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Old Jan 17, 2012, 09:28 AM
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I Think I'm Going to Get Back Into R/C Helicopters

For a while I've been interested only in planes, but I really do like helicopters. I started with a helicopter that was too hard for a beginner to fly (Heli-Max AXE CPv3), and I guess that I thought that they really were impossible to fly, so I moved on to planes. Well, I really need something R/C to do around the house here, because the only time that I get to fly my planes is on the weekends, when my dad can drive me to the local soccer field. Of course, it's been windy on the weekends and fine on the week days these months, and it's just going to get worse. So, I think that I'm going to get a Blade 120 SR BNF helicopter for my birthday - I'll just have to convince my mom to get it! Actually, I'll probably just buy it used from here on RC Groups. Now that I have some positive feedback on here finally, I'll be able to buy/sell/trade with other members easier.

What really convinced me to start getting back into R/C helicopters was when I was at the New England Air Museum for the Open Cockpit Event. You can see that blog post of mine HERE. I was talking to a guy sitting next to two large helicopters, and he said that he'd actually flown both of them before, and never really got into fixed-wing flight. He was part of the Central Connecticut R/C Club. I went on their website and eventually got into the FAQ section for the club, and there was only one question. So, I clicked on it, and here's what I got:


Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Are helicopter hard to fly?
Answer: Yes, but once you learn they are much more capable aircraft than fixed wing. And transitioning to fixed wing is pretty easy.

Much more capable than fixed wing. Hmm... sure, R/C helicopter may be harder to fly, set up, repair, and buy (more expensive), but they are more CAPABLE than fixed wing. Which means more tricks once you get good, and more expertise needed to control them. I really like how that answer is stated, and it got me thinking. After a while, flying with my Tuff Trainer every weekend only in winds (and crashing a lot because of them) will eventually just get boring. If I got a helicopter, I could use a around the house, inside, and even outside when the weather permits. I'll have options, so I can either fly my helicopter one day, and the plane the next, or both on the same day!

I think that because I got that Heli-Max AXE CPv3 as my first helicopter, that's been engraved in all my family member's brains that I'm never going to fly an R/C helicopter because I crashed my first one. Now I just have to find a way to convince them that that's not true - by getting a starter helicopter. I already know the basics of helicopter flight, from all my work on many simulators (FMS, RC Desk Pilot, BMI Flight Simulator, and now HeliSimRC (blog post on that HERE), and I used to have a coaxial Brookstone R/C helicopter in which I conquered the basics of flight - until the electronics fried on that cheap toy R/C helicopter.

I'm looking forward to getting back into helicopters, and my birthday is in only a few weeks, which will give me enough time to transfer some money to PayPal, post a thread, and buy a used helicopter.



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Old Jan 17, 2012, 10:42 AM
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1. I am glad you are getting back into Helis. THey are hard, but very rewarding when you get the hang of it

2. B-day: Does that mean that you will be old enough to get your Google account and google powered RC website back?
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 02:47 PM
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My first RC was FP heli, second RC was a CP heli, third and fourth planes... My very first plane flight after helis went so smooth and relaxing that I have yet to crash my first plane... (though I have crashed my second a few times but it is an aerobatic micro... )

They are 100% correct when they say transition from heli to plane is easy, though I still love both and fly both .
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 02:51 PM
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My first RC was FP heli, second RC was a CP heli, third and fourth planes... My very first plane flight after helis went so smooth and relaxing that I have yet to crash my first plane... (though I have crashed my second a few times but it is an aerobatic micro... )

They are 100% correct when they say transition from heli to plane is easy, though I still love both and fly both .
I would have to agree. I learned on planes first, and I can now do all sorts of aerobatics with my Parkzone micro. And I can't even hover my CP heli
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 02:57 PM
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I think the advantage of flying heli's first is you learn the concept of small and carefully controlled stick movements, on a plane it isn't such a big deal, but on a heli it can make a huge difference.
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 02:59 PM
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I think the advantage of flying heli's first is you learn the concept of small and carefully controlled stick movements, on a plane it isn't such a big deal, but on a heli it can make a huge difference.
You also learn to control the left stick side to side movements. Comming from learning to fly on a 3 channel plane controlling the tail as well as the rotor head angle has been the hardest thing for me to get used to
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:15 PM
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I know how planes fly, and have practiced a lot with helicopters on simulators, so I know basic maneuvers. I will see what type of helicopter I can get for only $50... that's my budget. LOL
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:26 PM
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They don't sell BNF helicopters that will work with Spektrum DSM2 TX's, and I REALLY don't need another TX sitting around. And, yes, I will be getting my Google account back.
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:30 PM
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Good about google. Bad about helis. Are there any on Hobbyking that could have an Orange RX put in them?
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:31 PM
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Well, maybe I should just get one of these:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F_Mode_2_.html

I'll think about it... any ideas? You have any helicopters you could sell to me?
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:54 PM
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I started my serious heli flying with a blade mSr. It could handle indoor flying and was mostly crash survivable. Then I moved to collective pitch.
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 03:58 PM
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I'm looking for a Blade mSR, hopefully someone will have one cheap.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1576187
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 10:01 PM
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1. I am glad you are getting back into Helis. THey are hard, but very rewarding when you get the hang of it

2. B-day: Does that mean that you will be old enough to get your Google account and google powered RC website back?
Wait... no website will be back, I have to create a whole new account.
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Wait... no website will be back, I have to create a whole new account.
Darn. O well
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