13.2. Making the learning process easier

Here are some recommendations to make this learning process easier.

13.2.1. Hover no higher than eye level

This allows you to more easily determine the movement of the helicopter because the ground provides a visual point of reference.

This also allows you to more easily determine the orientation of the helicopter. If the disc of the rotor blades appear oval, then the helicopter is not level with your eyes.

Also, the helicopter will suffer less damage from a 5 ft crash than from a 30 ft crash. Some helicopters (like the Corona) will probably incur no damage, and you can simply walk over and set it upright and continue practicing.

You should be careful when flying outdoors if there are visually distracting items in the background such as trees, houses, etc. This "background clutter" can pull your eye's focus away from the heli which can result in a crash. You should avoid hovering your heli in front of background clutter so concentrating is easier.

13.2.2. Paint your canopy a bright color or leave it white

It looks really cool to paint your helicopter completely black; however it rapidly becomes less cool when you realize you can't see the orientation of the helicopter beyond ten feet.A black helicopter rapidly turns into a silhouette, and becomes very difficult to fly.

If painting, be sure to paint your canopy a bright color. Flourescent neon colors work well. A two-tone color scheme where the left side is painted a different color than the right side helps visual orientation considerably.

13.2.3. Use white blades

When learning hovering, it is important to see the rotor disc to help gauge the tilt of the helicopter. If your helicopter has black rotor blades, then the rotor disc will become almost invisible when hovering, and this will make learning hovering very difficult. White rotor blades are much more visible when the helicopter is hovering, and will make learning hovering much easier.

13.2.4. Use a heading hold gyro.

This will free you from worrying about the yaw and rate of yaw of the helicopter, which leaves you free to concentrate on the other ten orientation items.

13.2.5. Practice when there is no/little wind

In most areas, the air is still at dusk and dawn. This is the best time to practice hovering a helicopter outdoors because there is no wind to affect the helicopter.