Chapter 25. Tweaking Helicopter Twitchiness

Table of Contents

25.1. Reduce the headspeed (CP helis only)
25.2. Reduce the swashplate mixing
25.3. Increase exponential on aileron/elevator
25.4. Add flybar weights

As a beginner, you may find that your helicopter is much too twitchy to comfortably learn hovering. Here are some tips to reduce the cyclic sensitivity and make hovering easier:

(Note that you can reverse any of these actions to increase the cyclic sensitivity for aerobatics later when you're ready, e.g. increase headspeed, increase swashplate mixing, decrease exponential, lighten the flybar paddles, etc.)

25.1. Reduce the headspeed (CP helis only)

Reducing the headspeed is good for multiple reasons; it gives longer flight times, and reduces damage if a crash occurs. Most non-micro helis are comfortably flyable down to about 1400 rpm of headspeed. Be sure to leave enough "climb-out" so you can correct a bad mistake.