Awesome Helicopters

Extreme Helicopter Aerobatics

Extreme Helicopter Aerobatics

While we prefer that helicopters we fly in remain upright, Red Bull helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron demonstrates some of the stomach-churning maneuvers you can pull off in a chopper if you really know what you’re doing.

R/C Helicopters Lift Woman

R/C Helicopters Lift Woman

We had no idea that R/C helicopters could be so powerful, but in this video from HeliGraphix, they appear to have lifted a woman off the ground using two heavy-duty remote-controlled helis. Watch them pull a boat, with passengers, here.

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Giant R/C Helicopter

Giant R/C Helicopter

We’ve seen huge remote-controlled jet airplanes, so it’s time to give a helicopter the spotlight for a few minutes. Josef Schmirl’s incredibly-detailed R/C chopper sounds like a real helicopter as it buzzes by, and even has a tiny crew inside it.

Helicopter Harvests Xmas Trees

Helicopter Harvests Xmas Trees

YouTuber Dan Clark pilots a helicopter to harvest Christmas trees at the Noble Mountain Tree Farm in Oregon. It seems like the trees were already uprooted and bundled before he picked them up. Here’s a POV video of the task.

Volocopter VC200

Volocopter VC200

A marvel of modern engineering, E-volo’s electric helicopter uses 18 rotors to lift its passenger compartment off the ground. It’s designed to lift two occupants for about 20 minutes on a charge. Significantly refined since its early prototype.

Hex Nanocopter

Hex Nanocopter

Hex is just like a tiny RC car, except it flies. It’s cheap, it’s easy to control and it’s easy to customize. It uses 3D printed shells with different shapes, sizes and number of propellers. It can also be fitted with a camera.

Helicopter Drop Test

Helicopter Drop Test

NASA recently conducted a series of tests in which a helicopter fuselage was dropped from about 30 feet to help improve safety in crash landings. Frankly, it looks like kind of a fun ride. Or maybe a quick way down from a treehouse.

Saving Pool

Saving Pool

A couple of years ago YouTuber João Guimarães woke up to the sounds of a firefighting helicopter. The firefighters borrowed some water from his swimming pool to put out a nearby fire. The pilot’s maneuvering skills are amazing.

Garden Defense Helicopter

Garden Defense Helicopter

(NSFW: Language) We like to keep a cool head, but some pesky garden bugs could really use some termination with extreme prejudice. Like many awesome gadgets however, the tiny but mean UH-60 is obviously too good to be true.

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

A one-seater helicopter designed for zipping over rush hour traffic. We’re not certain about the airworthiness of Héctor del Amo’s chopper design, but we’re all over the concept, and hope to see something like it produced at some point.

Insane R/C Copter Skills

Insane R/C Copter Skills

R/C pilot Bert Kammerer takes the lessons we learned from this helicopter flying video to a whole ‘nother level, flipping and twirling his chopper thorough a seemingly physics-defying flight. Bert, will you please come mow our lawn?

Helicopter Driving

Helicopter Driving

For a brief moment, we were convinced this POV video was shot from a truck’s dashcam, but the unmistakeable sound of the rotor quickly reveals that we’re flying inside of a helicopter.

LEGO Air Crane Helicopter

LEGO Air Crane Helicopter

It may not be made of as many bricks as his other famous creations, but Ryan “BrickMan” McNaught’s 100,000 brick, 13-foot-long replica of the Erickson S-64 “Elvis” air crane is still a sight to behold.

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R/C Water Cannon Helicopter

R/C Water Cannon Helicopter
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Take water gun wars to the next level with this remote-controlled copter. It packs a refillable electronic water blaster. No scorestreak needed. Video of a similar chopper here.

Helicopter Fishing 2

Helicopter Fishing 2

(NSFW: Language) A different kind of fishing from a helicopter, as the guys in this helicopter retrieve a lost P-51 Mustang R/C model airplane using their Robinson R-22 chopper. (Thanks Marc-André)

Oktokopter Showreel

Oktokopter Showreel

In addition to looking badass on his shoulder, Esben Nielsen’s eight-rotored beast captured some great bird’s-eye footage with its custom camera rig while soaring over Bornholm, Denmark this past Summer.

V-22 Osprey Belly Gun

V-22 Osprey Belly Gun

Because of its tilt-rotors, the VTOL V-22 Osprey couldn’t safely fire weapons anywhere besides its rear. The solution? A belly-mounted mini-gun that fires 3000 rounds-per-minute. See it at 4:17.

Quadcopter Light Show

Quadcopter Light Show

Ars Electronica Futurelab installed multicolored lights on 49 quadcopters then programmed them to form 3D models, resulting in a unique light show. The awesome track is Y by Monophobe.

Helicopter Blade Shutter Sync

Helicopter Blade Shutter Sync

By perfectly synchronizing the shutter speed on a camera with the blade rotation on a helicopter, this video provides us with a surreal flight that seems like it’s destined for somewhere in The Matrix.

One-Man Helicopter

One-Man Helicopter

76-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa created the GEN H-4 helicopter, which weighs just 165 pounds, and can lift a single pilot to a speed of 56mph on a 30 minute flight. Inspector Gadget, anyone?

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R/C Helicopter Physics

R/C Helicopter Physics

This video kicks off Smarter Every Day’s series of lessons about the helicopter physics, but it quickly turns into a lesson in R/C flying skills which seemingly defy physics and reason.

James Bond Quadrotors

James Bond Quadrotors

The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Labs’ fleet of quadrotors takes to the skies once more and performs the James Bond opening theme all by themselves. Is this the band of the future?

Giveaway: A Flying F*ck

Giveaway: A Flying F*ck

Show the world you don’t give a damn by winning one of three flying, obscenity-filled R/C helicopters, courtesy of our friends over at Gadgets and Gear. Click the link to enter the contest.

Nano Quadrotor Swarm

Nano Quadrotor Swarm

Don’t be surprised if you hear about a sudden rash of bank robberies by robotic locust swarms. Our old friends at the GRASP Lab now have a fleet of programmable Nano Quadrotors at their disposal.

Helicopter Water Pickup

Helicopter Water Pickup

It’s incredible enough that this daring pilot lands his Chinook CH-47 copter right in the middle of the sea without crashing, but you must stick around all the way to the end to see why he did it.

Quad Rotors in Action

Quad Rotors in Action

Vimeo user warthox is able to put on quite a show with his Quad MultiWiiCopter and its new MT2208 motors. The buzzing sounds like a pissed-off horde of robot bees… and we love it.

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