Flying High With Rc Helicopters

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For all those airplane aficionados out there who love to fly, radio controlled helicopters are often just what the doctor ordered! You can soar high with the controls of RC Helicopters even while on terra firma. Not only is it a growing recreational hobby, it has its uses in many professional activities, such as aerial photography, filming, and remote inspection/observation. Here are a few tips on buying the one most suitable to your needs.

With a handheld transmitter, the pilot is able to send signals to a receiver in the helicopter. RC Helicopters are usually constructed using carbon fiber, aluminum, balsa wood, foam, or fiberglass, and are available in a variety of designs. Models that are more maneuverable, such as helicopters with collective pitch, possess greater aerobatic capabilities, but are mostly more difficult to fly.

The transmitter allows the pilot to use a hand-held radio to control the throttle/main rotor speed, blade angle, cyclic controls for pitch and roll, and the tail rotor for the yaw. When controlled together properly, these heli’s fly and can perform the very same aerobatic tricks, including hovering and backward flight that full-sized helicopters can do.

Following are the different types of RC Helicopters:

* Nitro (internal combustion)

* Electric

* Gas turbine

* Petrol / gasoline

Gas turbine and electric helicopters are rapidly evolving, but the nitro types are currently the most common.

Learning to fly a radio controlled copter isn’t as difficult as it is sometimes made out to be. With the latest advances in technology, flight simulator software can teach amateur hobbyists to handle their toy. Starting out on a personal computer, this flight simulator software can guide amateurs to learn all sorts of aviation and manipulation tricks.

RC Helicopters are complex gadgets, and the following equipment and tools are necessary to build and maintain them in a flying condition:

* Helicopter

* Radio System that includes the transmitter, receiver, servos, and battery

* Gyro, or gadgets to control the tail of the helicopter

* Engine

* Exhaust

* Field Equipment that supports the machine

* Tools for maintenance repair or tuning, such as hex drivers, pitch gauge, glow plug wrench, ball link pliers, and small screwdrivers

The most famous competitions where the aerobatic dexterity of these heli’s are tested are the 3D Masters in the UK and the extreme Flight Championship (XFC) in the USA. These events showcase the best machines and heli pilots from around the world.

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