It’s easy to understand why you love exploring the outdoors, especially the open skies. The sense of unbound freedom that flying an airplane enthuses you with may be second to no other experience. You’re in control of where you go and how you get there, detours and pathways you take, when you fly a helicopter or airplane. However, it could take you years to gain a pilot’s license. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to stop you from taking flight.
Learning to Fly Remote Control Helicopters
In fact, you can start flying today without getting a pilot’s license if you have the patience and the passion to learn how to use remote control helicopters or Eflite planes. However, because nearly half of all first time remote control helicopter flights end up as crash landings, it’s important to learn how to operate the equipment. Working with an instructor; organizations like RC Universe and RC Helicopter offer instructions. You can also work with an experienced flight simulator instructor.
Give yourself time to learn how to fly Elfite planes and other remote control aircraft. As you learn to fly, it’s generally important that you take the below steps:
- Check that your helicopter is properly assembled (avoid short-cuts; follow assembly instructions provided in the aircraft packaging)
- Familiarize yourself with the aircraft’s remote control system (i.e. taking several minutes to shift and move the controls without powering up the aircraft)
- Adjust the helicopter’s center of gravity as needed (generally if the helicopter remains leveled while you lift it by the fly bar, the center of gravity is fine)
- Prepare to power up your helicopter and give it lift by slowly spooling the aircraft (Depending on the specific aircraft you purchased, you might have to adjust the blades to enjoy a smooth flight)
- Hover your helicopter on the ground, giving yourself time to become familiar with the way your helicopter responds to commands you give it using the remote control system knobs.
- Lift your helicopter off the ground but not so high that you could easily lose control of it. Practice taking the aircraft on several flights for a day before you reach elevated altitudes (during this time you should be practicing flying forward, backward and turning)
- Take your helicopter on several flights, until you feel confident that you can easily fly the aircraft without it crashing or getting caught in trees. It should take you at least a week to complete the above steps
Additional Tips about Flying Remote Control Helicopters
If you feel you need additional help learning to fly the aircraft, consider buying a buddy box. A buddy box is lightweight, about the size of an old transistor radio. It’s with a buddy box that you can learn to fly alongside an experienced flyer. A single radio transmitter makes it possible for the instructor to direct you, providing guidance on which buttons or switches to maneuver on your remote control system.
You’ll generally want to set the helicopters in flight in a wide open outdoor area. However, some remote control helicopters can be operated indoors at places like a gym, airplane hangar or large sports center. As a tip, if you have a high powered helicopter, shoot for wide open outdoor spaces.
Types of Eflite planes you can buy and start flying using a remote control include the Gaui X7 helicopter, the Blade 130 X, the Axe 100 and the Blade 500 helicopter. These remote control Eflite planes and helicopters resemble real life helicopters and airplanes. It’s a reason they make great collector’s items.
Because Eflite planes and helicopters are operated using a battery or electric operated control box, people of various ages and sizes can enjoy flying the aircraft. Just make sure all users receive proper training before they operate the helicopter. If not, you could find your aircraft badly damaged after the first usage.
Having Fun While Aiming for a Smooth Flight
Rotor head assemblies in the planes allow you to experience a stable flight. In other words, the rotor head assembly can decrease the chances that your remote control aircraft will get tangled in tree limbs.
Over the last several years, transmitters in the aircraft have been enhanced to ensure smoother tail control and adjustments. The stick tension in Eflite planes is adjustable, giving you more control. Additionally, some remote control helicopters, like the T-Rex 100, can be controlled using an Android device or a cell phone.
If you’re truly an airplane or helicopter enthusiast, the latter benefit could give you the chance to go flying from nearly anywhere in the world. As a hobbyist, you can actually plan areas you want to fly in, extending your vacation or travel options. For example, you could map out areas in your city and state you want to fly at. Later, you could decide to start flying in out-of-state games or you could bring your remote control Eflite planes with you when you travel internationally.
As a beginner, you could learn easy to apply tips and flying tricks from other hobbyists if you participate in online and offline sports forums. Some sports complexes and hobby organizations, like RC Groups, might also offer training programs that you can participate in. Additionally, there are Eflite planes that are built for beginners, experienced users and advanced operators.
To your Flight Success!
About the author:
Rhonda Campbell is an East Coast freelance writer who has been penning print and online articles for several years. She regularly researches and writes stories about automobile care and maintenance.