TCRC trip to Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum
The club trip to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia on March 8th was a huge success. Click the image for more...
HEADLINING: The next club meeting will be held on Thurs, April 24th at 8 PM in the Monroe First Aid Squad Building, 47 Monmouth Rd, Monroe Township, NJ. Directions
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The April Air Benders was turned into a work party for our new home
field in North Brunswick. Our members came out in great numbers
with rakes and shovels to clear the field and repair the entrance road
and although we have a long way to go we are off to a great start.
Next we are working towards getting access of equipment to properly
grade the ground in preparation of the runway installation.
When runway day comes we will need our members in force again to
roll it out and staple it down.
I would like to acknowledge the folks who worked there ass off!
(if I missed anyone I'm sorry, but they forgot to sign the sheet)
As we begin the 2014 flying season with a new and open field, I thought I would share some information for those interested in trying out helicoptes this season. When I first joined tricounty rc back in 2009, I entered the club as a fixed wing flier. I first experimented in scratch build planes made out of foam and then went on to my first trainer, a cessna 182. Though planes were fun, I found it difficult being new to the hobby to learn my orientation and be confident with it when out in the field, the reason for this was a fixed wing aircraft is always on the move. This is when I decided after 2 months into the rc hobby, I would try helicopters. Back then there were hardly any helicpoter fliers in the club and most of the members in TCRC when asked about transitioning to a rotary wing would snare and say. "Helicopters are for professional pilots only!!". But I am here to tell you that this is a false statement! I assume the intimidation factor from club members derive from there being more danger involved with a rotary wing as opposed to a fixed wing as you have the ability to fly closer to you but with blades spinning upwards of 3000 rpm depending on the size off the model. With proper safety and knowledge, anyone can transition effortlessly from a fixed wing model to a helicopter.
A major resource and help for me when first getting into helicopters was going to the forums for advice and guides. Technology is wonderful now a days as many fellow heli pilots post videos and instructions on how to build your first heli. One of these popular sights is called helifreak (www.helifreak.com) . When I first started my first heli was a clone trex 450 pro helicopter made by hobbyking which I acquired for about 60 dollars for the airframe, 20 dollars for the esc, 100 for the servos and about 40 dollars for the gyro. Alot of these parts can also be found in the classified section on most rc helicopter forums, here you can find individual components all the way up to bnf helis complete with batteries. But my suggestion for a new heli pilot is to go out and build your first model from scratch. You wll learn a lot more from it. Once you understand how to build one and the mechanics and logic involved with building one, you will be able to build any heli. The first guide I used was a step by step video on how to make a trex450 helicopter developed by a forum member called finless bob. He has developed guides to build most of the major brand helis out there. He has his own dedicated forum section found on helifreak called finless bobs tech room. Here is the video series that I used to build my first heli (http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=132747).
Starting off I suggest you start with a 450 sized heli. Reason being is from a price proepctive they are cheaper and from a safety prospective they are less likely to cause major damage in the event of a mishap. Plus the size to power ratio on most 450 helis enable you to do anything that the bigger helis can do.