IMPORTANT - Can be flown with keyboard and mouse but it's very difficult, you'll need to set up the controls yourself, here's an example that flies with the mouse and arrow keys.
- Increase throttle to max (H) and wait for max rpm
- Slowly increase the collective to achieve a hover
- Adjust the cyclic and collective in combination to change speed/direction.
- Helicopters are quite challenging, real physics isn't a good way to learn them
Before you start you'll need to assign the four main analogue controls to your joystick (pitch, roll, collective, tail rotor), a map for the wired Xbox for Windows controller is included. It's not recommended to adjust the throttle during flight, leave it at max.
Pay attention to the rpm gauge, don't over-rev the engine (generally flaring to slow down or pulling out of a dive will cause some over-rpm). Rotor failure may occur when manoeuvring above 130 mph. Fuel warning light comes on at 1/10th of starting fuel remaining. Check engine light monitors oil and water - it should never be ignored.
The Fun and Realistic configs have negative blade pitch at zero collective and a powerful turbo engine, enough to be in a slow climb when upside-down. If you manage to be upside-down and still in control of the realistic version you will damage the engine after a short time.
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