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If you are struggling with any of the video lessons and you would like to get some suggestions please post a video on YouTube and send me a link. I would be happy to comment on your progress and help in any way I can!

FRAPS is the program I use to capture my PhoenixRC session. It is a great place to start if you need to capture your sim flying session.

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Piro flips and travel – RC heli flight school v1.1

In this video lesson you will learn how to break down and practice pirouetting moves with an RC Helicopter. First you will work on hovering while pirouetting and move into piro travel in a straight line and eventually piro circles. Following piro circles you will start to work on the move everyone wants to do at the field the famous piro flip. Once you have a good grasp of the piro flip you will work on morphing piro flips and piro snakes.. anything is possible.

Remember nothing is as hard as you think. It might take you a very long time to get this down possibly even months just to piro hover. Stick with the training because one day your brain will get the movements and it will become automatic. I have been working on this move for 18 months now and as you can see I still have flaws in my skills.

Enjoy and good luck.

For more information check out the heli flight school

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Morphing transitions – RC heli flight school v1.1

At this stage you have developed a good base level of skill in hovering, circles, figure 8’s, loops, rolls and flips.  The next step is to work these moves into your 3D heli routine by morphing from one flight orientation to another.  In the old days it was difficult to practice this.  But with the use of a simulator and regular practice you will be switching orientation right in the middle of a figure 8 or hurricane.   Doing transitions and morphing between orientations really adds an interesting piece to your flight plan.   Start by practicing half flips and rolls until you are comfortable.  then add rudder until you can perform a roll and go from tail in upright to tail in inverted.  If you have trouble stabilizing the heli after this maneuver then you should go back and practice hovering.

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Learning Loops – RC heli flight school v1.1

Learning how to fly loops in every orientation is essential for the developing 3D pilot. In this video you will learn how to fly loops in every direction and get key insight on how to perform the loops. Make sure that you keep the loops parallel to yourself and the flight line. This will be key later in your flying when you start to mix loops into your routine. Also, it looks much more impressive when you have the loop centered in front of yourself and the heli is side on the entire move.

Make sure you practice this for 30 minutes a night until you can perform at least 5 loops in each flight direction without crashing. And when you get to the field start off by trying these loops high enough that you can recover if you make a mistake or get disoriented. As with the previous videos in the Flight school training guide this is a fly along video. Basically you want to practice exactly what I am doing in the video.

Enjoy and good luck

For more information and the complete flight school guide please visit the flight school page.

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Learning funnels – RC heli flight school v1.1

Learning funnels can be challenging work.  Once your have a solid foundation in circles and figure 8’s a natural place to go is funnels.  But most people get discouraged by how unnatural this flight direction can be.  This video will walk you through how to get started learning funnels.   The video also emphasizes a training plan that has you perform 5 funnels in a row in each flight orientation until you have mastered the skill.   Learning to fly funnels can be a lot of fun and trust me your brain will give up eventually and agree that sideways flight is possible.

For more information and the complete flight school guide please visit the flight school page.

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Learning figure 8’s – RC heli flight school v1.1

In this video lesson you will go through how to learn to fly figure 8’s.  This is the next step beyond learning to fly in circles and will help you groove in your circles even better.  Figure 8’s are great to practice to improve your orientation and advance your 3d flight.  In the bonus section you will see morphing figure 8’s, stall turns with changing orientation and side on tic-tocs.  Make sure you practice this every night and keep trying until you can complete 5 figure 8’s in a row without crashing in each orientation.

Click here for the complete training guide

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Learning to fly in circles – RC heli flight school v1.1

Finally the start of some real flying.  In this step you will learn to fly in circles.  It is really important that before you move into this level that you have a really good grasp on upright and inverted hovering.  If you can’t hover in an orientation you can’t fly in it.  A lot of people get started learning figure 8’s first but I like to focus on circles first.  The reason is without good practice in grooving a circles you end up doing lazy figure 8’s.  In lazy 8’s the circles are elongated and cross like an x in the middle.  If you learn circles first you will be able to focus on the transition in a figure 8 and not so much how to maintain flight.    I’ll leave it for a later lesson but the transition in a figure 8 is the key to a lot of 3D flight maneuvers.

Keep up your hard work on this lesson.  You will likely crash every time but just keep trying the flight directions equally.  It will pay off in the end and you will eventually get it!

For more information and video check out the flight school section of the site.

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Inverted hovering – RC heli flight school v1.1

Learning to hover inverted can be challenging and frustrating.  But in the last few years simulators and computers have really advanced.  So learning to fly upside down can be as easy as upright.  If you want to learn to fly 3D and are just getting started make sure you start on this step within the first couple of months.  Once your brain realizes that RC helicopters can hover upside down as easily as upright you will be well on your way.  Make sure you practice Nose in, side in and tail in inverted hovering.

It will take some time for this to sink in completely.   Just keep practicing 30 minutes a night and it will come to you.  When you first try this at the field make sure you have a lot of altitude and know which way you want to bail out.

For more information and video check out the flight school section of the site.

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Upright hovering – RC heli flight school v1.1

This video describes some of the first steps to learning radio controlled 3D flight. It is important that you have a solid foundation of skills in order to advance to the next level of flying. When I first started I searched high and low for information on how to learn to fly 3D. What I found was a lot of outdated information from an era before simulators. Hopefully this video series will help guide people on how to advance quickly with a simulator.

Remember to slowly transition what you learn in the sim to the field. Things don’t always go as well in real life. But learning tail-in, side-in and nose-in hovering will really boost your confidence and get you started.

For more information and video check out the flight school section of the site.

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Phoenix simulator demo video 1

I’m working on how to capture my simulator motions with voice and the stick movement enabled.  For this test I am using Phoenix 2.0n.  Once I get this setup working the way I want I will start recording short videos for the Training guide.  The first video will be “upright hovering level 1″

It turns out that talking and flying at the same time while being recorded wasn’t as easy as I thought.  And in order to get everything smooth I am flying in a small window on my screen.  But I will adjust in time.

Phoenix simulator demo 1 02-10-2010: YoutTube_HD

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