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CHOPPERADDICT SPECIALISES IN THE BUILDING, REPAIRING & 
SETTING UP OF R/C HELICOPTERS AND RADIOS

   

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Initial Session Setup Notes

Before we can really start any training session, we need to get the type of helicopter that we are both going to use set up in exactly the same way.  This is not a difficult task, but if you have not experimented with these settings before in the Phoenix simulator, it may take you a little while to follow these directions.

Please make sure that you have at least release 2.5M of Phoenix, as it is not compatible with earlier versions.

You also need to make sure that you have your transmitter setup correctly in Phoenix. We will be using Mode 2, which means that the left stick will control Throttle/Pitch and Rudder, the right stick will control all cyclic movement (left/right/forward/Backward)

            
Now I know this may seem a little strange to you, but the helicopter we are going to use at first for initial flight training (learning to hover) is a scale model, the BO 105, which is a multi bladed helicopter with a large fuselage.

 

                  
The reason for doing this is exactly because it is large, so you can see it easily on the simulator, and more importantly, it can be set up to be really nice and stable, which is what you want at the very early stages of learning to fly a helicopter.

So the first thing you need to do is to go to the menu and select Model - Change and select Helicopters - Scale - BO 105.

Once you have it selected, Press CTRL + E to open the edit window.  

Go through each of the tabs, making really sure that you have the same settings as shown in the images below of my own setup

 

 

A small correction to the above Model attribute settings. 
Please set the HOVERING STABILITY to 55%, 
as this is quite enough for most pilots learning to hover.

Ok, all done ?

Did you remember to save it with your own name for it ?  Maybe call it 1on1 or similar ?

The final thing is to go to the System menu, select Program Setup, and then Sound. Set the top slider to about 25% to cut down the motor noise and the lower slider to about 90% to mute motor sound almost totally when we are talking, as we want to be able to to talk to each other easily.

Then select Display, and reset the rotor visibility slider at the bottom to 100% so we can see the rotor disk nice and clearly.

When you join my training session, You will need to have some form of headset or speaker, and of course a working microphone so that we can chat together.  

Please check your headset and microphone to make sure they are working correctly.

We will be using the Skype Chat rather than the built in Phoenix Voice chat, as it is rather better quality in my experience.  My Skype address is just 'netcplus' (without the quote marks)

That's all there is to it.

You can see that the BOO105 has training skids on, which may look a little strange at first, and I also know that both the Dr Radd's school of flying and indeed my own tutorial state that you should take the skids OFF, but for the initial 1 on 1 session, we are going to leave them ON.

By all means have a little try with it before we get together so you can show me how well, (or perhaps not), you can hover.

You will soon notice that it does not jump around like your own helicopter, which is because the settings I have given you "dumb it down" quite a bit, making it pretty docile, which is just what you need to start to feel comfortable when you are in control of any helicopter.

Before you join a training session, please go to the View menu, select display, and ensure that you  have the transmitter showing on your screen, as this will allow me to watch your stick movements. You will also be able to watch sticks when I fly. Also enable the Binocular View, as this is very handy.