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First may I say that I would not recommend anyone to try and learn to fly helicopters on their own.
Although it can be done, it is generally a very expensive and sometimes dangerous way of going about
it. The best way to get into the hobby is to seek out a local club and talk to them about joining the

There are of course many different helicopters on the market, which as a novice gives you an almost
impossible task of choosing your first model. I will make some recommendations below, but rest
assured whatever model you choose from ourselves we back them ALL up fully with almost 100% of
the spares in stock and on the shelf. We also offer a free set-up service (See below). If you are not in a
position to travel to us then I would advise you get somebody experienced to check it over for you and
to give it its first flight. A local club should be able to help in this case. Also included in any of our
packages is a free training undercarriage (Normal price: £13.57) this is essential whilst learning and it
gives a much wider landing base that allows you to make those less than perfect landings :-) whilst

Free Set-up Service (1 hour)

   Pre-flight check to make sure the assembly is correct.
   Balance Main Rotor Blades
   Set-up Main Rotor Pitch & Servo Settings
   Set-up Gyro & Rudder Setting
   Set-up Engine & Carry out Initial Test Flight
   Trim Helicopter for learning to fly with.

Most people are at a stage where they can carefully practice on their own with the training
undercarriage fitted. Whilst learning, the biggest thing you need is patience, you will not be up doing
aerobatics overnight, this generally takes lots of practice. If you have the need to learn to fly as quickly
as possible without the risk of accidents I would strongly recommend you look at purchasing a
Computer flight simulator. These are getting ever more realistic and will generally get you most of the
way there without ever risking your model or worrying about what the weathers doing. Whilst on the
subject of the weather, it is important as a beginner that you avoid flying in gusty/windy conditions.
Although modern helicopters are capable of flying in some pretty extreme conditions this makes
learning infinitely more difficult.

What Model do I choose?

There are 3 sizes of helicopters generally used these are the following.

30 Size: These are a very popular choice for learning with that they are also capable of doing a lot of
the different styles of flying. They also keep the running/repair costs to a minimum. 30 sized models
are as follows.
   Thunder Tiger Raptor 30
   Hirobo Shuttle
   Kalt Baron 30
   Century Hawk
   Kyosho Concept 30/Nexus 30
   JR Ergo 30/Voyager 30
   X-Cell 30

46/50 Size: These are a mid sized model, which are normally a little more expensive to set-up with
than the 30 size. The overall running costs are a little higher, although repair costs are very similar
depending on the model chosen. The major benefit is their stability in the wind. Both the 30 and 46-
size fly very similar on calm days, but in the wind the 46 size is a lot more stable. 46 sized models are
as follows.
   Robbe Moskito Basic or Sport Version
   JR Ergo 50/Voyager 50
   Century Falcon
   X-Cell 46
   Morley Maverick/XR
   Morley F1-46

60 Size: These are generally the biggest models on the market. These have much higher running costs
and are normally a lot more expensive to set-up with. They are also a lot more expensive to repair. The
stability of course is the best of the bunch, but the costs of repair generally out weighs this benefit. 60
Sized models are as follows.
   Robbe Futura
   Robbe Millennium 60
   Miniature Aircraft X-Cell 60 Series
   JR Ergo 60/Superio/Vigor
   Hirobo SST Eagle Series/Freya
   Kyosho Concept 60 SR-II/Calibre 60
   Morley F1-60
   Thunder Tiger Raptor 60

Another increasingly popular option is electric flight. These are generally categorised into 2 sections. 1
for indoor flight and the other for outdoor flight. The 3 indoor flight models are extremely affordable
models to experiment with, due to being very light they have very little inertia to cause damage to
themselves. The major down side to the indoor flight models is their stability, they are a lot more
difficult to master, although if you do moving up to a bigger model will not be a problem. For initially
learning with either of these models you require a little more room than you average lounge (This
comes later!) Ideally seek out the use of a sports hall/garage or somewhere similar.
The remainder of the electric helicopters are generally a little too large for indoor use, and their flight
stability sits somewhere between the indoor electric & the 30 sized models. The current electric
helicopters available are as follows.
   Ikarus Piccolo (Indoor Helicopter)
   MS Hornet (Indoor Helicopter)
   Snelflight Hoverfly (Indoor Helicopter)
   Ikarus Eco Series
   Kalt Whisper Sport
   JR Voyager E
   Kyosho Concept EP-SR
   Robbe Moskito Sonic
Coming back to the Simulators I mentioned earlier, there are many on the market (See below) These
offer you the ability to learn to fly & progress by using your PC and not risking damage to your
valuable equipment. Most modern simulators are extremely realistic and require Windows 95 upward
and a Pentium spec PC. (Pentium II + Recommended) All the simulators, unless stated, simulate both
helicopters & aeroplanes.
   CSM V9 Simulator (486/Pentium Spec)
   CSM V10 Simulator (Pentium +)
   Truflite 3D (Pentium +)
   Realflight Deluxe (Pentium II +)
   Ikarus Piccofly (Pentium II +) (Only simulates the indoor Piccolo Model)
   Ikarus Aerofly (Pentium II+)
   Ikarus Easyfly (Pentium II+)

If anyone has any further questions regarding getting into the hobby then do not hesitate to contact me.
There are a good variety of books/videos which can assist with your choice of equipment and also
which will offer help as your flying progresses. See these on our website.

Good Luck

Trevor Wallinger