Photos by the author
Underneath the canopy are the main components of the Blade
200 SR X. The included 3S 800 mAh battery is held in place with a
Velcro hook-and-loop strip and a Velcro strap.
The balance charge lead is marked with a flag on the
E-flite 3S 800 mAh battery provided with the Blade
200 SR X. The colored lights indicate battery status.
accidental spool-up, although this setting is not available on
The canopy fits over and under the battery and frame, and
the canopy grommets should be aligned with the canopy
mounts on the fuselage. One problem that I found on my
model is that the rubber grommets in the canopy mount
holes can easily pop out when installing or removing the
canopy. This can be remedied by applying a little glue. The
canopy will not stay on the heli if the rubber grommets are
lost. Four spare grommets are included in the parts pack.
Taking off from the ground was easy. Make sure to slowly
and steadily increase the throttle until it’s hovering. Don’t
increase the throttle too slowly or it will tip over and end
up doing a “chicken dance.” Don’t punch it into the air too
If you are just learning to fly, begin by hovering the heli in
one spot and keeping it steady, making little inputs with the
cyclic as needed. If it’s drifting to the right, make small inputs
to bring it back to the left. If the nose is beginning to turn to
the left, make a rudder input to the right, and so on.
When you are comfortable with hovering, use the inputs
described in the manual to go forward, backward, and side to
side. If at any time you are uncomfortable or feel that you are
losing control of the Blade 200, hit the Panic Recovery switch
and take a moment to compose yourself until you’re ready to
As a beginner it’s best to keep the heli nose out and learn
what all the inputs do and in what direction they lead your
heli. With much practice on the 200 SR X, I have progressed
to the Intermediate mode after learning to hover and fly
forward with the nose pointed away from me. I no longer feel
that the helicopter will bank or, for some reason, suddenly
go inverted. (I know this doesn’t usually happen, but when
you’re new your mind sometimes plays tricks on you!)
I’m currently working on pirouettes and orientation
circuits to learn my inputs. With the nose pointed to the side,
I’m learning forward flight in a different direction and how
to coordinate the transmitter inputs with that direction and
reversing it into another.
Although I know it is there, I don’t rely on the Panic
Recovery Mode. I know that the SAFE technology is doing
what it’s supposed to do by keeping the helicopter upright
and limiting the banking in Beginner and Intermediate
modes. This puts my mind at ease and helps me feel more
My biggest issue is allowing the 200 SR X to drift too far
away (in any mode, slight drifting is normal), to the point
that I have a hard time seeing it or its orientation. This is
something I have to become accustomed to and learn to
correct with inputs.
Flying multirotors with GPS settings that lock in and hold
the aircraft steady and in one position, is not the same as the
stabilization with SAFE technology. Someone who has never
used a GPS-type stabilization system may not have much
difficulty with this.
Upon landing, try to descend slowly into a low hover and
bring the throttle down easily until it touches the ground.
After a few hard landings in the beginning, I had to replace
the main gear because I stripped off some of the teeth. The
missing teeth may have contributed to the shakiness that was
visible in flight. The manual has a lengthy troubleshooting
guide to help in some situations.
61 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014