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Firstly I very much
hope that you enjoyed your personal training session with me, and
that you took away from it some hints and tips and feel that you
learned something during the session.
If you haven't done so already, I would
really appreciate it if you would add your own comments on your
session - you can do so (in a separate window) by clicking on this link.
Once you have completed a session, we will
very probably have modified some of the setting of the BO105 we are
using during our time together. I do this so that you can see what
effect some of these have on your ability to hover.
Once you are back practicing on your own,
you will definitely need to slowly reset these important settings, as
the way I have it set up initially makes it far too easy to fly, and if
you were to assume that just because you can handle this heli in
Phoenix, you are ready to go and fly your own real helicopter, you are
very wrong, and will almost certainly crash.
Lets run through the important settings
that you should be working on changing, and tell you why.
Once you have the Edit Screen UP, (CTRL + E
will do it) the first tab to go to is the MAIN ROTOR TAB
Toward the bottom there is a section named
LIFT, and the first entry there is HOVERING STABILITY. If you
followed my setup notes you will have this set to 70%, but we may well
have changed it during the session.
Your first target is to work to reduce this
value to ZERO %.
What it does is to make the helicopter a
lot more amenable when hovering, and the higher the percentage value you
use, the smoother and easier it is to fly it. In real life,
helicopters have absolutely NO HOVERING STABILITY AT ALL, so that is why
you need to progressively lower this value until you are happy hovering
with zero %
Immediately below the above setting is one
labelled GROUND EFFECT, and set to 100%. I prefer to have my
students leave this at 100%,but others may tell you that it is easier to
lower this value. That is true, but the fact is that in real life, you
CANNOT REMOVE GROUND EFFECT, so you may as well learn about it right
Go to the TAIL ROTOR TAB and select the
GYRO MODE option. There are two settings available here, RATE Mode and
HEADING HOLD (HH) mode. I usually set my student aircraft up with
HH mode ON as this means that the tail is held far more easily, allowing
you to concentrate on the hover without worrying too much about the
tail. As you progress in your hovering, you should change this
back to RATE mode, so that you then learn how to control the TAIL, as
you will certainly need to be able to do so once flying your own
Go the FINE TUNING TAB, and slowly adjust
the EXPO settings DOWNWARDS towards a ZERO VALUE.
These help you in the early days of
training as they let the centre point of the cyclic stick to be much
SOFTER than it is normally. This means that if you move the cyclic
stick a bit too quickly, it is dampened by the EXPO, making it
easier to maintain the hover.
Go the MAIN ROTOR TAB, and slowly increase
the frontal and lateral cyclic response rates. This makes the
amount of cyclic movement increase the higher the value entered. These
will never be more than 0.7 at an absolute maximum, and more typically
Once you are managing to
fly this aircraft in Phoenix with all the suggested settings rest to
normal, you will be ready to try to hover your own helicopter, but don't
forget it will feel different, so start very slowly at first until you
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