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RC Helicopters – Getting Started (Part 1)

I’ve been focused mostly on fixed wing planes until now. But this blog will cover all kinds of radio control flying machines, so i will work along the helicopter fans too – i fly both planes and helis.

RC Scale Helicopter

RC Scale Helicopter

On this first post, i’ll cover the most frequently asked questions beginners usually have when getting into helis. Ready to go? So let’s move on…

What brand helicopter should i buy?

Most of the helis on the market today are good. With any helicopter the good experience you have is almost entirely proportional to how well the helicopter is built and setup. That is why it is so important for people starting out to get help from someone that understands how to best set one up for the flight level you are at. I see this all the time. Just the other day i saw someone with a JR Venture and it was in need of a little help. The guy was having problems with the helicopter not lifting off the ground. This heli has eCCPM and I found that two of the servos were hooked up in the wrong positions. After getting this straight (it was causing the top end pitch to unexpectedly change) then I did my normal setup for throttle curve and pitch curve. I flew it and got the blades in track then set the tail to feel nice. After a half of tank of adjusting I handed the controls to the guy and after this he flew one circuit and kept saying this helicopter has never flown like that before… That made me feel good and is the reason I try to help others .

The point is no matter what helicopter it is, how well they fly is dependent more on how well they are assembled and setup. For me the determining differences between one helicopter versus the other are in how easy they are to work on, how easy it is to get parts, price of parts, and price of kit. And if you have other heli pilots in your area that you plan on getting help from then you should get something they have experience with. Talk to them about the helicopter you are looking at to purchase and make sure they can help you with it.

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  1. January 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM

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