As soon as you learn forward flight, you should learn how to autorotate! Autos are not only fun, but they come in handy for engine or mechanical failures. This series covers nitro and electric as well as driven and non-driven tail rotors!
One of the most satisfying aspects of flying a model helicopter is doing autorotations. When it's calm, you hover. When there's some wind, you autorotate!
Whether you have a nitro or electric helicopter (450 size and up) the information contained in these disks will have you autorotating in no time!
Volume 13 covers autorotation theory. How does the aerodynamic airflow affect autos? How are autos used in emergency situations? Discover the difference between driven and non-driven tail rotors and how they influence efficiency vs. control. Finally, V13 shows you how to set up for autos using Spektrum, JR, and Futaba radios.
Volume 14 begins with a bit of advanced theory, then we head out to the field. A stick cam lets you see every movement of collective pitch and tail rotor! Ray starts out teaching you how to do hovering autos, and ends up teaching you dead engine autos from altitude! V14 concludes by showing all kinds of advanced autos demonstrated by Kyle Dahl, winner of "The One" competition at IRCHA 2013. (We've got a stick cam on Kyle, too.) It's worth it just to see Kyle do all his fancy autos!
Just wanted to let you know that I've been reading your columns and books since the late 80's when I first ventured into R/C helicopters. Over the years I've learned a lot from you. With these videos, you still manage to teach an old dog new tricks. I'm now a contributing writer for RC Heli Magazine. I've been fortunate enough to help many newcomers get started in this hobby. There are two things I always recommend - a good flight simulator and your materials.
I started with buying an inexpensive Blace CP+ from the local hobby shop and
had no idea what I was getting into.
I recommend you purchase Ray's DVD's and learn how to level off your heli before you fly or you will crash and will pay a lot to fix it.
Do it right the first time and you will enjoy this hobby.
Do it like I did it, crash and learn, and you will be frustrated.
The hard part is learn to prepare these birds. The easy part and enjoyable part is learning how to fly.
First, just a quick thank for these DVDs, they are extremely helpful in understanding the theory behind all this... Thanks again Ray!