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Old 05-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Helping 7 year old with heli

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Several weeks ago 7 year old gentleman approached me to assist him in flying his Christmas present - a small electric helicopter - probably bought from one of the chain-stores.

Anyone with experience with these helis?

Best approach to be taken to increase chances of success??

Should I lend him my SIM?

Or should I just avoid the youngster until he's at least 14, at which time he may have no desire to fly?

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Helping 7 year old with heli

From my experience, your mileage may vary:

I guess the answer depends on what his heli is.

1. Is the thing reasonably controllable?

2. Can you get parts for it?

My 7 yr old is quite capable of flying the LiteHawk:

It's easy to find through many retailers, "The Source" first comes to mind.

About $40 and parts are readily available, as it's supported by Borgfeldt in Canada.

If what he has is flyable, run it until it's useless and then:

1. If it's Litehawk fix it, or

2. Toss it and get him a Litehawk.

P.S. Your Sim is not going to be much help for teaching him this type of heli due to the horizontally mounted tail rotor.

Tip: invest in the USB charger, charging off of the TX is a waste of time and batteries.

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Old 05-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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Re: Helping 7 year old with heli

Like said before, it all depends on what he has. If it is a small 2 or 3 channels coaxial, show him the basic and to turn power off if crashing and let him fly. All simulators are for 4 channels and more so it will be useless for now. But note.. if he gets the bug and want to go to 4 channels heli he will have to restart his learning curve to hover since the right stick move forward and back and also rotates the heli on its axis (rudder), while on the 4+ channels, in mode 2, will make the heli move forward and back and side to side, while rudder and power is done with the left stick (like all the big helis).
But if you want to be safe, the only danger with those small (toy) heli is to the eyes, so make him wear glasses and cover up any LCD or plasma TV with a heavy cloth to protect from any accidental scraches to the screen by the turning blades.
Good luck and happy flying
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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Re: Helping 7 year old with heli

Thank you Earl and Andre; never had experience with these low end toys. The information is helpful. I'll inform the adult overseeing this activity of my findings.
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