Heli Flight school

Below you will find links to videos that will guide you through learning how to fly an RC Helicopter.  These short heli training videos are geared towards getting your RC helicopter up in the air fast by showing you what to practice.   Following these steps and practicing each level will build muscle memory, orientation, sport flying, 3D skills and give you the confidence you need to improve your rc heli flying at the field.   The intended audience is sport to intermediate 3d pilots.   Even if you are doing 3d moves test yourself and see if you have any weaknesses in these levels.  Make sure you practice and master each level before you move up.   In just 30 minutes a night or less you can learn to fly an RC helicopter and become a master 3d heli pilot.

Level 1 – Hovering upright

Learn upright hovering, rudder control and orientation.  Hovering side on, tail in and nose in be difficult.  This video shows you in a few minutes what to practice to hover an RC helicopter upright.  Practice:

  • Tail at 45 degrees offset
  • Side in viewing the helicopters left and right side
  • Nose in with the tail directly away and offset
  • Stretch: Pirouette back to tail in. Backward flips
  • Bonus:  Forward flight circle

Level 2 – Hovering inverted

Inverted hovering is difficult because our brain doesn’t want to believe a heli can fly upside down.  Follow along on this video and master rudder control and the soft feel you need to hover an RC helicopter while inverted.  Practice:

  • Tail offset 45 degrees on each side
  • Side in looking at the heli on the left and right
  • Nose in inverted
  • Stretch: Forward flips, Rolls, Inverted piro to tail nose in.
  • Bonus: Inverted forward circle

Level 3 – Flying in circles

Learn to fly an RC helicopter in circles and keep it on a constant heading without increasing to decreasing in speed.  Controlling the cyclic and elevator movements you will learn to groove the heli into a circle and keep it there.  Practice:

  • 5 forward circles left and right
  • 5 backward circles left and right
  • 5 inverted forward circles left and right
  • 5 inverted backwards circles left and right
  • Stretch: Forward loops, Backward loops,Tail down tic tocs
  • Bonus:  tail down rainbows, stationary piros

Level 4  –  Flying in Figure 8’s

Once you complete circles the next step is to learn to fly an RC helicopter in figure 8’s.   The main thing you are learning is the transition between one circle to the other.  Don’t cheat and do lazy 8’s make sure you come around in as perfect a figure 8 as possible.  Practice:

  • Switch this move so the figure 8 crosses towards you and away from you.
  • Forward
  • Backwards
  • Inverted
  • Inverted backwards
  • Stretch:  Snake transition in figure 8 with 30% bank angle, Side on Tic-Tocs
  • Bonus:  Stall turns changing orientations at the top of the turn

Level 5  –  Learning funnels

Something about remote control helicopters in sideways flight looks cool and seems so wrong to our brains.   Think about doing circles and focus on grooving in your funnels.  The key is to reverse your aileron and elevator cyclic movements  from a circle and let them go.   Practice:

  • 5 upright tail down, left and right
  • 5 upright tail up left, and right
  • 5 inverted tail down, left and right
  • 5 Inverted tail up, left and right
  • Stretch: Funnel figure 8’s
  • Bonus:  slowing down funnels and changing the speed

Level 6  –  Learning loops

Performing large loops with an RC heli can really be fun.  Work on these and controlling your inputs on the simulator before you go the field.  Also remember with a flybared helicopter that you will need to give constant cyclic inputs during a loop to keep everything in sync.  Practice:

  • 5 inside forward, left and right
  • 5 inside backward left, and right
  • 5 outside forward, left and right
  • 5 outside backward, left and right
  • Stretch: Vertical loop figure 8
  • Bonus:  Sideways loops

Level 7  –  Morphing or Transitions

Learn to fly figure 8’s, hurricanes and the mobius with your RC helicopter.   The video lesson will show you how to practice morphing from one orientation to another in flight.    Follow the video and steps below and practice:

  • 5 of each figure 8 morphing orientations
  • Forward upright to inverted going left and right
  • Backwards upright to inverted going left and right
  • Upright funnel to inverted left and right
  • Verticle loop figure 8’s left and right
  • Horizontal loop figure 8’s going left and right

Level 8  –  Rolling travel

  • Rolling in a straight line forwards and backwards
  • Rolling circle forward left and right
  • Rolling circle backwards left and right
  • Rolling figure 8’s

Level 9  –  Pirouetting travel

Flying an RC helicopter while is is pirouetting can be challenging.  This video will walk you through how to learn to fly your RC helicopter while it is doing a piro.  Or as most people describe it this the video with show you how to fly piro moves with an RC helicopter.

  • Pirouetting in a straight line left right, inverted
  • Piro circle upright
  • Piro circle  inverted
  • Piro flips
  • Piro Figure 8 Upright
  • Piro Figure 8 Inverted

Level 10 Direction

Go back and practice all above in the direction you were most uncomfortable.

Level 11  –  3D Genius – Mastery

  • 4 point tic-tocs and traveling tic-tocs
  • Death spiral and low tail slides
  • Flappers
  • Piro Rainbow
  • Piro Snake
  • Piro Loop
  • Piro Tic-Tocs
  • Big Ben
  • Piro flip Reversal
  • Pitch Pumping
  • Flipping Hurricains (circles)
  • Slinky (circle, 45deg circle, edge loop (viewed as loop from side), 135deg circle, circle)
  • Smackdown Flying
  • Smooth transitions between moves

Level 12 –  Unbelievable stuff

  • Chaos (piro flip with rotating axis)
  • Piro Snake Figure 8
  • Piro Globe
  • Fliping Funnel 8
  • Reversing Piro Tic-Tocs
  • Reversing Piro Rainbow
  • Reversing Piro Snake
  • Kruezenburger
  • Reversing Piro Funnel
    Wheel of Fortune
  • London Eye(piro tic-toc loop)
  • Piro Vertical Figure 8
    Piro Slinky (variation of globe where you start with piro circle (start at left or right side of pilot), piro 45deg tilted circle, piro loop, piro 135deg tilted circle, piro circle (opposite side of pilot from the first circle)

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