Learning to Fly RC Helicopters
We have split
the learning to fly section in to the following areas;
need to get started
Beginners start here,
where we list what you need, and give suggestions on the intial
building of a radio control model helicopter.
flights (or rather hover)
Once you've built your model and had it checked over, now is the
time for your first flight,
read our guide to those early hops, all the way up to nose in,
circuits and stall turns are here.
(engine off landings)
to succesfull first auto's and how you can progress them further.
Simulators are an excellent training aid - read
more about how to use them to accelerate your learning and
reduce your crashes.
If 3d is your thing then you'll want to read our latest series
of articles - 3d from the ground
up. It's hot of the press . .
- Guide to Training Schools, USA
These cover beginners hovering to advanced aerobatics. They vary
from 5 day intensive beginners courses to 1 hour intense flight
training. I personally recommend 2 to 3 hour sessions, with practise
excersises for the student between lessons. Assuming weather permits,
3 hours practise between lessons, and lessons every 1 to 2 weeks
- just like your own golf pro. Although unlike Golf you won't
need lessons to keep on form, and you can reach a point (if taught
well) where by you can progress safely into new areas under your
own abilities. I consider an equivalent pilot ability to that
of a commercial pilot or military pilot to be acheivable with
between 6 and 12 lessons (each of 2 to 3 hours duration) and suitable
pracitse in between. This puts a very reasonbable value of about
£750 to become a top class pilot, amptitude permitting.
Beginners can be hovering in only 1 lesson.