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 to keep in mind when you first decide to try flying your own helicopter is whether you want to buy a Nitro RC helicopter or an electric powered one. There are benefits and drawbacks to both but by knowing these in the beginning you will be better prepared to make the decision on which one to buy.
Many Nitro (or gas) powered helicopters can be found out there. Some of the benefits to a Nitro RC helicopter includes the the ability to tweak your engine in order to get increased horsepower out of it and (typically) a longer flight time. There are some drawbacks to a Nitro RC helicopter however. The noise that one can produce could be labeled as annoying at best. If you have neighbors living close by then this could be a definite problem. Also, the amount of gear you have to carry with you when you go out to fly can take some of the fun out of it. From extra fuel to adjustment tools and starters you may soon tire of the amount of work involved. Your other option is to choose an electric RC helicopter.
Some of the benefits to electric RC helicopters include the fact that the motors produce very little noise. They can also be a great deal easier to fly since there are no fuel lines to get clogged and no constant carburetor adjustments to be made. These sort of issues can lead to downed helicopters and possibly include damage. With an electric the worst issue possible the shorter flying time that results from loss of power due to drained batteries. Today, however, this is quickly becoming less of a problem. Lithium batteries have begun to level the playing field by highly increasing the flight time for electric RC helicopters.
No matter which you choose, Nitro or electric, keep in mind that there are a few safety issues that you should always keep in mind. Number one is that you should never, under any circumstances, fly your helicopter near any power lines. Number two is that you should always try to avoid contact with the blades of your helicopter. They can cause a good deal of damage if they happen to come into contact with your body. Third is that you should make sure that all the nuts, bolts, and screws are tightened properly. Many of these RC helicopters exert a great deal of force which can loosen connections over time. If one of these were to happen to fall off while in flight then an accident could take place.
The last thing to keep in mind is that flying your RC helicopter should be fun. It may take a bit of practice to get good at flying but you will soon find that it is definitely worth it when you start flying like a pro. Have fun and happy flying!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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