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Close formation flying!
Great fun and skill enhancement!
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Airsucker
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February 16, 2015 - 12:53 pm
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Thanks to the excellent landing game we found on this forum, my son and I took it to the next level by practicing some extremely small and difficult raised platform landing operations. After many hours of practice in various challenging drafty conditions, we decided to try and enhance our skills at close order formation flying. If you try this yourself, Do not take close formation flying lightly! The wind created by one S107 can be treacherous to the other. I highly recommend honing your skills on very tight landings in various levels of drafty air before flying in close formations with another helicopter.  

As we got better and better, my son and I began to choreograph some attack formations as if we were going in on a specific target or flying support for a ground mission so to speak. All I can say is that once you enhance your skills, this can be great fun! I'll try to upload a photo or two here for you to have a peek at. If this works, take not of the front nose LED lights on our helis. They look light little laser beams!

Your friend,

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February 17, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Well flown, I am impressed that you cab fly that close and take photos at the same time. May I recommend you gat an apache Heli next as they look the part and are much more responsive as they are lighter than the 107. For precision rescues the coastguard heli is fun too.

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Ha ha, thanks Bryan... By "Apache" are you suggesting the S109G? I don't think we're as interested in the look as we are in the stability. Isn't the S109G pretty much the same as the S107 mechanically? 

Bye the way, I could have never taken the picture while flying close formation. The wife is our great photographer!

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February 18, 2015 - 5:41 am

Yes the s109G, it is a lighter and faster helicopter and a bit more of a challenge to fly well. If you can fly that one in close formation then you are ready for the single rotor F4

The s111G coastguard Helicopter is the one I let novices try as it is slower than the 107 but I just love the look of it but it lands on 3 points rather than skids so can be a harder one for the landing game.

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February 19, 2015 - 3:32 am
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Looks real good Bryan! Thanks for sharing!

 

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February 23, 2015 - 8:23 pm

What tactics or formations do you fly in?

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February 24, 2015 - 3:14 am
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Thanks for asking Bryan! We are getting better and better at tactical landings and strategic attack formations. Learning how the wind from each heli will affect the other has helped us hone our skills at using that wind to our advantage. In the attack formations for example, our game revolves around a small cardboard box. The box stands about 10 inches high so it is not flat on the ground. We both aim for the box from opposing directions. The object is to touch and go off the box at the same time without hitting each other and crashing. Then we have to turn away in opposite directions. After successfully accomplishing this maneuver, we then come around and fly straight toward each other then turn right or left together simultaneously at the last second and attempt another touch and go off the box flying in the same direction this time. The last objective is to control the heli while the other is flying above. This is a most difficult challenge because the air coming from the top heli pushes the bottom one down and out of control. We are sharpening our skills at controlling the speeds so the bottom 107 can maintain control and land as softly as possible on the raised box. This is very difficult indeed but great fun for a father and son. laugh

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February 24, 2015 - 5:22 am

I'm impressed that you have mastered the skills, (says him wishing he had another flyer to try that with) The above the other one must play havoc with the lower one. I have a silly game of trying to fly a 107 along a hallway then up the stairs, with my drafty house avoiding the walls is bad enough.

I think a couple of syma F4s may suit you both next, These are a little bigger than the 107s (2 CM longer) but are 2.4ghz radio control single rotors. They have exactly the same controls as the 107 and of course can be flown at the same time and even go outdoors if it is not too windy.

Could you do a video to show us all how it is done please, I can't be the only one who would love to see it.

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February 26, 2015 - 2:01 am
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I will certainly ask my son. I think this too would be a fun project to work on together. Thanks! 

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April 23, 2015 - 4:00 am

How is the video progressing?

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April 28, 2015 - 1:54 am
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Hi Bryan, sorry to say we haven't done any videos yet. I will try to get my son to make something happen. This obsession of ours has now evolved in my spending some money to go outdoors and join up with a group of locals to fly our Align T-Rex 450's. This is a completely different world of RC helicopters. While we (mostly me) still fly our 107's once in a while, there is nothing like going out to a park with a bunch of others to let it rip outdoors. So, one of these crazy obsessed guys purchased the 700 model T-Rex and installed a turbine unit. Unbelievable! Yes, these things are starting to get into serious money but... I have to have one.

Two weeks ago my son and I had a mid-air collision while attempting to "show off" our close flying skills. My 450 had only minor damage but my son's was absolutely destroyed. He almost has all the repairs made (new body $$$ included) and we are hoping to be ready for the park by Saturday. 

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April 28, 2015 - 3:39 am

I also have a trex 450 so know how bad they can be. Yes it is a totally different ball game but my first heli was a 107 hence me joining this forum as well as one for more advanced flying.

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Finally just checked back in on this great forum after around a year. Want to say hi to everyone and let you know I am still peeking in from time to time. We are now flying RC airplanes, drones and of course, I still take up my 107 occasionally. Hope you are well! So long for now, Airsucker

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Hi Airsucker, great to see you back praising-the-lord-smiley-emoticonPost us your new experiences with planes and drones.I might make a separate topic for planes. Regards SF

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