10 mistakes that beginners usually make
Not to do list for beginner RC helicopter pilots
We all were beginners once, and many of us made mistakes. Let's see what not to do at the very beginning. Learn from others' mistakes.
#1 No balls to ask
As a beginner all questions feel silly and we don't want to be seen silly, so better not to ask. This is the worst possible approach. No silly question in this hobby, and way better asking a more experienced one and paying attention than paying the price of fails.
#2 I can do this, no need to have a costly simulator
It seems easy, but trust us it is not. The simulator is the place, where you can learn the basics without risking others' properties or injuries. And don't rush it, when you feel, "it will be fine, I crash in every 10th flights only" still not okay. As we say, when you do it flawless 12 out of 10 times, than it is okay.
#3 Cheap and crap heli: should do
"I'm a beginner, I don't need a good and expensive heli, a cheap will be fine." Well, when you are a beginner, it is very important the heli has to be perfect and reliable, because more than enough to focus on yourself and how to control a helicopter, don't make your way harder with a helicopter which requires constant extra adjustments or even worse controlling her unwanted tantrum.
#4 I don't need an expensive transmitter
Same as above. Indeed, there are very good cheap brands, but how long they will last? When will the stick become too loose? And by the time, when you have more models, the replacement of the whole stuff including all receivers will be even more expensive.
#5 I am a cool guy, I want a big model, let's have a 700
Forget it. A 700 class helicopter is very stable, but also very quick. And it destroys a lot. When you crash, and you will, it can be a fortune to recover. It can be terrifying as well. As a beginner, choose a smaller one around 380-550 class.
#6 I am a beginner, I need a small heli
Seemingly it is a better idea than the previous one, but in fact it is not. These small helis are typically not so stable, and very sensitive to all external effects, like the wind. They react quickly, so you need to control much more than a more stable one. As a beginner, choose a bigger one around 380-550 class.
#7 I can put it together by the manual, setup should not be difficult
Perhaps, you can build the heli, but the setup is very complicated process. The manual reads how to achieve the desired setting, but the desired setting will be unknown to you. And the maiden flight has to be done by someone, who knows how to fly a heli anyway. Ask someone to help you with your very first model. It is even better to buy or order it with someone else's help.
#8 I can do it on my own, nobody should watch it
Don't be shy. Don't practice on your own, especially at the very beginning. When more experienced pilots see your first attempts they will not see a looser, they will remember how they've started. When there is a struggle, they will help you.
#9 I wanna fly like Tareq, no need to learn basics
Again, don't rush it. Learn the basics very well. Orientation in all directions and situations is very important. Don't learn tic-toc before hovering. When you are leraning a more complicated manoeuvre, you will need to save the heli from a crash many times. If you have no basics, you will crash.
#10 I crashed it, I give up on it
The first crash is shocking indeed. We all crash more or less. This is like falling off the horse: when it happened, get back straight. Right after the crash take the wreck apart, collect all damaged parts, when you got some bucks, order them, fix your heli and go flying again. In the next couple of flights the memory will be a pressure on you, but by the time it goes away. "Practice, Fly, Crash... repeat"