What are the Best RC Helicopters?
|Brand & Model||Best Type|
|Blade mcX2||For Beginners||SEE PRICE $$
|Walkera Master CP||For Beginners to Intermediate||SEE PRICE $$$
|UDI U13A||With Camera||SEE PRICE $$|
|Align T-REX 700L Dominator||For Intermediate to Advanced||SEE PRICE $$$$|
Blade mCX2 RTF Video
Walkera Master CP RTF Video
UDI U13A Video
Align T-REX 700L Dominator Video
What to Look for Before Buying
Brand/Model – Radio controlled helicopters can come in a range of sizes from: nano (smallest), micro, miniature, and other various sizes with indoor and outdoor capabilities. It’s a good idea in the reviews to check out the size specifications to fit your preference.
Flight Performance – Some RC helicopters may just operate on a 4-channel radio control for basic indoor/outdoor with a 3-axis gyro for great hover stability. If you are a beginner, it will be a good idea to review these types of features for a “ready to fly” model. Moving into a 6-channel radio controlled helicopter will usually indicate models that are built for 3D performance with quicker speed and aerobatic capabilities for moving into the intermediate/advanced level. There are also quadcopters being engineered with advanced maneuver capabilities like radio controlled helicopters!
Durability – Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate/advanced pilot, the RC helicopter may eventually endure hard impacts. Therefore, make sure if you plan to use the helicopter outdoors that is made with quality hard plastic and replaceable components. On the other hand, if the helicopter is just being used indoors, you may not have to buy something specifically built for hard impacts. Evaluating durability will also help you decide if need something strictly for indoor, indoor and outdoor, or just a model built for flying only outdoors.
Price – Expect to pay around $50-250+ for a quality RC helicopter depending on model’s brand name, features, and performance. However, some of the high-end 3D capability models such as the T-REX by Align can average $1000+
Cost of Maintenance – Another great point to remember is just like with anything with moving parts, your RC helicopter may eventually need maintenance. When reviewing each model, it’s also a good idea to look at the cost and availability of batteries, controllers, and other parts required for the helicopter to operate. Most of your popular name brands should offer some type of product support and warranty.
What is the Difference Between 3, 4, and 6 Channels?
|Channel Type||Channel's Capabilities|
|3-3.5 Channel- Beginner-Intermediate||(Basic controls) Gives you control over up/down movement, left/right spin and throttle (speed forwards/backwards)|
|4-4.5 Channel- Intermediate-Advanced||(3 channels) plus a 4th channel that allows function of sideways movement to the left/right and spin.|
|6 + Channel- Advanced||(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)|
FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations & Rules
*If your RC helicopter is going to be primarily flown outdoors vs indoors, FAA Registration rules will apply if your RC aircraft will weigh between .55 to 55 lbs. and will be used primarily for outdoor use.