Saturday, November 08, 2008

New RC Heli!

As all of you know, I love RC toys. Recently I've been trying to learn how to fly helicopters in the flight simulator I bought when I got my first paycheck from my new job. Helicopters, by their very nature are unstable. Fundamentally, you have a mass hanging from a disc (which is formed by the rotation of the blades) and that disc is literally supported by thin air. It's something like trying to balance on a basketball. Also, in this case, size matters. The larger the helicopter, the more stable it is. Unfortunately, that doesn't bode well for RC helicopters because they are very small and lightweight. To combat this, designers have devised ways to add stability-both through electronic and mechanical means. Years of technological effort have now arrived at the point of my little helicopter. Here it is:

This little helicopter is very stable and easy to fly. The testament to it's stability is the fact that I can fly it in my living room. I wouldn't want to do that with most other RC helicopters. Anyway, it's fun to fly.

2 Comments:

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Chelsea said...

Plus our puppy Jake love it!!!!! Just kidding. But, he's getting more and more used to it!

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Miriam Higginson said...

That's our Tom! All your Higg brother-in-laws could totally get into that too! Thru the video we also got to see some of your living room :)

 

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