Flying model helicopters is exciting and fun and looks very easy, that is, until you try it. Unlike model airplanes, helicopters lack stability and must constantly be controlled in all the flight axis. The pilot must develop the reflexes to control it, and this takes practice and commitment. By following these 10 steps, you will be up in the air in no time.
Starting with the throttle, let’s first take a look at the servo. There are those pilots who believe the throttle servo should be just as fast and powerful as those used on the swashplate so rapid throttle changes can be made for 3D flying. However, I am not of this belief for the following reasons. [...]
Heli pilots in particular will love the Gaui hexagon screw driver multi-tool. The handle of this cleverly engineered tool houses six double-ended tool shafts, covering most commonly-used metric and English hex wrenches as well as two each Phillips and standard screw drivers. A rotating top cap locks the shafts in place in the handle; simply [...]
Proper mechanical setup is a very important factor in how well an RC helicopter will perform. With all the low-cost and very capable computer transmitters available it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of mechanical setup and rely on programming to overcome issues that should have been addressed mechanically. Many heli pilots I know [...]
Always make sure that the controls are set up correctly and move in the right direction. The swashplate should tilt right when the right stick is applied and it should tilt forward when the stick is moved forward. Check that the tail rotor responds in the correct direction and the gyro responds when swinging the [...]
Contributor Rob Landry has been using the new Novarossi .57 in his Raptor X50, and he likes what he’s seeing! He writes, “I have gotten to really like this engine. Novarossi is my engine of choice in my on-road and off-road cars, and the new .57′s 3-needle carb makes a HUGE difference from the older [...]