Basic Flight Training

We will assume that you have a flying model and a pre-flight check has been made before each practice session

  1. Tail in hover
  2. Tail in hover, move the model to  the left or right (keeping it tail in) for a short distance from the take off point, then stop  and hover for a while, now move the model to the other side and stop and hover as before. The model is to be looked at on its side view although it is still tail in, increase the distance with the gaining confidence of your flying ability
  3. Start with a tail in hover, turn the helicopter with the rudder to the left or right so that the model is at an angle, stop and hover for a while and then turn the model to the other side (start with a small angle and increase until you have the model sideways on)
  4. From a tail in hover turn the helicopter to a side on hover to the left or right, now turn the model a little further until you achieve a nose in hover, as again complete this task in small steps and in both directions
  5. From a tail in hover turn the model 90* left or right slowly fly forwards and stop and hover, turn the model 180* and fly back to the tack off point and carry on to an equal distance the other side to the take off point, stop and hover, turn 180* and fly back to the take off point (do this in both directions from the take off point)
  6. From exercise 5 at the end of the flight path take a wider turn and form a lazy 8 configuration(in both directions)
  7. From exercise 6 make the lazy 8 into two circles (in both directions)
  8. Take off and complete a left hand circuit
  9. Take off and complete a right hand circuit
  10. Take off in a 45* angle until a reasonable height is achieved, turn the model 180* and descend at 45* (carry this out to the left and right)
  11. Set the throttle hold to a high tick over, now practice semi-powered landings, if in trouble come out of throttle hold and fly out of the dissent                                                                            Reduce the amount of throttle on hold until the engine/motor has no drive to the rotor head and complete a full auto rotation (do this into wind)
  12. Carry on all of the practice from item 1
  13. Make sure you practice all of the elements from the left and the right
  14. As you have been practicing your flying at the field we will expect you to have been reading the BMFA hand book as you go along
  15. Look at the BMFA A test flight pattern and practice ready for  your A test and book your test
  16. Yes you have learnt more than the A test as you have some of the elements accomplished in the B test, so now it’s time to look at the B test requirements and practice them along with all of the other elements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         How long does it take to achieve this? A very good question as everybody takes their own time, the more flight time and practice the quicker it will happen                                                Will the latest must have flavour of the month make me a better pilot?                                        No                                                                                                                                                              Keep the model the same whilst learning to fly, do not change the radio settings, do not change the gyro/flybar less unit, the transmitter (unless faulty), the rotor head etc                  But do keep the model well maintained and in good flying order.