Finally, we are actually going to start to learn
how to fly. Enough of that setup mumbo-jumbo, I want
to have fun! Here we go...
Construct a simple pair of training gear.
This is very easy to do, and will save you
several crashes. What you need is two 4' dowl rods,
and four balls (Can be made of Styrofoam, Wiffle
Balls, Tennis Balls, etc). Now, drill a hole half
way through each ball, and glue them to each end of
the two dowl rods.
Now it looks like you have to batons.
Now, cris-cross these on your r/c heli and attach
them to your skids with zip ties, or worm gear
clamps. What you have done is made it so if you come
down for a landing crooked, the gear hits before
your blades hit.
Saves alot of money. Here is what an arial view
would look like.
\ || || /
|| X ||
/ || || \
If you can imagine this, the || are your landing
skids, the / and \ are your dowl rods, and the 0 are
your balls. I would not learn how to fly without
these on your heli.
Now on with the basic ground exercises!
First, start your heli and put it in the middle
of your flying field. Now you will want to slowly
bring the throttle/collective up to right before the
heli starts to lift off. If it starts to hover,
lower your throttle/collective stick slightly until
you find the point that it wants to hover, but does
not quite have enough power. Now, move your cyclic
controls around and see how the helicopter reacts.
You will notice that the helicopter wants to slide
to the right, left, forward and back. What you want
to do is keep it stationary. Try your hardest to
keep it right where you placed the helicopter after
Do this a few times, and each time get it closer
and closer to the point where it wants to hover.
After about 2-3 fuel tanks of this we are ready for
the next step, 3-5ft hover.