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Are you thinking of taking up Model Helicopter Flying then please read these file they might just save you some money in the long run.
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New Member Tim Learning to hover with a hoop training undercarriage attached
timPicture Courtesy of Ben Allen ben_allen94@ymail.com    

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RCHA Achievement Programme

The BMFA HELICOPTER ACHIEVEMENT and Gyros and Electronic Stabilization

With the introduction of flybarless rotor systems and the electronic stabilization that usually goes with them, Areas Council decided in September 2010 to expand the section on the use of Gyros in the Helicopter tests to cover the latest situation.

The wording in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Helicopter Standards booklet is now as follows.

Gyros and Electronic Stabilization

Where a fly bar is fitted, it is acceptable to use an electromechanical or solid state gyro in a helicopter being used to take the test although electronic stabilization is restricted to a single sensor acting in rotation around the yaw axis only. This allows a range of gyros to be fitted, from simple yaw dampers to solid state heading lock units but only acting on the tail rotor.

 If the helicopter does not have a fly bar fitted it is acceptable to use extra electronic stabilization, however the extra electronic stabilization must only be acting as a fly bar replacement system and must not take over control from the pilot or achieve automated flight.

The use of any autopilot and/or artificial stability features which are (or may be) designed into such units beyond definition above is not acceptable during the test and is not allowed.

Candidates should be prepared to explain the capabilities of the system they are using and show that it does not take over control from the pilot and that automated flight will not be achieved during the test.

This is now the official definition of what stabilization is allowed in the tests and it covers the vast majority of gyros and stabilization systems currently available.

The development of electronic systems is advancing continuously and it is quite likely that further modes of stabilization will be available in the future. Areas Council accepted and welcomed any such developments but in agreeing the wording above, it has made it clear what the limits are for using artificial stabilization in the tests.

Please note that any wording that occurs in any section of the Helicopter tests which does not comply with the above will be altered during 2011.

Chris Bromley, FSMAE
BMFA Technical Secretary

Helicopter Safety

Why You should always double check your machine before you fly remember RC helicopters are not toys

Some things I've seen over the years that may be considered DANGEROUS and should be avoided for more information on safety please read the BMFA manual
  • Starting a machine in the back of a van
  • Smoking over the top of an open fuel bottle
  • Starting on the wrong model
  • Starting on full throttle
  • Taped up blades
  • Broken blades
  • Not checking that all servos are working before starting
  • Flat Batteries
  • inflated lipos
  • Bare wires
  • Broken Antenna
This list could go on and on but if you are unsure STOP & CHECK and if you are still unsure ASK know one at your field will mind and would prefer you too.