What are RC Helicopters?

Remote controlled (RC) helicopters are model helicopters suitable for a range of users from beginners to advanced flyers. There is a wide range of choice of differing helicopter design, controls, and the range of movement that the helicopter is capable of carrying out. RC helicopters are usually designed to look and operate the same as full-size helicopters. Beginner of toy-grade helicopters are designed to be simpler to use for more stable flight often with child safety in mind. This will mean that the helicopter will have easier movements and controls as hobby-grade helicopters but both RC Helicopters are still excellent fun to fly. RC helicopters are used mostly used by hobbyists for recreation and entertainment. RC Helicopters can also have a variety of practical uses such as for use in aerial photography, filming, and remote inspection or even in policing.

What you can do with an RC helicopter (such as going up and down or from side to side) are controlled from by radio signals from the hand held transmitter that will accompany your helicopter model. There will be a varying amount of channels on a transmitter, depending on the RC Helicopter you own. The number of channels that your transmitter lets you have an idea about the number of actions that you can control on the RC. Your RC Helicopter will be able to make a variety of movement depending on the model for instance making the blades spin faster, changing inflight speeds and the direction you RC Helicopter can go in. Hobby-grade RC helicopters usually require over 4 channels for normal flight. This means the RC Helicopter can mimic the controls and flight of full-size helicopters. Toy-grade helicopters may have only 2 or 3 channels to make flight simpler. With hobby-grade RC helicopters a pilot needs to perform lots of actions simultaneously to keep the helicopter in flight, and do more diving, climbing, rolling as well as going up and down and hovering making hobby helicopters challenging to fly but also more rewarding. The means an increased number of flight controls to allow a pilot to control the collective (or throttle, on fixed pitch helicopters), the cyclic controls (pitch and roll), and the tail rotor (yaw). Controlling these simultaneously enables the helicopter to perform many of the same manoeuvres as full-sized helicopters The size of a RC Helicopter can be determined by the size of its engine or motor and so thought needs to be given about the type of helicopter you choose.

RC helicopters are usually self-assembly to some extent. Part of the enjoyment of piloting your own RC Helicopter is knowing that you have built it yourself. RC Helicopters can be made from a wide range of materials from plastic, carbon fibre, glass-reinforced plastic, or aluminium. RC Helicopter blades are made from carbon fibre, wood or fiberglass. It can be a time consuming process to port your RC Helicopter together as it contains moving parts that any full-size helicopters will have.

RC Helicopters operate in a similar way

All four or five channels on an RC Helicopter are activated with just the two sticks on the transmitter. The movements generally controlled by a 5-channel transmitter are:

  • Main rotor up and down movement:- The collective keeps the pitch of the main rotor blades level with the fuselage and allows for the vertical motions of the helicopter.

• Tail rotor side to side movements:- The tail controls yaw which keeps the RC Helicopter from spinning in circles. The tail rotor also acts like a rudder for turning.

• Main rotor left and right tilt:- The aileron or cyclic roll causes the helicopter to bank left or right or roll to the left or right.

• Main rotor forward or backward tilt:-The elevator or cyclic pitch controls forward and backward movement and altitude (diving and climbing) when in flight.

• Throttle:- More throttle means an increase in power and speed. Less throttle slows down the helicopter.

All of these controls need to be used in unison to enable skills such as such as hovering and backwards flight with varying amounts of difficulty.

There are a wide choice of types of RC helicopters available to consumers. Out of these three choices there are various different types of helicopters available depending upon their design, functions and features and also depending upon level for beginner, intermediate and professional;-

Fixed Pitch RC Helicopters:

These type of RE Helicopters have a fixed pitch (angle) of blade. The helicopter’s up-down movements depend upon the speed of the rotor. The more the rpm(Rotation per minute) of the rotor blades then the higher the lift. These are simple and straight forward to use for beginners.

Co-axial RC helicopters:

Coaxial helicopters are beginner RC helicopters ideal for first time pilots. It is possible to make these helicopters hover easily after only a few tries.. Coaxial rotor RC helicopters are generally small electric helicopters which are easier to handle.

Dual Co-axial RC helicopters:

These are the double counter rotating models that designed to fly indoors. The flight stability is powerful with their double co-axial rotor systems working together.

5 or more channel RC Helicopters:

Multi-channel RC helicopters are created for the advanced helicopter pilot and give the ability to fly upside down and perform an array of aerobatic manoeuvres. Designed for a real-time experience, the multi-channel RC Helicopters are used by expert pilots. Enjoy an experience of realistic looks, ready-to-fly simplicity and longer flight times.

Micro RC Helicopters:

The micro indoor helicopters offer ease of flying and more controlled flight than other types as they are considerably smaller than the conventional RC helicopters. Micro RC Helicopters can be either radio controlled or infra-red controlled. These are the cheapest and easiest to use.

Remote controlled (RC) helicopters are fun, easily accessible and interesting. There is a wide variety of choice from beginners to much more advanced hobbyists buy RC Helicopters are suitable for all ages. RC helicopters come in variety of price ranges and its important to pick the RC Helicopter that best matches your skills.

If you would like to watch a video on how to learn to fly a RC Helicopter then check this one from youtube out:


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