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    Contributed by: Burc Simsek | Published: September 2012 | Views: 27420 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Heli-Max Novus 200 FP EP RTF

    Burc
    Simsek







    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    www.helimax-rc.com



    If you are just entering the world of RC helicopters, you may have already tried a coaxial heli and are looking for your next challenge, a fixed pitch helicopter might just be your ticket. Fixed pitch helicopters are usually recommended as the next step after a coaxial heli as they provide the stability that a newcomer will seek while offering a slightly more agile helicopter which eliminates the dual rotors in favor of the more traditional pod and boom design.

    The Novus 200 FP EP RTF falls nicely in this category of transitional helicopters which aims to provide a stable learning platform but at the same time providing a more responsive helicopter. The Novus 200 FP arrives with a nice feature list such as the 45 degree offset flybar, an anodized aluminum rotor head a painted colorful canopy, a 2.4GHz radio system and a 7.4V 1000mAh LiPo and charger plus extra plastic blades.

    The advertisement for the Novus 200 claims that even a beginner can fly the Novus 200 with success so lets put that claim to the test.


    • 45 degree offset flybar offers stable hovering
    • Charger with AC adapter
    • 2.4GHz radio with dual rates
    • Painted canopy
    • Anodized aluminum rotor head
    • Spare blades included



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    The Novus 200 FP EP RTF arrives in a small colorful box.



    The helicopter and radio along with the spare parts are packaged ina  vacuum formed piece of plastic that holds them safely in place.

    All that is required to get the Novus 200 in the air is a little patience as the 7.4V 1000mAh battery charges.

    Heli-Max Novus 200 FP RTF

    Price: $179.99

    Key Features

    • 45 degree offset flybar set-up makes the Novus 200 FP easy for all skill levels to enjoy!
    • 4-channel radio system with interference-free 2.4GHz technology and dual rates.
    • Super-stable flying and hovering, thanks to a maneuverable fixed-pitch design.
    • Value-added extras include a colorful printed canopy, ball bearing-supported tail drive shaft, anodized CNC aluminum parts and tough plastic rotor blades.
    • Just add “AA” cells to the radio, charge the included LiPo pack and fly!

    Overview

    The Novus 200 FP is the largest Novus heli yet, with a fixed-pitch design for first-class control. Its 45 degree offset flybar set-up results in control that is far more responsive and stable than a coaxial design. Even beginners can fly the Novus 200 FP with success! A 2.4GHz 4-channel computer radio system with dual rates allows pilots to start off slow and “step up” to their full flight potential.
    The included 7.4V 1000mAh LiPo battery provides plenty of power, while other “extras” – like an anodized aluminum rotor head, a printed canopy and pivoting main blades – add lasting looks and durability.

    Specs

    Rotor Diameter: 15.3 in (390 mm)
    Length: 16.5 in (420 mm)
    Flying Weight: 5.8 oz (165 g)
    Requires: 8 "AA" batteries for TX
    Included Battery: 7.4V 1000mAh LiPo 





    The Novus 200 arrives the painted canopy attached to the helicopter. The canopy is held on with grommets in the rear and the landing gear pops out in the front allowing the canopy to be removed. Note that the canopy does not need to be removed to install the flight battery as the battery is inserted from the bottom of the frame. Removing the canopy, the main motor, electronics and the two cyclic servos are visible. Since this is a fixed pitch heli, there is no collective servo. The electronics are contained in a plastic box that seems to be well throught out. The main rotor head is made of anodized aluminum and looks very nice. 





    The tail rotor is driven by a separate motor that is mounted as the base of the tail boom. A torque tube makes the connection to the fixed pitch tail rotor. The 2S 7.4V 1000mAh battery along with a Heli-Max charger and AC adapter are provided in the box.





    Control of the Novus 200 will be achieved using the provided 2.4GHz transmitter. The transmitter will require 8 "AA" batteries to be installed. The transmitter provides dual rate capability along with a hard switch in the back that will allow the user to select between Mode1 and Mode2 operation. Since I am used to flying with Mode2, I left this switch in its default setting of Mode2. The transmitter also arrives with a nice LCD display that provides information on the battery status, the trims and the throttle setting which is a very nice feature considering its price point. The sticks of the provided transmitter are also adjustable.




    Manual


    The manual for the Novus 200 FP EP RTF is written and illustrated in a nice manner which should allow even the first timer to get up and running in no time. 

    Download the manual 





    After charging the provided 7.4V 2S1000mAh battery an installing it in the receiver, I took the Novus 200 on its first flight inside my house. After powering everything on and making sure the cyclic was moving correctly, I spooled up the main blades by gently as the Novus became light on its feet. The main rotors do not take but more than a second to spool up to speed. Once the blades are spooled up, I checked the tail to make sure it was moving correctly and after applying some more throttle, watched as the the Novus 200 lifted up into a nice and stable hover. 

    I was not sure what to expect for the first flight as I was in what could be considered a confined space but the Novus 200 was honestly very stable and easy to control as I flew it around in my medium sized living room. The tail was holding steady and I did not have to apply any trim to keep the nose pointed straight throughout the life of the battery. I flew a couple of small circuits inside my living room and noticed that the FP design does really offer a little more "pep" than what I was used to with coaxial designs. After about 7 minutes of indoor flying, I put the Novus down and decided to make my next flight outdoors. After charging the 2S1000mAh battery which took about an hour with the provided charger, I was ready to make my next flight outdoors. 

    With little to no wind outside, I took the Novus out in front of my house and spooled it up for the next flight. Being outside with more space to play with gave me the opportunity to try an open up the Novus to see what it was really capable of. With high rates selected on the transmitter, I was able to get the Novus moving around fairly quickly but did notice that it did not like sudden collective changes as it responded with a slight wobble but no real ill manners to speak of. I was able to perform some basic reverse flight and did not haveany issues with the tail giving out or the Novus loosing directional control due to the flight direction. On successive flights with slightly more windy conditions, I noticed that the Novus was having difficulty penetrating the wind so I would recommend keeping your outdoor adventures to days with low winds. 

    Flight times with the 2S1000mAh battery were in the 7-8 minute range which provided more than enough time to offer the stable hovering platform the Novus 200 provided. When it came to landing, all I had to do was to gently reduce the throttle and the Novus settled in nicely on its mains for an uneventful landing. 

    Check out the video to see it in action!


    Heli-Max Novus 200 FP EP RTF

    (Pilot: Burc Simsek, Stills & Video: David Smith and Muge Simsek)















    After flying the Novus 200 both indoors and out, I would say that the Novus 200 provides a nice and stable platform to help hone your heli skills while providing a slightly more edgy helicopter in the process. While indoors (or outside with no wind), the Novus 200 can hover hands off like a coaxial helicopter would. In fact, I was so comfortable hovering the Novus 200 that I took some of the above pictures with one hand while feathering the throttle and rudder with the other. 

    With features such as a nice aluminum head and spare plastic blades and not to mention the 2.4GHz transmitter and included LiPo and charger, if you are on the look for your next beginner heli, do not skip out on looking at the Novus 200 FP.





    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    www.flyzoneplanes.com


    17260 Westheimer Parkway
    Houston, TX 77082

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