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What are the Differences Between RC Helicopter Channels?

What are the Differences Between RC Helicopter Channels?

RC helicopters receive instructions through radio signals from the transmitter controller. Each specialized movement requires its own individual transmission channel, which is why the more advanced RC helicopters out there have more channels. However, having fewer channels is easier to control, so beginner pilots should stick with a simple 2 or 3 channel RC helicopter. If you are more technically minded, here’s a list of the control options you would have depending on the channels present:

  • 2 Channel: Throttle and Yaw
  • 3 Channel: Throttle, Yaw and Elevator
  • 4 Channel: Throttle, Yaw, Elevator and Alieron
  • 6 Channel: Full 3D Flight Control, Throttle, Yaw, Elevator, Alieron, Collective Pitch, Special Features (like lights, a camera, etc)
  • 7 Channel: Full 3D Flight Control, Throttle, Yaw, Elevator, Alieron, Collective Pitch and a Special Features, Scale Effects, IC Mixing Control

*this is just a general list and does not apply to every RC helicopter out there

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