How To Adjust Pitch On An RC Helicopter? [Step-By-Step]

In recent years, most RC Helicopters are made with fixed pitches. So, beginner-level players can have the fun of flying an RC helicopter without any difficulties. But if you want full control over your helicopter, you need to know how to adjust pitch on an RC Helicopter.

Adjusting the pitch of your helicopter is one of the basic technical knowledge you need to know to have the most fun.

In this article, I will try to let you know all the necessary information about adjusting the pitch.

How To Adjust Pitch On An RC Helicopter

You have to go through several steps to adjust pitch on the RC helicopter. Let’s know all of these in detail.  

What Will You Need?

Mostly, the bigger helicopters need a pitch adjustment to maintain the balance of the blade. You will need the following tools to adjust the pitch of your Heli if you have the option available.

  • Computer transmitter
  • Pitch gauge
Computer transmitter for rc helicopter
pitch gauge for rc helicopter

Steps To Follow:

Using the pitch gauge is the traditional way to adjust the pitch in a collective pitch helicopter. Follow the steps below to adjust the pitch you want to fly your helicopter

Step 01: Turn on the transmitter and set the helicopter on Hold position

Step 02: Plug in the battery in the helicopter

Step 03: Place the helicopter in front of you so that you can see only one side of the helicopter

Step 04: Align the fly bar horizontally with the helicopter, pointing to the tail

Step 05: Rotate the blades with your hand and set them at 90 degrees to the helicopter. Now one blade is right in front of you.

Step 06: Insert the pitch gauge in the blade. There is a hole in the middle of the gauge to do it.

Step 07:  Adjust the neutral position at 0 degree by aligning the gauge with the fly bar. You will be able to see the fly bar right upside the gauge

Step 08: Use the collective stick in your transmitter to set the maximum, minimum, or in-between options.

Step 09: by the maximum option, you will get a positive pitch (+10 degrees) and by minimum, you will get a negative pitch (-10 degrees). Adjust the pitch gauge according to your desired pitch.

Step 10: if your pitch gauge is not aligning with the fly bar, adjust the swash plate right below the rotor blade

You can also adjust the pitch by measuring the length of the blade and adjusting the gap between the blade and the radio transmitter. There are apps available on smartphones that help you to adjust the pitch without a pitch gauge.

Adjust Pitch On An RC Helicopter

Why Do You Need To Adjust The Pitch?

Sometimes it can be harder to lift the helicopter more if your helicopter is not in the correct pitch. The Swashplate has a limit to fly in the wind. With horizontal wind flow, a larger pitch angle generates more lift. And if the pitch is zero, it will not fly up after a certain level.

And by adjusting pitch, you can also fly your Heli upside down.


How Do You Fly Fixed Pitch RC Helicopter?

Answer: By controlling the throttle of the Remote transmitter, you can fly a fixed-pitch chopper. The blades of this heli are slightly curved. So, you don’t need to adjust any pitch.

How Do Helicopters Adjust Pitch?

Answer:  In a real helicopter, the lever on the left-hand side of the pilot is used to control the pitch angle.

Are RC Helicopters Hard To Fly?

Answer: For beginners, it can be hard to understand the pitch and learn the basics to fly the Heli. But after getting used to it, you can feel the excitement of piloting your Heli like an actual one.


I know it can be troublesome to understand how to adjust pitch on an RC Helicopter. It is better to watch some videos and do some more research to clear up. Also, you can always follow these instructions and try to fly to know which pitch suits you the most.

Try not to overdo anything in the radio transmitter and ask for help if you need. That’s because flying the RC heli with the perfect pitch can make your flight more exciting and fun.

So, learn about controlling pitch today and have fun.

Let’s meet Johan Lozano, the 2011 World Champion in F3N. Johan has also been the 2010 European Champion in F3N, and a five-time national winner of the German F3N competition. F3N is a brand new RC helicopter competition category formed under the Federal Aeronautique Internationale. He is 64 years old and He is a carpenter by trade and He lives near East Bayberry Street Hanford, United States. He started flying in 2001 with a Raptor 50.

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