It’s a question I’ve been asked many times: “What RC helicopter is best for beginners?”, and I’ve given my opinion on the helicopter that I think is best for beginners to start learning to fly with here.
But, more generally speaking, I thought it would be good to look at the characteristics of what makes a good beginner RC helicopter.
There are a few things to consider when looking to buy an RC helicopter for a beginner. Below are listed some of the important factors to look for in a beginner RC helicopter.
1. Sturdy Construction
Learning to fly an RC helicopter takes time and practice, so you want to look for a model that is fairly sturdy and durable – crashes are inevitable! An RC helicopter that isn’t flimsy and likely to fall apart is a must for people learning to fly.
2. Simple Controls
This one is probably fairly obvious – you want a beginner RC helicopter to have simple, straightforward controls, nothing too complex when first learning to fly. You need some basic up and down controls as well as a way to control the direction of flight and that’s probably all you need to be focusing on when first learning to fly a radio or remote-controlled helicopter.
3. Easy To Control
Similar to the last point, while you want the controls to be easy to use, you also want a helicopter that responds well to the signals. You want it to stay relatively stable and not do too much unnecessary spinning. An inbuilt gyro stabilizer will help to keep your helicopter steady and stable while flying and hopefully minimize spinning.
Again, this is probably a fairly obvious characteristic that most people would be aware of, you want to look for an RC helicopter that is affordable. That’s not to say that you should buy the cheapest model – if it’s dirt cheap it probably won’t fly well at all and your beginner may give up before they even really get started.
You simply want to find a model that fits within your budget and meets the other criteria presented here. Remember, this is for a beginner. Hopefully, they’ll learn to love flying helicopters and a life-long journey of RC helicopter flying will begin – then you can start looking at the more expensive models with all the bells and whistles!
But not until the basics are mastered. Flying accidents and crashes will happen – they even happen to experienced flyers, so you don’t want to buy a super expensive RC helicopter only to have it crash and be damaged beyond repair on its first flight. Or buy a model that is just too difficult to master flying so that your beginner gives up and never flies it again – that would be tragic!
Coaxial RC helicopters come with two rotors at the top that rotate in opposite directions. The coaxial design helps to cancel out the torque reaction that each rotor has on the main body of the helicopter, this, in turn, helps to reduce the spinning effect.
Coaxial RC helicopters do not require a tail rotor. They are the most stable helicopters to fly among the different varieties and are generally not very reactive or overly sensitive to control inputs making them much easier to fly and therefore, ideal for beginners.
So, there you have it, if you’re not keen on buying the AMOSTING CRASH RESISTANT 3.5 CHANNEL HELICOPTER which is the RC helicopter I generally recommend for beginners, then you can search around and find a helicopter that meets at least some of the above criteria. Whichever beginner helicopter you end up with – have fun!