The Aerofly FS 2 R22 helicopter comes standard with two modes. You can fly with no assistance by clicking in the 'Expert' checkbox located at the bottom of the selection screen, or if you are new to flying helicopters you can leave the box unchecked. By doing so you will receive enough assistance to provide you with more stable flight control.
Unchecked box - Suitable more for novice helicopter pilots. This mode will provide you a more stable flight assisted by an artificial flight controller.
Checked box - Suitable more for advanced pilots that want a more realistic flight experience. The use of rudder pedals or a rudder control is highly recommended to use this mode.
For the novice
Flying the R22 helicopter is fairly easy. If you are a novice, follow these basic steps to get off the ground and begin enjoying what it feels like to be a helicopter pilot.
Note: These instructions are based on the novice mode (expert box unchecked).
To get you up and flying, there are two basic controls that you need to learn; Collective and Cyclic.
Collective - Basically provides Altitude and lift. Lifting this upward will increase lift and get you up in the air. As you increase the collective your nose will tend to point downward so you will need to make small adjustments to your cyclic to compensate for this tendency. Same goes for lowering your collective where your nose will tend to rise.
Cyclic - Mostly provides attitude and pitch control. Your cyclic handles similar to an aircraft yoke in many ways, and is your primary control of the R22.
Here are some basics on using the cyclic:
Using both of these controls together will get you up in the air and flying.
In novice mode you will have assistance providing you with tail stability but you may still need to use rudder control to keep you flying straight with any changes that you make with your collective, especially when lifting off.
So now that you know the basic controls used in flying the R22 helicopter, let's get you off the ground following this basic novice tutorial.
Now lets lift off and enter into a hover
Note - As many helicopter pilots become more comfortable with control, they also tend to use visual guides that are available to them. One of the guides is to look at the horizon and compare your attitude with it, and another unique visual guide is to look at the Yaw String in front of you.
Lets now fly forward from your hover.
|Takeoff and Climb||60 KIAS|
|Maximum Rate of Climb||53 KIAS|
|Maximum Range||83 KIAS|
|Under Turbulence||60-70 KIAS|
|Landing Approach||60 KIAS|
|Auto Rotation||60-70 KIAS|