1. Looping a Helicopter

    In the movie Blue Thunder, one of the plot devices used to build up the mystique of Roy Scheider's character is his claim to have looped a helicopter, which everyone else says is impossible. For years, I believed looping a helicopter must be impossible (movies are all true, aren't they …

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  2. Helicopter vs. Lamp: No Winner

    I've reached the point where I can "hover out" a battery pack. That is, I can hover the helicopter without crashing until the battery runs out. This is much harder than it might sound. Hovering a micro-helicopter is much like riding a unicycle, with an extra dimension. Keeping the thing …

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  3. Helicopters and Simulations

    I've always been fascinated by helicopters. The way they float in the air, and the throbbing "chop-chop-chop" provide a Zen-like experience for me, where I can stop thinking and just experience the helicopter overhead.

    Actually learning to fly a helicopter would be nice, but I'm not willing to devote the …

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