1974 LaTrax has been producing high-performance, high-quality,
ready to run R/C Cars at an affordable price. LaTrax
is backed by Traxxas, and we know what they have accomplished
in the R/C Car world. Now let's see what they can
accomplish in the Quad-Rotor world! Their first release
in the Quad-rotor market is the Alias. This Quad-rotor
boasts great performance and adds confidence-boosting
multiple flight modes and a nearly indestructible
airframe. This all adds up to a great flying Quad-rotor
that will appeal to a wide variety of pilots!
Flight Re-imagined - More Powerful, More Durable,
More Fun!" This is a quote taken directly from the
Traxxas website to describe the LaTrax Alias. So lets
dig into it and see if they can hit that mark!!
LaTrax Alias arrived in a very colorful box that doubles
as a carrying case and has one of four color choices marked
on the side. - inside the box I found, the LaTrax Alias,
2.4GHz Transmitter, USB Charging Adapter, One 1s 650Mah
20c Lipo, a set of extra Props, a well written and colorful
"quick start guide", manual, spare hardware, thumb sticks,
and a 1.5mm Hex Wrench (more on that later!). Everything
I needed to get flying in ONE BOX!
It's easy to see that there's a lot packed into the small
box - and nothing else is needed to get the Alias in the
transmitter is about the size of most of today's game
controllers and fits well in the hand. The unit also ships
with a set of thumb sticks that make it nicer for us "pinch"
guys. The size and weight of the transmitter should make
it easy to control the many features of the LaTrax Alias!
The transmitter also has several features that I have
only seen on the larger more expensive Quad-Rotor Airframes.
It has the standard control sticks with trim buttons located
within easy reach of the main sticks, and on the top left
there is a button that controls the flip maneuvers when
used in conjunction with the sticks. On the top right
there is a second button that controls the optional accessories
that attach to the Quad-Rotor. The "Quick Start Guide"
has a very detailed and easy to follow account of how
the buttons are used and in what sequence. The right stick
button when pressed down changes the mode settings for
the three different flight modes, easy mode, fast mode,
and expert mode. The Transmitter also sports a very nice
LED Screen that gives you all of the information you may
need. Including the Aux status and flight mode you are
currently in and believe it or not telemetry readings
for the life of not only the Transmitter battery but the
Quad-Rotor battery as well! (very nice feature!) Traxxas
has really pulled out all of the stops to make this transmitter
very functional for its small size!!
1S 620mAh LiPo battery and USB charger with two charging
modes are included, so you can charge in normal mode or
in quick mode. Just plug the charger cable into a USB
power source and in about 20 minutes (in quick charge
mode) you will be in the air! - no assembly needed!
The one thing I would have liked to see Traxxas include
would have been prop guards for the "less experienced"
pilots out there. The Alias is very stable so it's not
a must, and they do include a second set of props for
any mishaps that you may incur during your first flights.
With the flight mode settings on "easy" you should find
that even if you are not an expert Quad-Rotor Pilot, in
no time at all you'll have the hang of it! Once you have
mastered the basics you'll find that the "Fast" and "Expert"
modes will have you flying just like the Pros quickly!!!
instructions are easy to read and Traxxas has also included
a "quick start guide" that should get you into the air very
quickly! It's really all you need to get yourself up and flying
your new Alias, but it's still a good idea to read through
the full manual.
Left To Do?
LaTrax Alias arrived ready to go, all that was needed to
do to get in the air was to insert the included AAA batteries
in the 2.4gHz transmitter and charge the flight pack! The
included charger requires a USB power source to plug into.
You can use the USB port on any computer or if you have
a USB Charging block that comes with most cell phone you
can use that as well. A third option would be to use any
LiPo charger that has JST connector capability. The included
650mAh battery has a standard JST connector this was a big
plus for me as a lot of the manufacturers have gotten into
the habit of putting different types of connectors on their
packs that don't fit anything. Once you choose you charger
setting, (normal or quick) the LED on the charger will go
out when the battery is fully charged and ready for flight!
of the cool things about the LaTrax Alias is the accessory
option. If you grab a LaTrax Alias LED Light Bar (TRAE2655)
you will have the added feature of a transmitter controlled
light bar! This is a very nice addition in that it makes
night flying so much more fun! The light can be adjusted
to be point straight towards the front or straight down,
and it's really bright for a bar this size! The right side
upper transmitter button turns the light on and off so it's
not on all the time which is very nice. For around 20 dollars
this is a very worth the cost addition!!!
its size I was able to give the Alias a short flight in
my living room, just to make sure everything looked like
it was supposed to. Bringing the Alias up to a low level
hover was very easy, and it was extremely stable! With just
a click of right and a click of reverse, she was holding
a hover hands off! This Quad-rotor is very stable!
my short indoor flight it was time to move outside! And
we definitely tested the stability of the Alias! The day
of the initial maiden flight it was a beautiful, cloudless,
84 degrees. The down side happened to be a 25-35mph wind
factor! So on this day we were sure going to see how the
LaTrax Alias handled the wind. After turning on the transmitter
and installing the flight pack in the Quad-Rotor, we were
off and running! I was simply amazed at how well this little
quad handled the strong, swirling winds! Other than the
occasional minor corrections that had to be made to keep
on course, very little stick movement was needed to hover.
The "Auto-Leveling 6 Axis Flight System" was doing its job
the first few minutes of flight, it was time to start checking
out the functions. In "easy" mode, even the first time flyers
will be able to get comfortable controlling the Alias in
a short amount of time. Once you get your bearings with
a simple click down on the right stick you are in "fast"
mode! In this mode its game on! Now you have all of the
Alias' 3D capabilities at your fingertips! With a click
of the upper left function button and then a movement of
the right stick in any direction you are in flip mode! It
not only has the normal front, back, left, right flip mode
but also has the added feature of the "cross-axis" flip.
This one just looks cool! Yet another function is clicking
the upper right function control or "spin" button and a
left or right movement on the left stick and the Alias will
go into a flat spin in whichever direction you choose. The
neat part is it will rotate five full rotations and stop
in whatever direction you were going when you started the
maneuver, as well as hold its altitude. This is a very cool
about 10-12 minutes the transmitter beeps at you and the
LED lights around the Alias start flashing to let you know
that the fun is over for this flight. It's a very nice feature
to have the telemetry between the RX and the TX to keep
track of your battery levels on both the Quad-Rotor and
the Transmitter. The only real complaint I have about this
is that it only ships with one battery pack!
out the video to see the LaTrax Alias in action! The second
video is Traxxas's promotional video.
all, I am very impressed with the LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor!
It is easy to fly and has all the hard core 3D capability
that anyone could want in a Quad-Rotor this size! I recommend
that anyone interested in Quad-Rotor aircraft add the LaTrax
Alias to their hanger soon as possible! You will not be
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