How to Fly Remote Control Helicopters

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I bet that many enthusiasts regard the RC helicopter as the hardest device to control with precision. That is why most pilots find the task of flight as a tedious challenge. As soon as you fly your first RC Helicopter, you have to have lots of piloting experience.

Of course, you have to learn different tricks so as to measure your developing skills. This will allow you to do lots of stunts as desired hence minimizing the high risk of damage.

How to Fly Remote Control Helicopters

The only secret to becoming an expert in this field is dedication. You just need to give yourself some ample time and learn the basics of flying. If you want to fly an RC as a novice, first start with 2 to 3 channel one which is very easy to control. Not to mention it doesn’t require a lot of experience.

But when it comes to controlling a 4 to 6 channel RC, you need some instructions at hand. Worry less about this, just follow the below steps and you will be good to fly any type of Remote Control Helicopter.


Before I introduce you to one of the flying hobbyists, you first need to take several precautions. If you are new to this field, then you need to cling along to the end. First never overcharge the battery of any type of RC.

Also; you shouldn’t leave it unattended while it’s still charging. Besides, when you are charging your RC battery please makes sure you have selected a charger that comes with a similar output voltage as that of the battery.

For instance, if the charger is 11.1v, then the battery should have 11.1v. If the temperature of your battery and charger is higher (hot instead of warm) than normal, you have to disconnect the battery. In all, it is suggested that you have to charge the battery until the light on the charger turns green. You should not let it charge beyond its normal capacity.

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Before Flying

You are promptly advised to inspect your device and make sure that all parts are in the right order. Consider checking the wires, battery, motors as well as an antenna.

Don’t forget to tighten off the screws that tend to hold the RC rotor blades. This helps them from flopping from one area to another.

How to Fly Remote Control Helicopters wires, battery, motors

Remember to install the battery but don’t connect it to the Remote Control Helicopter. Later, hold the Heli gently by the flybar. This should allow the RC to be on the right hand and at a precise level on the ground. If it doesn’t, then you have to shift the battery until it becomes balanced at all level.

Put the antenna at its right place and the new batteries in the transmitter. Don’t forget to turn it on. At this point, you will be able to see the light. If there is nothing to see, then you should turn off the transmitter as well as opening the battery section.

Don’t forget to check if the battery is in its precise place. If the RC transmitter is working as desired, then you are good to make your first flight.

The Hovering Process to Fly

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The Pre-flight:

  • Always make sure that you have started off with a fully-charged battery.
  • You should install it in the Heli, but don’t connect it.
  • Check that the Heli is balanced at all level.
  • When everything looks okay, you are good to fly.
  • But first, you have to draw a circle as shown in the below video which is good for a novice.
  • This allows you to control it with much ease. Also, you should remember to be a bit far from the Hell let’s say five to ten feet far.
  • In all, the circle was drawn for the Heli, so you should put it inside.
  • At first, it can be quite difficult to control it but don’t get disappointed. If it seems to rise or climb a bit higher, you need to reduce the throttle level. Thus, one to two feet from where you have drawn your circle as shown above.
  • Note that reducing the throttle allows you to achieve an upward thrust constantly.
  • This will allow the Heli to settle at a steady and slow altitude. As stated by the expert, you first need to grasp the first move before moving to the next level.

Second Flight:

  • Allow the Heli to settle back at its normal position and try to fly it once again. This time you need to hover as well as increasing your throttle.
  • Then watch at a distance as your RC Helicopter begins to hang in the air.
  • Keep in mind that you need more practice at this point, hence achieving a smooth balance.

It isn’t easy but it’s achievable. At this point, you can maintain the hover by reducing the throttle which prevents the RC Helicopter from moving or flying to the higher levels. As you start your flight, remember to stand on your left-hand side but far from the Heli. This means that the circle should be positioned on your right side.

Moving further, you need to steadily increase the throttle level.

NOTE: It is advised not to turn your whole body toward the RC Helicopter, rather your head is allowed to move at this point. Also, allows the Helicopter to face in a parallel altitude.

If it seems to spin from one side to the other adjust the level of the rudder trim to the central part of the helicopter. If it seems to pitch back or forward, you just need to check if the trims are in the perfect places.

Third Flight:

Following the above lessons, remember to position yourself on your right side. This means that the circle should be on the left side. This is one of the complex levels when it comes to flying as a beginner. Remember to turn your head only.

How to Fly Remote Control Helicopters

The Final Hovering Stage

It’s not easy if you seem to reach up to this point. When circling around your Helicopter make sure you don’t or it doesn’t change its level of balance or direction. It should move in one precise direction.

Eventually, you will see that it will start to lift itself higher than in the previous stages. So, to achieve the best flight, you need to move one side to the other left to right. Consider staying at one position for at least one minute, then walk at an easy pace to the next point.

Yes! It’s really lifting itself off. Don’t get overexcited at first, you might lose control without your consent. Just concentrate and have fun later.

So, it’s starting to lift off?

From the start, it is less difficult to fly an easy RC Helicopter since it seems to face a bit far from you. At the final stage, you are advised to draw another circle of your piloting experience.

It should be at least 5 to 10 feet apart. When you stand in the center of the two circles, you can try your best by moving one RC Helicopter from one circle to the next. You should maintain a low altitude at all cost as you move on to the next circle slowly.

Make sure you have perfectly understood the above levels before reaching your final stage. Don’t be in a hurry, especially if it’s your first flight. Take it slow hence moving into the next circle with much ease. Once it lifts itself off, you are definitely on the right track.


When it comes to flying any RC Helicopter, dedication should be your best friend. As you can see from the above video, everything seems to move as expected.

But wait till you practice on your own, you will come back to review my article more than a million times. So, you should try your very best to move from one learning level to the other.

The last thing you want is to crash your best RC within a day. Consider flying your favorite RC in an open place and not around any heavy object or people. This helps to prevent any injury as you practice to control your RC model.

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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