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How to Control RC Helicopters

By Javed Khan Subscribe to RSS | January 24th 2012 | Views:

The design and size of remote control helicopters are some of the things that one can easily notice when buying one. But more than these features, the actions that one can do with their flying RC toy should also be considered to fully maximize the potential of these tiny machines. If you want to enjoy your RC helicopter, you must be able to know how to control it when it’s already in the air.

Flying up and down are among the common actions one can initiate using the radio signals that are sent from the transmitter. If you take a look at the transmitter of you RC helicopter, you have to take note that the number of the channels on it indicates the number corresponding to the actions that you can make on your toy. You have to make yourself familiar with these channels in order to avoid crashing your toy.

So the key here is to have the right control of the panel. If you already know how to go up and down, then you can also shift the rotor blade’s pitch or what we commonly call “tilt.” You can also accustom yourself to making these blades turn or spin faster. Once you have mastered these things, you are already good to go with other flying techniques.

There is also a difference between remote control helicopters that are designed for hobby and those that are known as toy-grade ones. The hobby-grade type is made to look and move similar to those full-size helicopters. On the other hand, the toy-grade is designed to become more stable when flying in the air, allowing the users who are mostly children to easily control its movement.

The hobby-grade type normally has four to five channels required for the regular flight that is similar to the controls of the actual helicopters. Meanwhile, the toy-grade ones have around two to three channels and can have only limited movements. These toy-grade helis can fly up and down and sometimes forward and backward. One can also turn it to the left and right. These can also run at a steady speed and hover in its place.

Also, the toy-grade helicopters’ main rotors are usually fixed pitch, which means that the blades do not tilt on its own, apart from not having cyclic controls. Moreover, the designs of this type of remote control helicopters affect the maneuverability, which only allows it to carry out fewer actions. With the simple features of these toy-grade helicopters, beginners can fully enjoy it.

In the case of hobby-grade remote control helicopters, one can perform more actions as compared to its toy-grade counterparts. You will notice that there are more controls and the speed is much faster. One can make the helicopter dive, roll, and do some loops. You can have 5-channel transmitter that features throttle, up and down actions, side to side movements, forward or backward tilt.

Whatever your choice is, both can still be fun to fly. You just have to know which one fits your skill level of flying these toys. But you can always tap the expertise of an instructor to guide you.

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