How to Fly a Micro RC Helicopter

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How to Fly a Micro RC Helicopter
Use a controller to steer a micro RC helicopter. (hand on controller image by Albert Lozano from

Micro radio-controlled helicopters are an enjoyable hobby for many people. You may have seen these tiny, scale-model helicopters flying at your local park and wanted to experience the fun yourself. Micro RC helicopters are so small, you can even fly them indoors. Learn how the hand-held controls work and understand safety principles, then start practicing flying.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Understand the principles of safe flying. Inform people nearby that you are flying a radio-controlled helicopter, and that they should keep an eye out for it. Be careful where you steer it, to avoid crashing it and possibly breaking or losing it, let alone injuring someone.

  2. 2

    Conduct a preflight inspection, verifying that the rotors can tilt and spin freely.

  3. 3

    Install batteries in the micro radio-controlled helicopter and in the radio controller. Switch on the power for both, and extend the radio controller antenna if it is extendable.

  4. 4

    Stay within the transmitting distance between the controller and the helicopter, to ensure that you will be able to steer and land it.

  5. 5

    Take off by moving the throttle control up in a smooth fashion.

  6. 6

    Keep the micro RC helicopter close to the ground for your first flights until you get used to manoeuvring it.

  7. 7

    Adjust the trim tab left or right to eliminate a clockwise or counter-clockwise spin if the helicopter starts spinning while hovering.

  8. 8

    Move forward or backward by pushing the control stick forward or backward. Practice turning left and right by moving the stick in either direction.

  9. 9

    Climb by pushing the throttle control further.

  10. 10

    Descend by pulling the throttle back, and decide on a good place to land.

Tips and warnings

  • It's best to fly micro RC helicopters over soft areas like grass or carpeting, and to avoid piloting them above concrete or bodies of water.

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