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- What gyro setting should you use when
learning to hover
Everyone has their own views on
this, and therefore this is simply my own personal view, based on flying
helicopters for around 18 years, and teaching others to fly them for
almost as long.
You probably know even better than
I do that learning to fly an R/C helicopter is a real challenge, so
anything that helps you to learn this trick skill a little more easily
is to my mind a GOOD THING.
Fortunately, a great many of the
helicopters that are sold specifically as helicopters that are suitable
for people to learn to fly with now come with tail gyros that provide
both the normal RATE mode and also provide Heading Hold (HH)
You may not be familiar with what
these terms mean, so here it is in a nutshell.
The standard RATE mode simply lets
the gyro help you to control the tail by DAMPING DOWN it's tendency to
try to turn against the power of the rotor blades, which is a perfectly
normal thing for all helicopters to do. In fact it is a physical fact,
and the relevant Law of Physics says - "for each movement there is
always an equal and opposite movement". This is why
helicopters always try to turn, and without a at least a RATE gyro, few
if any of us would be able to fly them at all.
So RATE mode is very useful, and
in fact was all that I had available to me when I first learned to fly
However, the HH setting does a
great deal more. It will always try to hold the nose of the
helicopter so that it points in the same direction. Obviously if
you tell it to change, it allows you to do so, but will then try and
hold the new heading for you.
What this means to pilots learning
to fly a helicopter is that using a gyro set to HH mode makes it a lot
easier initially, as you will not have to think abut the nose very much,
which gives you more time to concentrate on the really tricky stuff,
which is the throttle and the cyclic.
my basic advice is to use the HH mode if your gyro provides it.
However, once you can hover
reasonably, you MUST go back and turn it to RATE mode and try again, as
you will then find it more difficult to hold the nose correctly, but you
ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO LEARN TO CONTROL THE TAIL AT SOME POINT before moving
on to Forward flight.