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Fabian R Lischka

Buenos Aires, Moers, Karlsruhe, Warwick, London, Palo Alto, Hong Kong; Goldman, Credit Suisse, HackerSchool, metric system, The Economist.

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So, I finally succumbed and did what every man does in his life (except quiche-eaters): Get a remote-controlled helicopter.

It really is rather difficult to get the hang of it - helicopters are inherently unstable (while fixed wing aircraft are mostly inherently stable). The salesman demonstrated it to me briefly, and flew and controlled it effortlessly - I dare say he had practiced quite a bit. I've crashed it several times already, but so far it survives (I've fractured a few blades, but it does come with spares). Great fun.

In case you're interested: It has two rotors rotating in opposite directions (hence rendering unnecessary the tail rotor, which has to counteract the torque generated in a conventional helicopter with one main rotor (the Sikorsky Layout)). The remote control has 4 channels: You control altitude (up/down) and yaw (turn left/right) with the left stick, and pitch (forward/back) and roll (move left/right) with the right stick. So, the left stick combines collective and anti-torque control, while the right stick corresponds to the cyclic control. It's harder than it sounds...

Oh, and merry Christmas!
Or, as quiche eaters say (no offence, Achim):
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