Long ago, I wanted to learn to fly RC helicopters. A seemingly difficult task and more if he intended to do as always “I alone”, no classes, no teacher (call me self).
The first RC helicopter that pass through my hands, was a large enough electric Kyosho Schweitzer (88 cm rotor diameter). Too bulky, bad materials, very difficult to adjust and to fly according to RCToysAdvice.com. Try several times, but not raise it off the ground. Get time to go to a flying field, pray that it does not blow too much wind, and many hours assembling and repairing, were enough to make me feel frustrated and abandon the issue.
Recently, to remove the “Thorn”, I decided to buy me a helicopter “micro” and learn “at home”. The mission seemed simple.
Inquire a little online, I discovered a world that still and having experience in RC 4WD, I surpassed: collective or fixed rate, 4 or 6 channels, belt or shaft, gyroscopes, accelerometers… Crazy exciting. To avoid wasting time, I did as always and bought me “the best”, or that’s what I thought after reading hundreds of reviews and tests.
My first “micro” Walkera Genius CP
My first acquisition, a Walkera Genius-CP (info from the Genius). Six channels, collective step, 6-axis gyroscope (actually 3-axis gyro + 3 accelerometers), very resistant… bla, bla, bla… the best to start! (or that said in the publication).
I only lasted 15 seconds, long enough to discover that it is the collective step and the force with which a heli can crush if you have properly configured the pitch and power curves. Legs did not survive the ‘landing’ 1st.
This made me to see clearly, that I needed to learn “something more” before the flight.
The majority of stations can be connected to the PC via a USB adapter for use as a “joystick”. With the adapter and RC Simulator, I could already put me to “fingers” and learn about minimum. It is more a requirement than a Council. There is also the method of trial and error with a RC helicopter of truth, but probably we arruinaremos buying spare parts.
The hours that we devote to the Simulator, you notice really. When you start to control it, you can go to the real world and put into practice what you’ve learned without much danger to the helicopter.
To start with some level, I recommend to find a micro helicopter 4 channel and step fixed. They can not perform (inverted flight, loops, etc), but until it does not have much more level… the follies and tests only with the Simulator.