Useful Helicopter Info

This is a place to gather together the best-of-breed How-To videos, Guides and reference material. Much of the material is universal and can be applied widely regardless of which heli(s) you fly. In addition there are model-specific items for individual helis, radios, gyros etc. If your particular brand/model isn't covered, look at one of the ones that are since the majority of concepts and techniques are fairly universal and can be applied widely.

Most of the videos are from Finless (familiar to many) but some are by other talented contributors.


 Ball Links 101 (20 MB)
 BEC 101
 Blade Balancing 101 (30 MB)
 Blade Tracking 101 (35 MB)
 Brushless motor and ESC 101
 Canopy Trimming 101 (28 MB)
 CCPM Setup Part 1 (58 MB)
 CCPM Setup Part 2 (58 MB)
 Dual Rates 101 (71 MB)
 Exponential 101 (45 MB)
 Gyro 101
 Gyro 102 - Usage, tips, hints and kind of a new gyro 101 information sharing! (89 Megs)
 Gyro Delay 101 - Information about using delay on a gyro
 Gyro Gain 101
 Nitro Setup and Operation 101
 Pitch and Throttle Curves 101 (58 MB)
 Servo Repair 101 (30 MB)
 Servo Wires 101 (41MB)
 Soldering Bullet (Motor) Connectors 101 (50 MB)
 Soldering Deans Connectors 101 (30 MB)
 Thread Lock 101 (15 MB)


 Understanding BECs and regulators (47 MB)
 Comprehensive BEC database


 Bantam BC6-10 Charger and Balancer videos
 Thunder Power 1010 and 210 videos
 Balance charger comparisons.
 Comprehensive charger database


 Align ESC setup (30 MB)
 Castle Creations ESC setup instructions
 Castle Pheonix 85HV setup videos
 Kontronik Jazz 80-6-18
 Comprehensive ESC database

Gyros and Flybarless Systems

 Align/Telebee and similar Piezo HH Gyro setup (46 MB)
 Align GP750 setup videos
 Align GP780 setup videos
 Futaba 401 gyro setup (48 MB)
 Futaba 401 gyro setup with DX7 (42 MB)
 Futaba 611 gyro setup (35 MB)
 Futaba 701 gyro/gov review
 Hitech HG-5000 (Logictech 2100T) Gyro setup videos
 JR G770 Gyro Overview and Setup videos
 Logictech 6100T setup videos
 Mikado V-Stabi videos
 Skookum Robotics SK360 Electronic Flybar
 SpartanRC DS760 setup videos
 SpartanRC Quark setup videos
 Comprehensive gyro database


 Aerospire MultiGov Pro setup videos
 Align GOV setup
 Curtis ATG Governor setup videos
 GV-1 Governor setup videos(in T600Npro group)
 Spektrum DX7 + AR7100R + Switchglow (not a video)


 CSM Carbsmart setup
 RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver


 Airtronics SD-10G
 Spektrum DX6 setup guide for a Trex450SE (not a video)
 Spektrum DX7 Setup video
 Spektrum DX7 Throttle cut switch
 Spektrum DX7 + AR7100R + Switchglow
 Spektrum DX7 Dual Rates and Expo (65 MB)
 Spektrum AR7100R Overview and Setup
 Futaba 9Z - Programming for a heli (78 MB)
 Futaba 10C
 Futaba 14MZ - Hacking the MDL files
 Hitec Aurora 9
 JR X9303 - Configuring Dual Rates and Expo (50 MB)


 Audactity Pantera 50
 Avant Aurora
 Beam E4
 Bergen Intrepid Gasser Build Videos
 Bergen Intrepid Turbine Build Videos
 Century Swift
 Compass 3dplus
 Compass 6HV
 Compass Atom 500
 Compass Knight 3D Nitro
 Compass 600E
 Compass Odin 90
 Dragonus II Plus
 Gaui 200
 Ghohbee Phazor 600e
 HDX 300
 HDX 450
 Henseleit Three Dee Rigid
 Hurricane 550
 Kasama Srimok 90
 Kasama Srimok Electric
 Logo 14
 Logo 400
 Logo 500 3D
 Logo 500/600 3D & Vstabi
 MA Furion 450
 MA Fury 55
 MA Stratus 'Bobby Watts
 Minicopter Joker3
 MSH Protos
 Outrage Velocity 50
 Raptor e620 SE
 Rc-Tek Diablo
 Trex 250
 Trex 450 Pro
 Trex 450 SE
 Trex 450 SE V2
 Trex 450 XL/HDE
 Trex 500
 Trex 600
 Trex 600 build and repair
 Trex 600 Nitro Pro
 Trex 600 Rotorworkz HFX
 Trex 600 Rotorworkz "Helifreak Edition"
 Trex 700
 Trex 700 G-Force Clutch Block setup

References - General heli info

 RC Helicopter Fun (excellent reference, buyers guide, and FAQ)
 Electric Helicopters Beginners Guide (EHBG)
 RADD's School of Rotary Flight
 Model Helicopter Theory - RC Groups
 Huge collection of manuals
 Fantastic online database of batteries, becs, chargers, escs, motors, power supplies, servos etc

References - Batteries

 LiPo Basics
 Complete Guide to Lithium Polymer Batteries and LiPo Failure Reports - RC Groups
 All about A123 cells/packs/charging
 AWG wire guages
 AWG to Metric conversion
 Wire Resistance and Voltage Drop Calculator

References - How To guides

 How to: Assorted
 Is There An A123 Build Tutorial - RC Groups
 How to change bearings on an OS 50 SX-H engine
 How to use CCCV power supplies to charge LiFe (A123) packs - HeliFreak
 How to: Convert a Computer ATX Power Supply to a Lab Power Supply
 Make your own Stepdown regulator - HeliFreak
 About parallel charging of Lixx / PB packs. - RC Groups
 Engine Tuning OS50 - arcHELI V EC135
 How to: Wire up battery packs

References - Headspeed Calculators

 Mr Mel's
 Ezfly's Hurricane 550 headspeed calculator
 Head Speed/Battery Calculator for Windows - HeliFreak
 North Florida BladeBusters
 ReadyHeli - standard single stage and two-stage for Hurricane550

References - Free Simulators

 FMS (basic graphics and physics but hundreds of models available and good enough for getting started)
 Helisim: New free simulator - HeliFreak
 Heli-X - (fancy graphics more like ClearView and much better physics than FMS.)