Helicopters can be viewed as more versatile and flexible because of their aerodynamics which makes them adaptable to be maneuvered in almost every situation and that’s why they are the most popular ‘go to’ means of aero navigation by many people especially soldiers when in combat.
There’s is another group of pilots who use radio controls to fly model helicopters, a hobby which is popular of late and attracts a number of enthusiasts who usually form clubs and other associations so that they can network as well as schedule events whereby they can have competitions or meet with their copters to fly them for fun.
Therefore various models of RC Helicopters have been manufactured by various companies, with some being complex hence the need for clubs where these hobbyist share ideas.
The basic idea for these hobbyists is to use radio control to remotely command these model copters while on air.
There are some radios which are computerized to have model memory hence have the capabilities to run several models of different aircrafts which range from helis to fixed wings models while other radios are programmed to run only a specific model.
The RC radio system usually has four basic components although some may have additional components or accessories attached to them. The components include ;
Which comprises of two joysticks, switches and knobs. The transmitter is usually hand-held and its sole purpose is to control the movement of the helicopters. It does so by sending signals of the commands. Computerized radios systems however have a LCD screen with a menu and several dial options for extra manipulation.
This is used to receive the radio signals from the transmitter and then converts them into electrical signals.
These are devices which convert the electrical signals originating from the receiver back into mechanical movement which is required to physically move the controls surfaces on the copters.
The receiver battery
This supplies power to both the servos and the receiver. It usually has a switch for powering the receiver on and off.
This website previously belonged to a model helicopters’ club called Scotia Bladerunners which was founded by Gerry Blackwood in 1994. The club had great information especially for newcomers interested in the sport and on their site there was a lot of golden information about model helicopters which range from basic to intermediate training and other golden nuggets full of info about spare parts, copter tricks etc..
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