The all-aluminum three-blade head looks good and performs well.
because this is a Spektrum BNF setup,
you will need a Spektrum transmitter.
I borrowed a DX7 from a friend
(shoutout to Jay!), followed the binding
instructions, and was good to go.
The manual includes settings for
most Spektrum transmitters. I was
able to quickly program the DX7 by
following the settings laid out in the
manual. As with any RC vehicle, how a
model is set up is a personal preference.
The stock settings in the manual will
get the helicopter into the air and
flying 3-D and are great for most
people, but you might want to tailor
them to your taste.
After charging the 6S flight battery,
I loaded it into the helicopter and
checked for balance. I was happy to
LiPo battery, the helicopter was well
balanced around the main shaft. The
way I checked for this was to hold
the helicopter sideways by the rotor
head and see which way the tail went.
Ideally, the tail shouldn’t go anywhere,
but if the tail drops, this indicates that
it is tail-heavy, and if the nose drops,
it’s nose-heavy. In previous helicopters,
it was difficult to achieve a good
balance and I am happy to see that the
Trio didn’t experience this problem.
If I had to use one word to describe
the Trio, it would be power. In fact, I
could picture Jeremy Clarkson (former
host of Top Gear) screaming, “Powahh!”
in my head as I was flying it. The Trio
has tons of power with more to spare,
so there are no problems on that
front! The three-blade head was very
responsive and required less input to
achieve the necessary movement.
During an aileron Tic-Toc, for
instance, I barely had to pump the
collective back and forth. At first I
overdrove the collective, resulting in
more of a Rainbow maneuver than a
Tic-Toc, but when I dialed back the
Photos by the author
Model type: Electric BNF collective-pitch
Skill level: Advanced
diameter: 31. 1 inches
diameter: 6. 8 inches
Length: 26. 3 inches
Height: 8. 4 inches
(ready to fly): 30 ounces
Tail drive: Belt
Power system: 1,800 Kv brushless outrunner
main rotor; AR7210BX
flybarless controller with
BeastX technology; Castle
Creations Talon 35 HV ESC;
Spektrum cyclic and tail
digital servos (all included)
complete: Six-plus-channel Spektrum
transmitter with DSMX/
DSM2 technology; 1,300
mAh 6S 22.2-volt LiPo
battery; LiPo charger
Flight duration: 4 minutes
Street price: $599.99
• Incredible power.
• Three-blade head.
• Ready to fly right out of the box.
• The AR7210BX flybarless controller requires
additional cost to unlock the bailout feature.
AT A GLANCE ...
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