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Learn Secrets of Flying RC Helicopters and Planes


I came across a really great web site on Beginners guide to flying RC Helis and RC Planes and was very impressed with the books I bought written by Peter Carpenter.

With out any doubt flying a helicopter is far harder to acquire than flying a plane and very satisfying when achieved.This easy to download Ebook is full of fantastic advice, like knowing how to perform that first aerobatic maneuver,understanding RC systems & how they control the helicopter, essential pre-flight checks you need to know,just a few great articles to name a few Peter talks and explains about-I put a few excerpts below to give you an idea of the book-I have bought both the RC Heli and RC plane book,both were brilliant reading.

Excerpts from the ebook " Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters"


Sample page from the Guide Chapter 3: Different types of RC helicopter...
beginners-guide-to-flying-rc-planes-helisChapter 4: Understanding RC systems and how they work...
Chapter 5: Understanding the primary helicopter controls...
Chapter 6: Ways of learning to fly an RC helicopter...
Chapter 7: Choosing & buying your first helicopter...
Chapter 8: Get familiar with your helicopter, prepare it for flight...
Chapter 9: Choosing a suitable flying area...
Chapter 10: Essential pre-flight checks...
Chapter 11: Your first steps to getting airborne...
Chapter 12: Learning to hover your heli...
Chapter 13: Flying a Figure 8 hover...
Chapter 14: Basic forward flight...
Chapter 15: Flying a circular circuit...
Chapter 16: Faster circuits & translational lift...



Sample page from the Guide

beginners-guide-to-flying-rc-helis-23"But what this hobby has seen in recent years is a complete change in variety and designs of helicopter available; electric power (EP) has become the norm and multi-function helicopters that need no assembly whatsoever and can pretty much be flown straight out the box are being sold in hobby and toy shops alongside model cars and boats - this was an unthinkable idea not that long ago.
And even more recently, as the ongoing electronic revolution continues, we now have easy access to micro-size helicopters that sit comfortably in the palm of your hand and can be flown in a completely controlled manner around your living room..."






Sample page from the Guide

beginners-guide-to-flying-rc-helis-24"It's important to realize, though, that such fixed pitch helicopters do have a steep learning curve and if you've never had any previous experience, say with flying a coaxial heli, then you're in for a difficult time! Even with coaxial experience under your hat, the flight characteristics and techniques needed to fly an FP heli are completely different and learning to co-ordinate main rotor and tail rotor well can be quite a game to begin with.
Unlike a coaxial RC helicopter, a fixed pitch heli like those named above can't be flown straight out the box with no previous experience, despite what the manufacturers tell you!"






Sample page from the Guide

"As with collective pitch vs. main rotor speed for altitude control, so it's much better to have tail rotor pitch controlling the yaw rather than a separate motor controlling the speed of the tail rotor.
In exactly the same way a fixed pitch heli is less responsive to climb/descent inputs so a heli with a motor-controlled tail rotor is less responsive to yaw inputs. In addition to that, electric RC helicopter tail motors are notoriously bad for burning out and having a very short life; having to replace the motor on a regular basis is bad enough, but having the motor die in mid-air and seeing your heli spin wildly out of control as you instantly lose all yaw control is sickening!"




As you can see from just a few sample pages how well written this Ebook is and the amount of knowledge Peter Carpenter is giving you.The cost is less than $15 and as you guys know me here as the Syma Freak I review lots of Syma helis and tell you the good and bad points-so here with this Ebook I highly recommend, not because it will massively help you fly a Syma S107G  more the fact you will get bitten by this great hobby and move up in scale to much bigger 4 channel helis and above needing a lot more knowledge and tips to fly the bigger faster birds like the Walkera Helis.

So here are the links to Peters web site and the books available, also a great site just to float the breeze their and read great articles and info on flying rc helis and planes.

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Why Fly Indoor Helicopters

Why Start The Hobby Of RC Indoor Helicopters?

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I wanted just to talk about the world of remote controlled indoor mini helicopters and the reasons to start out in this exciting hobby especially the mini remote helicopters and where it can lead you to and the fun and costs.

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Getting Started In Remote Helicopters


# Toy (single rotor and coaxial)
# Micro Coaxial Hobby Grade
# Quadrocopters (hobby & industrial grade)
# Single Rotor Micro 45degree Flybar Hobby Grade


Toy radio controlled helicopters are exactly that, a toy. They are very basic and cheap to buy. The controls are limited and not precise, but they are still lots of fun to fly and easy to control out of the box.toy-rc-helicopter

A toy RC heli can take a fair few crashes  hitting objects and walls etc. If you just want to put your feet in the water and see if you enjoy flying a small heli by radio control, then a toy heli is really a neat way to start out not costing you much money.

Micro Coaxial Helicopters


Micro Coaxial hobby radio controlled helicopters are the next platform  into heli flying. cost are a little higher and control ability required more. First off, hobby grade generally means there are individual parts on the helicopter that can be purchased from a hobby shop and replaced separately.

This means when you crash or break something, the helicopter is not finished and thrown out. you can purchase new parts and return your Heli to like new again. The other benefit with hobby grade is that replaceable parts allow you to upgrade to better components if required for better performance. A toy heli on the other hand comes as one, and if it breaks, it is over and out.

Micro coaxial hobby grade RC helicopters, also called dual or twin rotor helicopters start introducing real helicopter control - up, down, turn, forward, backward, sideways movement and of course hovering. Micro Coaxials are almost as easy to fly as a toy  helicopter but they are larger in size and weight. This means if you crash one, you may break or damage a part. The great news as  mentioned above,  you can fix it very easily yourself.You just need a small screw driver set and the new parts to fit.

If you already know you will enjoy flying a radio controlled model, and want good control over your RC helicopter, a hobby grade micro coaxial is a great way to start out. They are best for flying indoors, but a nice calm day outside will provide a nice flight as well.As mentioned on home page some have infra red remotes that do not like sunlight or any wind.

Single Rotor Micro 45degree Flybar


These little micro single rotor heli's are the next step up from the micro coaxials and a fairly new on the market. They are slightly harder to fly than the coaxials, but with the 45 degree flybar placement, exhibit most of the same self correcting stability that is offered in the toy and micro coaxial variety.

These little Helis essentially bridge the gap between the lower performance micro coaxials and the higher performance and larger single rotor versions. If you know you are going to like this hobby - these are a wonderful little heli to start out on.

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RC Quadrocopters are the latest development in radio controlled vertical lift platforms that are able to take off vertically, hover, and fly in any direction. There are 4 propellers arranged in a cross type configuration.

They are very stable and can cost huge amounts if you want GPS involved with them-check video below.This will blow your mind- the cost thousands-However can be built on a budget for around $700. I am working on this at the moment.

There is no single large collective pitch rotor or tail rotor that we are  used to see on a conventional RC helicopter. These propellers are fixed pitch, two will spin clockwise and the other two will spin counter clockwise. By correct and accurately spinning these four propellers at different speeds, all the common directional movements of a standard helicopter are the same - Hover, forward/backward movement, left/right movement, and yaw (turn rate) movement.

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