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Getting Started with RC Helicopters

How to start learning to fly RC Helicopters

With all of the options to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to try and figure out what you need to get started learning to fly model helicopters.

This article will help you answer that question by showing you a couple of great starting options that we at Midland Helicopters recommend to many people asking us that same question.

What do we recommend to people new to Radio Control Model Helicopter flying?

We find ourselves recommending the latest versions of two very popular models; The OMP M2 and the Blade 230S.

Here are a few key reasons why we suggest these two models:

  • 1. Comfortable size helicopter (not too big or too small for learning on).
  • 2. Stability mode to aid in learning to fly
  • 3. Great spare parts support.
  • 4. Can be used to progress your flying after the initial learning stage.

About the models

The OMP M2 Evo

This helicopter is great for beginners and experts alike. It comes pre-built and ready to fly with default settings on the flight controller that are very helpful to beginners (in Stability mode) while also being able to fly 3D in the other flight modes. Easy tuning of the flight controller means the model can be as stable or agile as you want.

The model comes in four colour options, and includes a flight battery with the helicopter.

Items needed to complete:

  • Transmitter
  • Satellite Receiver (if using Spektrum transmitter)
  • LiPo Battery Charger
  • Charging Adapter Cable

The Blade 230S Smart

For a more basic learning option, the Blade 230S Smart is a great model. It can be used to learn to fly from the beginning and move on to basic 3D, but stops short of where the OMP option will allow you to go. It uses built-in Spektrum technology for ease of use for Spektrum transmitter users. It comes pre-built and ready to fly with default settings on the flight controller that are very helpful to beginners (in Stability mode) while also being able to fly loops, rolls and gentle 3D flying in the other flight modes.

There are two options for the model. A Bind N Fly Basic (BNF Basic) option, which is just the model supplied on its own, or a Ready To Fly Basic (RTF Basic) option, which is the model and a Spektrum DXE basic transmitter.

Items needed to complete:

  • Spektrum Transmitter (for the BNF Basic option)
  • LiPo Battery Charger
  • Charging Adapter Cable

The bundles shown on the product pages linked below will guide you for starting out with the Ready To Fly choice (RTF Basic) which is supplied with their basic Spektrum DXe transmitter option, and also for the Bind and Fly choice (BNF Basic) with a Spektrum DX6e transmitter, if you prefer to go with a better transmitter that you can move forwards in the hobby with, and easily use with other models.

What next

  • Decide which model you want to go with and click the image below to go to that product page.
  • Choose the bundle you want and click Add To Cart to add everything to your cart at once.
  • Complete the checkout!

This will give you all the items you need to have a complete package so you can start flying immediately.

OMP M2 Evo Model Selection

OMP M2 EVO (Glamour Red)

OMP M2 EVO (Glamour Red) : OSHM-M2EVO-GR

OMP M2 EVO (Charm Orange)

OMP M2 EVO (Charm Orange) : OSHM-M2EVO-CO

OMP M2 EVO (Racing Yellow)

OMP M2 EVO (Racing Yellow) : OSHM-M2EVO-RY

OMP M2 EVO (Elegant White)

OMP M2 EVO (Elegant White) : OSHM-M2EVO-EW

Blade 230S Smart Model Selection

Blade 230S Smart BNF Basic

Blade 230S Smart BNF Basic : BLH1250

Blade 230S Smart RTF Basic

Blade 230S RTF Basic : BLH12001

Now you're all set

Charging a flight battery will take about an hour and give you about 4-5 minutes of flight time.

If you want to buy extra flight batteries, go to the View Cart page and increase the quantity there. After that you can proceed to checkout.

When we receive your order, we will pick, pack and dispatch it the very same working day, for orders received by 3PM Monday to Friday, so you can start enjoying learning to fly RC Helicopters.

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