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08-26-2017 08:26 PM  14 months agoPost 1
linkarotta

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Hi. It would be so nice if someone could shine light on questions which have eluded me for years. Why do drones have 4 propellers usually? If 4 is better then why do helicopters only have one (plus tail)? Why don't they build helicopters which have cameras and same functionality than drones? (or do they). These questions apply to RC and to full size ones. Thank you kindly. 

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08-26-2017 11:24 PM  14 months agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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Bottom line, two different functions and performance factors.
https://rc.runryder.com/t390115p1/

https://www.google.com/search?clien...iw=1024&bih=768

https://www.google.com/search?q=dun...mobile&ie=UTF-8

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08-27-2017 12:48 AM  14 months agoPost 3
JuanRodriguez

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Google ???? What's that ???

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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08-28-2017 11:02 PM  13 months agoPost 4
Rafael23cc

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Why don't they build helicopters which have cameras and same functionality than drones? (or do they).
The definition of Drone includes the word unmanned.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone
So in essence ALL of our "toys" would be Drones.

A Multicopter differs form a helicopter because it is powered by multiple rotors.

Simply, a helicopter with multiple rotors would be called multicopter, and a multicopter with one rotor would be called helicopter.

Look at the Runryder link provided above. that will give you some
background on how one of the aerial pictures branches got started.

They are all members of the same vertical take-off family.
Rafael

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08-28-2017 11:33 PM  13 months agoPost 5
tadawson

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To summarize simply, the drone is an attempt at a rotorcraft that a moron can fly, since everything is electronically stabilized, etc. They give up maneuverability for simplicity, and lower cost as well . . . Basically, very few flying skills are actually required vs. an actual helicopter. RC pilots typically enjoy the challenge of the heli, and Goober and Elmo just want something they don't have to build or make any real effort to learn that they can throw a camera on and spy on the girl next door (or whatever), hence the drone.

This is supported very well by the simple fact that helicopter pilots are pretty much never the ones you see on the news doing massively stupid $h!t - that's pretty much reserved for the drone crowd . . .

Friends don't let friends become electrotarded . . . .

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08-28-2017 11:51 PM  13 months agoPost 6
JuanRodriguez

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+ 1

Couldn't have said it any better myself !!!

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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08-29-2017 03:41 PM  13 months agoPost 7
Heli_Splatter

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Helicopter - Snobbish family of single rotors. Always looking down on it's multi rotor family relationships. Not smart enough to fly w/o constant attention.

Come on guys... every aircraft is there to be enjoyed. I remember the days of flying manual multi-rotors. It was not so easy then.

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08-29-2017 03:56 PM  13 months agoPost 8
CoachE

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"Cant we all just get along!"

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08-29-2017 04:31 PM  13 months agoPost 9
CostaRicaHeli

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Efficiency
I think one of the main reasons is efficiency. One rotor with collective pitch is much more efficient than for rotors without it. I would guess that for the same payload, distance, altitude and time, the single rotor uses less energy than the multirotor. Another factor is the disc on the single rotor that acts like a wing, using aerodynamics for lift (and capable of autorotations in emergencies), while the multirotor dependes 100% on its thrust for flight and will plummet like a brick without power.

I enjoy them both.

Franz

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09-19-2017 08:44 AM  13 months agoPost 10
betty

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Here has clear information about the difference:
https://www.ezvid.com/drone-vs-heli...-the-difference

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11-29-2017 04:16 PM  10 months agoPost 11
joeskeeter

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I guess I'm one of the new morons.
Wife got my grandson a mini-drone last year,
which was the sharper image mini, which as hard as I tried could not get to fly well.
Did some research on the others and ended up with a tecbean x902,
which flies good, with some built in stabilizing features.
I ended up with one too, and so for about a year I just mess around with it in the house and it has been fun.

I flew my old helis LOS, and missed out on getting into FPv at the beginning, so that's what I'd like to explore with a drone maybe.

Funny coincidence that I just found an old memory stick with one of my aerial stills from a video, I shot over I-95 in Hollywood,FL. Can't find the footage, but I had flown my Hirobo Sceadu over the highway,LOS, till I couldn't see the orientation. It had my milk crate camera holder and an old mini dv camcorder attached to the milk crate. Was kind of dumb, and probably would have been bad for me if I had ultimately not figured out how to get the heli back.

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson

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11-29-2017 08:06 PM  10 months agoPost 12
doorman

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Gone Fishing!!!
I am out!!!

Stan

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12-21-2017 03:32 AM  10 months agoPost 13
Jeffn0506

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Pine beach nj

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drones vs helis
i agree with pete !

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