|Helicopter training||- Heli Training|
In this section we cover the suggested training for the remote pilot of a small Unmanned Helicopter up to Intermediate Level.
Put in time on a realistic helicopter flight simulator, such as the Reflex flight simulator. The Reflex simulator has been recommended by people with far more experience in this area that us. See our flight simulator section for more info on flight simulators.
Use a proper RC Heli flight simulator : Having a proper simulator which can be controlled by your Tx is invaluable. It allows you to get acquainted to controlling a model helicopter and learn the needed reflexes. Note that this helps a lot! However, also note that flying a real helicopter is still very different from flying one on a simulator. Besides the obvious restrictions of simulation there is always the stress factor in real life which is missing in the simulator. In real life it takes a bit longer to repair the heli, and it is a bit more expensive.
I have tried numerous simulators, and I believe that Reflex is the best. It looks Great, and it flies very realistic. Not one of the other simulators is getting close (except CSM which looks awful). I know that RealFlight is very popular since it looks good, but it is not at all realistic. Note that I have tried many more, but they can't compete with Reflex.
Our suggestion is to start with the very stable, coaxial rotor, E-flite Blade CX2. There may be other excellent helicopters to start with, so view this as just one suggestion you might consider. See heli intro for our experiences with this helicopter.
Before you fly any helicopter, you should take time out to ensure it is set up correctly. Usually you will need to set the offsets (or "trims", circled in yellow in the photograph below) on the Transmitter to ensure the helicopter hovers when the controls on the Transmitter are all left in their neutral position.
Attach the helicopter to a test platform, such as the one described in the testing section .
Adjust the Transmitter offsets so the helicopter does not rotate, nor veer in any direction for the full range of rotor speeds. This will help you to keep the helicopter in a controled hover position when the controls are in their neutral position. This procedure will also help you ensure that no control is inadvertently reversed, a facility that is supported on many Radio Control Transmitter units.
Beginner lesson 1
As a matter of general strategy, always climb to 1 m and then hover for a short while before moving forwards, rotating or climbing further. When coming in to land, do the same in reverse. Come in from wherever you have flown, hover at about 1 m AGL above the landing area, then slowly descend and land. In the early stages, do not attemp to land the helicopter as you would a fixed wing plane by sliding into a landing, or you will run the high likelihood of crashing the helicopter.
Be prepared for the helicopter to drift to the left (with a right hand rotating main rotor). It will do that!
Fly the heli away from trees, or your heli could end up in the trees as our one did!
Beginner lesson 2
OK: have a rest. The important thing is to take small steps at a time, and practice often.
We suggest the best intermediate helicopter is the electric E-flite 400 3D. To view our experience with this helicopter, see our introduction to helicopter flying .
Intermediate lesson 3
Intermediate lesson 4
Fly the 5 m by 5 m figure-of-eight in Intermediate Lesson 3 with a tail wind.
Fly the figure-of-eight in Intermediate Lesson 3 with a wind from the left hand side.
Fly the figure-of-eight in Intermediate Lesson 3 with a wind from the right hand side.