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jsaviator
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Posted: Aug. 29 2018,15:35

Hello all! New on HC but not to flightsimming... and right out of the box I have an issue with a helicopter that defies my experience:

I am running FS2004 (no, not interested in FSX, thanks-- been there and done that), and I downloaded and installed the freeware Sikorsky R4B by Shawn Lund and Pete Clayson. I have no problem getting it started (now  ??? ), but the main rotor will not, no matter how long I wait, what I do or what I modify, spool up to more than 62%, and more collective just reduces the RPM. I loaded various helos, set them up to start, and substituted the R4, and always the same results. I'm NOT interested in starting up another one and switching to the R4 (if I wanted to do that, I'd just fly sailplanes or go back to my Short Empire flying boat and save myself the trouble-- I want something resembling realism, insofar as that is posible with MSFS, that is LOL) ... so how can I fix this problem? Ideas for specific fixes, if such a thing exists?


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Posted: Aug. 29 2018,18:00

Sounds like the engine throttle is stuck at ground idle.  The prop pitch axis in FS controls helicopter engine throttle.  Try mapping either the general prop pitch to map all engine throttle to a single axis, or enumerated axes individually to different engines.  Alternatively, bind some keys to the respective inc/dec prop pitch commands.

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Posted: Aug. 29 2018,23:02

Makes sense... I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

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Posted: Aug. 30 2018,15:43

Hello Jsaviator, it’s been so long since I have even seen this model I probably won’t be of much help but I’m glad to hear that it’s still being flown, or at least someone is trying. The R4 was seriously underpowered by modern standards and I think Pete did an excellent job of the flight dynamics. My guess would have been the same as Simons but if that doesn’t work let me know and maybe I can think of something else.

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Posted: Aug. 30 2018,17:46

The "prop" (rotor) pitch was exactly the problem, and it works like a charm now :D  --... I greatly appreciate the advice and support! Yeah, I see what you mean about being underpowered, but that just makes it more of a challenge. I am very much into older aircraft, so I can really appreciate the R4... for me, there is just no appeal at high altitudes blazing away at Mach speeds. I have relatively little (read that 'practically no') experience in RW, but I understand the principles, so this should be interesting. I also plan on running HTR on it to fix it up some as regards more realistic performance.  Up until recently, I had been fiddling with fine-tuning a Short S.30 flying boat, which is actually is a pretty nice aircraft to fly, trying to get it as much as possible in a prototypically-operating state.

Anyway... again, many thanks for the commentary and advice!

Scott


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