New user here. Total newb to Heli's. How do I learn to fly it properly?

I am using a Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS and have read the manual.

I can sometimes get it to hover, but often not even that far. And once it’s up, I can never land, so far, without crashing.

Is there a video or webpage that goes into step by step detail on how to fly this bird? I bought it because I am a ‘low and slow’ guy and I want to take in the scenery. The Bell 47G seems perfect for that if I can just figure out how to fly it.

Again though, I know nothing about flying helicopters. With other GA aircraft, Pipers and Cessna’s, I am pretty good.

If anyone can give me an idea of where to find detailed instructions I would very much be in your debt.

Mick, in Orange County, CA.

Hi Mick and welcome, to start with, have you read the manual :slight_smile: Try flying on easy mode to start and get used to hovering and so on. If you search youtube for the Flyinside B47 there is quite a few videos on there to get you started :slight_smile:


Hi Tony. In the very first first line of my post I said that I, “have read the manual.”

I will continue to search YouTube.

Damn, really sorry mate, kids running around and just answered and missed that, my bad.


I’ll have plenty of time tomorrow and would be happy to answer your question properly :wink:


No worries whatsoever. I appreciate you taking a run at it at all. - Thanks.

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I found this one very helpful:


This one is also very helpful mate = FS2020: Flyinside's Bell 47-G2 Helicopter Review - Perfect for Novice Chopper Pilots! - YouTube


There’s a LOT of great information there. Thank you.

Thank you all! That’s what I was looking for.

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(for this thing) It’s really as simple as:

[cynic mode on]

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.

[cynic mode off]

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.


also, treat the aircraft like a GA that has a very short take off and landing to get your bearings.

the more you simply fly from A to B the better you’ll understand the limits. don’t worry too much about landing or hovering at first.

don’t be afraid of easy mode either, that will give you more time to get used to your inputs in general.

(I don’t use the suggested setting on my hotas, rather I stick to my preferred all round settings)

I do find that it’s possibly(?) way to easy to get into a vortex ring state on landing but I now see that as a challenge.

I rarely fly any other airframe now. it’s ugly but fun.

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