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think all experienced helicopter pilots know or remember just how hard
it was when we first tried to get a helicopter off the ground
successfully, or fly our first circuit, or perform the first loop.
is another totally free service I am offering aimed directly at helping new
pilots who are struggling to learn to fly a collective pitch radio
controlled helicopter, or even to those who want to move on from
hovering, or get into basic aerobatics, but need some help to do so.
are going to do this completely remotely by using the Phoenix flight
simulator, so no travel or cost is involved, and you don't even have to
use up your LIPOS or nitro fuel.
participate, all you need is to have a copy of the Phoenix flight
simulator installed and setup on your computer, and it will need to be
the latest 2.5m or higher release. This is available for download
directly from the Phoenix
web site. (Opens in a new window for your convenience)
Phoenix simulator is commonly acknowledged to be one of the best RC
helicopter (chopper) and fixed wing (plank) flight simulators available
today, and is ideal for anything from learning the very basics to full
3D and you can even fly dogfights with your friends using the internet
multiplayer feature that allows many pilots to fly at one and the same
time, so you can watch each other and even interact with other
also need to have Skype installed and have a login name and a working
headset to leave your hands free while we chat. (Skype is totally
free if you do not have it already) This allows the best quality voice
communication so that I can be be a virtual instructor for you, apparently standing alongside
you and talking you through the lesson on a 1 on 1 basis. This
actually beats doing the same thing at the flying field, as you can
happily crash the helicopters in the simulator without worrying about
the damage you may have caused, or the cost of repairing it.
way it works is that I will start up a special multiplayer session that
you can join if you have the right password. We will arrange a
date and time between us that is mutually acceptable, and then we will
go through the normal instructor/pupil process to help to teach
you to do whatever it is you are trying to learn. Most sessions last
between 45 minutes and an hour, which is usually more than enough time
as most of us find that flying a helicopter for that length of time is
very hard on the nerves, even when only flying in a simulator.
make this as generic as possible, I usually specify the particular model to
be used by us both, and I will also let you have all the settings
to be used. You need to go into the EDIT mode of that selection and make
the changes I suggest so that both helicopters fly identically for each of us. I do this because if you are just
learning to hover, I like to "dumb down" the controls quite a
bit for newbie pilots, as this means you cannot shoot off all over the
place if you are a little ham fisted with the transmitter.
addition to offering basic training, I am also happy to run sessions on
FFF and aerobatics, but I have to admit that I do not really do very
much 3D flight.
HERE To look at the standard setup notes you will need to read and
implement before joining a 1 on 1 training session
there it is, and If
you are interested in taking advantage of this scheme, please drop me an
in the first instance, telling me what stage you are at right now, and
what it is that you need help with.
really look forward to perhaps being able to help you progress in your
helicopter flying career...
Once you have had a session
with me, I would greatly appreciate you taking a little bit of time
adding your own personal comments about that session by returning here
and using the options below to add them to this site. This helps other
pilots decide if they feel my help is worthwhile.
HERE to have you say on the training
sessions, or to comment on a session you took part in...
HERE to read what other students have said
about the training sessions...
HERE to see what steps you need to take to progress after your
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