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Rc-Help Flight School

If you have gotten this far, then a big congrats to you. You can now fly your helicopter just about any way you want. I have gone about as far as I can in this “How To Fly†series, but you will bet this will not be the last one. This series is all about the “n00b†we all started out as. Every single one of us had to start from square 1 and trying to learn how to hover. The more we flew and the more we pushed ourselves, the better we got. Now, no one I know is a 3D king, but we can...
Alright! Now you are officially an RC Helicopter pilot if you have gotten this far. You can fly a helicopter around and keep it in the air for a whole battery pack. So, what’s next? Your rotor blade has been flat this whole time. How about we get into some banked turns? Yeah, I thought that would get your blood pumping lol. It’s time to take the helicopter about 20’-30’ up and let her rip. You are not going to be going at full speed, but will going to be going fast enough to get the...
If you have made it this far, you are doing great. It’s time for a little reward. Let’s get into some forward flight. Up until now, you have been going in straight lines and coming back to the home box. Now it’s time to make some fluid movements while you are flying around. We will start out going left and tail in to each of the boxes. If you want to go past your 10’ away box, you can move the box 20 or even 30’ away from the home box. Just make sure they are in line with each...
This, in my opinion, is the hardest thing to learn how to do. You will want to practice this for a while on the sim before you try it on your helicopter. When you are hovering nose in, all of the controls on the cyclic are backwards. Forward will make the helicopter come towards you. Right cyclic will make it go to the left and so on. The best way I have found to learn nose in, is to move the cyclic in the direction the helicopter is moving. So, if you are trying to hover, and the heli is...
If you are able to get your helicopter up into the air and hold a hover and move it around tail in, then you are doing great. It’s time to change it up a little bit. We are going to do a little side in hover. The thing to remember is when you push the stick forward, the heli is going to pitch the nose down to make it go forward in its orientation. If you are doing this with the nose facing your left, then forward on the cyclic will make the helicopter go left and right cyclic will make the...
You have gotten to where you can raise and lower the throttle and keep the tail pointed towards you. You can move the tail left and right and make it stop where you want it to stop. Great! Now it’s time to take your helicopter into the air for the first time. Set your helicopter on the box with the X and spool it up like you did in the first exercise, keeping the tail pointing towards you. This time raise the throttle until the helicopter starts to lift off the ground. Once you see it’s...
Now it’s time to start practicing keeping that tail in one spot. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? This is not only the hardest thing that I had to learn about a helicopter, but it’s also one of the most important. Unlike an airplane, you have to use the rudder in order to control a helicopter. So, it’s only natural that you start out learning how to control that tail. With your helicopter sitting on the box with the X in it, slowly start so spool the helicopter up until you start to see...
Are your hands shaking yet? I know mine were at this stage. The instruction I had was to spool it up and jump up to 3’ in the air. This is WRONG! If you do it, you will crash because the helicopter will end up surprising you and you will panic. One of the most important things now is face your helicopter into the wind. The wind should be coming straight at the nose of the helicopter and straight at your face. This will keep the helicopter more stable in the air and during spool-up....
Okay, we have your helicopter setup, you have gotten some practice on the sim, you have the perfect place to practice, now we need to setup the flying space. The best way I have ever found to learn how to control your helicopter is by box training. What is box training you ask? Box training is just what it sounds like. You will put 3 boxes on the ground, and you will be either hovering over them, or you will be flying to each one. The first thing you want to do is put a box right in the...
As I have learned how to fly, I have found that one surface is great while the other one is not so great. But, the not so great surface for learning how to hover is perfect for learning forward flight. When you are first starting out learning how to fly, you will be doing a lot of scooting and or hovering just a little off the ground. For this reason, concrete or asphalt is the best surface you can learn on. It will allow you to slide the helicopter around and learn how it's going to...
The next thing you need to do is make sure your blades are tracking correctly. When you look at the blades from the side, you should only see one blade. If you see two you need to adjust your tracking. Be sure to mark the blades so you can see the difference between the two so you know what one to adjust. I take a blue and red marker and mark the end of one blade red, and the other blue. Now, when I spin it up, I can see what blade is lower or higher. If it's purple it's perfect, lol. There...
Wait, What? Sunglasses? Yup, that's right. This is a tool I never leave home without. If you ever fly and end up running the aircraft into the sun, you will lose it, quickly. But, let’s say that it's cloudy, only I still wear glasses as long as it's not dim. The glasses I wear are polarized, which is very important. When you wear polarized lenses, your aircraft will pop in the sky. It will take the blue sky and darken it, but it will make everything else stand out. To me, this is just as...
The most important thing you can purchase besides the Flight Sim is training gear. When you were a kid you had training wheels on your bike. This helicopter is no different. Training gear will keep your helicopter from tipping over. If you panic and chop the throttle, you have a better chance of landing upright, and not having a blade strike. I use the carbon spars as my training gear because they have some give to them and work like shocks. You can use the wooden dowels, but they don't...
Okay, so you have practiced on the sim and think you are ready to go flying. Well, I would like to step back and do a couple things to your helicopter so that it will fly a little easier. If you panic and slam the stick down, it won't drop like a rock. The first thing you will want to do is change your pitch settings. In this write-up, I will use the DX6i as the example transmitter (Tx) as this is the Tx that I use myself. In the Tx, go into the pitch settings menu. You want to change...
Okay, you have your helicopter and you are ready to fly, but realize you don't know how the helicopter will react once you get it in the air or even on liftoff. The most stressful time of flying for me is the maiden flight. And when you don't know how to anticipate something going wrong on the first lift off, it will more than likely end up in a crash. So, you are asking, "Well isn't putting the heli in the air the best way to learn how to fly?" Well yes and no. Yes because it's "Real...
Hello everyone, for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Tony and I am the owner and founder of [URL="http://www.Rc-Help.com"]www.Rc-Help.com[/URL]. I have been in the RC world since 1994 but I have only been flying for a couple years. During this time, I have tried to find every way I could to learn how to fly. I have joined forums, watched videos, and read articles. Nothing really worked 100%. There is a lot of bad information out there. It caused me to crash quite a bit. So, once I figured out how to fly, I decided...
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