Practicing this maneuver will help you to save
your helicopter if the motor stops. There are
different ways to learn how to do an “auto,” but
the safest is the two-step method.
Bring your heli into a low hover several feet
off the ground and hit the auto switch. You will
get a feel of the heli as it settles, and its
response to the collective input. Slowly
increase the height of the hover until you can
perform it about 6 feet high.
At moderate forward speed in the normal
mode, bring the collective to low while hitting
the auto switch. Keep some forward speed and
at a safe altitude switch off the throttle hold
and abort the maneuver.
Continue practicing until you can safely
bring the heli down to about 10 feet and bleed
off the airspeed. Now all you have to do it
combine the two steps and bring the heli in for
a safe landing.
Above: The aluminum tail grips and tail gearbox
add performance, durability and great looks.
Below: Usually only found on the most expensive
kits or as costly upgrades, the metal rotor head is
standard on the “SV.” Right: The stacked carbon-fiber frames are light and rigid for all-out freestyle
maneuvering. Note the easy access to the cyclic
Very similar in design to the “S” model; the 450 SC features a carbon-fiber frame, main
blades and fins, plus many additional upgrades. The rotor head and the tail rotor assembly
are metal, including the blade grips. Since the parts are interchangeable between the “S” and
“SV” version, the “S” can easily be upgraded to the higher version if desired.
It doesn’t get much better than this; open
the box, charge the batteries and make for
the nearest field or your backyard. All the
models are suitable for beginners and the
choice depends on your budget. I’d recom-
mend the 450S if you’re just starting out, as
it’s very stable and will be inexpensive to
repair when you have a mishap. Experienced pilots have their choice of the three,
but the “SV” and “C” versions fly superbly
and don’t need any further upgrading.