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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.
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.