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- Nov 25, 2009
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- Central Illinois
Neat, I always wondered why the pilot in a heli was on the right side whereas in fixed wing they sit in the left seat. I suspect it might have something to do with a right handed pilot can hold the cyclic stick in their right hand and the collective/throttle on the left.The area has an infestation of 55 drums and junk cars, need to keep them under control.
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Not sure of brand of suppressor, was not my rifle.
My friend said to come and see the new hangar, while there he said "Want to go flying and shooting?" I said, "Yes I do." Good decision.
Does that mean a left handed helicopter pilot has the option to fly from the left seat? Just ask'in. If I had the training I think I could do it from either side though right handed. Heck with instruction, the instructor would be on the left side and they sure would have to know how to fly from that position.
Took a flight in the back seat of a Jet Ranger one time and once the heli was at cruise, pilot hardly touched the collective. Must of had a friction lock like the throttle of a full sized airplane. I flew a few of those (planes) way back in the day.
Did nothing but R/C helis in my time (Concept 30) but had the controls of a full sized heli so I was able to get a taste. I suspect flying a real one is easier as one is in the pilot seat and orientation is not as hard as flying a model from the outside.
Have a pile of micro helis now I fly in the basement when the spirit strikes or fly outside when there is no wind. Most have collective pitch too except for a couple that are fixed pitch.