Forward flight, simply put, is translational flight where the helicopter moves through the air in the direction in which it's nose is pointing. This may sound fairly obvious, but it's important to remember that unlike most other aircraft, a helicopter is capable of flying in a direction other than in which it's nose is pointed. Due to a helicopter's unique design, it can very easily move sideways, backwards, and even straight up vertically.
In the RC helicopter world, Forward Flight (or "FF") normally describes forward flight at a slower speed.
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