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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:20 pm    Post subject: Hovering Reply with quote

Well, I think I have cracked it! Smile

Had a lesson yesterday and it felt REALLY great! I am sure you all know the feeling, it's indescribably fantastic! Wish I could spend all day flying around - I could live up there!! Smile

Anyway, just had to share that with you! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - I just found this site and have joined up!
So what is the secret to hovering?? After admittedly only a few lessons (six in all and two on hovering) I struggle to keep the thing steady!
Am I expecting too much too soon or am I just hopeless??!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 6:26 pm    Post subject: Hovering Reply with quote

Hi Rich! Nice to hear from you. Smile
I think it's a bit like riding a bike. I had about 7 hours when it finally clicked in the R22! One minute I couldn't do it, the next I could! I had to really concentrate hard, relax and keep my eye on the same spot in the distance and it just all felt right and it was a great feeling. Smile

Where are you from and where abouts are you training?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 7:34 pm    Post subject: Hovering Reply with quote

You will crack it - with a good instructor!!!
Don't give up!!
Once you have cracked it, it is a great feeling - ask any of the students!!!
Whirlyguy just completed.
Whirlygirl on her way, doing fantastically well!!

Such a privilege being up in the skies...........

Best life ever............
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the encouragement! - of course concentrating hard and relaxing don't really go together....!!
I am from Bucks and am training at Booker.

Rich (BTW the nickname "Fingers" is nothing to do with flying, it comes from me being a guitarist ..)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:29 pm    Post subject: The Hover! Reply with quote

Hi Rich!

I was at High Wycombe yesterday!! I did almost 2 hours flying. It was my first time there and I had a great day. Smile Lots of helicopter action there!!

They have a lovely cafe there. Sun was shining, helicopters everywhere - a perfect day! So back to the hovering, it just seems to become second nature after a while. I am starting to feel like I know what the helicopter is going to do and I can anticipate the adjustments. It's hard to explain, but you will get it. Just don't give up! Smile

By the way how did you stumble across this site? We all seem to be musicians here!! You'll have to join our Sunday night jamming sessions if you are over in the midlands sometime!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Musicians who fly helicopters - wonderful people!!
I occasionally play in the midlands with a band called "Wing And A Prayer" - (!!) - not related to flying, more a statement on our lack of rehearsal... Laughing

I found this site through one of your postings on the Flyer portal. Hopefully it will fill in some of the (many!!) blanks .....

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:17 pm    Post subject: flying musicians!! Reply with quote

Welcome Rich T Fingers!

Where abouts in the Midlands do you play? We will have to come along some time.

We have a jamming session usually once a week!! Next one due Saturday evening, or Sunday over breakfast!!!!

Whirlygirl on violin, Whirlguy on piano, BLME on clarinet ...all brilliant .....and me on, well.......
I have a bit of a sing, but I am best at supplying the grub and topping up the booze!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: flying musicians!! Reply with quote

Catwoman wrote:
.....and me on, well.......
I have a bit of a sing, but I am best at supplying the grub and topping up the booze!!!


Rubbish! Catwoman is a whizz on the clarinet! And she's also learning the piano! Multi-talented or what! Smile

She can EVEN top up the booze whilst she is playing!! Wink Can't you Catwoman...!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 11:13 am    Post subject: Topping up the booze!! Reply with quote

Hey, steady on there Whirlygirl!! You are giving away all my trade secrets!!

Nice to hear from more pilots, etc on the forum isn't it?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:46 pm    Post subject: Rich T Fingers - Musical pilots Reply with quote

Hi there, Rich T Fingers!!

How is your music going?

More importantly, how is the flying going?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!
Music is the easy bit! Hovering is still a problem....
Did transitions yesterday - my instructer insisted that I take off dead straight but I kinda like a little yaw on the way ....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 9:25 pm    Post subject: Transitions and Music Reply with quote

Flying is by far the easier out of the two. The piano is sooooo difficult!! Clarinet a bit easier!!

Where do you fly out of?

Do you think you would get a chance to fly to Wellesbourne sometime? Maybe on your cross-country?

Keep up the hard work - it will all fall into place soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hovering... The closest feeling is that of standing on top of a huge beach-ball, while balancing a stack of dinner plates on a billiards cue. Laughing

In the R-22/44, it is much easier to rest your right hand (gripping the cyclic) on your thigh or knee, and make only very minute adjustments. I used to try to hold the cyclic in mid-air-- makes it much harder.

Keep at it-- you'll get it. I'm about 90% there...

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh, I still remember the rush which came over me, and the big grin that spread across my face when I cracked the hover. It will just click. My first attempt at hovering was at 3 hours, and that hour long lesson was made very frustrating due to strong gusting winds. Maybe it was that practice under difficult conditions which made the second attempt the one, because a little way in to my next lesson (in much calmer air), I conquered it. WHAT A FEELING!! Very Happy

Damn, I miss flying. Sad
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