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Southeast Wisconsin Area Rotory Modelers

AMA Chartered Club #4266

How much does it cost?
  • You can get started for anywhere between $1,000 - $2,000 or you can get fancy and spend much more.

How high does it fly?
  • Farther than the eye can see.

How fast does it go?
  • R/C helicopters have been clocked at over 125mph.

How long can it fly?
  • About 5 to 10 minutes.

How much does fuel cost?
  • Fuel costs about $25 a gallon depending on where you buy it and what kind.
  • A battery pack for an electric heli costs about $100 depending on the pack size.

What is a good helicopter setup to start with?
  • We recommend a Raptor 50 V2 kit or Align TRex 600 kit. Not an ARF. ($400 - $700 depending on what is in the kit)
  • Beginners should start with nitro fuel because it is easier than electric.
  • OS 50 engine. ($150)
  • Muffler. ($50)
  • Futaba 9252 servos. (4 required at $50 each)
  • Futaba GY401 Gyro with servo. ($80)
  • Mavrikk blades. 600mm.  ($50)

What is a good transmitter & receiver to start with?
  • Minimum of 7 channels with 2.4 GHz.
  • Get the best transmitter that you can afford.
  • Some popular brands are Futaba, JR, and Spektrum.

What is a good way to learn how to fly helicopters?
  • Start with a good simulator and practice, practice practice.
  • We use Realflight (about $200).  Simulators require a good computer and graphics card.