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How to fly a toy Helicopter

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In this Instructable I will show you how to fly a toy R/C Helicopter. This tipe of helicopter is a toy with rather simple controls. It might take you a while to get realy good at it, but, as with a lot of things, practice makes perfect. OK, let's get started then :-).

 
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Step 1: Safety first

Before trying this Instructable you should make sure that you do it safely. You should clear some space for the helicopter to fly, close all windows and doors and make sure that there is no ceeling fans or people around you.

Step 2: The basic controls

Picture of The basic controls
In the picture below you can see the remote controller. It has two main controls. The throttle stick and the direction stick. There are also trim buttons. Now, what do these do:

Throttle stick - This is the control stick on your left. When you push it up the helicopter begins to
                                     gain height. When you push it down the helicopter slowly descends until it lands.

+ Direction stick - This is the control stick on your right. When you push it to the right the helicopter
                                     will start to fly in a circle in a clockwise direction. When you push it to the left the 
                                     helicopter will start to spin in one place in an anti-clockwise direction.

+ Left and right trim buttons - If the helicopter starts to spin anti-clockwise in one place all by it self 
                                                        then press the right trim button repeatedly until it stops. If the helicopter
                                                        starts to spin clockwise in one place all by it self then press the left trim
                                                        button repeatedly until it stops.
                                     
Dj_Xyster2 years ago
its a bad design if you plan on progressing on to better helis, like the e-flite blade lineup, when starting into better helis i was getting confused with my right hand (elevation/aileron)
the full controls seen in this picture is all in the left hand on any 4channel or higher heli
These small air hogs helis are fun but do be warned, unlearning that right hand rotation is hard!
air hogs..... worst controlloer design ever
i have to agree and disagree, the design is nice but the throttle stick lacks the ability to stay at any spot so you can take your hand off the throttle and keep hovering.
popscott33 years ago
Those cheap ones are great! But they have LiPo batteries, so if you compleatly drain the battiery...say bye bye to it, The battery doesnt charge after that.
yes, this is especially the case in those air hogs havoc helis, i have had more than one that have done that.
Instructable Maker (author)  popscott33 years ago
Yeah, mine already ran out. It won't recharge any more :(
Yah, I tried to soder a new battery and it worked! but if you do that make sure it is the same volt...or the battery will go boom!
3.7v 150 mah
dragon43 years ago
If you want the helicopter to go forward, add some nose weight until it hovers in a forward position. But it will keep on going forward with nose weight so you can't really hover on the spot
does anybody have any more info on this toy my grand-son has one and looking for things to do ?...
He can do whatever he imagines... Although some in game goals are always useful...
picco z ,airhogs get them at walmart
tim13 years ago
Some of them come with little foil squares that are suposed to change the weight.
I had one of those but it was IR controlled and it worked for five minutes then the helicopter went crazy and the remote got red hot and died... FIVE MINUTES and £20 down the drain.... wasn't pleased...
TJWilly3 years ago
take a paperclip, bend out one end of it at a slight angle, then either tape that end or stab that end of the clip into/on the foam of the heli. Experiment. Find the right weight/angle that allows your heli to have forward motion. This allows for crude forward flight and much more fun.
Instructable Maker (author)  TJWilly3 years ago
Most of them come with some sort of stickers. If you stick some at the front of it then it should alter it's reactions somehow. Maybe it changes the weight ratio...
teslafan1004 years ago
you copier you copied cloot100 :(
cloot's ible was lacking quite a bit of info. i found this one much more informative, especially the tips on corrective steering.
Instructable Maker (author)  bustedit3 years ago
Thanks a lot...
cloot100!? It is not nearly the same! plus, cloot100 didn't really make a "well detailed instructable"! I didn't understand half of what he said. With all respect to cloot100,

A.D.
kburman3 years ago
What is channel a,b,c in middle of your controller.
Instructable Maker (author)  kburman3 years ago
Those are the frequencies. Every helicopter runs on a different one. There are A,B and C. Mine runs at B, for example.
TJWilly kburman3 years ago
This is how you select the freq to fly the little chopper... basically if you have channels A, B, and C choppers then you can fly all three of them in the same vicinity with no interference assuming you have three people with three controllers all on different channels.
sharlston3 years ago
am i right in thinking this is a picooz?
arduinoe4 years ago
really? No offence meant but theres nothing to learn with flying these helis there fun and all, but theres nothing to learn so why the instructable ?
Instructable Maker (author)  arduinoe3 years ago
Maybe some people need help because they don't know how to fly them at all.
agent4 years ago
My friend tried flying my $80 R/C copter. I can tell you, it ended poorly.
floryzzz4 years ago
 I bet your helicopter is broken now i had the same and i used it a week  i was master flyer then it broke back to she shop get a new and broken within a week again:S
Instructable Maker (author)  floryzzz4 years ago
Well not exactly. The only thing that broke was the tail rotor, but a spare one came with the helicopter.
Atomic Dude4 years ago
A very constructive instructable. Keep up the good work! Those toys cost quite a penny, so we could use an instructable on making one! Bye! hasta la vista
Prfesser4 years ago
Perfect timing!  A friend loaned me one of his to play with.

One thing that isn't obvious is that the inexpensive models aren't radio controlled but are IR-LED controlled (like a TV remote).  Which means that you have to point the remote at the helicopter for it to work properly.

Good 'ible!
lemonie4 years ago
You've put a lot more detail into the technique than the last one I read, it's quite comprehensive. Tidy up the text a bit by spell-checking it again though (e.g. stile / style)

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