Post by ManhattanMan Post by BillW50
Well I believe it just takes tons of practice. Those RC simulators
are great for this.
They definitely are, no doubt about it! Most of our members have
RealFlight (I did for the first year) and use it regularly, but even
the best couldn't hold a candle to the video.
But like I said, we're a small club, most retired, having fun,
camaraderie, and weather permitting, are out there three mornings
We've had lots of people that simply couldn't adjust to it, using
hands on instruction and/or the sim. And that's just for normal
flight. Lots of people looking for a nice casual hobby, and when it
gets too disconcerting/intimidating/perplexing, they move on. Also, I
believe it's a little like art or music, either you have it or you
don't, especially for the advanced stages. I've dabbled in both, and
like RC, reached the Peter Principle level than I'm comfortable with,
without becoming a fanatic over it.
Yes I suppose you are right. As I had taken guitar lessons for two years
when I was in second grade. Progress was slow and after I quit the
lessons, I continued. But was I ever good enough for being in a real
successful band? I don't think so.
But after watching that video, I fired up RealFlight and grabbed the
Extra 300 (which has a lot of the same flight characteristics of that
plane). And I have no problem saying that he is better than I am. But I
can fly it pretty close. One thing I noticed is if I make a mistake from
what I had planned, nobody would have known. As the little mistakes can
easily be turned into another move that looks just as impressive. I
don't know if he was doing the very same or not?
In big RC competition, you have to disclose all of the moves you are
going to do beforehand. That is really tough. As you can't make a little
mistake and then pull something else out of the hat.
Speaking about flying clubs, I belonged to a few. One old guy flew a gas
helicopter and all he would do is just hover it. Hovering is usually
hard for a newbie, but it is one of the basic tasks you have to do
learning to fly a helicopter. Without doing it somewhat good, landing is
going to be very hard. He could do that well enough that I don't think
he would ever crash it. And that was good enough for him.
Then there was a younger group, who was really bold to try things I
would never do back then. As if the wind speeds got 10MPH or higher, I
wouldn't fly. Although they didn't care. Gusty winds, cross winds to the
runway, they still would fly. Although I was a bit new back then.
Nowadays I know they had overpowered gas engine 3D planes that makes it
so much easier.
Post by ManhattanMan
Never wanted to be rich and/or famous, and so far my plans have worked
Oh me either. Some people wanted to push me in that direction. I did a
little and I didn't like it. ;-)
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