(for this thing) It’s really as simple as:
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The stick on the left is up/down, the twisty thing on that left stick is the “loud/quiet” controll (believe me - too load and she’s screaming at you, too quiet and she’s sulking), the stick in the middle is to lean forwards/backwards/left/right and those pedal thingies are NOT for stop/go fast/slow.
You can practice this all at home by sitting on one of these large fitness balls with a set of hand barbells held out in roughly the same position as those “handles” in the cockpit and moving them and your feet about. Once you can do that, place a small shallow soup plat on your head. Practice some more.
Once the bruises have healed and the porcelain fragments are swept away you then need to do it all over again. With a glass marble in the dish. If and when you can keep the marble in the dish you should be ready…
What makes Bell 47 flying more difficult is flying with your knees… because occasionally you do need to fiddle and twiddle those blinken lights and schnappen der switches on that box your passenger is currently trying to tune a pirate radio station on.
As for navigation!!! IFR - I Follow Roads! Never did those three words have more meaning. But don’t open the widow - that 1/4 mill map can blind you! Best take an AA atlas with you. Better still write your waypoints on the bubble canopy with a wax pencil.
And remember - the main reason for being the pilot is to be first on the scene - when you crash.
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Seriously: If you can afford it, pop round to your local airfield and see if there’s a fling-wing school. It’s well worth the money for an air experience flight - most schools these days use Robinson R22 - a great hack for a spot of fun flying.