The Blade Trio 360 CFX
is a well-balanced, agile,
and powerful helicopter.
input, I was able to get it into the groove.
I softened the pitch curve around mid-stick because it felt a touch twitchy to
me, so maintaining consistent altitude
when hovering looked more like a pogo
stick bouncing up and down. After some
slight setup tweaking, I was happy with
the way that it flew. Inverted pirouettes
were nice and solid, and the tail held
well during backward flight.
The only problem was that I had to
wait for the one battery that I have to
charge in between flights! The 1,300
mAh LiPo battery gave me three
minutes of hard 3-D flying, which
might seem short, but is typical for that
type of flying. You can increase flight
time by reducing the head speed and
flying more conservatively.
The Blade Trio 360 CFX BNF Basic
is a fast helicopter. It can scream along
in fast-forward flight and change
direction in the blink of an eye. The
three-blade head allows you to perform
some impressive autorotations for a
helicopter of this size, and the power is
off the charts.
I wouldn’t recommend this
helicopter for a beginner, but if you’ve
been flying for a while and are looking
for a 3-D helicopter to grow into, the
Trio could be for you. Even if you are
an advanced flier, you would still be
challenged to push this heli past its
This is the helicopter that I had
hoped for from Blade—the company
nailed it with the Trio. Blade didn’t just
hit it out of the park, it hit it into the
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