If you are excited about flying your best RC helicopters in great wide open spaces, I really can’t say I blame you. That is definitely part of the appeal of radio controlled or remote controlled helicopters, and remote controlled vehicles for that matter. There is just something about seeing these amazing things go over water, fly up in the air or race through all sorts of terrain.
With that said, it’s too easy to get caught up in your hobby and forget about basic safety issues that can haunt you later on. While you don’t want to injure yourself while flying your RC helicopters, you definitely don’t want to put at risk the safety of others.
Keep your mind open regarding the following safety tips. Now, some of these tips may not be all that convenient. In fact, it may be quite uncomfortable to try to resolve them, but if you really want to ensure that you go about your hobby in a mature and responsible way, you really can’t afford the overlook the following tips.
These tips are based primarily on the experiences of a lot of other hobbyists like you. In fact, a lot of them suffered loss or pain. Wouldn’t it be better to just learn from other people’s mistakes, so you don’t have to commit those mistakes first hand? Wouldn’t it be better to avoid potential problems rather than have to spend a tremendous amount of time, effort and money resolving a problem that you could have fixed ahead of time by simply choosing to avoid it? Do you see how this works?
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. This is very true when it comes to RC helicopters.
Basic Safety Tip #1: Pick the Right Location
By the right location, it may seem like there’s some sort of an ideal location for your hobby. This is not true. You have to understand that “the right location” is really situational. You have to look at the size of your RC helicopters, you have to pay attention to how many other people are there, you also have to consider the climate or the weather. Putting all these factors together, then you should be able to come up with a common sense answer to what the right location is.
If you’re the only person with an RC helicopter and there’s really no other people around, then you have a lot more freedom. Now, if you are in an urban area and there’s a lot of people walking and all sorts of things can go wrong, then you really have to pay close attention as to which part of the public park, and under what conditions, you should fly your remote control craft.
Basic Safety Tip #2: Make Sure Your Equipment is in Fine Working Condition
It’s really important to make sure that your equipment is in tip top shape. If your equipment somehow gives way, or the control system is faulty, you really have nobody to blame except yourself if something goes wrong.
Make no mistake about it, when it comes to safety issues involving remote controlled units or vehicles, safety issues are only a matter of time. It’s not a question of if, but when. Consider yourself warned.
Look at the instruction manual for your unit. Take a look at the remote control helicopters that you’re thinking of flying and make sure that they respond well to your commands. Take a look at the RC helicopter’s batteries. Are they fully charged? Is the control unit in tip top shape?
These may seem very basic. It fact, this might even seem like common sense, but believe me, if you’re all excited about getting out there to the nearest park and just showing off your RC helicopter solution, common sense is usually one of the first things that go out the window.
Do yourself a big favor and check the overall condition of your equipment before you even think about heading out and playing with these remote controlled helicopters.
Basic Safety Tip #3: Be Aware of Local Rules
Make no mistake about it, regardless of where you are in the United States or Western Europe, there are bound to be local city rules or regional rules regarding airborne equipment. As the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse. So do yourself a big favor and make sure that you read up on the local rules.
There is bound to be local safety regulations regarding your RC helicopters. At the very least, you would be directed by law when to fly them, how to fly them, and where to fly them. Again, it’s your responsibility to find out. Don’t think that this stuff is just going to fall into your lap. You are expected by the authorities to know this first hand and abide by them.