Introduction: How to Fly a Toy Helicopter

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 :-).

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

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.

Step 3: Altitude Control and Sabilization

Now that we know the basic controls, let's learn how to fly the helicopter. First check all the necessary things from step 1. Switch the ON-OFF switch on the helicopter to ON (the helicopter will start to flash when it's on. If not then it's battery could be low). Put the helicopter on a flat and level base (table, book, box, etc.). Take a few steps back and turn the remote controller on. Slowly push the throttle stick up until the helicopter takes off. Once in the air, the helicopoter will start to turn anti-clockwise. You can use the right trim button until it stops. At this moment it's more important to learn how to keep the helicopter at a constant altitude than to learn how to steer it. Try to stabilize it with the trim buttons while keeping a constant altitude. Practice a little. Now slowly release the throttle stick while keeping the helicopter stable. This will make the helicopter lower it's altitude and land. Now for the steering.

Step 4: Steering

Start the helicopter and controler again just like in the previous step. push the throttle stick up and stabilize the helicopter. If you push the direction stick to the right the helicopter will start to fly in a clockwise circle. Cool, huh? If you push the direction stick to the left the helicopter will turn
anti-clockwise in one place (if you're not sure about this then read step 2 again). When you gently push the direction stick to the right the helicopter will gain a small amount of forward speed. Doing this will also make the helicopter slightly turn in a clockwise direction (if you push the direction stick to the right too much the helicopter will only turn in a clockwise circle), so you should try to compensate by pushing the direction stick to the left. Be careful  though! The direction stick is a bit more sensitive when pushed to the left then when it's pushed to the right (it takes more time for the helicopter to react to the right direction stick command then for the left direction stick command). When you want to choose the directon where you want the helicopter to go then simply push the direction stick to the left. This will make the helicopter spin. When it comes to an angle that you like just push the direction stick to the right.

Step 5: Practice Makes Perfect

Experiment with the controls. You might find a stile of flying that is easier and more fun for you. I did and now I don't use the trim buttons as much as the direction stick. It's easier for me. The helicopter it self is made out of some sort of compressed styrofoam and the rotor-blades are very flexible, so it's pretty tough, but never the less it's not indestructable, so be very careful with how you fly it.

I hope this Instructable helped you and, ofcourse, post comments. I appreciate it.

Thanks :-)