Remote control helicopters used to be so expensive such that only die-hard enthusiasts could afford the hobby. Improved technology has seen a decline in the cost of manufacturing a model aircraft and as such the cost of purchase. These 'toys' are a superb way to introduce your children into the world of physics and aerodynamics. Not only do they create a great bonding experience for both father and child, but they are great fun for each of them individually as well. The best type for a child is a simple electric model that provides sufficient flight control and stability. These are cheap and available from any toy store.
Toy remote control helicopters are usually 1 or 2 channel and are made of a damage resistant material like foam or plastic. They are generally more stable than larger helicopters and have fewer controls making it easy for children as young as the age of 7 to learn. Though they are not as fast as the hobby-grade versions and can only perform simple maneuvers, this type of model is the most cost effective way for a child to learn how to fly. There is a wide variety of styles and designs to choose from and they all come in different colors.
If your child is of the age 8 and up, you can introduce him/her to a micro version. Micros are cheaper than the hobby grade models but they can still perform as well as a low-end gas powered aircraft. These simple models come ready to fly (RTF) meaning that they require no additional assembly and are ready to use straight out of the box.
Be sure your child understands that these 'toys' can be dangerous and the importance of waiting for the rotor blades to completely stop turning before handling the aircraft. Depending on the size and model, remote control helicopters can be used indoors or right in your backyard. Since this aircraft is powered by an electric motor, this version is safe to fly inside without having to worry about harmful emissions. The electrical motor also means that it is easier to clean up and keep clean. A task your child could easily do by himself.
Take the time to read the owner's manual and then explaining it to your child. This will ensure that he/she follows the safety guidelines. If you have never used remote control helicopters before then learn it together with your child. This could be a great bonding experience and fun outdoor activity for the both of you.
To make the experience more enjoyable for children, you can mount a camera on the model and upload the videos online or directly onto your PC for home viewing or use it to create virtual tours of your house. Create bull's eye targets for your child to attempt landings.
Most toy remote control helicopters are light weight and very durable. You can find the best deals on many types online. Due to the fact that they have less inventory and overheads, online sellers can offer much lower prices.