Low, inverted hovering is easy when you are comfortable with your
orientations, as the author demonstrates with his Raptor E700.
Not having to worry about orientation is a
huge benefit when trying new maneuvers—
ensuring that the Goblin 500 comes down
in one piece.
Don’t be afraid to buddy box with or
ask advice from a more experienced
pilot, as I am doing here flying my
Synergy N5c with Matt Botos during
the 2012 Orlando Helicopter Blowout.
your heli will end up where it started, so
this is a good way to break into inverted
You can briefly pause at the point
when the helicopter is inverted and
gradually drag out that pause until you
are comfortable hovering upside down
in that orientation. Then rinse and
Practice your hovering orientations
the same way you did when learning
them upright. If at any point you feel as
if you are starting to lose it, roll or flip to
upright. This is where all of that upright
hovering will pay off. No matter which
way the nose is pointing when you get
there, you will know how to handle it.
Why all the hovering? It’s all about
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