RCU Review: Heli-Max Novus CX RTF

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    Contributed by: Chris Batcheller | Published: June 2009 | Views: 60289 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Heli-Max Novus CX

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    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61820

    (217) 398-6300


    • Fun and Easy to fly
    • No Assembly Required
    • Easily Replaceable Battery
    • Sturdy Construction

    • None

    Skill Level:
    Low to Moderate

    Time Required to Build:
    0 Hours

    Frustration Level:
    Very Low

    Degree of Difficulty Explanation

    Don't let it's small size fool you. This heli is both easy and fun to fly. The Heli-Max Novus CX is a nano-sized helicopter with dual counter-rotating main blades. It's a small helicopter, weighing in at 1.85 oz. The main blades are a mere 6.9" in diameter and the helicopter is 8" long. It's guided by a 2.4 GHz radio, includes a gyro and flight times are 7-10 minutes.


    • Rotor Diameter: 6.9 in (175 mm)
    • Length: 8 in (205 mm)
    • Width: 1.6 in (40 mm)
    • Height: 5.1 in (130 mm)
    • Weight: 1.85 oz (52.6 g)
    • Stock Number HMXE0803


    • Fully assembled Novus CX nano-sized helicopter
    • 4-channel 2.4GHz radio system
    • Digital servos
    • 3.7V 400mAh LiPo battery
    • AC LiPo wall charger


    • 8 "AA" Batteries

    The Novus CX comes well packaged in a full color box. You will want to save the box as it can be used for storage and transport of the helicopter. The Novus CX comes with everything that you need to fly and some spare parts. These include a FULL set of replacement blades and a screwdriver.

    There is no assembly required. You will need to insert 8 "AA" batteries into the transmitter. I would recommend alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries as most of my NiMH rechargeable "AA" batteries would made the battery door on the transmitter hard to close. The alkaline batteries tend to be smaller in diameter. The transmitter does have a charging port on the back of the transmitter if you choose to use rechargeable batteries.

    I found that if I tightened the screws that held the blades to the rotor, the helicopter seemed easier to fly. Make sure after tightening the blades that they are straight and aligned with the opposing blade.

    Looks like it's time to charge the 400 mAh LiPo and fly this thing!

    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 bird up.

    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.

    The 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.

    I 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!).

    Since 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.

    Be 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 objects.

    Charging 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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    The Novus CX from Heli-Max may be nano in size but it delivers maximum fun and performance. The Novus CX looks great, has quality construction and it comes ready to fly out of the box. The Novus CX comes complete with a LiPo battery and LiPo charger, extra main blades and a screwdriver.

    This is a great helicopter for the beginner RC Helicopter Pilot and the more experienced pilot. The novice will be able to rapidly learn basic control of the helicopter. The experienced pilot will have fun flying and landing all over the living room. This is an indoors helicopter and is recommended for winds of 1 mph or less.

    I found the Novus CX to be a high quality product that performed great while exceeding my expectations. It was easy to fly and allowed me to practice hovering, coordinated level turns and spot landings. All this performance is packed in a nano-sized helicopter that I can fly in my living room, making it convenient to feed my radio control addiction.

    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61820

    Telephone: (217) 398-6300

    Web: http://www.helimax-rc.com

    Written: 05/15/2009

    Comments on RCU Review: Heli-Max Novus CX RTF

    Posted by: vonjay on 07/13/2009

    Posted by: vonjay on 07/21/2009

    Posted by: vonjay on 07/21/2009
    I really like the cx, and the way the cx flys. I had two light crashes. then the next day my cx started acting up. When i powered up the cx the lower motor started running with out the trasmitter turned on. i can not get parts, they say parts are back ordered, i have real trouble obtaining parts for my fp and also my cp!this is turning into a love hate thing. my hobby store fininaly ordered me a nother cxx. will see? jay leichtfuss
    Posted by: My_Design on 07/30/2009
    Shouldn't you always have the transmitter turned on BEFORE you turn on the heli? If you turn your TX on first - what happens?
    Posted by: Sasquatchin on 10/19/2009
    I bought a Novus CX back on Oct 30th, and with in a couple days, I was flying it all over the house. I suggest you get a couple extra batteries for more flight time! After 2 weeks of flying (and several wicked crashes), one of the boards started messing up. I took the CX back to my LHS, and they made a call to heli-max. The heli has been sent back so they can replace what ever board is bad, and from what I understand, it will be covered under warranty. All in all, I am satisfied with the CX, and if they do cover the repair under warranty, I will be completely satisfied.
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