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Session Setup Notes
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.
make sure that you have at least release 2.5M of Phoenix, as it is not
compatible with earlier versions.
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)
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
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.
the first thing you need to do is to go to the menu and select Model -
Change and select Helicopters - Scale - BO 105.
you have it selected, Press CTRL + E to open the edit
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.
all done ?
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.
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)
all there is to it.
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.
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.
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