RTF Electric RC Helicopters - True or Not?

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RTF Electric RC Helicopters - True or Not?

Postby clark1965 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:38 am

With all the popularity that electric RC helicopters have enjoyed recently, mainly due to major advances in the control and electronic capabilities, it would be understandable to believe the now common claims of manufacturers who claim that their RC helicopters come RTF, (ready to fly) and leave it at that. In truth there are varying degrees of RTF, and even though with the now cheaper prices you're paying for these electric RC models, you would think there would be some setup, and in fact there most of the time is. Let's just call this buyer be aware!A single-rotor R/C helicopter consists of a main and tail rotor. The 2 rotors work together to control the stability and maneuverability of the helicopter. Many pilots who are proficient in flying a dual-rotor or coaxial rotor R/C helicopters find single-rotor models a little different.

The first thing to mention is that while RTF may indeed mean that you can actually get your bird into the air, that may not mean that you'll keep it there! There is a learning curve, and while these may be mini versions of the real things, they still will leave a mark if they crash into you or anyone around you. The point is, you need to learn how to do operate your electric RC helicopter, and the best way to do that is in a simulator. There are free ones available, but the best ones cost a bit, but will me than make up for their cost by saving your models from immediate crash and burn! A single-rotor R/C helicopter consists of a main and tail rotor. The 2 rotors work together to control the stability and maneuverability of the helicopter. Many pilots who are proficient in flying a dual-rotor or coaxial rotor R/C helicopters find single-rotor models a little different.

There may well be things either missing or needing more than actually comes in the box. This is usually related to the battery packs for the RC controller. There are batteries required for this to operate, and if they do come with the kit, they will not last long and soon you'll find yourself needing a battery charger to keep your RC helicopter in the air! (You may want to invest in somewhat better batteries, as well!) Some newer models now actually come with a charger, a step in the right direction!

In general, you will come to find out that most of the truly ready to fly (RTF) models will come in the 2 channel variety, and most of these will be smallish, which is fine, because they will be easier to fly, and for beginning RC helicopter enthusiasts, this is a good thing, allowing them to learn without breaking the RC Helicopter or the budget!

When it comes to RTF, make sure to delve a little deeper and see what is truly ready to fly!

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Keith_Thompson A single-rotor R/C helicopter consists of a main and tail rotor. The 2 rotors work together to control the stability and maneuverability of the helicopter. Many pilots who are proficient in flying a dual-rotor or coaxial rotor R/C helicopters find single-rotor models a little different.
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