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C4 - GENERAL
- What size of helicopter should I buy
to learn with ?
This is a
question that many people thinking about trying to fly a radio
controlled helicopter ask me...
thing to consider is that the small contra rotating helicopters that
you can buy very cheaply will NOT teach you to fly
"proper" R/C helicopters. What I mean by
"proper" is a helicopter that uses collective pitch
control to make it move in whatever direction you want it to go.
slightly larger helicopters that have a small motor to drive the
tail rotor are also unsuitable for learning to fly a helicopter.
that you need to be looking at an electric powered helicopter of at
least 400 size (as they are known). There are several 400 size
helicopters available, probably one of the best known being the E-Flite
Blade 400. Slightly larger helicopters are called 450 size,
and include a vast range of different makes such as the Esky Belt
CP, the Trex 450 and all it's clones, and CopterX 450 variants.
If you are
brave, you could go for a 500 size helicopter, but quite strangely,
the sizes of the actual helicopters do not bear much relationship to
the size quoted. A 500 is considerably larger than a 450, and is
also a lot more expensive.
One of the
things I always tell new pilots is that it is wroth while buying the
best radio equipment that you can afford, as this is the key to
making a helicopter fly nicely for a learner pilot. Radios
such as the Spektrum DX6i or DX7, Aurora and JR Propo all fit this
class very well.
Please bear in
mind that learning to fly a collective pitch helicopter is NOT EASY,
and you WILL have some crashes along the way, so be prepared to take
some time, and spend some more money on crash repairs, before you
will manage to master the controlled hover, which is essential as
the very first stage of flying these wonderful but challenging
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