first thoughts and observations on the UT,
The cyclic has far too much authority at when the collective is flat pitch. I can tip the entire aircraft over on its nose on the ground with the collective all the way down. that tells me that there is too much pitch in the blades at “flat pitch”. the first time i loaded the aircraft it immediately tipped over because my cyclic wasn’t centered. people with self centering joysticks probably won’t notice this, but if you’re on a puma like me its very noticeable and can end a flight before it begins. this also leads to some pretty interesting abilities on the ground.
the cyclic also has this weird response “curve” i guess i would call it. it’s very responsive near center, but slows drastically after about an inch from center (this is based on the PFT Puma). that’s very odd to me. For example, if i were to do a 60° bank, the aircraft would begin to roll rapidly through the first inch or so of cyclic travel, then slow down to a very sluggish roll rate after that. this happens at a hover through all airspeeds.
I don’t need much if any pedal input to maintain heading on take off or landing. I don’t think the 222 has a walking beam like the S76. so some left pedal is in order to maintain heading as far as i know. there is some torque effect there but only really noticeable if you are making large rapid collective input changes. this is regardless of the aircraft model number setting.
I don’t know what the trim ball is doing, but it’s not showing the aerodynamic trim of the aircraft. the trim ball seems to like the left of center position and you need a lot of left pedal to get the ball in the center, almost full throw left pedal which is way to much. the pedals should be neutral or with a slight right input to stay in trim in forward flight, especially at higher airspeeds. the 222 doesn’t have a cambered vertical stabilizer but it is cantered which has the same affect. I’m not sure what the flight modeling fix is, but it seems to be that the vertical stabilizer isn’t as effective as is should be. this is apparent in other modes of flight as well. it takes about 40ktas of sideward flight for the aircraft to weather-vane into the direction of flight with the pedals at neutral. that is WAY to fast. almost like there’s no vertical stab at all. or tail boom, or any longitudinal stabilization surfaces.
that’s what i got from the first few flights. I’ll continue to test when i can.