Thursday, January 12, 2012

Information about Vortex Remote Control Helicopters

When I was purchasing my third helicopter, I remember hearing about vortex remote control helicopters, but having no idea what type they were.  For instance, what exactly is a vortex, anyway?  In essence, a vortex is an instrument that spins something to create a vortex of wind or liquid, which is basically in the shape of a tornado.  If you’ve ever done the hurricane experiment with a two liter bottle of soda, then you’ve made a vortex.

With vortex remote control helicopters, the vortex is created in the air such that there is an invisible stream that basically is in the same shape as a tornado.  Anyway, I usually advise people to make a list of all their requirements in a remote control helicopter, before going into the store to make a purchase.  The reason for this is that people will often chose a helicopter based on attraction to superficial things like color, or because the helicopter has a good price and they thing helicopters are all the same.  But they are truly not, and it is very important to make sure that you know what you are looking for and that you go into the helicopter purchase with a level head and a clear mind.  Don’t just look for the flashiest colors.  That said, people often ask me then, what should I be looking for in a helicopter, anyway?

Well, essentially, it’s really a toss up which is the best helicopter to buy, and you need to be introspective and consider the things that you need when purchasing your helicopter.  Either way, best of luck with your helicopter purchase.  But if I could offer some advice, I would recommend that people go with durability and not outward appearance, unless money is a non-issue, in which case they can look into purchasing a top of the line helicopter in every way imaginable, which will be both well made and durable.

This is often the case with vortex remote control helicopters.  They are well made and the manufacturers of vortex remote control helicopters often pay close attention to detail and are capable of making helicopters that are really pleasing to the eye.  But they really are expensive, and you need to consider that.  For instance, are you planning on using the vortex remote control helicopters in a nationwide contest that could win you a lot of money?

Such contests exist, and if you enter in one, you really should consider buying a top of the line helicopter because anything less would never win you any money.  Plus, in that case, the helicopter could probably pay for itself!  But if you are looking into purchasing a helicopter for purely recreational reasons, then maybe it is better to just get the best one you can in your price range, and be careful with it so you don’t break it.  As a careful planner and purchaser, you can usually get a helicopter that will last you many years of enjoyable playtime and that you can proudly show off to others.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

All About RTF Remote Control Helicopters

If you are interested in purchasing rtf remote control helicopters, then you’ve come to the right place.  I personally recommend any type of rtf remote control helicopters because I have found them to be uniformly well made and durable.  When I was recently out with a friend flying our rtf remote control helicopters, she mentioned that she was upset because she had also purchased a non-rtf remote control helicopters, and simply did not get the same type of quality, and it actually crashed and broke into a thousand pieces on the second day she owned it!

I’m happy to say that she was able to return it the next day and get her money back, but it was still an upsetting experience for her, and she’ll always remember from now on that she only should purchase rtf remote control helicopters.

Mine is blue with white stripes, and the propeller is really beautiful—gold and red glitter, so it really sparkles when it’s flying.  I love flashy rtf remote control helicopters, but if you’re more into the utilitarian version, then you will be happy to know that there are many models out there, and you could probably even find one in all black or all white.  Actually I think it might be fun to get one in black and one in white and fight them until one crashes and breaks.  Of course, you’d have to purchase them wholesale, or at least on a good deal, because you know you’ll be breaking one of them completely, and the other one might never be the same.  But it would certainly be a cool game to play once, and you could even video tape it and upload it to one of the video sites, such as You Tube.

Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your rtf remote control helicopters when you finally decide to purchase them, and I would certainly recommend, as always doing a few hours of comparison shopping before making the purchase.  This is especially important for rtf remote control helicopters, and I cannot stress it enough, because I have talked to people who have purchased the exact same models for wildly different prices.  When I talked to two people, one of which paid twice as much as the other one for the same model, my jaw dropped, and it was then that I was sure of the importance of comparison shopping.  And the funniest thing was, the person who spent twice as much ended up crashing her helicopter after only having it for one year!  I felt so bad for her, but it was really the definition of irony.

Anyway, I hope that you’ll heed this advice before you purchase a rtf remote control helicopters, even though they are universally well made and durable, you can still pay hugely variable prices for the same degree of quality.  No matter how much money you have, you should always try to make the most educated purchases, to retain your hard earned cash.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bringing My Remote Control Helicopters to Gaithersburg, MD

I recently took a job located in Gaithersburg, MD, and with that comes a pretty sizeable move.  I need to basically move across the country, and when I realized that this job offer was finalized, I almost had a panic attack, because I didn’t know how I would best transport my collection of remote control helicopters.

What ended up happening was a great story that I love to tell other helicopter enthusiasts or even other potential helicopter enthusiasts.  Anyway, I called a few of my friends in the area, who are also remote control helicopter enthusiasts.  Although none of them lived anywhere near Gaithersburg, MD, they were all ready and willing to help me in my move.  They showed up a week in advance and helped me pack up my collection of about 7549 remote control helicopters, which ended up being a painstaking amount of wrapping, checking, and rewrapping of each helicopter and then placing them into a box and making sure that they won’t bump against each other or break during transport.  I had to make sure that when I arrived in Gaithersburg, MD that my helicopters would still be intact, because I had a competition in the near future, and I didn’t want to lose even one of the helicopters in my large collection.

Luckily, my friends were extremely careful and considerate and made sure that they packaged each one carefully and when I finally arrived in Gaitherburg, by car, they were there to help with unloading as well.  I just couldn’t believe that they took the time and the money for me.  I never realized how helpful other helicopter enthusiasts could be, and I’ll never forget how wonderful they were during my move to my new job in Gaithersburg.

I am really now excited about my new job, and now that I’ve begun I am really thinking that this is the job for me, and someday when I find that someone else has to make a large move and they are worried about what they’ll do about packing up their own remote control helicopter collection, I will be right there to help them out.  I am so happy that the helicopter enthusiasts in my community have such a “pay it forward” attitude, and I know that someday if I ever need them again, they’ll still be there for me.  This is also something to consider when you purchase a remote control helicopter—are the people in the area going to be available to fly it with you?  Because it’s often the most rewarding experience to teach someone else how to really master the flight of a helicopter, and without someone else there, you don’t get the same enjoyment out of flying.

Of course, if you’re the kind of person that really likes solitude, then maybe you would actually prefer to purchase you remote control helicopter in an area where there is a dearth of other helicopter enthusiasts, but these people are rare in the helicopter community.  Believe me, I know a lot of them!

Monday, January 9, 2012

6 Channel Remote Control Helicopters: Does It Get Any Better?

If you are really looking for some fun, then you should check out 6 channel remote control helicopters, which seem to be becoming the great new pastime.  You can purchase these really strong and powerful helicopters from your local helicopter and other electronics shop, or from a trades store, and you can use them outdoors or indoors.

They are extremely versatile, and any helicopter flyer will tell you that they are some of the most impressive technologies in helicopters out on the market today.  Specifically, the 6 channels allow you to control multiple facets of the helicopter’s flight patterns.  For instance, you can make the helicopter fly straight up, straight down, forward, backwards, and some models even let you tumble them in tight circles in the air.

Yes, this technology tends to be a little more pricey than your typical fly-straight-forward helicopter, but at the same time, these helicopters are so much more true to life.  Helicopters that are actually flown by people in cockpits, rather than people holding remotes on the ground, have many different channels—sometimes a lot more than six, even, but at least getting closer to the number of channels in a real helicopter is truly a feat.  I remember reading a little bit about these 6 channel remote control helicopters, and they were even more impressive than I had initially thought.  In addition to the control you have over all the different flight patterns, you also can customize the types of blades, the body of the helicopter, and even have a custom paint job done.  Of course, these amenities all run into more money, but the pleasure of having a 6 channel remote control helicopter that is truly original and unique to their collection sometimes outweighs the price for many helicopter enthusiasts.

So I was really surprised when own of my closest friends and a fellow helicopter flyer said that he’d had a bad experience with his 6 channel remote control helicopter.  I asked exactly what happened, and it turned out that he had left his helicopter unattended, and some young school children had found it in his backyard and taken it to a park.

They then proceeded to have a great time with it, only later returning it, in a much banged- up condition, to its rightful owner.  At first my friend didn’t even realize it had been used and just thought that the scratches and dents that he had discovered were there all along and just went unnoticed by him.  It was only after he took it to the manufacturer to inquire about the warranty that he learned the truth.  Luckily the children had some conscience and they eventually paid him back and apologized, but he has a bad opinion of 6 channel remote control helicopters since then, and the sad thing is that it’s really not the helicopter’s fault, it was just a bad experience.

Hopefully, he’ll come around someday soon, because the 6 channel remote control helicopters are really some of the best, most controllable helicopters you can buy in the world today.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Caution When Using Gas or Nitro Powered Remote Control Helicopters

In contrast to electric helicopters, there also exist gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters that you should really check out, if you think you have it in you.  Of course, the gas powered helicopters can be more work intensive, but they can also be more rewarding.  You see, it is the gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters that are capable of really showcasing the best agility level and the highest, fastest flying capabilities.

At least that’s what I’ve typically found with my helicopter purchases.  Either way, you can really have a ton of fun with gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters and if you don’t mind replacing their fuel when it runs out and working carefully to avoid fire when you’re setting them up for flight, you can really have a wonderful time.

I remember once helping another shopper with a gas or nitro powered remote control helicopter purchase, and they really found that they could have much more fun with this type of helicopter than the electric helicopter that they were using before then, because the electric one just didn’t respond as well to the remote control.  I don’t know for sure if this is the case universally, or if this particular customer found that gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters were better than electric helicopters based on a single, isolated incident, but I do know that when I discuss which helicopter is better with other professional fliers, I typically get the same answer.  Gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters are indeed more work, but they are also unparalleled in their ability to fly well.

For instance, let’s say you want to fly your helicopter further backwards than any other person and make it to the Guiness Book of World Records.  Well, I have typically heard that people find the gas helicopters to last longer—the electrical charge in electric helicopters runs out before the fuel does.  That said, the gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters are also much more expensive, and you do need to know that you have to restore the gas whenever it runs out, and cleaning the apparatus also takes more ingenuity and work.  But of course, if you’re up for the challenge, the rewards are well worth it.  Just make sure that when you purchase gas or nitro powered remote control helicopters, as with any large transaction, that you are buying from a reputable independent or commercial dealer, and you have researched the price trends in your area, so you know you’re getting the best deal you possibly can for your money.

There is little more frustrating that purchasing your first real gas or nitro powered remote control helicopter and finding out that your next door neighbor got a similar one for a lot cheaper, and is happier with it because they had money left over to take a trip out to the country and really fly it around.  The choice is up to you, but if I had to choose one, I would choose the gas helicopter over the electric one!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Big Remote Control Helicopters Require Skill

If space is not an issue for you, then you might be able to consider purchasing some of the new big remote control helicopters that recently were introduced from multiple brands.  These helicopters, which can sometimes be as large as ten feet long, rival real helicopters in agility and of course, in price.  They can run you up to 3 thousand dollars, or so I have heard.

But like many crazes, some people think that they just have to own one of their own.  So now, if you go out to a long, open plain, you might see some of these big remote control helicopters flying around, and at first you’ll probably think they are real helicopters that are simply further away then you first think.  But then you’ll probably see someone else controlling the helicopter through their equally big remote control, and then you’ll know the truth.

If you get a chance to see one of these in flight, consider yourself lucky.  With the tremendous expense of owning one of these beauties, comes their rarity.  Of course, being an avid collector myself, I have considered purchasing one of these big remote control helicopters, and I even put a bid on one in ebay, but I ended up not getting it and instead deciding to wait until the price goes down a little bit.

Like with any other huge commodity, big remote control helicopters are the it factor now, but in a few years, I am sure they will overcome the demand with a bigger supply, and then I’ll be ready and waiting to purchase.  Until then, I have a very generous and rich friend who owns one, and I will practice flying it on his.  I have already taken it out once, and it’s so much more powerful than the typical small remote control helicopters that you may be used to.  When you first turn it on, the big remote control helicopter’s blade spins with such ferocity, you may worry that you’re going to blow away.  When it lifts off the ground, you will probably feel a huge sense of accomplishment, knowing that you are the one that is controlling it.

And if you’re able to nail the landing, then you can consider yourself a true helicopter connoisseur, because even those very well versed in small remote control helicopters would be impressed to see someone land a big remote control helicopters—it’s a whole different ball game, really.  So if you happen to be lucky, rich, or determined enough to purchase one of your own, or if you’re able to practice on a friend’s helicopter like me, enjoy your time with your large helicopter.

I guarantee it’ll be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life.  For me, the entire process was unreal, and when it was all over, I had to call everyone I knew and tell them how I flew a 10 foot helicopter and prevented it from crashing.  I bet that’s how pilots feel the first time they fly a fighter jet.  It’s just incomprehensible unless you try it for yourself.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Take Care when Reading Reviews about Remote Control Helicopters

I have read tons of reviews for remote control helicopters, because I am the editor of a helicopter aficionado magazine that talks about all the types of helicopters on the market and recommends the best one to buy if you are a first time owner or a remote control helicopter veteran.  The magazine is great, and it helps me see what other helicopter owners think about different models and brands of helicopters, and I really must say that people’s opinions vary widely, which is why it’s probably always best to just do your own research and get what best suits you, rather than getting what you think best suits you based on some stranger’s opinion.  That said, many people who are buying their first remote control helicopters don’t really know what they are looking for, and it is these people that these reviews are written for.

But they are not meant to be taken literally, but rather as a framework to find what other people consider valuable aspects of helicopter buying.  Then you need to think for yourself whether you care, for instance, whether the helicopter blades are made of paper or platinum (although your choices would most likely be more like metal or plastic, but I just meant that as an example).  All in all, I like this magazine because it considers people from all walks of life, and it understands that even if you are interested in purchasing a helicopter, you may not be a rich and bored millionaire with any amount of money and no consideration for finding the best deal.

We all know that these days money is hard to come by, and consumers are becoming more and more knowledgeable about their purchases, which is a wonderful thing in my opinion.  Of course, there are other people who just want to get the most money they can for themselves, so they mark up helicopter prices to exorbitant amounts and hope they’ll get a few foolish customers that didn’t do their homework.

And they probably do get a few of those customers, because they stay in business somehow, and I regularly hear horror stories about people who paid way too much for their remote control helicopter, and when I ask them why they didn’t take the time to read the reviews in my magazine, they usually say that they didn’t know about the magazine, or worse, that they didn’t have enough time.  So they had enough time to work their butts off for that money, but then not enough time to read a measly magazine review?  I think not.  Hopefully, consumers in the future will just continue to become more and more careful about their purchases, because I hate to see people in debt.

It’s such a sad thing.  If you happen to be a new helicopter enthusiast, or you know someone who is, please make sure you read the remote control helicopters reviews before making your purchase.  It can literally save you hundreds of your hard earned dollars.