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03-31-2009 04:33 PM  9 years agoPost 1
hopetohover

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Folks,

I'm still struggling to learn how to fly, but the heli bug sure has bitten me hard. I'm curious, what innovations are left with regards to the future of RC Helicopters? It would seem to me that overall, a helicopter is a helicopter, in so much that they all basically do the same thing. Sure, many models are more adept at 3D, others for sport or scale, but what other breakthroughs can be had? Seems like the hobby started with fixed pitch birds, the collective pitch and CCPM, and now flybarless.

Whats next? Stronger, lighter frames? Easier radio setup? Some innovation to make a newbie like me a better pilot quicker? Longer/better batteries?

Curious what every one's thoughts are...

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03-31-2009 05:18 PM  9 years agoPost 2
VooDooX

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probably cheaper and cheaper self stabilization to make learning and flying helis easier and cheaper i expect all helis in the near future to come with cheap helicommand like devices and also no fly bars as electronics prices come down and the electronics themselves become better i expect far more stable machines with computer interfaces and tons of sensors to find any little problem asap example the year is 2020 and you are flying your heli you land plug it into your laptop and even tho you felt or see nothing wrong with your heli it tells you bearing 32 is overheating during flight signifying possible failure soon so it recommends relubeing or replacing that bearing also tells you screw 194 is vibrating during flight things like that would be amazing and very helpful because helis are so dependent on being perfectly set up

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03-31-2009 05:20 PM  9 years agoPost 3
MikeSherman

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...increased debt.

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03-31-2009 05:31 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Jgiang

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Whats next? Stronger, lighter frames? Easier radio setup? Some innovation to make a newbie like me a better pilot quicker? Longer/better batteries?
it may bring you the above but it also lighten up your wallet and put a hole in you pocket. It will increase you more guts to take that credit card out and swipe as many times as you need and in the end you just hope that your wife doesn't find out or you will head to the "D" court.


It was in the air, but now it's on the ground. :)

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03-31-2009 06:02 PM  9 years agoPost 5
702nitro

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I'm still waiting for a radio that has a nice GUI, that can graph(in color of course) and provide real time data on variables such as voltage, amp draw, rpms, etc without having to use a computer, or seperate logger. Another interesting feature, would be something that
tells you something as simple as gyro gain needs to be changed, or
blades are not in track or balanced for example.

Finally,

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03-31-2009 06:25 PM  9 years agoPost 6
predatorman

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I reckon that battery technology will advance, of course it will. Imagine though, a pack that can recharge in an instant but be lighter and packed with even more power than the current generation of LiPos.

Dont forget, electric helis have been around for a long time, but its the LiPO revolution thats really made this class of heli become popular.

I would think that turbines will become more commonplace, while the actual powerplant is quite simple, I am amazed that the FADEC technology is where its at now. For the prices you pay too...its staggering really.

I am not a fan of flybarless systems yet, but no doubt these systems must have thier merits...I like my helis to be as simple as possible

Maybe onboard generators will be more common? and self levelling/position holding devices will be more common?

Its exciting to think about it all, I know the Military in the Western World are keen on micro UAV's so no doubt that technology will have its routes into the hobby....and also get its roots from the hobby too.

Quality takes........time!

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03-31-2009 06:53 PM  9 years agoPost 7
JEEPWORLD2002

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i think HD linear servos would be the next best thing in small light weight size. i would also like to see a air directed tail or the ducted fan in the tail with a directional nozel to stabilize the tail oh and unlimited flight time on ep. solar power would be great too

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03-31-2009 07:02 PM  9 years agoPost 8
jgunpilot

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I think that everything that can be invented already has been, and all existing designs should be frozen at this point.

Just kidding...

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03-31-2009 07:03 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Raffy

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Due to intense 3d, Helmets and Armors are not far off as safety requirements.

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03-31-2009 07:10 PM  9 years agoPost 10
w8qz

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How about dynamic force feedback to the control sticks, along with 2-way communication with the model - i.e. low battery warning, engine temp realtime, low fuel, excessive vibration warning, etc., etc.

"The helicopter is much easier to design than the aeroplane, but is worthless when done."

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03-31-2009 07:23 PM  9 years agoPost 11
VooDooX

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oooo i would LOVE a low fuel sensor that says WARNING 1 minute of fuel remaining land immediately but i would reprogram the end to say climb like hell for autorotation landing

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03-31-2009 07:27 PM  9 years agoPost 12
JEEPWORLD2002

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amplitude sensors are already out there. we use to use one at the chrysler dealer to find wearing u joints, pinion brgs and wheel brgs going south. it had a couple sensors and 4 inputs and it would display aplitude and frenquency. seems basic, making it wireless would be a task, but not impossible ???

ANd weatronics has a telemitry built into there 2.4 system

http://www.weatronic-usa.com/

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03-31-2009 07:40 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Andy from Sandy

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Fuel injection and fuel management to get best mixture settings regardless of how the weather changes.

Super solid main blades that know how to get out of the way in an impending crash!!

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03-31-2009 08:02 PM  9 years agoPost 14
SkateFreak

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Dynamic force feedback!

Now THAT is a great idea!
Obviously not to the point that your strugging to push the sticks but having an idea of how hard the servos are pushing and weather they are reaching stall limits would be a factastic idea!

Surly as long as it doesnt restrict your movment where there is still further movment on the servo but could be used to stop you stalling servos and even lengthen the lives of the servos themselves!!

Very inovitive there,
I'm impressed w8qz!

-Jvr

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03-31-2009 10:05 PM  9 years agoPost 15
predatorman

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A computer system that starts ordering parts when the wrecks engine finally stops thrashing the remains around.

Heck!!! I want a heli that morphs back together, like the bad robots out of the 'Terminator' movies

That would be neat.

On a more serious note, maybe a system so that when you are learning 3D and start losing control, that recovers the heli...or wont let it hit the deck The helicommand units are part the way there already

Quality takes........time!

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03-31-2009 10:07 PM  9 years agoPost 16
twistedrcpilot

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Dynamic force feedback!

This I would like to see. It would stand to reason that if you were flying scale, you should have limitations on they gimbles if the servo/control surface is maxed out. Giving it the fly by wire feel.

It would make the "pull up / I'm given it all she's got, scottie" type situations a lot more interesting.

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03-31-2009 10:22 PM  9 years agoPost 17
TaleGunner

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It would make the "pull up / I'm given it all she's got, scottie" type situations a lot more interesting.
It already does that just before a lawn dart
Haven't you noticed how you start to turn and twist your transmitter when you know shes going in LOL

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03-31-2009 11:40 PM  9 years agoPost 18
bosshoss

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Bio-feedback control imbedded in brain.

Why Hover a Yak, when a Heli does it better?

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04-01-2009 04:25 AM  9 years agoPost 19
fenderstrat

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how about something a little more low tech.a liquid cooled nitro motor.it would mean running much more lean, more power and more runtime.I know weight would increase,but the power could off set this and long runtimes.plus more consistent temps

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04-01-2009 05:13 AM  9 years agoPost 20
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I saw a program on the Discovery Channel a while back about military unmanned remote vehicles. They have rc planes and helicopters that can be carried in small tubes about the size that architects use to transport their plans. You pop out the plane or heli unfold it and launch. That's what I want. They must be about industructible.

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