I am going to try and cover my thoughts on the flight dynamics of the community preview, and give as much constructive criticism as possible. I am looking for this thread to become a common place for real life pilots to give their feedback and discuss with each other about their ideas and ways to improve the flight dynamics.
Here is a small list of things that I have been focusing on to get things started:
1) Torque and pedal control – The torque of the engine on the airframe seems to be reproduced in the simulator very well (maybe a little under simulated if anything), I can feel the forces on the helicopter as I change the collective position. Maybe I can get some feedback from other pilots about the amount of change in the torque from full down collective to full up collective. It will be interesting to get your opinions. As for the pedals, I feel good about having the pedals neutral at ‘light on the skids’ with low gross weight, because the neutral position is really a matter of how the mechanic and pilot want to set up the Push Pull Tubes and Rod Ends (The helicopter I currently fly is near neutral with low gross weight at ‘light on the skids’) (http://www.robinsonheli.com/srvclib/r44sb43a.pdf) This link shows the connection of the Push Pull Tube and Rod End with the Bellcrank...Changing this changes the tail rotor pitch at the neutral pedal position. The pedal authority is very limited however. Full pedal deflection does not represent itself with an out of control spin….especially in the right yaw direction. Hopefully the community could give some advice on how to make this more realistic.
2) Ground Effect – This is one of my favorite parts about the flight dynamics at the moment. The ground effect feels realistic and is represented very well. If I am landing on top of a building, I can feel the helicopter benefit from ground effect after entering a hover above the roof. And when I leave the roof I can feel the ground effect diminish, requiring more power to stay at altitude.
3) Strange roll associated with collective position – I am not sure about the reasoning behind the roll of the helicopter relating to the collective position. As you increase the collective the helicopter rolls right, and as you decrease the collective, the helicopter rolls left. When practicing autorotations in real life, the steps are not: Lower Collective, Right Cyclic, Aft Cyclic, Right Pedal. If someone knows something about this roll or is also curious about it, I would like to know your thoughts.