Taking Lessons for Operating a RC Copter
When I first heard about remote controlled helicopters commonly known as RC helicopters, I never imagined the joy one could get flying a helicopter without being on board. As a long time helicopter enthusiast, I researched RC helicopters and I was impressed.
I realized that these radio controlled machines were basically similar to the real helicopters except for the size and the obvious issue of controlling without being on board. I decided to check them out physically and visited a manufacturer, who also offered flying lessons. After being shown around, I found that the company also had RC airplanes and jets. When I inquired on the training, I was advised that I should first learn how to fly an RC plane, then the chopper and finally a jet. I followed the advice and I had real fun.
Although the flight training for the RC helicopter was more demanding than that of the plane, it was worth my money and time. The collective pitch control enabled me to control the throttle, the cyclic controls, and the tail rotor in unison making the chopper as maneuverable as real helicopters. The entire experience was exhilarating and I would recommend it to anyone.
Beginner’s Advice When Operating RC Copters
Although I recommend this training, I will not lie that it is simple. The flight training for RC helicopters is very tasking and it requires a lot of commitment in terms of time and practice. I started my flight training at a reserved training club owned by a manufacturer of RC helicopters.
The training involved both theoretical studying and practical lessons. Luckily, the company has employed skilled RC pilots who are very patient and experienced making the experience all the more joyous.
Just like in real flight training, the first thing about these helicopters is their controls. In order to understand the course demands, the student pilot must muster the flight controls, their workings, and how they are balanced. I was trained with an RC helicopter with four flight controls; the roll-cyclic pitch, the collective pitch, the fore-aft cyclic pitch, and the rudder.
Additionally, the student pilot must muster the radio settings and configurations. To begin with, we were trained using simulated flight controls. These were very helpful because they modelled the real flying experience. Next we went for the simple flight training course. In the simple flight training, we were taught how to balance the throttle with the pitch to achieve constant rotor speed. The simple flight training forms the backbone of the training because it teaches you how maintain consistent and smooth flying speeds. You must learn how to set and configure the radio in order to achieve this.
The second phase of the training focused on the performance of aerobatic manoeuvres. More commonly referred to as aerobatic 3D manoeuvres, these flying tricks are the peak in the entire training. We learned how to configure the radio to achieve automatic throttle and perform mind boggling manoeuvres.
Due to technological advances, we were able to learn and perform aerobatic 3D manoeuvres using a sophisticated computerized radio. After mustering the entire course, I was able to manoeuvre the RC helicopter just like a real chopper. I could make the RC helicopter to hover or tilt as I desired. Additionally, RC helicopters can perform some manoeuvres that are not possible for real choppers.
For example, you can fly the RC helicopter backwards and even inverted by reversing the pitch controls while maintaining negative pitch with the collective pitch control. All these manoeuvres are really wonderful and it is an amazing experience.