Choosing the best beginner RC helicopter

What is the best beginner RC helicopter? I’m on a mission to answer that question. I mentioned that my PicooZ has bit the dust. So, I’m in the market for a new micro helicopter… Woot! There are so many micro helicopters on the market that choosing the best one can be a daunting task. Please allow me to share this process with you. Hopefully watching me go through these steps will help someone else when it comes time to selecting their own helicopter. Ready? Let’s go.

To start the selection process, the first thing you need to do is define an objective. Why do you want this helicopter? Knowing this will make it easier to select the features needed to reach that objective. So What’s my objective?

To find a fun and easy entry point into the world of hobby helicopters.

Basically, I want something with a short learning curve so I don’t get bored or frustrated. At the same time though, it needs to be something that will allow me to start building some basic flying skills.

Here is the criteria I’ve come up with…

Low cost

I’m considering this a stepping stone into the hobby and I suspect there will be crashes etc so I want to keep the investment to a minimum at this point.

Easy to Fly

Like I said, I’m looking for something with a short learning curve here, so something easy to fly would be desirable. But. it has to be at least challenging enough to help develop some beginner skills. From what I’ve read, orientation seems to be one of the most important skills to learn right away. I’ll try and find something that is responsive and doesn’t drift around excessively so that I can concentrate on orientation.

Small Size

Well, this website IS all about micro helicopters :) . There are practical reasons I want the helicopter small though. For one, a small helicopter can be flown inside the house, which will prevent outdoor factors (aka wind) from slowing the learning curve. To fly safely in the house you need to have a lot of room, and the smaller the helicopter the less space that’s necessary.

Durable

It needs to be able to stand up to the inevitable crashes that will no doubt happen. The small, light weight form factor will help keep the helicopter from being damaged in a crash (you know what they say, the bigger they are…). I’m not sure specifically what characteristics make for a durable helicopter, but I’ll dig into those specifics later.

Parts Availability

Another important factor is the availability of parts. When those inevitable crashes do happen, and damage occurs, I want to make sure there will be spare parts available for repairs.

Flight Time

I’m not too concerned about flight time, but I will take it into consideration. More time in the air means more practice, and therefore, better skills.

I’m really excited to select the perfect micro helicopter for my objective. With it, I can begin to hone my skills while having a blast at the same time. Before long I’m sure I’ll be back in the market looking for the next levelĀ  of heli. In the mean time, I hope you’ve found these tips on how to choose the best beginner RC helicopter helpful.

Check out my comparison of the top 3 beginner Micro Helicopters and find out which one Is the best.

8 Responses to “Choosing the best beginner RC helicopter”

  1. kyle forbes
    December 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    i reccomend the Blade MCX2 this is my 2nd helicopter my first one was the cx2 wich cost me a lot to fix every time i crashed it. plus i had to fly it outside. i now have a MCX2 and have found that in a matter of days i have picked up the basic skill of smooth flight and keep on inmproving. you can change the swash plate into advanced cyclic controls to learn smoother turns and landings. i have crashed it plenty of times some at full speed and havent broken anything on the heli or in my house. even if you do brake somthing parts are available everywhere and are fairly cheap. mine cost me $120 RTF. this helicopter is best for beginners or novice pilots to learn the basic control of rc helicopters. you can also use your controller to buy cheaper bnf models in the future and save more money. i hope this helps.

    kyle

  2. admin
    December 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Kyle,

    I couldn’t agree more. The MCX2 is an excellent helicopter to learn on. In fact it is one of the top helicopters i recommend on my “Choosing the Best Micro Helicopter for you” post. It is a bit more expensive and a little more difficult to fly than a 3 channel model like the Syma S107. For anyone serious about learning to fly RC helicopters that is looking to start a hobby and not a just a cheap toy, the MCX2 is the helicopter I recommend. The Syma S107 is still a great helicopter though. If anyone is undecided on which helicopter to get, I recommend they check out the post I linked to above.

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