How to Fly an RC Helicopter – My Top Tips

If you’re thinking about getting yourself an RC helicopter, then they might be a little intimidating. Unlike drones, they don’t usually have headless mode, so navigating an RC helicopter can be a little more difficult. However, it isn’t too difficult to master an RC helicopter as long as you’re willing to take a little time to get used to it.

The last thing that you want to do is crash your RC helicopter within a few seconds of taking off. But, if you listen to these tips then you should be good to go when using an RC helicopter. So, here’s my method for being able to get the best out of my heli.

How to Fly an RC Helicopter

Although things might vary for different RC helicopters (for example, the controllers/transmitters will vary depending on the model of RC you’re using), then the essentials are pretty much the same.

  1. The first thing that you’re going to want to ensure when you’re taking off with your RC helicopter is that you’re on a flat surface. This will ensure you an even start, and if you’re starting on hilly ground then it might be difficult to get your bearings especially as a beginner.
  2. Make sure that you’re in an open field or area, because the likelihood is if you’re a beginner you’re going to be swaying around pretty hard! This is essential for trying to get used to the controls on an RC helicopter, as they can be really difficult for newbies to control.
  3. When you’re feeling confident to start, push your throttle upwards to take your RC helicopter into the air. Do this gradually, and you’ll be able to get used to hovering your RC helicopter.
  4. This is where you’ll want to see if your RC helicopter has any trimming issues, which can cause it to lean one way or the other. Check out this trimming guide if you want more information on this. But generally, if your helicopter tilts either way, you can adjust this with the trim controls on your transmitter.
  5. From here, you’re just going to have to practice getting used to the navigation. If you move the rudder to the right and left, you can easily see how your helicopter will change direction. Getting used to flying an RC helicopter will take time, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the hang of it right away!
  6. Before you lad your RC helicopter, you’ll want to try and make it as level as possible, and if you can try to land on the same place that you launched from (or anywhere flat).

My Top Tips for Flying an RC Helicopter


The one key to really getting the hang of being able to control your RC helicopter is undoubtedly learning to have patience. You are going to make mistakes, and you are going to crash your helicopter at some point (which is why I’d advise you practice with a cheap model as opposed to something more expensive).

When you’re just starting out flying your helicopter, it can be really difficult not to get ahead of yourself. So, being patient and accepting that you’re pretty much going to suck at first is essential to flying an RC helicopter.

Fly low

When you get your first RC helicopter, it can be super tempting to try and fly high, which is not a good idea for beginners. If you’ve just got an RC helicopter, then it’s a better idea to fly low until you’re confident and skilled enough to fly at a distance.

Move slowly

One of the main things that you’ll need to get the hang of when flying an RC helicopter is that you have to adjust the controls slowly. Often, beginners will be too aggressive with their controller, which can result in sharp movements which make your flying erratic. So, make sure that you take things slowly when you’re flying to ensure that you don’t make any sudden movements.


All in all, it’s not too difficult to get the hang of an RC helicopter. The key to getting the best out of your RC helicopter is undoubtedly consistency. Nobody magically knows how to control an RC helicopter at their first attempt, but you’ll undoubtedly get better after you use it for an extended period of time – just try to make sure that you don’t crash whilst you’re practising!

RC helicopters can be great fun (if you don’t have one yet, you can check out my list of favorite RC helicopters if you want) and they’re not too difficult to use. So, if you follow a few of my tips, then you should be able to control your RC helicopter a little better.

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