This helicopter is a blast to fly! The Novus CX has 4 channels,
so you can control altitude, pitch, roll an yaw. I could hardly
wait to see how this little helicopter handled. With the coffee
table (err, I mean heli pad) clear, it was time to fire this
The transmitter is well made and feels similar to many of
the radios that I have flown in the past. To fly the Novus
CX, first connect the LiPo battery. Make sure the throttle
is at idle and turn the radio on. The radio will then pair
to the helicopter and is paired when the servos move the blades.
After you see this, wait 5 seconds for the gyro to initialize
prior to taking off.
instructions say to fly this nano-sized helicopter in winds
of 1mph or less. That means you should turn off any fans and
close any windows. The Novus CX has excellent takeoff and
climb performance. For the first few flights you will want
to bring the throttle up slowly. I would recommend that you
takeoff from the floor or a table that is free of obstructions
to 3-4 feet where you can trim the helicopter out.
Once the Novus CX is trimmed you can work on basic control
if you are a beginner. Like any other helicopter, the stick
rarely goes back to the center. You fly the helicopter with
the "right amount" of stick pressure to maneuver.
The instruction manual includes some basic instructions on
flying the helicopter.
The Novus CX is light and nimble. I found the controls to
be responsive, but not overly sensitive. More advanced pilots
will have fun from the beginning landing on the coffee table,
plant ledges and any other place that you can navigate too.
found the Novus CX to be crash tolerant. Many times I could
pick the Novus CX up and immediately fly it again. On a few
occasions the fly bar and the cross link would snap off. An
easy repair, as they snap back into place (once you find them!).
the Novus CX has 4 channels of control (throttle, yaw, roll
and pitch) - you can maneuver this helicopter over, under
and around objects. When making a level turn, coordinating
the rudder and roll makes a much smoother turn. You can practice
traditional helicopter reference maneuvers like hovering in
a square. I was quickly addicted to spot landings. They are
both fun and challenging.
wary of your rotor wash. When flying within a foot above an
object like a table, the helicopter will require less throttle
to maintain altitude. As soon as you fly off the edge of the
table you will need additional lift and more throttle. The
manual recommends that you avoid flying less than 1 foot above
time with the included charger is 1-2 hours and flight times
were between 7 and 10 minutes. I like that the battery is
removable without disassembling the helicopter. This will
let you fly the helicopter on a second battery pack while
the other charges.
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