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12-02-2019, 10:56 PM - 4 Likes   #1531
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Remote controlled, very light, and the youngster was learning to control its flight. When I took this, it had crashed too many times, once landing in a tree. Luckily, I had the tripod with me, extended, and we could get it reasonably easy.
To manually fly a radio controlled aircraft is not easy. When I first tried it, my full size aircraft experience was of limited help in maintaining control. The problem wasn't knowing what to do, but doing it.

Think about it; your only contact with the machine is your vision and from that you must ascertain direction, speed and attitude. Illusions abound, and silhouettes against a bright cloudy sky have caused many to confuse the topside with the bottom side. Crashes happen in less time that it takes to sort out the confusion.
Those visual signals have to be processed - to assess the situation, then the action needed, and then those signals need to be sent to your thumbs on the control sticks. Those neural pathways need constant refreshing, or they disappear, as in my case. Left and right reverse, depending on whether you are flying away or towards yourself. It talks time to automate the recognition of this.

I had a 27 year break from flying radio controlled aircraft, and on return, found that I was incapable of keeping ahead of the machine. I had to start again with an instructor. It took three months of steady practice before I was on the way to regaining my competence and moving on to become an official instructor myself.

Drones fly themselves and are a completely different beast

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From a few years ago at BQN (formerly Ramey Air Force base)


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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
To manually fly a radio controlled aircraft is not easy. When I first tried it, my full size aircraft experience was of limited help in maintaining control. The problem wasn't knowing what to do, but doing it.

Think about it; your only contact with the machine is your vision and from that you must ascertain direction, speed and attitude. Illusions abound, and silhouettes against a bright cloudy sky have caused many to confuse the topside with the bottom side. Crashes happen in less time that it takes to sort out the confusion.
Those visual signals have to be processed - to assess the situation, then the action needed, and then those signals need to be sent to your thumbs on the control sticks. Those neural pathways need constant refreshing, or they disappear, as in my case. Left and right reverse, depending on whether you are flying away or towards yourself. It talks time to automate the recognition of this.

I had a 27 year break from flying radio controlled aircraft, and on return, found that I was incapable of keeping ahead of the machine. I had to start again with an instructor. It took three months of steady practice before I was on the way to regaining my competence and moving on to become an official instructor myself.

Drones fly themselves and are a completely different beast

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Very interesting -thanks so much. Have never tried it myself, and probably never will. And you left out dysfunctional "grey matter" . The youngster was fortunate- he ws young and his mother and grandmother were there to coax him not to give up. That help!

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