For me the
Radio Control Helicopters have been a regular source of fascination
and entertainment. Ever since I first saw one, back in the early
1980's, and when I first tried to fly one in 1985. My first attempts
being with an electric model powered by 2 x 540 motors and a Ripmax
radio (multiplex I think).
I have enjoyed all aspects of the hobby, from scale, through sport
to F3C and ultimately 3d - including setting up others model and
helping them to progress from the first engine start to the aerobatics.
This site aims to help people in the hobby (especially Hampshire
based) using the knowledge from others to help them advance more
quickly and safely. I'd gone from no aerobatics to piroetting
loops and flips in less than 12 months - and I don't beleive I
had a particular talent, just a stong desire and a methodical
training plan. I built everything up in steps, after working out
the safest way to try a new manouver, and the easiest way to bail
out if it went pair. I beleive the same method is relevent no
matter what standard of flying - whether it being transitioning
from tail in to nose in hover (best done while the hoops still
on) to learning the big pirouetting maneuvers.
aims to share such information to progress Model Helicopter Flying
in all areas - although ultimately my heart is biased to 3d ;-)
I felt another site (planned later in the year) would make sense
to take the main 3d focus and 'artistic aerobatics' information.
Meanwhile I'll keep this site open to all areas and views. This
being important, if you agree or disagree with whats said on these
pages you are welcome to email me and provided it's constructive
(good or bad) it will be given equal prescence on the site - a
spread of views can only improve everyones knowledge.
of this site was the original 1999
F3C coverage done in liason with Peter Christy via a hotel
internet link. We had live updates every day after the flying
had stopped. You'll see some famous names have signed the guest
book for the 1999 F3 coverage, including Cliff Hiat and Mark Tilbury.
From the 1999 coverage I built up a history of the F3C World Championships
since the beginning in 1985, which happens to coincide with buying
my first dedicated helicopter magazine. I will continue this trend
for the big F3C competitions, and look forwad to covering the
next one, in Japan 2003.