My wife bought me an RC Heli for our 10th wedding anniversary. This makes her the most awesome wife ever to have lived. I know you are jealous. It turns out that flying an RC Heli is incredibly difficult (which is why she also bought me a simulator program, which of course, I did NOT use before my first flight. dumb. ) Here are the results:
Flight 1: 13 minutes flight time. Forceful crash into the ground. Like most rookies, once it got 3 feet off the ground I freaked out and quickly “hit the breaks” or rather, pushed to full descent. The crash broke the skids in half and snapped off one of the main rotors
A week later, 5 replacement parts and 8 hours on simulator. Flights 2-6: Very timid. Just enough lift to make the heli “light” and scoot it around using the aerilons. Didn’t really get off the ground.
Flights 7 and 8. Accomplished 3 or 4 hovers of 15 seconds or so about 6 inches off the ground. Some trouble after this flight:
Flight 9. 30 second hover 1 foot off ground. successfully moved from point A to B and back again.
Flight 10: 1 minute hover at 3 feet. Flight above the deck for about 15 feet. Truly spectacular crash into the side of a building. Broke the main rotor in 3 spots and drive shaft in 5 places. pieces flew everywhere.
I’ve got it repaired now. (surprisingly, only about $20 worth of parts, but its a pain waiting for them in the mail.) Writing a post about it while I wait for the rain to stop.