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SAFETY - Preparing a new helicopter for it's first flight

Many new pilots start by buying, or being bought, a helicopter in what is called RTF form.

What this stand for is "Ready To Fly", but sadly, it is a complete misnomer.

All it really means is that in the box you have received are all the parts that when fitted together correctly, with the radio set up and the batteries all charged,  are all that you need to fly a helicopter.

IT DOES NOT MEAN that the helicopter will actually fly straight out of the box, despite many misleading claims by some manufacturers.

In fact whenever we more experienced pilots purchase a new helicopter, one of the very first things we tend to do is to strip it right down and rebuild it again, carefully, ensuring that all threads are loctited where necessary in CNC parts, that bearings turn freely, that servo horns are all perpendicular to their servos when at 50% throttle setting, and finally that the pitch range and settings are correct.

This all sounds very complicated, and to an extent it is, but you will find that it is very well worthwhile taking the time and effort to do this.

There are many tutorials around, including one by myself that covers this in fairly full detail, which can help you to get into it without too many tears.

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