RC helicopters make great gifts for young children. They are the perfect aircraft for parents who are looking to provide their children with the joy of flight. But are RC helicopters too difficult to fly for beginners? With a little practice, even beginners can have fun learning to control these babies.
RC helicopters are easy to fly with a little practice. Skill level determines the ability to control the beginner or professional-type RC helicopter, while it is also important to decide to choose between an indoor or outdoor use helicopter, as well as a controller type. These factors define the difficulty of RC helicopter flying.
Indoor or Outdoor Use
The first thing to consider before rushing out to buy a helicopter for your beginner is what kind of flight experience you want. Are you interested in indoor use only, or are you going to get some use out of it in the open? If you are thinking only of indoor use, then you will need a more stable aircraft, fairly easy to fly indoors. On the other hand, if you are planning on some outdoor RC flying, you will want something a bit faster.
RC helicopters may not a good choice for indoor use because they are very heavy, and the need to turn quickly multiple times while flying makes them impractical for indoor use.
The next thing to consider is whether you want a “model” or “transmitter” type of radio controlled helicopter. There are both battery operated and gas-powered models, and the difference lies in the amount of flight time and the complexity of the controls.
Model helicopters tend to be easier to learn and control because they are less complex and have a simpler design. Transmitter type helicopters, are much more expensive, but they are much faster and fly a bit farther.
Another thing to consider is your skill level. If you are just starting out and are not a professional pilot, then you probably don’t need something that sophisticated. You probably only want to get a radio control model that is easy enough for you to fly and doesn’t require much time or money to invest in order to get up and running.
A transmitter model will give you the most flight time for a dollar. The faster versions of these radio controls can reach speeds up to eighty miles per hour and are good for beginner pilots as well.
These factors are important when making your final decision about which type of RC hobby aircraft is right for you. If you already know that you’re going to have some spare time flying this hobby, you might be better off starting out with a simple model and then gradually advancing to more difficult and complex planes.
Beginners should probably start with a radio-controlled plane that’s easy to fly and simple to maintain, and then work their way up to a more advanced and demanding hobby aircraft. If you’re ready for the advanced, there are many pre-built RC helicopters for sale online as well as at hobby shops around your community.