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Helicopters for beginners - Part 1 - Basics
As a model pilot, you can understand the interest in a helicopter very well! Same hobby, but with completely "different" technology than an airplane. Suddenly, instead of aileron, rudder and elevator, there are terms such as: "Roll, Nick and Pitch"
New territory? Yes, of course!
Model helicopter - SAB Goblin and Mikado logo
Helicopter flying is the supreme discipline of flying. You have to correctly assess and recognize the situation at all times and suddenly operate two more axes, all in normal flight or in hard 3D maneuvers such as loops, tic-tocs or simply flying around on your head. This not only makes it more beautiful to look at, but also more complicated and interesting to fly. But the fascination won't let you go once you've internalized and tried it.
What do I have to expect? - Backgrounds
Someone who wants to fly a helicopter, the technology behind it and the handicrafts is welcome to continue reading this article.
The main question that you should ask yourself first of all is, are you an absolute novice in the field of helicopter flying or already advanced.
If you are an absolute newbie who has never flown a helicopter before, a "big" helicopter may still be too much - you should first use entry-level helicopters with stabilization systems or so-called "Fixed Pitch (FP)" / "Coaxial (Koax)" “Fall back on helicopters.
With these it is a lot easier to learn to fly the helicopter, as they are not completely controllable in every direction of rotation like a "Collective-Pitch (CP)" helicopter.
For absolute beginners, small prefabricated helicopters are well suited for the first flight attempts.
Expert advice in the shop or from friends and club colleagues who show you the first steps here is recommended.
However, if you first want to test whether helicopter flying is the right thing to do, we definitely recommend a flight simulator - for example Phoenix or RealFlight - here you can gain your first flight experience, but also develop your skills. Those who should now say that they would rather go flying right away, please keep one thing in mind: a digital crash costs no money and does not require any spare parts.
A flight simulator is not only advisable for beginners, because even advanced pilots can consolidate their knowledge and internalize control inputs so far that you don't even have to think about certain actions, like when driving a bike or car, but call them up intuitively at the right moment. Flying is therefore part of the flesh and blood. The basic motto is anyway: practice, practice, practice! Don't let up and keep trying. For example, an airplane is much easier to fly than a helicopter. Whereby it has to be said that if you can fly a helicopter, flying an airplane seems relatively easy.
The first helicopter - what should I buy ?!
If you are familiar with basic control commands, a 450 or 500 helicopter can be recommended in terms of price / performance. Not too small, but not too big either! However, one should note here that it is definitely no longer a toy and is only allowed from 14 years of age. Children's hands should keep their distance or at least always be under the observation of an experienced person!
Why do we mention safety in advance and no large helicopters, but now the 450/500 class, which is around 75-100cm from the rotor ice, which is a considerable size for the entry-level.
The answer is actually relatively simple - the bigger the helicopter, the quieter and more comfortable it will be to fly. You have “more” in your hand. This already has the advantage if you are flying in a light, gusty wind. A larger helicopter is very advantageous here, as it does not react so susceptible to wind and is moved by the wind but your control inputs through the air.
A small helicopter often has the habit of flying very "aggressively" or "fidgety" by nature. Due to the lower weight and size, control commands are implemented much more directly.
But that doesn't mean that larger helicopters are boring and sluggish - the programming of the flybarless system also comes into play here. This means that even a large helicopter such as a 700 or 800 can be set up just as aggressively and directly as a small helicopter. Ultimately everyone will (have to) find their own flying style anyway.
We will write more about the flybarless system and its basic settings in the next few weeks.
Have you got more of a desire for a helicopter? Take a look around the internet - see what you might like. After consultation, the clubs in the area usually don't mind if you want to watch the flight. There you have the opportunity to ask questions and have the models explained to you.
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