The connectors for the Spektrum satellite or Futaba S.Bus system are easily accessible and clearly
labeled on the flight controller.
The author’s flight battery is secured
to the bottom of the quadcopter with
Velcro and “one wrap.”
doing my test flights between my house
and my neighbor’s, with permission, in
an area also known as “the wind tunnel.”
It doesn’t matter how light the wind
is, it seems to funnel through there and
it makes for challenging conditions.
That’s why I like it. My initial test hops
there proved it to be stable and ready
for a trip to the field.
From the moment I flew the
Vengeance up into a hover, I felt it was
going to be a great flier. The motors are
tilted forward 8°, so be aware of that
when it comes off of the ground. It
wants to go forward. When you hover,
you’ll use a significant amount of aft
stick to keep it in place, but that means
forward flight is that much easier.
Three flight modes are set as defaults.
Angle mode is for beginners and
features automatic level stabilization.
The Angle + Baro mode is also for
beginners and features automatic level
stabilization. The integrated BMP
sensor will automatically try to hold
the flight altitude. Manual mode is for
advanced use to perform rolls and flips.
It disables automatic level stabilization.
You should have determined that
each mode works on a three-position
switch when you were setting up in
CleanFlight mode. I didn’t see much
difference between the first two modes,
but in the manual setting, it’s sporty, so
save it until you’re ready.
I made several flights simply flying
around to get a feel for the machine.
During that time, a couple of friends
were taking FPV rides using their
Fat Shark and Headplay goggles. I
was having so much fun flying the
Vengeance that I was hesitant to go
“under the hood.”
This machine is small and fast, so
it will get away from you in a hurry.
At one point when I was flying for
the video camera, I did a speed run,
popped up at the end of the field to do
a turnaround, and lost it in the sun.
A friend, who was riding along with
me and wearing his Headplay goggles,
was able to see where it was and how
it was pointing so he guided me back
to a point where I was able to see the
aircraft again and recover. What a cool
experience that was!
It also points to the excellent flight
rogramming of the various modes. I
flipped it into Mode 2 which helped
me stabilize it in a high hover while my
friend guided me back.
Flying the Vengeance with FPV
is exciting! The video quality of the
goggles was good, with minimal
lining or drops. I have proven its crash
survivability many times when I got a
little too frisky or simply disoriented.
So far, the only damage has been a
broken propeller. My camera platform
came loose during one crash, but the
zip ties kept it from pulling the wires
loose from the connector.
I couldn’t be happier with my
Vengeance! There are many 250-class
racers to choose from, and I did plenty
of research before buying this one. I was
glad I chose one with an integrated on-screen display and onboard VTX with a
The day I test-flew mine, two people
at the field placed orders for theirs. It’s
hard to beat the quality of the build
and flight performance at this price
point. I think Hyperion has a real
winner with the Vengeance 280!
56 Model Aviation MAY 2016