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May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 215

Of all the remote control apparatuses, remote control helicopters are the most difficult to use and also expensive to maintain. Making sure you get sufficient training beforehand will lead to a better flying experience.

Though some first time hobbyists consider a simulator expensive, using one will improve your actual performance. Firstly, remember the simulator is not a game for testing crashes. It is designed to improve your skills in handling real remote control helicopters. When using the simulator don't let the chopper hit you or get too far away. Practice landing it smoothly exactly where you want it. It is good to experiment flying with all the trims a bit deviated from the center. Make sure u practice flying at different turbulence settings as you never predict the wind in real life. Once you've mastered the basics then you can now experiment with loops and rolls.

For more advanced simulator practice, try hovering and flying upside down. For something even more difficult, try flying backwards slowly. You could also simulate the flying conditions you fly in within our real life world. Mastering the flight simulator will save you hundreds of dollars down the line. Once you're confident you can fly around and land with the simulator, it's time to take out your aircraft and test your skills with remote control helicopters.

Before your first flight ensure that you have put training gear on your model. Make sure you have enough space to fly it as well. If you don't have sufficient space near your home, then use the facilities at a Radio Controlled Club. Get a more experienced flier to verify the linkages, reversing and even test fly it if possible. Start by practicing small hops up to 6 inches then try hovering from about 5 inches to one foot and be prepared for wind gusts. If your helicopter climbs fast, don't panic and slam it to the ground, just slowly lower the collective and bring it slowly to the ground. Never fly with the sun in the horizon as it gets difficult to see the altitude.

Before attempting more advanced maneuvers like loops and rolls you should switch out some parts to improve as it greatly improves the performance of the remote control helicopters. Servo upgrades are important for the tail rotor and collective. To do the looping or rolling maneuvers, you will need to set your collective to have around -2 degrees or more at the lower end. To double the cyclic response on the standard nexus, invest in K&S paddles which are half the mass. Unfortunately, paddles that are too light make the aircraft very hard to trim. You will be noticing that the trim will drift left and right during flight.

For beginners, remember to start with a cheap, less powerful and less capable electronic remote control helicopters that can be purchased from your local toy store. This way you can perfect your skills at a reasonable cost to you. Never fly when it's windy outside and always fly in the direction of the wind. Just like driving a car, always keep your hands on the controls at all times.

Whichever of the very many models you choose make sure you read the manual and take the time to learn it sufficiently to avoid crashes and permanent damage to your craft.

Learn more about remote control helicopters through the website: www.hobby-estore.com

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