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Radio-controlled helicopters or commonly known as a rc helicopter are a type of model aircraft that is a relative to radio-controlled airplanes or rc airplanes do to its aerodynamic engineering.  However, rc helicopters are designed to “lift” straight off the ground opposed to the runway space the rc airplane needs to become airborne.  The radio-controlled helicopter is piloted by a hand-held flight control which allows pilots to control the collective or engage the throttle on a fixed-pitch helicopter.  The other two main flight controls are the cyclic controls for “pitch and roll” and the tall rotor control or “yaw.”

Mastering the flight control is the primary factor for successful flights.  The controls are made up and are effected by small servos motors, piezoelectric gyroscope sensor for tall rotor control, and most of the current helicopter model come equipped with gyro-stabilization.  In addition, the newer models also have a three-axis gyro known as the “flybarless controller” that eliminated the need for flybars. Walkera makes one of the best “ready-to-fly” rc helicopters for people wanting something just over the beginner level with respectable control and performance that can fly indoor and outdoor.  Radio-controlled helicopters are typically powered methanol 2-stroke motors and electronic brushless motors powered with advanced lithium polymer batteries.  The methanol powered helicopters have become less popular due to the durability and advanced technological features of the lithium powered brushless motors.  A unique relative of the helicopter is the quadcopter.  Most people have heard the “buzz” on quadcopters with its uncanny design and breath taking image and video capability.  A quadcopter is also referred to a quadrotor but more recently a “drone.”  This type of helicopter is multi-rotored and the “quad” defines its ability to be propelled by 4 rotors.  Juxtaposed to helicopters, the quadcopter uses two sets of identical fixed-pitched propellers. This set-up consists of two clockwise and two counter-clockwise propellers.  All 4 rotors use a variation of revolutions per minute (RPM) for controlling lift and torque.  Navigation for quadcopters is achieved by altering the rotation rate of 1 or more rotors.  This alteration in the rotors allows the torque to change for lift and thrust abilities.

The Quadcopters today are being used for variety of applications.  Radio-controlled quadcopters are actually the most forgiving to pilot due to its balanced design and precise maneuverability. Quadcopters have become extremely popular with military intelligence, research, and recreation.  For military use, quadcopters are able to fly over hazardous environments with stability for surveillance of potential threats.  In general research, these small aircrafts provide a platform for scientists to test flight controls, navigation systems, and robotics.  Lastly, for recreational use, quadcopters have been capturing some of the best images and video footage with use of high-definition cameras.  In addition, it is reasonably affordable to own and operate these for personal use.  However, quadcopters have been sparking controversy with its uses between the FAA and the public.  On March 6, 2014 the court case between Pirker and the FAA ruled that quadcopters are not covered by the FAA rules.

RC Helicopter | Quadcopter Buying Tips

Whether you are a first time buyer or just looking for an upgrade, it is important to consider a few important points before making a purchase. Owning one of these small types of aircrafts can be a complete blast but you still should be smart when evaluating which model is best for you. A good place to start is to ask yourself “what am I going to use this for?”, “what is my experience level?” and “how much can I afford to spend?” After these preliminary questions are answered, the next best thing to do is read reviews of each model whether you decided to buy a rc helicopter or a quadcopter. Reviews are a great way to study model’s overview, features, and specifications. Each review should also provide detailed descriptions, images, and video illustrations if available. In addition, there should also be pro’s and con’s of each model to validate the authenticity of the review. Whether you are selecting a rc helicopter or quadcopter, you may find that each model may have the exact features of other brands but once you have reasoned this far it may come down to aesthetics-how the model looks, and the brand name.

Difference Between 3, 4, and 6 Channel Helicopters

RC Helicopter ChannelsDescription of Each Type of Channel's Capabilities
3-3.5 Channel
(Basic controls) Gives you control over up/down movement, left/right spin and throttle (speed forwards/backwards)
4-4.5 Channel
(3 channels) plus a 4th channel that allows function of sideways movement to the left/right and spin.
6 + Channel
(4 channels) plus a 6th channel that adds possibilities of left/right control at the tail and pitching the helicopter up or down on its horizontal axis (3D Aerobatics)

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