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(25-31 mph) Strong breeze

700e A
2 flights
Avg. flight time 00:05:20

Just 2 flights as I had to charge up. Wind had picked up a lot from this morning, but I thought I'd give the sprung collective another go. It's not too bad, but the cons cancel the pros out, so I'm going to go back to a regular throttle.


Gary Townsend on Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:46
On 2nd thoughts then, I won't try it out on one of my 450 helis with the DX7s like I said I might, especially when I consider that AFAIK the professionals are also Not flying with a springy collective.

What don't you like about it?
RichardV on Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:14
In theory a sprung throttle helps find centre, but in reality even simple moves in a bit of wind require off centre collective.
Someone in that thread mentioned flips were better, but I found you go through zero, you don't stop there. It will also take retraining, it doesn't just work.
There are a couple on that thread who say they will try it, so it'll be interesting to hear their findings.
RichardV on Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:15
Basically, I think you fly the collective, you don't need to know where zero is. Practice, practice, practice :)
Gary Townsend on Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:56
You've convinced me. I'm leaving mine as a regular throttle then. Those are excellent points by the way.

I hadn't even considered "but in reality even simple moves in a bit of wind require off centre collective."

What was I thinking. Even the stall turns for the B Cert require this, and I know how difficult they can be to do well :)

Edit: I mean, yes it make sense, relying on vision rather than feeling the centre. I'm not totally sure again now, LOL, you know with the cyclic having springs and all that, like we chatted about, wondering why the same logic doesn't apply to the cyclic. Like you say, it'll be good to see what the other dudes make of it :)

Edit: Or maybe it's not only vision. Perhaps through lots of practice we can accurately judge where the stick is by the stretch/spread of our hands and fingers.

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