The 200 FP flies great even in a light wind. It is heavier than other
small helicopters, which helps its stability. The motor has plenty of
power for great vertical performance and fast flight.
Photos by the author
A logical next
step for coaxial
The first thing you notice when you open the box is that the Novus 200 FP is a large helicopter compared with previous Novus models. I have owned all of the other smaller, micro-size Novus machines and the new 200 FP is much
The canopy is similar in style to its smaller siblings and it is made of a durable,
flexible material. The engineers have added a nice front-mounting design for the
The landing gear separates from the fuselage and captures the front canopy holes
in a breakaway setup that should help minimize damage during hard landings. This
is the first helicopter with this innovation. I like it. It is of one of those “why didn’t I
think of that?” solutions.
The big Novus is beefy. It does not have that delicate micro helicopter feel that
makes you think something could break or bend easily.
The tail on this machine is a complete reworking of boom and drive systems. It
utilizes a mid-mounted tail rotor motor turning a high-end shaft drive. Nearly every
other model in this category either has a belt-driven tail or a tail fin-mounted motor
for yaw control.
The mid-fuselage tail motor drive makes sense, keeping the CG more toward the
main shaft. It also reduces the tail moment to aid in fast yaw response. There is less
weight to swing around.
The fixed-pitch main rotor system is easier for beginners to deal with than the
more responsive and sometimes too aggressive collective-pitch rotor heads.
The heli has a new 45° weighted stabilizer bar. Some will call it a flybar, but
it really isn’t a flybar because it has no aerodynamic paddles attached to it. The
stabilizer bar has two fairly large weights on the ends to create a gyroscopic, dynamic
dampening for the main rotor system. I will discuss the effects of the new stabilizer
bar in the flight review.
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