How To Fly A Co-Axial Helicopter

Co-axial helicopters have a double rotor on it’s rotors. It is more stable than the single rotor. The setback for this is that the mechanical system and setup is a bit more complex as the rotors has to turn on a co-axial setup. However, this might be just a technical issue and it was found that many co-axials are long lasting.

It was found during real world battles, that the most damage was made to the tail rotors and also the long arm section of the tail and not to the co-axial rotors.

3 Channel Co-Axial Helicopter

The single rotor needs a tail rotor to provide stability. This creates a loud noise and for some, a really loud noise. The co-axial is a lot quieter and also needs a smaller space to land and lift.

The 2 channel model can only go in two directions, forward and backward and up and down. The 3 channel goes up and down, forward and reverse and swings around.The four channel helicopter can go in many directions. So when choosing a helicopter, always try to buy the four channel model as it has a lot more options for directions.

Before Flying The Co-Axial
Always turn the transmitter on before turning on the helicopter otherwise the heli will fly and get damaged. Keep the sticks at the lowest position before starting to fly.

When turning on the helicopter, a light will flick. Wait for the light to become a solid light and then it is ready to fly.

Flying The Co-Axial
Watch the nose mainly, not the tail.
There is a tendency to watch the tail and other parts when flying the heli but it is so important to keep your eyes on the nose. When we are directing the heli, it’s the nose that is part of the directional movement, not the tail. When we look at
the tail while flying, then we will get confused with the remote control sticks and the helicopter can crash.

Little movements. not big ones.
Keep your finger on the joysticks.Use tiny joystick movement, not large movement.If there is too much spin or something similar, you can try to let go of the right stick so that it centers again. Right stick is for moving forward and backward and also moving left and right. The left stick is for lifting up and down and also turn nose left and right.

Push the left stick forward slowly until the skids on the copter begins to be free of the ground and then apply more gentle pressure until the helicopter completely lifts from the ground. Make sure that the helicopter is not too far from the ground.

You have to keep it low until you have gained more experience and confidence. Then try different options with the sticks, moving left to right over a point in front of you until you gain confidence to move the helicopter to a distance further away from you. Then let it hover and then move left to right over that further point. Then try moving the nose direction left and then right and combine with other movements slowly.

Some Important Points

  • At this point, I would encourage you to look for training gear online and at hobby stores. This is 4 long arms that are attached to the underbelly and spread out kind of landers that have rubber/plastic balls at it’s tips to absorb the impact of sudden falls. Also you can get a simulator kit to practice flying first.
  • Good to paint the rotor tips to get good visibility. Maybe use twink or some washable white paint.
  • Extend the aerial fully. But if the space is too small, collapse the aerial but leave the bottom half fully extended.