Few Things to Consider When Purchasing a Remote Control Helicopter



Flying remote control helicopters is a fun and relaxing activity enjoyed by millions of people, both young and old. There are several different types of remote control helicopters, ranging from simple, easy to fly models to complex kits that must be assembled. This popular hobby requires various levels of commitment as well. Whether you're looking for some weekend family fun with your rc helicopter or plan to become an experienced, avid pilot, there are a few things to consider before buying your first remote control helicopter.

1. How much time do you want to commit?

Remote control helicopters are available in several different styles and vary greatly in price. Ready to fly (RTF) models are already assembled and complete with all the components. This type can be taken out of the box and played with immediately and is the best choice for beginners. Almost ready to fly (ARF) helicopters are about 90 percent assembled, but still require some building and extra parts. Remote control helicopter kits are also available and require complete assembly, as well as an engine and transmitter.

2. Gas powered or electric?

Both types of RC helicopters have their advantages and disadvantages, so how do you choose which is best for you? Electric helicopters are typically less expensive than gas ones and are much simpler to use. They are the best choice for young pilots, as well as beginners. Electric powered helicopters run on batteries rather than smelly gas, so there are no fumes. Electric motors are also practically silent while operating, so this type of RC helicopter is more versatile and can be used almost anywhere.

Gas powered RC helicopters are messier, more complicates, and much louder than their cheaper electric counterparts, but gas remote control helicopters are usually the preferred type for experienced pilots. They are thought to be more realistic than electric models and give the pilot a chance to be more involved with the aircraft and how it functions. Gas powered helicopters are typically better for frequent use because the tank can simply be refilled rather than having to replace costly batteries or wait hours for a recharge.

3. Where will you fly your RC helicopter?

Remote control helicopters also come in all sizes. If you are looking for a fun and unique helicopter for indoors, there are micro RC helicopters that are so small you can hold them inside your hand. Another option for indoor flying is an electric model. Electric remote control helicopters do not produce any harmful fumes or odors so they are ideal for large, open areas that are enclosed.

If you plan on flying your remote control helicopter outside, you should consider the wind conditions in your area. A larger helicopter will offer more control in windy situations so a mini helicopter may not be the best choice if you will fly in wind often. Helicopters with fixed pitch (FP) blades are recommended for novice pilots because they are less expensive, easier to use, and simpler to repair, but a collective pitch (CP) helicopter is much better for windy conditions.

3. Gas powered or electric?

Both types of RC helicopters have their advantages and disadvantages, so how do you choose which is best for you? Electric helicopters are typically less expensive than gas ones and are much simpler to use. They are the best choice for young pilots, as well as beginners. Electric powered helicopters run on batteries rather than smelly gas, so there are no fumes. Electric motors are also practically silent while operating, so this type of RC helicopter is more versatile and can be used almost anywhere.

Gas powered RC helicopters are messier, more complicates, and much louder than their cheaper electric counterparts, but gas remote control helicopters are usually the preferred type for experienced pilots. They are thought to be more realistic than electric models and give the pilot a chance to be more involved with the aircraft and how it functions. Gas powered helicopters are typically better for frequent use because the tank can simply be refilled rather than having to replace costly batteries or wait hours for a recharge.

4. How experienced are you?

If you are new to flying remote control helicopters, you may want to begin with a good flight simulator software program designed for RC pilots. Flight instructors are also an option if you are really serious about the hobby. Novice pilots should select an expensive remote control helicopter with easy to access spare parts. It is best to start with a small, electric model because crashes are usually inevitable during the learning process.



Source by Kusuma Widjaja

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