ChopperAddict's Heli Repair Service

CHOPPERADDICT SPECIALISES IN THE BUILDING, REPAIRING & 
SETTING UP OF R/C HELICOPTERS AND RADIOS

   

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Why do I offer to repair any radio controlled helicopter ?

Because, from my own experience, there are many new pilots (newbies) that have real problems in repairing their collective pitch helicopter for the first time (or even afterwards.)  Equally, some pilots do not want to be involved in the repairing process, preferring to just spend their time flying them, and are happy to have someone else who will handle repairs for them.

I want to offer this repair service as I know only too well that it is enormously difficult for a new pilot who may well have only just got a new helicopter, and has fallen into the trap of thinking that they can just fly it out of the box, resulting in a crash of some form very rapidly.

Quite reasonably, such new pilots have no idea whatsoever of what parts may be damaged, where to get them from, what they may be called etc etc.  That is where I come in, as I DO KNOW ALL THAT SORT OF STUFF - BACKWARDS.

So to get you back flying, in the full knowledge that your helicopter will have been repaired correctly. 

This is one way for me to put back into my hobby in some way for all the enjoyment it has provided to me over the many years I have been building and flying RC helicopters.

ABOUT ME

I am based just north of Blackpool in Lancashire, so if you are ever in this area, please feel free to drop in and have a cup of Tea or Coffee with me in my workshop/hanger

I am a recently retired guy who has been flying R/C helicopters for around 18 years now, going back to large nitro choppers and even gassers such as the Kalt Baron, Schluter Champion, and the smaller Kyosho Concepts.  I am also a licensed UK General Aviation pilot with around 1500 hours of P1 time logged in various different types, and have around 8 hours logged on Robinson R22 helicopters as a student.

I found very early on in this hobby that I really enjoyed the building side of it almost as much as flying them, and that led me to experiment with different helicopters to improve their performance. That was no real surprise to me as I had been a performance and competition car builder for many years, and have raced many types of cars over the years

Nowadays I fly mostly electric helicopters such as the Esky Belt CP, the CopterX 450 SE V2 and the Trex/Align 450.  I enjoy scale building and flying rather than 3D, but can set up a collective pitch helicopter to fly best in any way you prefer to fly your helicopter.

Because I am retired, I have lots of free time, and what better way to fill it than to help other helicopter pilots while doing what I really enjoy doing.

THE DEAL

It is very simple indeed, you send me your heli, together with any spare parts you may have if you feel they are going to be needed, I will strip it down, check it for all possible damage, report my findings back to you, with a list of parts needed and the total likely cost. I will then order those parts with your authority, and fit them to finally return your heli to the same condition as it was before your crash. 

If you have crashed your helicopter, I usually ask you to let me have it in it's crashed form, rather than after you have stripped it all down, as this gives me a much better chance of assessing what other damage may have been caused, and ensuring that any other possible hidden problems are identified early.

Providing that any parts required can be obtained in a reasonable time scale, most repairs take around 10/14 days or so to complete. (weather permitting for flight testing)

I try to hold a reasonable stock of general small parts to avoid having to necessarily purchase expensive assemblies when you very probably only need a small part of it. 

PLEASE READ ON

There is however a lot more value that my repairs offer you while I have your helicopter in for repair.

a) I ensure that your helicopter is setup correctly mechanically so that it will fly as is supposed to (MOST ARE NOT - believe me), and 

b) If required I can soften it down (called dumbing it down) so that it is nothing like as twitchy and uncontrollable, which in it's turn means that you have a very much better chance of learning to hover your heli without crashing again and again.

The first option - (a) is to go through the entire helicopter and set it up mechanically so that all servos and mixers etc etc are set correctly. This is called a FULL MECHANICAL SETUP.  THIS IS ALWAYS INCLUDED AS A PART OF THE REPAIR SERVICE

The second is the softening down process, which usually means changing the servo horns to allow me to change the throw lengths used.  I cannot do a softening down without doing the mechanical setup afterwards, as the heli will simply not fly at all due to the changes made by the softening process.

A third option that only applies if you have a "proper" computer radio such as a Futaba or Spektrum, when I will program/reprogram your radio to match your particular helicopter, setting it up to exactly suit your particular level of flying (or non flying of course).  THIS IS ALWAYS INCLUDED AS A PART OF THE REPAIR SERVICE

If you feel my repair  service might be of interest to you, please email me in the first instance at :

ian.chopperaddict@gmail.com  

You can also SKYPE me a text message as netcplus

CLICK HERE to see some pictures of my workshop


HELICOPTER TUTORIALS

In case you are (still) not aware, I also have quite a few tutorials (in PDF format) that I have written over time covering many of the skills involved in the hobby of building and flying helicopters.

These can be downloaded by following this link...


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Pictures of the range of helicopters I have in my own hanger

 

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