First auto = First crash

Old 12-27-2005, 02:08 PM
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Had my raptor 30 v2 since september , never used any training aids and basically trained myself (except for the help on this forum) but after doing countless hovers and forward flight circuits I thought Id better try an auto. Maybe I shouldnt have or maybe I should have bolted on the training skids.
All seemed to be going well on the decent but I think I left it a liitle to late to add the pitch. And bang . There goes the boom , boom supports , flybar and a canopy mounting lug and it also broke the servo arm. Or well better look next time and i can justify a few upgrades.
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Tighten down the blades in the grips so that you can barely move them before you try again.

The other thing you can do is bring your throttle hold point up so that it keeps the blades spinning a bit, decreasing it as you get comfortable until you reach the point where the clutch disengages and you are doing them on your own.
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Try doing little baby autos too...

Just hover 3 or 4 feet off the ground, into the wind, and auto down. You don't have to worry about - pitch, just worry about getting your helicopter onto the ground without loosing too much speed. Then you can work your way up and up and up... Eventually, around the 20 to 30 foot mark, is where you will have to start adding negative pitch on your decent.

It is possible, but start with baby steps. and also as the hockey guy (I'm canadian, all I see is hockey) says, make sure you blades are tight.

Your going to want about 12 degrees of positive pitch at full stick.

Hope this helped!


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