Radio Controlled Indoor/Outdoor Helicopter

by Mike

Remote control cars and trucks can wow kids, but wait until they find out there are remote controlled planes and helicopters, they’re just so much cooler. Problem is, they tend to work even worse than the cars, so it’s no worth buying.

You really get what you pay for with the Radio-Control Indoor/Outdoor Helicopter from the Discovery Channel Store. It’s a toy, but for adults. It takes a decent amount of practice and skill to get this to fly from room to room, Discovery Channel recommends it for people ages 18+.

The reason it can actually fly indoors and in-between rooms is because of the “twin, counter-rotating, main rotor blade design which completely cancels out main rotor torque.” I didn’t quite understand that either, but I’m assuming that it makes the helicopter extremely stable and flyable.

The main features are:

  • “Hobby-quality” radio-control helicopter
  • Flies indoors or out
  • Weighted Gyrofly stabilizing bars
  • Four-channel proportional radio control (pitch, roll, yaw and throttle)
  • Flight duration of eight to 10 minutes
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Charger included
  • Instructional CD
  • 2 month manufacturer’s warranty

The helicopter itself is made of plastic, weighs a mere 3.75 pounds and measures 17.5″ L x 3.75″ W x 6.5″ H.
With practice, you can learn to land the helicopter on tabletops. Who knows, maybe you’ll become motivated and try to attach a wireless camera to the helicopter and try to fly it blind! The Radio-Control Indoor/Outdoor Helicopter is available from The Discovery Channel Store for $300.

One review or comment

Kyle Penniston Says: August 23, 2006 at 10:48 am

One of Newton’s Laws states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of helicopters, when you spin the rotor one direction, the body of the helicopter begins to spin the other direction, which is why real helicopters have a tail rotor mounted sideways. Coordinating that in an R/C helicopter is simply too complicated. If you instead mount a second main rotor spinning the opposite way at the same speed, Newton’s Law is satisfied and you don’t have to keep making minor adjustments to the helicopter’s heading.

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