Of all the radio controlled vehicles on the market, an RC helicopter, in my opinion, is the most exciting and challenging RC hobby. Remote control cars and trucks are mastered in a relatively short amount of time. RC airplanes require a bit more skill and maneuverability; but the RC helicopter tops them all, for exhilarating thrills.
Experienced skills and perseverance is definitely needed to become proficient with it's 3D maneuvering capabilities, and be a topnotch RC helicopter pilot.
But don't let this scare you off. If this is a new hobby for you, it is important that the right choices are made at the beginning; so you can avoid getting the most expensive, and complicated helicopter, only to find that it is a bit more than you can chew at first.
Here are some suggestions to make your first purchase a good one:
Purchase a helicopter that meets your present skill levels.
You had to walk before you could run. It will be a much more rewarding experience if you give yourself time to really get the feel of flying a basic radio controlled helicopter. There are two choices to make at first; purchasing an electric model, or one powered by gas.
Electric models are easier to master, but even these have several different channel groups. They are: 2, 3, 4, and 6 channel models.
The one most recommended for the beginner is the 2 channel model because its maneuverability is simple and direct. It will allow you to quickly pick up the fundamentals of the three basic maneuvers of your RC helicopter; left and right, up and down, and hovering.
After you master a 2 channel model you can continue to move up to models with more channels. The moves become more complicated as the number of channels increase.
Fly your new RC helicopter after you completely understand the instruction manual that comes with it.
Of course, we want to rip open the box and get out there with out new helicopter. But remember, they are just as complex and elaborate as any full sized helicopter. Take some time, acquaint yourself with the working parts; what their function is, and how they interact. Have a good understanding of the controls. There are pre-flight checks needed before every successful flight. It only takes one loose part to turn a exciting, fun outing into a short lived disappointment.
Don't overlook the simulator software. It is not a kid's game for a rainy day.
More than likely your RC helicopter kit will come with this simulator software. Simulators can help you learn to control your helicopter without and damage or consequences to your helicopter if your crash. Yes, you might as well be prepared, you will crash more than once while learning to control it. The simulator just helps you learn without the expense and time in repairs to your own RC helicopter.
These three suggestions will help you get on your way to a successful, fun, and exciting new hobby of RC helicopter flying. You will see the rewards as you step by step acquire the skills to perform some of the most complicated aerial acrobatics that only your RC helicopter can do.