Unlike other RC toys, it’s harder to understand and master the flying techniques of an RC helicopter. Actually, it all boils down to a lot of practice. RC helicopters are very quick to respond and one misstep may get the it out of your control. There are incidents where new users have lost their new RC helicopter at first flight. If you have a new RC helicopter and you want to know a few good tips to fly it well, you should read on.
The Design And Strength
First of all, the best RC helicopters are designed to take a few crashes. Their main components, such as the blades, body and the motors are strong enough to take small crashes. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to do anything to prevent a crash.
You should start small. Instead of holding the accelerator lever to see how high your RC helicopter can go, you should practice for a few days at low elevations. At first, you should take it a few feet off the ground inside your house or room. An advantage of flying indoors is that it won’t have to deal with a lot of wind, as flying it in wind is not an easy task. Once you have learnt to take it off the ground, you should learn to land it on different surfaces.
Your next step is to learn to control the direction of your RC helicopter. If it’s a two-channel model, it will fly up/down or left/write. You can’t make it hover in one place. Their default movement is forward or backward. By setting the default to zero, you can make it hover in one place. On the other hand, Rc helicopters that feature four-channels can move side-to-side as well. In the same way, the more channels it has, the more control options they offer. As a result, you will have to spend more time practicing the device.
Moreover, after a crash, you should pick up your device to check its condition. If no part of your device is broken or damaged, you can fly it again. If a blade is broken, you should replace it with a new one.
If you want to get the maximum flight time, you should let the battery cool down before recharging it. Recharging a hot battery is not a good idea. If you charge a battery while it is still hot, you will get only 2 or 3 minutes of fly time. It’s a good idea to buy more batteries so you can enjoy more fly time.
You shouldn’t move it quickly as sharp movements will make it harder for you to control your device and you will lose it.
The Right Way to Land
Use small, subtle movements. Quick changes in speed or direction can make you lose control over your device. The right way to land a RC helicopter is to leave the throttle slowly. This will bring the device down slowly. If you leave the throttle quickly, it will most likely crash on the ground.
So, with these tips, you can enjoy your flights more, and your RC helicopter won’t get damaged either.