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   HOW TO - Use Phoenix to progress into sideways and nose in flying
This is a technique that was suggested to me by someone else, but is one I think is a very good idea for starting to feel comfortable with sideways and node in orientation with your helicopter.

First of all, select the helicopter of your choice, and then go into the Edit screens and make a few changes to "soften" it down. In particular, add some Expo, and even reduce the values for cyclic movement.

This will make the helicopter less likely to tear away from you...

Now set the rudder trim on your TX ALL THE WAY TO ONE SIDE.  Yes, that's right....Finally take off gently and LET THE HELICOPTER continue making its slow turns due to the rudder trim.  My personal view is to have it rotating as fast as it will at first, and then work the speed down as you become more proficient.

Throughout this exercise, do NOT correct the tail, let it rotate, and just concentrate solely on keeping it nice and level as it rotates.

Do this with the rudder trim set to BOTH DIRECTIONS, not just your favoured direction.

What will happen at first is that you will probably loose it fairly quickly, but if you persevere, you will soon find that your fingers start to learn the movements needed to maintain a steady rotating hover in both directions.

As a part of this, you will of course have the helicopter sitting nose in to you as well as being side on, so it is also introducing you to that scariest of bit of helicopter flying, nose in flying.



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