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HELICOPTERS - INTERNAL COMBUSTION AND ELECTRIC POWERED

Below are some notes - but the rest of the Helicopter section is still under construction.

 

Helicopters have come a long way recently, thanks to:

  • a relative reduction in prices
  • an improvement in quality and reliability
  • improved stability thanks to improved gyros (electronic devices on board the helicopter to maintain stability by providing input into the servos if the craft starts to move in a direction that the pilot has not told it to) and
  • increased ease of flying, thanks to improved computer radios.
  • increased ease of learning, thanks to computer flight simulation programs.

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Approximate cost of first Helicopter and gear - from around A$xxx for the basics plus club fees.

A full table of ITEMS REQUIRED and APPROXIMATE PRICES
are contained in the
ADVANCED ARTICLES on this topic.

See link at the top or bottom of this page

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A FEW NOTES

  • Some helicopter pilots are very enthusiastic about this sort of flying, but remarkable number of others spend a large amount of money and then lose interest.
  • They require a multi-channel radio, almost always a computer radio with plenty of functionality.
  • They are expensive to buy, can be expensive when crashed and may not be easy to learn on.
  • First learning the basics of flight on a model described in the advanced article may be to your advantage.
  • Consider purchasing a helicopter simulator to help you up the long learning curve as it costs nothing if you crash in a simulator(!)
  • PROVIDING you have an experienced mentor to assist you, there can be some good second hand units to be purchased from others who no longer require them - (but there are also some duds).

SAFETY, FLYING LOCATIONS and INSURANCE

  • As with all flying, safety is paramount.
  • Spinning blades can be very dangerous.
  • Although it may be perceived that helicopters can be flown in confined spaces, they must still be flown away from onlookers, passers-by, cars and animals.
  • Your are not permitted to fly at some parks and most school grounds. Flying them at home may find you with unneighbours and the council on your back.
  • Join a club to get the all-important Insurance.
  • Remember that insurance claims will only be paid if you are flying where your insurance cover allows.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS TYPE OF FLYING:

  • Speak to other fliers on their experiences and recommendations
  • Visit your specialist helicopter supplier
  • Read the magazines and the web.

Advanced article on INTERNAL COMBUSTION POWERED HELICOPTERS

Advanced article on ELECTRIC POWERED HELICOPTERS

 

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