I have a Piccolo and I am learing to fly it. I agree that it is not an ideal
beginners machine but it has so many advantages for me that this is not
important. (One thing I can't do is easily get to a club site because of
various commitments). It does have limitations I will admit. It is a fixed
pitch machine and it doesn't fly too welel in wind - however, there are some
modifications that improve this, like t*** the trailing edge of the
blades.The best thing is of course that you can fly this thing indoors.
1. I am learning to fly it indoors or outside when calm.
2. Flights are short, but when you are learning, much of the time the
helicopter is hopping around on the ground so it takes about 20-30 minutes
before you need to change the battery. I have 2 and I can fast charge them
in 20 minutes.
3. It is very hard wearing. No ic (gas) machine could take the knocks this
gets. I have carried out a lot of minor repairs but mostly to joints (carbon
4. I have had my Piccolo less than two weeks and I can already just about
hover. I'm repairing less. This represents about 3 or 4 full days (over
evenings and weekends).
5. There is a tremendous following and even a dedicated bulletin board so
there's plenty of help
6. This thing is pure fun, big time. There are scale bodies available (one
even has retracts) and a chap here in the UK built a blue foam scale body. I
am even planning to build an airframe myself, ***ising the important
parts. In other words, you can customise it when you have learnt to fly.
7. I am going to take lessons on my Concept 30 later this year. I feel much
more confident about this now I progressing so fast with the Piccolo.
8. You can fly it with a standard 4 channel transmitter. The electronic
controller-come-receiver-come-gyro (Piccoboard) does all of the hard work.
10. If you are serious about learning to fly a helicopter you must be
prepared to persevere anyway. I see no reason why a determined beginner
cannot get something from this machine.
(P.S. I do no sell these things or work with anyone who does - I just think
they are great).
Rob in UK
> > On Fri, 11 Aug 2000 14:51:44 GMT, Jim McIntyre
> > I will probably get a simulater first. My main intention for getting
> > this little helicopter is to have something to fly inside and around
> > the house when I can't really go and fly my airplanes. It looks
> > really cool and would be fun to take traveling.......
> It does look like a lot of fun. I've seen the flying and even got to
> try one. I fly helis and can tell you I wouldn't want to learn to fly
> on it. flight time is limited and I doubt it would be much use outdoors
> in all but calm conditions.
> Still, it wasn't *that* bad. And I *would* consider buying one if the
> cost wasn't so much (all-in cost (pico board etc.) is close to a 'real'
> heli like a Raptor).
> Jim McIntyre
> Ontario, Canada.
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> Before you buy.