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RCHelicopterFun:This site is courtesy of John Salt, and is full of goodies. For novice and expert alike, take a read. You are sure to learn something.
HeliFreak: This is Bob White's site. Again, a jolly good read. Go there often, and learn.
Also see these articles on our very own blog, courtesy of Lood Birk, Ermelo Radio Flyers.
- Night flying
- Night ballet
- FPV heli flying
- Think you can fly? Try some F3C moves.
- Think you can autorotate? Top this!
Heli Build and Setup
Building a heli
- Follow this link. Be sure to watch all 15 videos.
- Another set at this link for an alternative perspective.
- Follow this link. Be sure to watch all 9 videos.
- Follow this link.
250 ElectricNote: it is higly suggested you replace the feathering shaft and tail belt with brand name parts if building a clone - see this video.
- Follow this link. Be sure to watch all 5 videos.
Setting up a heli
- Blade balancing
- ESC setup
- Understanding dual rates
- Understanding exponentials
- Pitch and throttle curves
- Nitro setup
- Nitro engine tuning
Swash plate setupBob White's classic videos:
Multiblade rotor heads
- Turnigy V-bar 600 on 450 heli
- Bert Kammerer - Align 3G (Overview)
- Bert Kammerer - Align 3G (Setup)
- BeastX Microbeast (Part 1)
- BeastX Microbeast (Part 2)
Learning to Fly
- Day 1 – Pre Flight Setup
- Day 2 – Dynamic Pre Flight Adjustments
- Day 3 – Ground Hover Exercises
- Day 4 – Low Hover Exercises
- Day 5 – Hover Figure 8
- Day 6 – Nose Pointing In Direction Of Flight Figure 8
- Day 7 – Slow Forward Circuit Around Pilot
- Day 8 – Forward Flight & Translational Lift
- Day 9 – Flying A Large Figure 8 Circuit
- Day 10 – Nose In Hover
SAMAA guidelines (proficiencies, version 2007):The link above opens the full manual - highly suggested reading. The suggested sequence of learning, in summary, is:
- Tail in hover.
- Tail in squares and circle.
- Tail in Figure 8.
- Side on hover (both sides)
- Figure eight.
- Forward flight.
- Nose in hover
- Circuits and hover.
- High speed flight.
- Advanced circuits.