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The Advantages of Using a 2.4 GHz Radio

December 9th, 2011 ·

Whether you are just getting started in RC helicopter flying, or are already a seasoned flyer, you may be considering purchasing a new radio. If you are, you may want to consider purchasing a radio that is 2.4 GHz, as there are many advantages to these particular radios. Even if you are very fond of [...]

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RC Helicopter Safety-Radio Controlled Helicopters Are Not Toys

December 5th, 2011 ·

Many people have a misconception that a radio controlled helicopter is nothing more than an expensive toy that is fun to fly. While RC helicopters are fun to fly, there are far more than just a toy and the failure to realize that when flying can result in serious injuries to yourself and others, and [...]

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RC Helicopters for Beginners: Nitro vs Electric

December 2nd, 2011 ·

Just ask anyone out there who has had the opportunity to fly an RC helicopter how much fun can be had and you will get a quick answer in return. Many people choose to fly them as a pastime just to find that doing so can quickly grow into a lifetime hobby. The one thing [...]

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Basic RC Helicopter Radio Functions

November 24th, 2011 ·

When getting started in flying radio controlled helicopters, there are a lot of new words to learn, many of which have to do with settings on your radio. It can often be intimidating hearing seasoned pilots talk in terms that you just don’t understand. By learning what the basic RC helicopter radio functions are and [...]

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7 Tips To Maximizing Your Battery Performance

November 21st, 2011 ·

Battery technology seems to have taken a leaping step recently, allowing electric RC models to go places where once only nitrous model could go. Leading this innovation are the Li-Po or Lithium Polymer batteries which has become the standard power source for electric powered helicopters, planes, cars, boats, and almost every other type of model. [...]

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RC Helicopter Tricks & Stunts

July 20th, 2011 ·

People consider the RC helicopters to be the most difficult remote or radio controlled vehicle in terms of precision navigation. This is true but once you start learning, you will find it to be a fun and enjoyable hobby. Piloting an RC heli can be a challenge and it takes many hours of practice before [...]

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Night Time Flying vs. Day Time Flying

July 15th, 2011 ·

Flying RC helis has become one of the most popular hobbies. Though it is costly, can be difficult and highly technical, the result is always tons of fun. Most users fly their RC helis during the day; just lately, many have taken to the air for some night flying. Both have their own fun factor [...]

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Camera Options for Your RC Helicopter

July 10th, 2011 ·

Flying RC Helicopters can be fun; however, it requires a great deal of expertise and technical knowledge, which can be mastered with extended practice. You can add a number of accessories to your heli, one of the most popular being the addition of RC Heli cameras. Now, before I go into the details, here’s what [...]

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What You Need to Know About Coaxial RC Helicopters

July 5th, 2011 ·

Coaxial RC helis are perfect for everyone. These helis are especially good for beginners. They are small and easy to control; there are various coaxial heli models available. These helis are extremely popular because they are very stable and easy to maneuver. The bodies of coaxial RC helis are generally made of plastic or sturdy [...]

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Stretching the Limits with 3D Flying Your RC Helicopter

June 30th, 2011 ·

Flying an RC heli is an extremely fun hobby. The newest and latest fad in the RC world is 3D, the options are endless and once you get use to the maneuvers you will be hooked. There are some very cool skill sets that you can learn and other RC fliers will soon be asking [...]

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RC Helicopter Maintenance

June 25th, 2011 ·

Flying RC Helicopters can be fun and rewarding. However, it is very important to maintain your RC Heli because they are expensive, and neglecting basic maintenance can cost you even more in the long run. Here are a few basic general maintenance tips: Canopy Maintenance: The canopy of your RC Heli should be detached and [...]

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Learning Pitch and Throttle Controls of Your RC Helicopter

June 20th, 2011 ·

Flying RC helis requires some technical knowledge. You don’t need to be a full blow heli pilot or an expert in aerodynamics and mechanical engineering to be able to fly an RC heli. All it takes is a bit of practice instruction and plenty of logged hours and you will be a professional in no [...]

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How to Choose the Right RC Helicopter Batteries

June 15th, 2011 ·

Choosing the right RC Helicopter batteries is very important. By far the most popular form of RC Heli battery is the LiPo (Lithium Polymer) battery. It has become a viable option over the fuel powered RC Helis. While choosing the right RC Helicopter batteries, it is better to go for LiPo batteries for the following [...]

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Do RC Helicopter Sims Help You Learn?

June 12th, 2011 ·

RC helicopter sims or simulators are computer programs which can be loaded on a PC. These programs are capable of replicating the flights of the RC airplanes and helicopters. These simulators can be used for learning RC heli flying or they can simply be a relaxing game at home. Simulated flying can be difficult, you [...]

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5 Important RC Helicopter Safety Tips

June 8th, 2011 ·

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 [...]

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Night Flying an RC Helicopter

May 30th, 2011 ·

Night Flying an RC Helicopter can be fun and those who are avid night flyers often describe the experience as being better than day flying. Good news is that, night flying can be done with both larger helis and micro helis. The basics requirement is that the set up needs to be appropriate and everything [...]

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Flybarless RC Helicopters

December 11th, 2008 ·

Flybarless helicopters have been out for a little while now and are becoming more affordable and more popular than ever before. So what’s a flybarless RC helicopter you ask? Simple answer: A helicopter without a flybar. Instead of a traditional flybar, flybarless RC helicopters use as series of gyros and software controlled mixers to take [...]

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Winter Flying – How To Get Your RC Helicopter Ready

November 10th, 2008 ·

If you are a person who hates the cold, winter flying may not be for you. But if you are a die-hard heli enthusiast that will let nothing stand in your way for getting a good flight in, there’s a few things you need to do differently to get your RC helicopter ready for flying [...]

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How Turbine RC Helicopters Work

October 29th, 2008 ·

The mechanics of how a turbine engine in an RC helicopter works is really quite simple. Air is sucked into the turbine and compressed. Fuel is added to the air and the mixture is ignited. The result? One powerful little heli engine! When the compressed fuel and air mixture is ignited it expands quickly, and [...]

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Building Scale Model RC Helicopters

August 13th, 2008 ·

When I was a kid, I couldn’t understand why someone would spend 100’s of hours building a scale model then get up the nerve to fly it. That was until I put together my first RC helicopter and realized building them is as much fun as flying them. Planning, creating, machining, building and sculpting a [...]

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How Do Gyros Work?

July 31st, 2008 ·

Gyros or gyroscopes are used in everything from full computer mice to the navigation system on the space shuttle to RC helicopters. So what’s a gyro? In lamans terms, it’s a device that can sense and measure rotation or how quickly an object turns. In helicopters, gyros are typically used to dampen the tail movements [...]

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Choosing An RC Helicopter Flight Simulator

July 20th, 2008 ·

Whether you’re a beginner who’s learning to fly, or an expert who wants to try out a new move, a good RC helicopter simulator is an invaluable tool to have in your arsenal. Let’s face it, crashes in real life are expensive – and they’re discouraging A single crash of your RC helicopter is likely [...]

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What Is An Autorotation? How Does It Work?

June 8th, 2008 ·

If you’re out flying your RC helicopter or even up in a real one, what happens if the engine fails? Luckily, chances of plummeting to the ground like an rock are slim. Thanks to the art of an autorotation, a skilled pilot can safely glide their helicopter in for a smooth landing. An autorotation is [...]

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You Know You’re An RC Heli Addict When…

June 6th, 2008 ·

The only ‘lube’ in your house is for your swashplate. You’ll drive an hour to the flying field, but not 5 minutes to pick up milk. Your idea of a good time on a Friday night is staying home and trying to get rid of a pesky vibration. You have more pics of your helicopter [...]

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RC Helicopter Pre Flight Checklist

May 23rd, 2008 ·

You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law, “If anything can go wrong it will.” and with RC helicopters, nothing holds truer. RC helicopter are complicated pieces of machinery and parts wear out, pieces break on hard landings, batteries go bad, glue dries out and so on – and if nothing’s done about it, it will inevitably lead [...]

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Micro / Mini RC Helicopters – What You Need To Know

May 20th, 2008 ·

Mini or micro RC helicopters have become vastly popular over the last couple of years, mostly due to lighter lithium polymer batteries and cheaper technology. Throughout this article, I’ll use the words ‘mini’ and ‘micro’ interchangeably because as far as I’m concerned, they both mean very small – palm sized in the world of mini [...]

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Diagnosing RC Helicopter Tail Vibration / Shaking Problems

February 25th, 2008 ·

Tail vibration or shaking is one thing many RC helicopter pilots are plagued with at one time or another and can be at times difficult to diagnose. One of the reasons it’s so hard to diagnose is that there are so many things that can cause ‘the shakes’ and something that is seemingly a small [...]

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Lipo Battery Charging & Safety Guide

February 7th, 2008 ·

Lithium Polymer or LiPo batteries are a great new way of storing energy for portable devices from cell phones to RC helicopters. They’re great because they can store 350% (approximately) more energy than a typical Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery pack and weigh 10% – 20% less. They can also discharge much more current than a [...]

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Using RC Helicopters For Aerial Photography & Videography

January 23rd, 2008 ·

There are many ways to enjoy the aspects of RC helicopters as a hobby, but some people have taken it a step further and turned their hobby into a viable and thriving business. What I’m talking about, is using your RC helicopter for aerial photography and videography. Aerial Photography (AP) is the art of taking [...]

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RC Helicopters – Nitro / Gas Vs. Electric

January 13th, 2008 ·

It’s been a long standing debate for a many years… do you get a gas or electric heli? 5 – 10 years ago at the flying field, it was no contest. 9 out of 10 choppers were nitro powered and for good reason. Way back when, a .60 size gas, or nitro RC helicopter could [...]

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How Do RC Helicopters Work?

January 12th, 2008 ·

Helicopters are one of the most versatile modes of transportation in existence and give the pilot complete access to a fully 3-dimensional space. Because of this, helicopters, whether RC or full size, are one of the most difficult vehicles to learn to control. For example: A train can travel in 2 directions: forwards and backwards. [...]

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