Remote Control Helicopters - Get Started In Remote Controlled Helicopters
Heliguy supply remote control (RC) Helicopters from the likes of eSky, Align, Interceptor and also our own Heliguy brand. We also stock spares for the remote controlled helicopters we sell.
What is paramount in the RC helicopters world is support. Whether you are looking for Ready to Fly or helicopter kits, we can advise beginners to pros on what the next step is.
We sell remote controlled helicopter, spares for remote control helicopters and related equipment. We are more than just a retail outlet, we are a support directory for all helicopter related issues.
You can navigate via the categories above, or search by type, brand and price range.
For the very beginners we have the cheap RC helicopters such as our Heliguy Atom. If you are looking at the quadcopter route, then the Viper is what we start everybody on, its cheaper than the DJI Phantom so if you crash it is much less expensive to replace or repair. Once you are ready, invest in the Phantom quadcopter and start making money.
Once you are ready for the next step, we recommend our Firefly or the DJI Inspire 1. Heliguy supply all the spare parts for these RC helicopter and quadcopter too, so if your in a accident and need to repair, or even just upgrade, come to us.
For the RC Helicopters pro out there, anything from Align over 500 is right up your street. If you have gone down the quadcopter route, and you are looking to make big bucks then after the Phantom is the DJI S1000+, S900 and the Freefly Alta.
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Golden Rules for Beginner Helicopter Pilots
- Always buy a helicopter with a minimum 4 channels - anything less and it won't fly in all directions. All heliguy rc helicopters don't drop below this spec. 4 channels are more challenging but when mastered a 1000x's better and will set you up for potentially any other advanced helicopter we sell.
- Buy a helicopter with good back up and support you may need spares, upgrades, phone or email support and even someone that can repair it if goes wrong. All Heliguy helicopters come with spares and we also have the experience and backup to resolve any tech issues you may come across.
- Buy training aids to accompany your helicopter spending some time practicing will really paid dividends once you are up in the air. The training aids include ping pong balls (stabilisers) that can be bought at discount with the main helicopter, as well as extra parts. View an installation guide
- Consider a flight sim - Phoenix provides the most realistic experience and graphics or you can download our FREE FMS flight sim. (most heliguy helis come with a free cable for this but please double check). You can then practice on your computer and build your confidence up before starting for real.
- Have realistic expectations - rc helis are amazing fun but you should resist the temptation to attempt loop-the-loops on your first go. Try moving your rc along the floor first, then fly it just a foot or so above the ground, until you feel in control. Some helicopters are easier than others to hover, so give us a call if you want advice.
Remote Control Helicopters Buying Guide
The modern day market for remote controlled helicopters (RCH) is in a state of constant flux. This is due to the dense quantity of new products available and the relative level of complexity and expense. This guide should help you to narrow down the options to best suit your skills, budget and experience.
- The key to getting the most from your RCH is to make sure that it has a large and established user community. Heliguy.com is proud to offer a well developed and strongly supported forum community. This is where enthusiasts from across the world meet to discuss new developments and help one another with technical problems. With a well established RCH you can be sure that there will be a large database of questions and opinions.
- Easy and quick access to spares and upgrades. Without the necessary contact for quick replacements it can be a long and drawn out process between damaging your RCH and repairing it. Quick and efficient delivery can mean you are back out and flying within days and not weeks.
- Take time in considering what type of RCH is best suited to your circumstances. What spaces do you have easy access to in order to fly it? What is a realistic budget (not only in initial costs but also long term expenses through repairs and upgrades)? What is your RCH flight ability? Make sure your RCH choice is proportional to your skill (i.e. a complete beginner would be best off with a basic RCH with which to build experience). Have you the experience to construct your RCH from the frame up, if so it can add another level of complexity and reward! All of these are essential questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge!
- Do your research. Make sure the RCH you are buying is from a well established brand and that it has a upgrade ability with future releases. Some manufacturers are willing to release new RCH's with isolated resources which result in stagnant products that are unable to adapt to the new technology as it becomes available. You will not find such products on Heliguy.com as we do extensive research and testing into all of our choices before retailing them.
- Fixed pitch (FP) helicopters have blades that remain at a fixed position (you can not alter their angle). Lift is achieved through power adjustment to the rotor head. They are simpler in design, they are easy to fix when damaged and therefore they are cheaper!
- Collective pitch (CP) helicopters have an additional level of control through adjusting the angle of the blades. Resulting in an ability to fly within three dimensions. This creates a more agile machine but it also means they are harder to repair, more difficult to fly and ultimately more expensive!
- Ready to Fly (RTF) packages are RCH's that arrive complete and 'ready to fly' there is no need for any additional (though most will require AA batterys for the transmitter) purchases or installations such as gyroscopes or receivers. These packages are minimum fuss and ideal for beginners unsure of the mechanics of RCH's.
- Almost Ready to Fly (ARF) packages are RCH's that are incomplete and require additional components in order to fly. Some are 'bare bones' meaning that only the frame is supplied whilst others may include electronics but they may not be installed. Be sure to read the full description and if you are still unsure feel free to ask via our Live Support.
RC Helicopter FAQ
Q. Servos and everything are working but the motors aren't?
A. Most modern receivers have a throttle cut mechanism built in to prevent it from flying off. The throttle stick must be fully down and the trim beside it as well. If your heli has a flight mode switch it must be set to normal (whilst heli is off).
Q. My helicopter is vibrating when I power up?
A. Your blades are too tight -loosen them. Your fly bar must also be flat and balanced.
Q. Why can't I hover the helicopter?
A. Because you are useless and should have never taken up the hobby.
No I'm only joking, learning to hover is difficult and will take practice - but that's the appeal! If it was easy it would be no fun and there would be no rc helicopter community.
Tip: flight sim, counter blades helicopter, use training kit, read forums and start a blog to progress your hobby.
Q. I have a Walkera radio transmitter, what are all the switches?
A. First read the manual first. But briefly if you have a 4 channel Walkera the switches do nothing - they are just produced this way so that they can use the same radio mould for each helicopter. 6 channel helicopters are different the switches perform operations -do not alter them unless you know what you are doing.