Learning to fly a RC helicopter can be a daunting task in the beginning, but is also extremely rewarding and fun.
There are many paths that can be taken to achieving RC helicopter mastery, but often start from purchasing a small co-axial helicopter from your hobby shop or local shopping mall. These helicopters have two sets of counter rotating blades and are very stable and can take a fair deal of punishment without breaking. They also course minimal amount of damage when they crash in to ceiling, walls and furniture. They are designed to fly inside as they do not tolerate wind very well.
The next step from here, may be to upgrade to a single rotor fixed pitch helicopter, such as the Blade 120, Talk to your local hobby shop they will be able to advise which fixed pitch helicopter may be best for you and within your budget. This helicopter can be flown outside in calm conditions. If you are still keen and motivated at this point, come down to the field on club day and talk to the members about some of the larger helicopters that may suit the next step in your journey to master flying helicopters.
Before you commit to what can be a large monetary outlay to set yourself up with a collective pitch model, and the various tools and other equipment needed, you should consider a flight simulator. This will allow you to get the feel of flying a real model without worrying about crashing. Phoenix is a popular mid range product used by many members in the club, but there are also other simulators used by members which they may recommend.
To make an informed decision on what heli may be best for you, come down on club day and discuss all this with the members. You will also have the opportunity to see a range of model, makes and sizes in action, as well as both electric and nitro models.