Which RC helicopter should you choose to match your level?
Remote control helicopters are little marvels and their prices can soar. They are relatively fragile and can crash by hitting walls or trees, or simply by hitting the ground because of bad handling. Parts may need to be changed regularly and so it is important to focus your attention on the robustness of the machine! Some remote-controlled helicopters have an alloy chassis to make them more resistant to shocks. Others have a built-in gyroscope to make the helicopter more stable during movement, which helps keep them in the air. This device acts like a spinning wheel by maintaining the orientation and angular velocity of the helicopter according to the principle of conservation of angular momentum.
Remote-controlled helicopters are light (less than 2 kg is easier to carry) and therefore sensitive to wind. This explains why people prefer to fly them indoors. The variable pitch RC models are intended for experienced pilots, as they are heavier and their settings are more complex. They are equipped with a main rotor capable of between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm, and a tail rotor to effectively control the inclination of the blades. To start your career as a pilot, a twin-rotor helicopter is recommended, as it has two rotors that rotate in opposite directions, making it easier to hover. This is a good choice to begin with, but you may quickly become frustrated as you become more experienced. You can then turn to the fixed-pitch remote-controlled helicopter, which provides more thrills with its main rotor (up to 800 rpm) and a tail rotor, and offers the possibility of performing banked turns and real translational lifts.
What other criteria should you consider when choosing your remote control helicopter?
Another factor to consider before making your choice is the number of aircraft channels. In other words, the number of possible movements you can achieve with the aircraft. A remote control helicopter with two channels can perform two types of movement: vertical and rotary, i.e. up and down, and turn right or left. With three channels, you can move forward and backward besides these two movements. With four channels, it is possible to fly left or right and six channels allow you to perform aerobatics.
If the helicopter is intended for a child, the handling and how user-friendly the joystick is will be two important considerations.
Last but not least, you will want to consider the range and recharging capabilities of your remote control helicopter. Most of them are electric. Although some fuel-powered models exist, these often come in kit form and are heavier and more expensive. Electric remote control helicopters can fly for an average of 7 to 8 minutes and we would definitely recommend having a second battery with you to prolong the flying time as it can sometimes take more than an hour to recharge it. Some models have a USB connection which is useful.
cientific MHD has been the French distributor since the end of 1990 for the Japanese brand HIROBO, who is recognised as the market leader in competition and leisure RC helicopters. This Japanese brand, known for their high-quality products, is appreciated for the attention to detail, accuracy and their models are manufactured under licence by EUROCOPTER or BELL. Scientific MHD was also the distributor in France of the ESKY brand during the rise of electric helicopters between 2006 and 2015. Radio-controlled helicopters have been further popularised since the release of the small electric model in the second half of the 2000s.