Let’s face it, flying radio controlled RC Military helicopters is a blast. Regardless of your age or income, you can find a cool heli that can do some impressive things in the air. If you’re just starting out with this hobby, make the most of it by learning about how your RC helicopter works.Probably the first question that pops into your mind is, “How does an RC helicopter fly?” Start by thinking of your rotor as a simple propeller. When that propeller is precisely level and horizontal to the ground, it will make your heli rise straight into the air. If you then use your cyclic controls to tilt your propeller forward just a bit, your machine will still rise; however, it will also move forward. The same will happen if you tilt it backwards or to the side if you tilt the control to the right or left. These backward, forward, left and right movements are known as pitch.
There are several parts that work together to make these amazing little machines fly. At the heart of your helicopter is the main rotor. This is the workhorse of your RC Military Helicopters that enables it to lift into the air and remain there.The swashplate is what makes it possible to control your helicopter and send it in all different directions. This mechanical system joins the non-rotating systems that control the heli to the rotating control portions of the main rotor head. In effect, the swashplate transforms the non-rotating cyclic controls into rotating cyclic controls. On a collective pitch RC heli, the swashplate is also capable of moving up and down to change the rotor blades’ pitch, all at the same time. Think of yourself as a military general and your heli’s swashplate as the colonel who will carry out your orders.
The body or shell of your RC military helicopter is also known as a canopy. If it is damaged during the course of flying, you can usually obtain a replacement from the manufacturer with little difficulty.The receiver, also known as RX, is what processes the flying orders you give to your heli through your remote control. It controls the throttle, which is the speed of the motor, and the control surfaces. Inside the receiver are the circuit board and antenna that perform this function.