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    Convert from 3 Axis to Flex or vice-versa

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    Foxbat is a bad choice for the second photo, I'll bet no foxbat owner has ever gone flex-wing
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    Your probably right Katie, what 3 Axis model would you suggest?


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    Hmmm... Possible a CTSW, as while it is an excellent aircraft it is possibly a bit boring to fly, at least A to B but then it soon get interesting when trying to land the thing. Maybe it should be the C-42 as let's be honest, it is the lazy persons aeroplane, so comfortable and forgiving and it does all the hard work for you.

    Are you going to convert?
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    C42 it is.
    Not thinking of converting anytime soon Katie as I'm still learning with the C42 but I would like to try for a Taildragger rating.


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    I had a conversation with a very experienced instructor a while back on a similar subject.
    I asked him about adding the flex wing rating to my licence and he suggested that it would be much easier to go from 3-axis to gyroplane than 3-axis to weight-shift.

    It seems that, while entirely feasable, it is quite a conversion to do as you have to re-learn the most basic manoeuvres which all go the opposite way to what you're used to...

    I must say, I quite fancy having a go at gyros, they look like fun, if a bit noisy
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    When I had an hour in the Cessna on Sat not once did I get the controls the wrong way round whilst flying. But on the ground it took every ounce of the small amount of brain power I have to steer the thing in the right direction. I was all over the place. Tried steering with the yoke aswell, that didn't work either, stupid bloody things. Katie, that's why we need enclosed flexes with all the toys, cuz I can't fly anything else !!


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    I started on a flexy and found the ground taxying easier on the flex than the 3 axis but simple turns were all back to front, right turns went left, pulling back went down instead of up not easy for me.

    Gyros are brilliant but extremely expensive


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    The main concern, I believe, is not when you're thinking about things, but if you ever get in the sh*t.
    If you have to revert to instinctive responses, you are more likely to apply the actions first learnt which, if you happen to be flying the other type of aircraft, could be a bit tricky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentreau View Post
    I had a conversation with a very experienced instructor a while back on a similar subject.
    I asked him about adding the flex wing rating to my licence and he suggested that it would be much easier to go from 3-axis to gyroplane than 3-axis to weight-shift.

    It seems that, while entirely feasable, it is quite a conversion to do as you have to re-learn the most basic manoeuvres which all go the opposite way to what you're used to...

    I must say, I quite fancy having a go at gyros, they look like fun, if a bit noisy
    I've not done it but I can't get my head around that. I think it would be easy, try steering the car with your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, then try steering it at the top. It's obvious.

    Or is that just the right handed brain of mine? Being left handed?
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