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Yes, but you see, I have a very supercilious attitude towards model helicopters. Once, some time ago I had to make an extended business trip to Pakistan, where I got seriously ill. The corporate health insurance took care of all the expenses, but I had a long period of convalescence.
What to do? Why, build model helicopters, of course! Physical and mental exertion were banned under pain of wife.
I built two, one a trainer, of robust and matronly appearance, and the other a scale model. Now, as a kid I had built lots of RC model 'planes, even building my own transmitter and receiver duos. Flew them all, after a few unintentional but non-fatal prangs.
Both helicopters? Sixty seconds max. All fatal - back to the drawing board jobs.
Thus I have immense respect for anybody who can fly the bloody things - but just don't ask me about my piloting skills.
Me? The following year I bought a boat and went sailing. Never pranged that.
Don't give up. That's the normal story for every beginner. Exactly that happened to me and about everyone else I know. No matter what you know about flying airplanes, helicopters are totally different beasts in every respect.
Try it this way:
1) Get the right helicopter. Not a scale model. It's too expensive to repair and offers no advantages for a beginner except looking good. Get a trainer. At first glance you would probably take the smallest one you can find because it's cheaper and easier to repair. WRONG! Bad choice. The little guys have no mass and are very nervous. You have to be very quick and precise, exactly what a beginner has yet to learn. Better would be something like a T-Rex 550[^]. Yes, I know the price tag. I have one. It's really as nice and stable as a helicopter can get and has a lot to offer once you are ready for more advanced things.
2) Find an online course. They usually are organized into lessons which explain what you should do and exercises to practice. You have to learn how to stand before you can try to walk and to walk before you can run. That means mastering hovering before you can fly around and mastering flying around before you can try any stunts. That costs a lot of patience, but you must take one step after another or you are always in danger of losing control. It's like learning to play an instrument. You can't really play it until you don't have to think about how to play the next note anymore. With enough practice your fingers just do what you want.
3) Now, how will you get over the steep learning curve at the beginning without smashing a few helicopters? Get yourself a simulator. You can plug your remote control into the PC and use it to control a simulated helicopter. There you can fail as often as you like and it costs nothing. Just keep on practicing and one day it will suddently work. The simulators are a little sterile, but they are close enough to the real thing to really let you learn something.
Good luck. There really is no such thing as a born helicopter pilot.
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