The Flight Controller is laid out and clearly
labeled in the manual.
I tried mine both ways and ended
up using a full receiver so I could
change the camera if I wanted. There
are connections provided for Spektrum
satellites, Futaba S.Bus, and a standard
receiver block. A connector block is also
The manual lists all of the suggested
settings for control throws, etc., for each
major radio brand. If yours isn’t listed,
it to your own situation.
The flight controller is a nicely
designed device that has everything
clearly labeled and laid out in an
orderly fashion. The instruction manual
has an excellent picture of the board,
labeling all the pertinent items (check
for updates because the first manual
had a couple of misprints).
At first glance, it appears that it’s
an “all-in-one” board, but that’s not
the case. I see that as a plus for the
Vengeance 280. It does incorporate the
on-screen display board, but the video
transmitter (VTX) board is a separate
assembly mounted above and to the
rear of the quadcopter.
The ESCs are mounted inside of the
carbon-fiber arms and connected to
each corner of the flight controller with
plugs. No soldering is necessary if you
need to replace an ESC.
All dip switches and connectors
are clearly labeled and accessible
through cutouts in the frames. In
other words, you don’t have to remove
50 screws to make simple changes!
Whoever designed this had apparently
experienced the frustration of having to
completely disassemble a quad to make
a change. Nicely done!
The VTX is a highlight of this
machine. As it comes, it’s set to
transmit a 25-milliwatt signal, but that
can be changed to 200 milliwatts by
cutting a jumper. The biggest feature
for me was finding a set of dip switches
Model type: Electric R TF quadcopter
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Propeller size: 6040 clockwise and counterclockwise
Size: 250 racing class
Length: 8. 5 inches
Width: 10 inches
Height: 3. 19 inches without antenna or 4. 45 inches with antenna
Weight: 20. 7 ounces with camera and battery
Power system: Four 2,204 to 2,300 Kv high-output brushless motors; four
Custom Compact BL-Heli 20-amp ESCs
Flight battery: Hyperion G6 HV 60C to 80C 3S 1,800 mAh LiPo
Flight controller: NAZE Spec 32-bit Flight Controller 7DOF (with BMP
5. 8 GHz autoscan 32-channel
transmitter: VTX w/race-band VTX selectable 20 milliwatt/200
milliwatt output and tuned 5. 8 GHz; CloverLeaf Skew-Planar antenna
Camera: 600TVl 1/3-inch CMOS high-quality FPV camera
Flight duration: Five-plus minutes
Street price: $299.99
• Fully assembled plug and play.
• Programmable frequencies with LED indicators on VTX.
• Remote controllable, stabilized camera gimbal.
• 8° forward-tilt motor mounts.
• Tough carbon-fiber construction.
• Ready for optional GPS modules.
• Low-voltage alarm.
• Terrific flight characteristics.
• Incredible crash survivability.
• Requires PWM input to remotely control gimbal angle.
• Fidgety on-screen display programming with no documentation.
AT A GLANCE ...
54 Model Aviation MAY 2016