [...]

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7 tips for helicopter flight success!

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments by

Micro RC helicopters are fascinating. For many, they are the ultimate flying machines. To master a miniature helicopter so you can fly it in your living room or from your back porch and turn your picnic table into a heli pad is amazingly satisfying. Micro helis are great for someone wanting to learn to fly [...]

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Master the Jack Knife

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments by

What is the jack knife? Well, it’s a maneuver that looks like a helicopter flying knife-edge on a horizontal plane and doing a sliding half-circle turn inverted while going backward. I’ll break down this simplified description into key steps to help you learn the basics of performing the jack knife.     To perform this [...]

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Oct 03, 2013 1 Comment

In today’s RC heli world there are more training options than ever before. Many newcomers start out with a micro coaxial bird, move on to a micro tail rotor heli and then gradually move up to larger, higher-performance machines. Others start out with a larger helicopter, working with an instructor to get over the initial [...]

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Mastering Autos

Sep 01, 2013 No Comments

Helicopters and their electronics have improved in both design and performance, allowing us to perform 3D maneuvers never before thought possible. Although I’m continually amazed at the new pilots and their innovative maneuvers, one of my favorites is still the old-fashioned autorotation landing. I like this maneuver for several reasons. First, each and every one [...]

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