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How to Fly a Remote Control Helicopter
How to fly your r/c helicopter.
When I was a kid I could only dream of such a toy. A fully controllable 4 channel radio controlled helicopter with lights and rotors and blades, holy cow!
I would never have gone to school again. I would have been the worlds best indoor r/c helicopter pilot this side of the Mississippi. I know this scenario to be true as I bought one for my son's seventh birthday this past year. It was all he could think about.
I would be lying if I didn't admit I became quite addicted to it myself. We had landing competitions, take-off competitions, try to avoid hitting mommy competitions, and yes she was hit a couple of times mostly by me. This is another great thing (not the death look) when you get hit by the thing; it doesn't really hurt, they are relatively safe probably because they are so light-weight. Now I'm not saying you should play Kamikaze with your little brother, however I've seen it done, harm free. The rotor blades do spin at a very high RPM however they are made of a soft plastic that does not hurt too bad when it hits you.
The durability of these little things is as remarkable as the accuracy of their flight. I've witnessed the device hit ceiling fans, lights, ceilings, chairs, tree limbs, the baby, the four-year-old, and mommy; the thing still flew like a champ. I do need to say however they do have their limit. My son's r/c helicopter now sits on the shelf never to be flown again.
I found it much easier to fly the toy radio controlled helicopter inside the house in a large room. Flying out-doors is possible however the slightest breeze can take the toy in directions you may not want it to go.
The battery charge is also quite impressive in most cases the charge was complete in less than 15 minutes. Flight time was about a third of that at 4-5 minutes. You can charge some models with a USB cable and some models re-charge with a regular plug in the wall and yet some others have the capability to do both.
What are 2, 3, or 4 channel r/c systems?
Depending on how many channels your system has will give you certain functionality. The video example was a 4 channel system that gave control on each axis of both control sticks each stick of the hand-held controller served two purposes.
A two channel system may only control one function on each stick of the hand-held controller. For example a 2 channel system may control altitude with the left stick and rudder control on the right stick.
When selecting a radio controlled helicopter be sure of how many channels the unit has. Remember the more channels, the more functionality of the unit.
A 4 Channel R/C Unit
Right Stick Controls:
- Left to right ailerons move helicopter left or right as a unit.
- Up and down elevator pitch helicopter forward or backward to create forward or backward motion.
Left Stick Controls:
- Up and Down controls throttle speed and altitude.
- Controls rudder spinning clock-wise and counter-clock-wise.
No matter what type of model remote control helicopter you buy, you will have a lot of fun both learning how to fly and then becoming an expert. They are a great rainy-day toy for both young and old.
You can almost buy them anywhere. They have become so popular even home improvement stores are putting them on their shelves for the holidays. The average price is about $30-$40 bucks, however I have seen them as cheep as $15. Beware however, the cheaper models are not as functional and may not perform as well as the higher priced models.
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