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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:59 pm 
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If online, make sure to note "low level helicopter training" in flight plan and select an airport with no traffic. You don't want to annoy ATC or freak out other aircraft. Here's a few exercises I've been doing:

Hop:
- start at one end of a runway.
- take-off gently and land 100 feet down the runway, start with very low altitude.
- repeat until you can chose exactly "where" you want to land.

Hover:
- hover close to the ground.
- turn one rotation left, stop, then one rotation right, while maintaining position.

Ground maneuvers:
- hover as low as you can without touching the ground, something like 5-10 feet.
- now "drive" around the airport using the taxiways, trying to maintain constant slow speed and altitude.

Touch and go:
- take-off to 2500 feet and circle around to reach 100 knots.
- select a specific area to land, start big and gradually decrease until you use a helipad (not all airports have them).
- land as smooth and fast as possible, rinse and repeat.

Tips:
- Face into the wind on landings.
- Start with no wind and progressively turn it up.



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