How to Properly Start a RC Helicopter

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How to Properly Start a RC Helicopter
Make sure the RC helicopter engine is set to idle before starting. (scenic helicopter image by Olegs Mareida from

Flying RC helicopters can be an extremely rewarding hobby for all ages. These small aircrafts work almost exactly like their original scale counterparts in terms of the physics and basic mechanical parts needed to get them off the ground. It is extremely important to perform simple checks to a nitro powered RC helicopters before starting them to avoid possible safety hazards. Either exercising a proper starting routine will minimise the chances of you as well as nearby onlookers from being injured.

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Things you need

  • Electric starter motor designed for your helicopter
  • Glow Plug starter
  • Glow fuel

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  1. 1

    Fill the fuel tank with the proper amount of glow fuel recommended by the RC helicopter's documentation. Make sure that the throttle linkage is free from debris and the engine is set to the idle position.

  2. 2

    Turn on the radio control transmitter and then turn on the radio receiver switch on the RC helicopter. Make sure that the transmitter controls are set properly, especially the throttle controls and double check the idle setting on the helicopter once more.

  3. 3

    Attach the glow starter firmly to the glow plug installed on the engine. Connect the electric starter to the starting shaft of the RC helicopter. Make sure that the starter is firmly attached and as straight as possible to avoid damage to the starter motor or the helicopter while starting.

  4. 4

    Grip the blades of the helicopter firmly and activate the electric starter to turn over the helicopter's engine. Once the helicopter has started, remove the glow starter from the engine, let go of the blades and make sure you and others are distanced away from the helicopter before taking off.

Tips and warnings

  • Always turn the radio transmitter on first before turning on the radio receiver located on the helicopter. Turning on the transmitter first will ensure that the helicopter receiver will not be affected by interference, causing erratic operation of the controls.

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