The Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters eBook

The Beginners Guide To Flying RC helicopters is an all inclusive eBook that covers many of the most frequently asked questions and topics people have when first getting started (or are thinking about getting started) with RC helicopters.

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$20.00 USD


Unlike my other eBooks that are topic focused and technically specific, this eBook is geared to folks who are just starting to get into the exciting hobby of RC helicopters and are looking for an easy and informative read that covers all the basics in one place.    

From the different types of RC helicopters available, to how they work, to how to fly them, the accessories required and much more. Breaking all that down into a logical and easy to follow process with plenty of helpful illustrations.

I've been asked many times if I would ever introduce an eBook that is geared 100% towards the newbie who has neither the time nor the desire to sort though all the information available on my site, but instead would rather read a straight forward & easy to follow guide.

The Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters is exactly that; a no-nonsense resource that has but one goal, to help you successfully take up the hobby and get you flying; written by myself & Pete Carpenter with combined RC aviation experience spanning over 60 years. 

As with my other eBooks, I am not going to waste your valuable time with a endless sales pitch. I'll show you what's in the "Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters" eBook by way of the table of contents, excerpts taken from the eBook, ordering information, and some testimonials at the end of this page. 


  • Preface - About this eBook and the authors ...Page 03
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction to the RC heli hobby...Page 05
  • Chapter 2 - Different types of RC helicopter...Page 08
  • Chapter 3 - Understanding RC systems and how they work...Page 16
  • Chapter 4 - Understanding the primary helicopter controls...Page 34
  • Chapter 5 - Ways of learning to fly an RC helicopter...Page 48
  • Chapter 6 - Choosing & buying your first helicopter... Page 54
  • Chapter 7 - Get familiar with & check over your helicopter...Page 71
  • Chapter 8 - Choosing a suitable flying area...Page 84
  • Chapter 9 - Essential pre-flight checks...Page 88
  • Chapter 10 - Your first steps to getting airborne...Page 92
  • Chapter 11 - Learning to hover your heli...Page 96
  • Chapter 12 - Flying a Figure 8 hover...Page 100
  • Chapter 13 - Basic forward flight...Page 103
  • Chapter 14 - Flying a circular circuit...Page 106
  • Chapter 15 - Faster circuits & translational lift...Page 108
  • Chapter 16 - Flying the fast Figure 8...Page 111
  • Chapter 17 - The nose-in orientation...Page 114
  • Chapter 18 - When it all goes horribly wrong...Page 120
  • Chapter 19 - Summary & further progression...Page 124
  • Chapter 20 - RC helicopter glossary of terms...Page 126
  • Chapter 21 - Useful resources...Page 144

Excerpts from the Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters eBook

Chapter 1 - Introduction to the RC heli hobby:

"But what this hobby has seen in recent years is a complete change in variety and designs of helicopter available; electric power (EP) has become the norm and multi-function helicopters that need no assembly whatsoever and can pretty much be flown straight out the box are being sold in hobby and toy shops alongside model cars and boats – this was an unthinkable idea not that long ago. And even more recently, as the ongoing electronic revolution continues, we now have easy access to micro-size helicopters that sit comfortably in the palm of your hand and can be flown in a completely controlled manner around your living room..."

Chapter 2 - Different types of RC helicopter:

"It's important to realize, though, that such fixed pitch helicopters do have a steep learning curve and if you've never had any previous experience, say with flying a coaxial heli, then you're in for a difficult time! Even with coaxial experience under your hat, the flight characteristics and techniques needed to fly an FP heli are completely different and learning to co-ordinate main rotor and tail rotor well can be quite a game to begin with. Unlike a coaxial RC helicopter, a fixed pitch heli like those named above can't be flown straight out the box with no previous experience, despite what the manufacturers tell you!"

Chapter 3 - Understanding RC systems and how they work:

"By the way, when talking about channels it's important to note that this word has two completely different meanings in the radio control hobby. The first is that outlined above, the frequency channel, while the other refers to how many controllable functions an RC model has. For example, a helicopter that has control to just motor power (main rotor speed) and tail rotor speed (yaw) is said to be 'two channel' while one with motor power, yaw and fore/aft and left/right cyclic control is four channel. A more complicated multi-channel CP helicopter will have motor power, cyclic, collective and yaw control as well as additional 'idle up' and remote gyro gain control – in this case it has six channels."

Chapter 4 - Understanding the primary helicopter control:

"As with collective pitch vs. main rotor speed for altitude control, so it's better to have tail rotor pitch controlling the yaw rather than a separate motor controlling the speed of the tail rotor. In exactly the same way a fixed pitch heli is less responsive to climb/descent inputs so a heli with a motor-controlled tail rotor is less responsive and immediate (vague) to yaw inputs. In addition to that, brushed electric RC helicopter tail motors are notoriously bad for burning out and having a very short life. Thankfully these fixed-pitch motorized tail rotor drawbacks have recently been eliminated on most higher end, performance small helicopters (200 size and smaller). The improvement came by using much more powerful and reliable brushless direct-drive motors to spin the tail rotor..."

Chapter 6 - Choosing & buying your first helicopter:

"Let's start with micro collective pitch / 3D RC helicopters which I classify as 150 size and smaller (more on heli size classification shortly). These little guys have advanced by leaps and bounds in just the past few years from what they were like when first introduced a decade or so ago. All micro collective pitch RC helicopters used to be very twitchy, squirrelly and nervous. "Shivers & Shakes" was the common term I often used to describe the experience; not only with the helicopter, but what I was experiencing after flying one. Looking back at it now, I didn't enjoy flying them at all. They totally lacked the predictability and rock solid fluidity you get with a larger collective pitch RC helicopter. Well, those days are thankfully gone! The electronic stabilization systems in the better quality micro CP helis nowadays offer up an outstanding..."

Chapter 7 - Get familiar with & check over your helicopter:

"If your helicopter doesn't have a flybar then checking the CG is a bit more involved. Some manufacturers might be kind enough to include a special 'Tee' fitting that attaches to the top of the main shaft and makes use of a spare flybar to balance the heli in the way described above. If no such fitting is included then an accepted method is to remove the whole rotor head assembly so that only the bare main shaft remains, and slide a length of suitably gauged wire through the hole that accepts the so-called Jesus Bolt (the bolt that secures the head assembly to the shaft). With the wire perpendicular to the tail boom, the heli can then be lifted upwards and balanced as per the above method."

Chapter 11 - Learning to hover your heli:

"As your confidence grows, which it will, you can increase power slightly and get the helicopter higher, up to two or three feet off the ground. For some helicopters, notably the smaller ones, this is actually very beneficial because it gets the model out of the Ground Effect ('GE') - this is the term used to describe the adverse effect on the helicopter by the very turbulent airflow around it; if a heli is hovering or flying very close to the ground then the downwash from the main rotor doesn't get cleared away, instead it bounces back off the ground and creates turbulence immediately around the helicopter. As a result the heli becomes even harder to control than it already is, hence climbing out of the GE is a good idea – but keeping your very first hops to a few inches off the ground is necessary from a..." 

Chapter 18 - Flying the fast Figure 8:

"Well this lesson really sees the limit of learning basic fast forward flight; from here on in it really is a case of practice practice practice, and with time fast forward flight will become natural and easy. It will lead you on to fly more advanced aerobatic maneuvers such as rolls and loops. Beyond that level lies the pinnacle of RC helicopter flying that is 3D. Now you've become comfortable with tail-in and side-on orientations, there's only one lesson remaining in this 'Flight School' section of the ebook, and that's learning how to fly in a nose-in orientation..."

The Beginner's Guide To Flying RC Helicopters eBook

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Hi John - Thank you so much! I bought your Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters ebook and my son and I are flying better and having a great time together. Buying the book, reading it and practicing the basics is substantially cheaper and more enjoyable than crashing!

We have hovering and landing contests and are working on head-in hovering and figure eights. This is a great hobby - something my 12-year-old son and I can enjoy together. He doesn't sit in front of the computer playing games anymore. Instead he finishes his homework so that we can fly when I get home.

We have four helis: 1x Blade Nano, 2x Blade 130X and a Trex 450. We are looking forward to building a quadcopter this summer. Again, thank you so much for the site and the book!

Greg - United States


Hi John, I would like to recommend your ebooks that I just bought. It's a great reading, specially the sections on how put your heli together, setup, tips and common mistakes. I think it will save me a lot of money starting this hobby and hopefully it will extend the time to my first crash. To be honest in the day of internet paying anything for ebooks made me skeptical and I got the "Beginners Combo".

Now I don't mind hazing 40 bucks for some diamonds in some mindless iPhone game, but I do mind spending that on eBooks. After reading the books I realized that they have saved me hundreds of dollars and countless hours of troubleshooting and repairing and will give me the best start into my RC helicopter hobby. I have read countless of books from Traplet UK - but none
have ever prepared me as good as the Beginners Combo and the Setup & Tips.

This is the first time I understand the benefits of dual rate and exponential and the programming of the computer radio for eCCPM is really clear. I'm getting Swash setup e-book. If you don't have the knowledge when starting your model is most probably going to collect dust, like my 1:8 Nitro buggy, which I
haven't been able to setup correctly for 20 years now. I just want others starting this hobby to know that this is by far the best resource of knowledge I have come across during the 20 years I have been passionate by anything that is RC. Kind regards,

Piotr Kundu - Sweden


WOW! finally someone that put all this heli-hell information into a comprehensive format. I enjoy flying/crashing (not for long) a 120SR, mSRx and the mCPx with a DX6i tx.
What a nightmare it was for me to find intelligent & concise information of this three dimensional hobby and all the in's and out's  of this never ending learning curve. I LOVE IT.
I went, head first, and plunging into the deep water's without learning to swim first. Thank goodness I can float. I purchased the Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopter & the mSR/x and 120SR manual. This is the best Upgrade I've incorporated in my heli collection. Mr. Carpenter & Mr. Salt have done what no one has been able to do; brake it down in a well rounded " level 1" manner and beyond. People may know many things but to teach it; is an art. And I don't care how many words a picture "says". BRAVO.
I'm so happy/excited to learn proper habits / terminologies.
Thumbs on the sticks with knowledge.

Marie-Louise - Canada


Thanks for the "Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters" ebook. I can't think of a better written resource for people who are getting into this hobby/addiction. You guys nailed every important topic and cut to the chase in an easy readable format. I guess what I liked best about it is it's current! It seems most other RC helicopter books I have come across are somewhat outdated due to the fast paced changes this hobby is experiencing. Not the case with your ebook and I suspect because it is an ebook, it will be pretty easy to keep it up to date. Well done both!

Glenn Derksen - United States


Hi there John, I just had to write to let you know I have just finished reading the Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters e-book I bought from you recently and the hardest thing was putting it down unfinished! Fantastic - easy to follow for a newbie into heli's and so well laid out to get new pilots off the ground safely. Well done to you both! I am now going to read your set-up & tips ebook as I need to build a couple of heli's from scratch kits.
Kind Regards to you both . . . Eddie Lloyd. (a Very Happy UK Customer ! ! ! )


Most people are aware of RTF (Ready To Fly) & BNF (Bind And Fly), this book should now be considered RNF - Read And Fly! It makes bad purchases and choices so much easier to avoid and is written in a way that grips the reader without being so technical as to become boring. There is enough information but laid out in such a way as not to confuse or overload the new chopper pilot / owner. All round one of the best books I have on any subject. If you don't have it, get it - it's well worth it and will save its own cost in crash repairs very quickly!.

Dave - UK


Hi John, I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your Beginners Guide to Flying RC Helicopters that I purchased a few days ago. You and Mr. Carpenter have cleared so much up for me in an understandable way. I purchased another RC Heli hard copy book at a hobby shop a couple weeks ago that was suppose to be for beginners, but it was focused on nitro power and didn't touch on electric power at all. I really want to get my first decent RC helicopter for Christmas and this guide is perfect for me.

Jamie Ulrich - Australia


Dear John & Pete, I recently purchased your Beginners Guide To Flying RC Helicopters ebook. Great job! I honestly wasn't expecting too much, I've been disappointed by "how to" ebooks before, but this ebook is well written, covers way more material than I thought it would, and it was fun to read. I'm still absorbing it all, but at least I now know what kind of helicopter I want (collective pitch). I decided to purchase your other 2 ebooks on heli setup and was equally impressed. I'm so excited about getting started, I feel like a kid again - thanks!

Arron McCoy - United States
Pete, you and John have done a really great job with this book. I wish it had been published before I took up RC helis. I would have saved a lot of money and disappointment. Even after 5 months of flying I have learned much from it. Well written and well presented in layman's terms, this has to be the essential reading for anyone considering buying their first heli before they go out and by it. Thanks both

Mark - United Kingdom

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