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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
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
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
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.
TRY IT OUT -
YOU MAY BE SURPRISED AT HOW WELL IT WORKS !