Pilot Profile - Malorie
1. Tell us about yourself, where you live, occupation,
2. How did you get started in RC helis? When did you
start? What equipment got you started?
About five years ago I got back into R/C with lowered expectations. I bought an airplane and joined a club only to find out just how far R/C had come in ten years. I had to buy all new radio equipment as my old Futaba radio was completely outdated with the new narrow band requirements. After getting all my radio equipment updated (I bought a JR XP642), I took my first and last lesson. I took one buddybox flight at the club on a Wednesday night. Then I had the club trainer set up my plane and I took one flight with it under his supervision. I was so excited that I actually got to fly my plane that I soloed myself out the next night.
After flying planes for a couple more years I started getting bored with them. While they are fun to fly, I was to a point where I was hot-dogging them right on the deck. This caused me to build and rebuild about nine planes in one summer so I decided to try helis again. I figured maybe I'd take them more seriously, and I was right.
I consumed every bit of information I could find on R/C helis and I bought a Nexus and JR 450 gyro and started learning to hover. I had just broken into forward flight after my first gallon when I attended my first heli fun fly in Watervliet Michigan in 1999. I watched in amazement as I saw what these things were acctually capable of. I saw Dave Storey wring it out and perform some of the smoothest flying and most amzing stunts I had ever seen. I also fell in love with that blade noise and was completely hooked. I had pretty much decided then and there that I really wanted to learn to fly like that. I also decided that my Nexus and JR XP642 were just not going to get the job done.
I joined the Michianna R/C Choppers to learn more and to fly with other heli folks. One of the club members had a Bergen Intrepid 46 new in the box that he was willing to sell cheap. I bought it and went out and bought my JR 10X and the gyro that everyone was flying and had suggested that I buy (an Archamax Heading Hold gyro). The rest of the time has been an endless tank of fuel, collecting more helis, and leaning about good setups.
3. What do you think have been some of the greatest advances
in RC helis?
The simulators have also come a long way. With the advancement of computer graphics and all out speed, you can literally learn to fly an R/C heli without ever touching one. I have had the Dave Brown simulator and the CSM 3 in 1 simulator. None of them can hold a candle to the Great Planes Realflight G2 on a fast computer. I fly my G2 about 6 to 10 hrs a week depending on the weather.
How many gallons would you burn in a year?
5. What do you enjoy most about the hobby?
6. Developments such as Heading Hold gyros, large capacity
engines, digital servos and such have accelerated the growth of RC helis, what
do you think has been the main contributor for the growth in popularity of our
7. What advice do you give to someone just starting out
with RC Helis?
Once you decide you want to fly R/C helis get involved with an R/C helicopter club. Ask a lot of questions of the those folks. They can be a wealth of information and have probably been through all the pitfalls you may come across. They can help you determine the right equipment to get you started.
Also learn all you can about setup. Don't just let the local pro setup your heli while you watch. Get involved with what and why they do things. The more you know the faster you will advance.