on January 25, 2011
I must admit I was wondering whether the reviews were artificially written by the manufacturers/sellers,.... However, the first flight put me at rest...I am 80 used to fly big birds but this is great fun and now a few of my friends are enjoying the same S107's. Expect quite a few spectacular crashes when people open doors or the airconditioning comes on when least expected. Improvements ...Remove the nose and place a small weight ie. a nut in the nose and replace it to give the forward flight characteristics more momentum...then you can scoot around the room easily. Think I can now impress my wife that I could fly a larger one without destroying the house !!!!!
on December 26, 2010
I bought this for my 10 year old. She has another Syma helicopter and it has lasted 2 years of flying and crashing so I chose another Syma. I thought the bult in gyro would add to the enjoyment and it does. The helicopter flies like a home sick angel! It is stable, will hover if you hold the throttle steady, can be accurately directed and easily flown without crashing. Sounds like perfection and at a very reasonable price. There is one problem that spoils the fun though. After about 2-3 minutes flight time it will not hold altitude. You can get it to climb by flying in a forward direction and extend you flight a couple more minutes or you can land it and let the battery recover for a few seconds and it will climb or hold altitude but only for another 10-15 seconds and then it begans decending again. Even if you do use the forward flying trick (a half dozen circles going forward will get you 3-4 feet altitude) or you shut it down for a few seconds to give you enough to climb to the five or six foot level where I usually fly to avoid the sofa you only get about 5 1/2 minutes total fly time half of which is psent trying to extend you flight time. It takes 30-40 minutes to charge the battery. The other rc copters we have owned took about 8-10 minutes. This could have been an amazing toy with a slightly bigger battery.
on May 29, 2011
There are a lot (a lot!) of lousey micro helicopters out there and a few good ones. This is -the- one to get. Controls are effortless and as long as you're in a room with a decent amount of space, you'll be flying fine in no time.
First off, the remote is infrared--meaning you'll need to keep an open line of sight between the control and the helicopter (don't let the "RC" fool you--it's remote control, not radio control). That said, the remote must be very bright because I haven't lost signal to it once. The controls are 3 channel: you have control over power, yaw, and pitch. Basically, you can go up and down, turn left and right, and move forward and backward (about all that's missing is roll--you can't move side to side). Flight is easy and intuitive, thanks in part to the built in gyro. This thing is easy to fly. Take it off, and put the stick somewhere in the middle, and it'll just hover before you. It's extremely resonsive to turning. Forward/backward movement is a little sluggish, but not bad (just not as responsive as turning). Because this is a dual-counter-rotating system, the helicopter is inherantly stable, unlike a real helicopter. There's no rotational moment to compensate for as on a traditional helicopter (and in fact, the tail rotor is vertical--it's only function is forward/backward propulsion).
The heli is very light--you won't want to use it outdoors unless there isn't even the slightest breeze. You also won't want to use it outdoors in direct sunlight as that can blind the remote sensor and you'll lose control. Even indoors, you'll want to avoid air conditioning vents and fans.
The heli is very sturdy for it's size. While you won't want to slam it into walls, I've had a few mis-haps and the little thing just gets right up and flies again. The mostly-metal construction is solid and looks nicer than the cheap plastic ones, too.
The heli has a tiny Li-Po battery which keeps it in the air for about 5 minutes. You can charge it via a wire that comes off the remote, or via a USB cable (the latter has the advantage of not draining your remote batteries). Charging takes about 45 minutes. Don't worry about it suddenly dying and dropping out of the sky--flight will be stable and predictable, until, after 4-5 minutes, you'll find yourself giving it more and more power to keep it in the air. When you notice this, it's time to land and charge.
Other notable features
- The rotors are not rigid but are on hinges, which I believe makes it a little less likely to break a blade on impact with any walls/furniture/siblings.
- The remote has a trim adjustment for rotation--just turn in until the heli stays facing the same direction, and it's good to go (you probably won't ever need to adjust it again after that).
- There is a neat blue/red flashing light in the nose (which, personally, I think would be neater if it were just white so you could fly it in complete darkness).
- It also comes with two replacement main rotor blades, and one replacement tail rotor. Since this model is so common (for good reason), it's also easy to find other parts online should you need them.
- The remote can be set to one of three frequencies so up to three should be able to fly with eachother without interfering with eachother (I'm not sure, but possibly the color dictates the frequency? There are also Blue and a Yellow models).
Bottom line: this is an absolute bargain at $25, and unlike many other RC helis, this one won't disappoint. It's as fun and easy to fly as the youtube vids make it look.
on June 30, 2011
Growing up I always wanted a remote controlled airplane or helicopter but never got one no matter how many times I asked Santa for it. Now as an adult I can buy the toys I could only ever ask Santa for. Of all the things I wanted as a kid that I still wanted as an adult there was this, a remote controlled helicopter. And, lucky for me that with the massive improvements in battery and motor technology of the past few years they have managed to make such a wonderful miniature helicopter.
I've purchased several different helicopters over the past few years with varying degrees of success. When the gyro stabilized ones showed up on the market I was impressed with the responsiveness and control the online videos all showed them having. I have one that I purchased from a different retailer that claims to be gyro stabilized but it's just not quite right. After reading up on the Syma 107 I discovered that this other one may have been an attempt at a knock off on the Syma design. Once I knew better I bought an S107 and am definitely pleased. This is by far the most responsive easily controlled helicopter I have yet had. Syma definitely has my loyalty in terms of helicopters right now.
I love flying this little helicopter around the house or in empty theatres where I volunteer. If you have dogs, like I do, be aware that they may not like the helicopter quite as much as you do. My poor little yorkies run to the next room and hide when the helicopters come out...
There are a few limitations you need to be aware of if you're going to be buying an S107. First off this is an infrared remote controlled device. That means the range is limited. If your helicopter gets too far away from you your signal will stop controlling it, results may vary as to what it will do then. If you use it in a really sunny space or outside the sun can and likely will interfere with your infrared signal.
Air currents are a big problem for this little guy. A gentle breeze outside can push this a long ways, you may not feel the breeze too much but the S107 will and it will start getting away from you very easily.
Air currents don't just occur outside... If you get this too close to an air duct you may have some surprising flight paths result.
Helicopters work by creating a negative pressure zone above their blades. The helicopter rises not so much because it's pushing air down but because the air beneath the blades is more dense than the air above the blades and this causes the helicopter to move up into the negative pressure zone. This is important to remember when you fly your helicopter indoors. If you hover too close to the ground you may not be able to push enough air down to keep reducing the pressure above the helicopter and thus you will have no negative pressure zone into which the helicopter can be pushed. Also if you get too close to a wall, couch, tv, tray table, ottoman, etc... you can inadvertently create a negative pressure zone between the helicopter and said object. Thus causing the helicopter to suddenly be pushed into said object and potentially damaging the object and/or the helicopter. The helicopter is not broken if it suddenly veers into a solid object you were flying it near, you were just a poor pilot.
This helicopter is a toy, and it can be a very good educational toy at that. But, it is not a toy for young children. My brother-in-law got a lower quality helicopter for Christmas last year and let my four year old nephew and six year old niece fly it. Neither really understands the concept of finesse just yet, and as a result that poor little helicopter was slammed into nearly everything in the house. It didn't last long, and my brother-in-law was out one helicopter. Kids will want to play with this, adults will want to play with this, but if you want to play with it you'll need to be careful who else you allow to play with it.