Once you have bought your rc helicopter and are ready to start experiencing all the joys of flying it, you will first have to take a bit more time off to learn the do’s and don’ts. There are so many mistakes to be made flying these model planes. You do not want to end up damaging your considerable investment, other people’s property or hurting yourself. This articles touches on some do’s and don’ts that if you religiously follow, you should be able to become an expert at handling your RC chopper.
• Learn the switches and start off right – Before you even switch on your remote control helicopter, you have to first learn the controls. Take a look at the instruction manual and know which switch does what before you hit the start button. This will keep you from breaking your aircraft on your first go at it. After you have learnt what each of the switches does, the next thing that is important is knowing in which positions they each should be when you start your engine. Different models will require different starting positions. One common thing however is that the best way to start is by having all the switches in the same direction. Let them all point up or let them all point down.
• Check up before take-off – When you get into your car you will always make sure that everything is in order before you start it and drive away. This is the same for your remote control helicopter. One of the most important things to verify is that all the control screws are properly functional. You may have to tighten them or loosen them before you take off. The screws that you have to pay special attention to are the ones that control the tail. They are usually tightening or loosening more often than the others as they steer the bird.
• Keep calm and do an inventory when you crash – Especially for beginners, crashing your remote control helicopter is something that is bound to happen. For some people it will happen several times before they get the hang of things. A lot of people are so heart broken when they crash that they do not bother to slowly inspect the craft and the crash area. You have to make sure that you still have all the pieces of your craft before flying off again. Lack of being meticulous can prove to be very expensive when you lose a piece.
• Learn the winds – flying a remote control helicopter when there is a wind blowing is not such an easy affair in the beginning. The first thing that you want to do is determine how the wind is blowing. You will then have to decide whether you intend to fly with the wind or against it as they each require different maneuvering. You also need to learn how much power you will need. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that when they are flying in the same direction as the wind they require less power but this is not true.