Chapter 17. Side-In and Nose-In Hovering Orientations

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17.1. To translate into a left side-in hover
17.2. To turn into a left side-in hover

The next step after tail-in hovering is side-in hovering. There are two orientations for side-in hovering: left-in and right-in hovering where the left side and the right side of the helicopter are facing you,respectively.

You should make sure your tail-in hovering is fairly solid before attempting side-in hovering. You will turn the heli back to the tail-in orientation if you start to lose control, so make sure your tail-in hovering is very solid before attempting this.

Tail-in hovering is easiest if the learning process is divided into two steps:

Translating into side-in is easier than turning into side-in, and should be practiced first.

17.1. To translate into a left side-in hover

Assuming you are facing north, set the heli down about 15 ft in front of you and lift into a tail-in hover. Now move the heli east about 15 ft. This is a 45 degree side-in hover. Once you are comfortable with this hovering position, you should move the heli south about 15 ft so the heli is 15 ft east of you.

Turn to face the heli.

Once you are comfortable with this, you should practice turning into a side-in hover.