Indoor RC Helicopter

Remote controlled helicopters have been around for quite a while, however they have been especially popular in the past few years. This recent surge in popularity is the direct result of the relatively new dual rotor design, which means that the rc helicopter has two blades which spin in opposite directions. This cancels out the torque of the motor, and therefore eliminates the need for an extra motor and blade on the tail end. The result is that these new rc helicopters are cheaper, and easier to fly than ever! There are plenty of models available, however they all work the same way. Based on my experiences in using a variety of indoor helicopters, I thought it would be helpful to provided a few tips.

When you first open up your r/c helicopter, there are a few things you'll need to know before you take it into the air. The first thing you'll need to is make sure you have batteries in the remote control. Your helicopter's battery will most likely have enough juice to go for a couple minutes, but it is best to start off with a full charge before flying.

When your batteries are all charged, you should start by turning on the power to your remote control and then the helicopter itself. Then (very important!) place your helicopter in the center of the room, away from any walls or large objects.

Now you're ready to start flying! With the remote control in hand, push up gently on the left control stick (which controls the up and down movement). The helicopter should respond and begin to rise. Try to quickly bring it up 2 or 3 feet above the ground. If it is staying in position without the main body spinning, then you are ready to proceed, but most likely the body will be spinning all around in one direction or another. What you need to do now, before you go any further, would be to adjust the trim. This is usually set by either a small knob or a couple buttons on the remote control, and what it does is to help counteract the spinning motion from the motor. When set properly, the helicopter should be able to hover in stable flight without spinning around.

This is the most important step! If your trim is not set properly, it will be very difficult to get the helicopter to go where you want it, so make sure you understand how to do this or you'll just be making it harder for yourself to learn!

Once your trim is adjusted, take a few minutes to get used to hovering in place, only using the left control stick. Make sure not to get too close to the ceiling, otherwise your helicopter will seem to get pulled right up into it, almost like a magnet. Also be sure to stay as far away from the walls as you can. Your helicopter needs lots of space around it to fly properly!

After you've started to get the hang of the vertical control, it is time to kick things up a notch and try moving forward. With your helicopter in stable flight, give the right control stick a slight nudge upward. This should make your helicopter move slightly forward. Now you can begin to start practicing turns. Make sure to make very gentle movements so that your helicopter is not swinging around too much. If you turn too sharply, it may be necessary to give the control stick a slight nudge in the opposite direction to balance out the heli and to get it back in control.

Steering can take a lot of practice to get the hang of, but it can feel very rewarding once you start to improve your skills. If you get confused while  you're learning to get the hang of turning, try this trick: just imagine that you are actually the pilot, and sitting inside the cockpit. It may sound silly, but it can really make a difference and helps clear things up if you are having trouble with turns!

Don't worry if you crash a few times - this is to be expected, and most of the indoor r/c helicopters on the market can take a fair amount of abuse. I hope that you'll find value in some of these tips, and now you're ready to go have some fun!