may appear to be more
difficult than tail-down
funnels to some pilots,
but they actually have
the same difficulty
level. Nick Maxwell is
flying this one with his
Thunder Tiger G4.
it does go
its tail on the
a funnel and
the throttle-hold switch
to reduce the
looking at the left side of the heli. You
cannot do the move until you learn
Many of the top pilots merely
perform simple variations of those basic
orientations. They just happen to be
moving fast or low while they do them.
Even a pirouetting flip is mostly
upright and inverted hovering
segments with a gentle flip thrown in.
Hmm, should be easy then (or not)!
I can’t stress learning those basics
enough and if you want to see
how well any pilot has them
down, ask him or her to do
one upright pirouette slowly
and then one inverted. You
might be surprised at what
you see. Some impressive
pilots are not so impressive
when they have to do a
precision move such as that.
Some of you have emailed
certain types of
broken down. I
received one such
question recently. It
Q: I’ve been trying
to learn how to do
a funnel and I just
can’t get it right.
Can you explain the
stick inputs for one?
A: A funnel is
to in other parts of the world as a pie
dish. It is a circular-shaped maneuver
where the nose or tail is pointed toward
the ground as the helicopter flies
sideways around the circle. The funnel
can be frustrating to learn.
I think the main reason this maneuver
is difficult is because you are controlling
the turn with aileron instead of elevator.
In a normal turn you bank over with
aileron and then use elevator to bring it
around. Conversely, in a funnel you are
bringing it around with aileron.
Your brain is preprogrammed to
use elevator for the turn and it feels
uncomfortable to make corrections
using the opposite axis of control. The
difficulty level is compounded as the
angle of the fuselage becomes steeper.
The best way to work your way into
funnels is to start out doing flat nose-in
or tail-in remote circles.
A remote circle nose-in is a circular
path where the nose of the helicopter
is always pointed toward the center.
This is an easy version of a funnel. You
should become proficient at these flat,
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