First of all you should find yourself a
modeling club where RC Helicopters are actually flown. This is the first
essential step in getting in to this hobby. The local pilots can advise
you on the type of equipment you should buy. In general it should be a
helicopter that is cheap to repair. Yes, I am sorry, but you are going
to crash sooner or later.
There are of course a lot of different good options. However, it is
important to buy equipment that is known to the people that want to help
you. It will simplify the procedure to setup the heli properly and they
know the obvious problems of that specific brand of equipment. Note that
every heli will have its weak points. They will also have plenty of
advice and important tips on actually building the helicopter. You say
what? Yes, I think it is best to build your own helicopter. This will
make you understand how it works, and how to set it up and repair it.
Building a helicopter properly is far from trivial, so get help if you
have never done this before!
I personally feel that a good helicopter for starting this hobby is
the Thunder Tiger Raptor 30. Here you can find all the
equipment you need to get
Once the helicopter is bought, built, and set up properly you need an
instructor to help you to learn to fly. The instructors that can help you to learn to fly have
a certain brand of transmitter in use. It is important that you have the
same brand of equipment if you want to learn to fly helicopters the easy
way. Having the same brand will enable you to connect your Tx to the
instructors Tx. This will enable you to learn easy without any risk
since the instructor can take over your model whenever you get into
trouble. On certain transmitters it is even possible for the instructor
to give corrections without completely taking over the control of the
heli (e.g. 9Z, 9Z WC, 9Z WCII and FC28 transmitters from Futaba).
Here you can see the learning process on the buddy lead in action.
Both transmitters are connected, and the instructor is ready to take
over at any time. The helicopter is the Raptor 30.
Next to the remarks above, going to a club can be very motivating for you if you
can see some actual RC helicopters fly!
Note that there are a lot of retailers that know how to sell you
equipment for RC helicopter flight, but most of the time that is all
they know about this hobby :-)
On the: "Learning
to Fly" pages you can find more info about learning to fly.