When you start out flying RC helis, you will be hooked immediately. One mistake many people make when first starting out is not getting proper instruction. The safety aspect is huge when you are taking up this hobby.
RC helis can be responsible for serious injury, even life threatening accidents, as well property damage. On top of this you can ruin your heli, which can lead to huge repair costs. It is always advised to keep the following safety tips in mind. These tips will help you to avoid potential disaster when flying your copter.
Tip 1: Ensure safety
When you first start your RC heli (electric, battery, gas or nitro), it is always suggested to have a tight hold over the blade grips. Once your ready to go, ensure that all viewers as well yourself are a safe distance away, typically 10-15 is recommended.
When you’re ready for take off, ensure that you have a clear path away from trees, people and buildings til you get the appropriate elevation. Remember depending on what model you have the blades on your RC heli are extremely fast. It is not unusal for copter blades to reach 100-150MPH.
Tip 2: Do a pre-flight check
Always double check everything on your heli before a flight. Ensure the deck, blades, canopy and landing gear is all in good shape and that everything is tight. Always carry a mode of communication with you when you are flying your heli so that you can call for immediate help if required.
Flying close to power lines, trees and other obstacles should be avoided at all times.
Here’s a video that explains some of the pre-flight checks you must perform:
Tip 3: No non-electric helis inside the house
Avoid flying non-electric helicopters inside your house because the fumes emitted by these helis are toxic and could cause serious health issue. You can also cause serious damage to your home and belongings.
Tip 4: Be careful when flying in the wind
Take precaution when flying your heli in the wind, or at night time. It is advisable that you avoid flying in extreme winds unless you have logged many hours and are proficient. Night flying is should be only done if you have the proper light rigging and have practiced on a simulator if possible.
Tip 5: Practice on a simulator first
It is also important to practice any new moves on a simulator rather than directly testing it in the field as this will save you time and a potential crash down the road, costing you money.Have a question about this article or anything else RC Heli related? Ask it in our brand new RC Helicopter Forum and you'll get expert answers quick.
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