The author has a big grin on his face because he is about to fly a
full-scale helicopter! His Synergy E7SE is shown for scale.
The author did it! The Schweizer 300C was holding steady!
Could you fly a full-scale helicopter?
I’ve flown model helicopters for a long time, and I don’t think much about what I am doing when I fly. For
me, it is the norm—nothing fancy, just
having fun. I forget that outside of the
small group of RC helicopter fliers, most
people have not seen what our models
are capable of. That applies to many full-scale pilots as well.
I enjoy the reactions from people
when they see a model helicopter fly
for the first time, especially when it flips
upside down and flies inverted. It’s fun
to see (or in my case, hear) how others
A while back, I had a chance to fly in
front of others again, but I didn’t know
what it would lead to. My friend, David,
had never seen RC helicopters fly, and
came out to the flying field one day
when I happened to have my Synergy
E7SE with me. After watching the flight,
David admitted that he was a little
nervous each time I came close to the
David is a full-scale helicopter pilot.
After talking about helis for a while, I
wondered aloud if I would be able to
fly a full-scale helicopter. I’ve flown
some full-scale fixed-wing aircraft
throughout the years, but never had the
opportunity to sit behind the cyclic of a
Fast-forward a week or so, and I
received a phone call. “We’re going to
see if you can fly a ‘real’ helicopter,”
David said. It didn’t take much
persuasion on his part. The only
catch was that I also had to fly a
demonstration of my RC helicopter.
I had permission to fly at a small,
quiet airport. I anxiously waited for
approximately a week to head to the
airport. When the day rolled around, I
drove for an hour there straight from
work, wondering if I was going to freak
out or have fun.
When I got to the airport, David
introduced me to Harry,
who would be my pilot.
I must admit, I was a
little apprehensive at first
glance because Harry
looked as though he was
15 years old. However,
after talking with him for
a few minutes, I realized
that I was just being silly.
They walked me
over and introduced
me to a small blue
and white Schweizer
300C helicopter. It is a
helicopter with a huge,
bulbous canopy on the
front, a skinny boom
sticking out of the
back, and a three-blade
rotor head on top. It’s a
This one had the doors
removed to keep its
passengers cool during
hot summer days.
109 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2016 www.ModelAviation.com