Many remote controlled hobbyists enjoy the thrill and excitement that Radio Controlled Helicopters provide. Arguably there probably isn't a more realistic experience than what modernday radio controlled choppers provide in terms of realism, action and the total control over a flying battle vessel.

The RC copter designs that have been developed in recent years provide an extremely true to life experience with their ability to hover effortlessly, swoop in with an attack and achieve excitingly fast air speeds.  With all this mind blowing ability though, RC helicopters do bring with them an increased degree of difficulty, as well as a steep learning curve.  With this in mind, how'd an adult RC helicopter enthusiast go about getting their child into the thrilling hobby. Keep them interested at the same time?

Let them witness real helicopters in action.

1. Many states have Army National Guard units that either have chopper units assigned to them or are full-fledged helicopter squadrons.  Most have tours and demonstrations for the general public and also put on annual air shows.  This is perfect opportunity to interest a kid in real helicopters. Provide motivation for getting into the radio controlled chopper hobby.

2. The local municipal airports sometimes will have private individuals that own small helicopters. Better yet, are a place that chopper tour guides base their operations from.  An exciting ride in a helicopter ride is sure to get your child interested in the thrill of what they provide.

3. The local news channels usually have traffic copters in their fleet for monitoring the traffic as well as focusing on breaking news stories.  In most cases, contacting them and asking for a tour of the helicopters will result in a yes.  You probably won’t get a ride. A small demonstration and a chance to sit in the cockpit's more likely.

Use their video game interest to expose them to helicopter action.

1. There are realistic flight simulator games that mimic RC helicopter flying.  The intent of these games are to train radio controlled chopper pilots in the skills required to master remote controlled flying.  Usually they're PC based games. Come with a USB radio control unit to make the experience more like RC flying.

2. Every game console has some sort of military chopper based battle games in their collections.  Despite being graphic in nature, they're a good way to expose a kid to what's all about and the varying battle scenarios available.

Expose them to media about helicopters

1. Find movies about choppers and watch them with your kid.  A great one is IMAX Presents - Straight Up: Helicopters in Action.  It’s a great movie about the power of helicopters and what they can do, narrated by martin Sheen.  There are also many videos produced by the History Channel that focus on both the history and modern uses of military and civilian copters.  A search of Amazon.com movies will lead you in the right direction.

2. If your kid is a bit older. Loves to read, then getting them some books about the science of helicopters can be a great learning experience, as well as exposing them to the joy of helicopters.  A good book for this is, Principles of Helicopter Flight by W.J. Wagtenodonk.  It’s a great look into the science of helicopter flight and provides insight into how it actually happens. Like before, an Amazon.com search in the book category will give you some great ideas into helicopter books for all ages.

One last thing to remember about exposing your child to the RC helicopter hobby is to tailor the equipment to not only their likes. Age as well.  A Chinook Battle ship might be what gets you excited. It may be something better suited for your kid later in their life.  They might be just as happy with a small, simple indoor RC copter that’s easy for them to handle.  The inevitability is going to be crashes whenever starting them out. Lower cost, easy to manoeuvre choppers are probably the best way to go.  Keep it simple and then graduate them into more advanced helicopters and skill levels.

Coast Guard Rescue RC 3.5CH Gyro Helicopter Mini Infrared Remote Controlled SYMA Heli S111G
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Product Description

Coast Guard Rescue RC 3.5CH Gyro Helicopter Mini Infrared Remote Controlled SYMA Heli S111G

- Built-in Electric Gyroscope System
- 4-in-1 infra-red receiver: Gyro, ESC, Mixer, Receiver
- 6 directional fight: Ascending, descending, turn left, turn right, forwards &. Backward
- Adjustable Trim Control
- Intelligent R/C system
- Newly designed electricity saving function
- High efficient gear slowdown system
- Made of Unique Material to Withstand Crashes
- Flying 5-8 minutes after 30 minutes charging
- Could be charged directly from computer's USB port
- Control Range: around 20 feet
- Power battery: 3.7V Li-poly battery
- Main rotor surface diameter: 7.1" (180mm)
- Dimension: 8.5"L x 3.7"H x 2.1"W

Product Details

  • Built-in Electric Gyroscope System for simplest control and extreme stability
  • 4-in-1 infra-red receiver: Gyro, ESC, Mixer, Receiver
  • Adjustable Trim Control
  • Omni-directional fight: Ascending, descending, turn left, turn right, forwards &. Backward
  • Color &. Frequency may vary

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