the most famous helicopter in the world is the Bell
UH-1 Iroquois, most commonly referred to as the "Huey."
The Huey, which first flew in 1956, served in front-line
service in the U.S. military and the militaries of many
nations and would continue to do so for many years to
come. It earned its fame during the Vietnam War and
has been featured in many war movies.
Huey has several distinctive characteristics, including
its rounded nose, its twin-bladed rotor, and the loud
"whomp whomp" sound it makes in flight. It is a particularly
noisy helicopter because, when in forward flight, the
tip of the advancing rotor blade breaks the speed of
sound, creating a small sonic boom.
The prototype Bell Model 204 first flew in 1956 and
was the first turbine powered aircraft ordered by the
U.S. Army. Initially designated the H-40 following the
U.S.A.F. designating system, this aircraft was re-designated
the HU-1 when it entered service in 1959. Although officially
named "Iroquois", it was better known as the "Huey"
based on this designation.
1962, the U.S. Military changed its designating system
and again changed the designation of the Huey to UH-1.
At the same time a lengthened version, the Model 205,
was introduced. This went into service as the UH-1D.
This model had its first flight on August 16, 1961,
and went on to become the popular "Huey" that saw so
much service in the Vietnam War. Capacity was up to
12 fully equipped troops plus its crew of two.
has just introduced their rendition of this particularly
popular helicopter. Its size makes it easy to fly indoors
or outdoors on calm days. The new "Huey" from Heli-Max
comes with everything you need to get in the air fast!
Channels Used: 4 total - Fore/ Aft Cyclic Pitch
, Left / Right Cyclic Pitch, Yaw, and Throttle
Needed To Complete
8 AA Batteries for the Transmitter
Heli-Max Novus Huey comes in a very attractive box that
also doubles as a carrying case. Once the box was opened,
I found a plastic insert with a clear cover that allows
the contents to survive even the roughest of shipping
tumbles. The Huey arrives fully assembled, complete with
a 2.4 GHz radio, a battery charger and two single cell
the Huey comes pre-assembled, the only assembly items are
to insert the eight AA batteries into the transmitter, plug
the Charger into a wall outlet, and charge the flight batteries.
the flight batteries have charged, carefully install one
in the helicopter. Now you will link the Huey to the transmitter.
Once you see the navigation lights on the heli glow solid,
turn on the transmitter and allow the Huey to link to the
transmitter. You will notice the lights on the heli start
flashing. This indicates the binding process is taking place.
The binding has finished when the LED on the tail glows
solid, and the anti-collision light on the top flashes.
get a few pictures of the Heli-Max Novus Huey, and then
see how it flies!
is the first time I have flown a co-axial helicopter.
My previous heli experience has all been with single-rotor
helicopters. I want to start out by saying that this
is WAY easier to fly than a single-rotor heli!
that being said, I would also like to add that the
Huey did not feel sluggish. The dual-rates on the
transmitter give it very spirited flight characteristics
without being twitchy and hard to control.
the Huey can be flown indoors or outside, I like being
able to fly whenever I want to, and it was easy flying
around in my house. I really enjoyed flying the heli,
and I have even let my 9 year old son have a go at
the Huey- he's doing remarkably well learning to hover
the Huey in the house. As the co-axial rotor set-up
is designated as a "trainer" heli, I didn't attempt
any aerobatics with it, but rather had a lot of fun
practicing taking off and landing on the end tables
and coffee table.
video and pictures for this review were taken at a
new electric event that started this year. As it was
a perfect evening, I took the opportunity to fly the
Huey in front of an audience at the Watts over Owatonna
electric fly-in, and I think the crowd enjoyed seeing
the little helicopter flying around. The Huey did
very nice pirouettes, and looked great flying against
a blue sky!
out the video to see the Heli-Max Novus Huey in action!
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I stated in the flight report, this is the first time
I had flown a co-axial helicopter, and I think that
the design is great for anyone learning to fly. The
real benefit to the Huey is that you get a realistic
looking helicopter AND it comes with two flight batteries,
to keep you in the air longer. If you're in the market
for a small, indoor (or outside) heli, and want one
that looks realistic, the Heli-Max Novus UH-1D Huey
is the one you'll want to get!
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