Following on from the successful Beginner's Guide To Flying RC Airplanes ebook, this new guide gives you a solid introduction to the exhilarating world of radio control helicopters.
Owning and flying an RC heli can be more involved than an airplane, and ultimately more rewarding. The variety of helicopters out there today is staggering and it's all too easy for the beginner to become completely overwhelmed and bogged down with information overload!
"The Beginner's Guide To Flying RC Helicopters" ebook breaks down all the barriers and answers the questions that the complete newcomer to the hobby is likely to have, from understanding what a swashplate is to knowing how to perform that first aerobatic maneuver.
Priced at just $14.95
, this new ebook represents excellent value and will give you a solid start in the hobby; the flight school section alone will save you time and money by teaching you how to learn as safely as possible!
this product is an electronic download only, not a hard copy book.
Excerpts from the Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters E-Book...
Chapter 2 - Introduction to the RC heli hobby:
"But what this hobby has seen in recent years is a complete change in variety and designs of helicopter available; electric power (EP) has become the norm and multi-function helicopters that need no assembly whatsoever and can pretty much be flown straight out the box are being sold in hobby and toy shops alongside model cars and boats – this was an unthinkable idea not that long ago. And even more recently, as the ongoing electronic revolution continues, we now have easy access to micro-size helicopters that sit comfortably in the palm of your hand and can be flown in a completely controlled manner around your living room..."
Chapter 3 - Different types of RC helicopter:
"It's important to realize, though, that such fixed pitch helicopters do have a steep learning curve and if you've never had any previous experience, say with flying a coaxial heli, then you're in for a difficult time! Even with coaxial experience under your hat, the flight characteristics and techniques needed to fly an FP heli are completely different and learning to co-ordinate main rotor and tail rotor well can be quite a game to begin with. Unlike a coaxial RC helicopter, a fixed pitch heli like those named above can't be flown straight out the box with no previous experience, despite what the manufacturers tell you!"
Chapter 4 - Understanding RC systems and how they work:
"By the way, when talking about channels it's important to note that this word has two completely different meanings in the radio control hobby. The first is that outlined above, the frequency channel, while the other refers to how many controllable functions an RC model has. For example, a helicopter that has control to just motor power (main rotor speed) and tail rotor speed (yaw) is said to be 'two channel' while one with motor power, yaw and fore/aft and left/right cyclic control is four channel. A more complicated multi-channel CP helicopter will have motor power, cyclic, collective and yaw control as well as additional 'idle up' and remote gyro gain control – in this case it has six channels."
Chapter 5 - Understanding the primary helicopter control:
"As with collective pitch vs. main rotor speed for altitude control, so it's much better to have tail rotor pitch controlling the yaw rather than a separate motor controlling the speed of the tail rotor. In exactly the same way a fixed pitch heli is less responsive to climb/descent inputs so a heli with a motor-controlled tail rotor is less responsive to yaw inputs. In addition to that, electric RC helicopter tail motors are notoriously bad for burning out and having a very short life; having to replace the motor on a regular basis is bad enough, but having the motor die in mid-air and seeing your heli spin wildly out of control as you instantly lose all yaw control is sickening!"
Chapter 7 - Choosing & buying your first helicopter:
"The '400' size electric collective pitch helicopter is about the most popular size that beginners choose, notable examples are the E-flite Blade 400, Align T-Rex 450 and Thunder Tiger E325 helicopters. Such helis are very reasonably affordable yet offer all the flying capabilities you can expect from a truly aerobatic/3D radio control helicopter. And because of their popularity, replacement parts support is unmatched and there is a huge amount of information available on internet forums and websites about them – invaluable help to beginner and intermediate pilots alike."
Chapter 8 - Get familiar with & check over your helicopter:
"If your helicopter doesn't have a flybar then checking the CG is a bit more involved. Some manufacturers might be kind enough to include a special 'Tee' fitting that attaches to the top of the main shaft and makes use of a spare flybar to balance the heli in the way described above. If no such fitting is included then an accepted method is to remove the whole rotor head assembly so that only the bare main shaft remains, and slide a length of suitably gauged wire through the hole that accepts the so-called Jesus Bolt (the bolt that secures the head assembly to the shaft). With the wire perpendicular to the tail boom, the heli can then be lifted upwards and balanced as per the above method."
Chapter 12 - Learning to hover your heli:
As your confidence grows, which it will, you can increase power slightly and get the helicopter higher, up to two or three feet off the ground. For some helicopters, notably the smaller ones, this is actually very beneficial because it gets the model out of the Ground Effect ('GE') - this is the term used to describe the adverse effect on the helicopter by the very turbulent airflow around it; if a heli is hovering or flying very close to the ground then the downwash from the main rotor doesn't get cleared away, instead it bounces back off the ground and creates turbulence immediately around the helicopter. As a result the heli becomes even harder to control than it already is, hence climbing out of the GE is a good idea – but keeping your very first hops to a few inches off the ground is necessary from a safety point of view."
Chapter 17 - Flying the fast Figure 8:
"Well this lesson really sees the limit of learning basic fast forward flight; from here on in it really is a case of practice practice practice, and with time fast forward flight will become natural and easy. It will lead you on to fly more advanced aerobatic maneuvers such as rolls and loops. Beyond that level lies the pinnacle of RC helicopter flying that is 3D. Now you've become comfortable with tail-in and side-on orientations, there's only one lesson remaining in this 'Flight School' section of the ebook, and that's learning how to fly in a nose-in orientation..."