What Are Channels in RC Helicopters?


You have just purchased your first radio controlled helicopter and you are eagerly awaiting your first flight. You will want to know what are the different channels you need to have for your radio controlled helicopter. In this article, I will tell you what are the channels that you will need for your new radio controlled helicopter.

Channels in RC helicopters control actions in the aircraft. Each channel controls independent functions such as throttle (speed), yaw (left/right), elevation (forward/backward), aileron (left/right), collective, gyro stability and other. Beginner helicopters have less (2-3), advanced helicopters have more (3-7+) channels/functions.

Identify Your Channels  – Labels, Controls and Channels

Another thing you will need to know about your radio controlled helicopter is what are the channels that you need to use for the different controls. Each radio controlled helicopter has at least two or three channels that it can use for controlling the blades, the tail, and the boom box. These three channels will be labeled A through R, but they will also have additional channels that you can use to do other things like using a throttle, or do other special functions.

It is important to know what are the channels in a radio controlled helicopter before you start to fly it. After you have removed the power source from your radio controlled helicopter, you should remove the batteries and preheat the engine to make sure it is ready to go.

Then you will put the battery into the channel that is right for your model and plug the blades into the corresponding channel. You will then pull the trigger on the remote so that the blades spin, this causes the blades to dive and come in contact with the radio waves coming from the transmitter. When you release the trigger, the blades will settle and stay down until you let go of the trigger and try again.

When your channels are set up right, each command would be able to control the given function as it is seen in this video:

Finding the RC Helicopter Channels

If you are not sure what are the channels in a radio-controlled helicopter, there are two ways that you can find out. First, you can take apart your helicopter and look at the channels to see what they are used for and what type of transmitter you have.

If you are not sure what are the channels in your helicopter, you can call the person that sent you the model and tell him what are the channels you want to use, and he should be able to tell you which channels you need to put on your transmitter. The other way that you can find out what are the channels in your helicopter is to check the receiver, and plug the receiver into a channel that the helicopter will respond to.

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Conclusion

Channels in RC helicopters will help you with getting better controls, more power, and better flight conditions. You want to be able to send and receive messages while your radio controlled helicopter is in flight. Without the channels in your radio controlled helicopter, you will have very poor performance, and no control over where you will be while your helicopter is in flight.

If you have ever seen a RC helicopter that is flying low and slow and you could not figure out where the RC helicopter was, that is because it may be flying in a channel that is not meant for an RC helicopter.

Knowing the channels in the radio controlled helicopter help you with getting better controls, more power, and better flight conditions. You want to be able to send and receive messages while your radio controlled helicopter is in flight.

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