The UDI RC U816A UFO is the best quadcopter I could have gotten as a beginning quad copter pilot. It is great how this copter flies indoors. Of course it helps flying indoors because it is a relatively small quad copter. Out of the box this copter is roughly 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches so it will fit in the palm of your hand. That is awesome when it comes to flight training. As much fun as it is to fly indoors, I would definitely recommend the first few training flights to be outdoors or at least in a very large room. The reason being is that I tend to panic if I am trying to fly in an enclosed space and end up over correcting the copter and ramming into walls or furniture.
After some time outdoors or in wide rooms I was able to control the copter pretty easily. Even my children were able to learn to fly and maneuver the quad copter. This particular quad copter has a shielded rotors that keep me (and my kids) from scratching the walls and ceiling. Also, the guards protect the blades from severe damage in crashes.
The battery life is in the 7 – 8 minute range. Nine minutes isn’t out of the question if I let it coast some. For that reason I would definitely suggest buying an extra battery or two so you can have for 20 – 30 minutes of good flying time. With extra batteries you can keep two batteries charging at a time minimizing down time. Don’t forget to plug the spare batteries in because it takes 55 – 60 minutes to charge.
Performance is also cool with this quad copter. There are two modes for flying, one for learning and one for when you get better and are more advanced. After some practice it is stable and easy to hover. But the flips are just as easy to do. Press the button and it flips. That’s all there is to it. Just make sure you are flying high enough to do the flip without crashing into the ground. I will mention here that flying over grass is a good idea until you are comfortable with flying.
Make sure you also keep AA batteries for the transmitter. You will need 4 when you get it out of the box to start flying. The instructions are in English but still a little hard to follow. One thing you want to be sure of is to make sure you pair the quad copter and the transmitter properly. When you pair them make sure the copter is on a flat surface. Proper trim and stable flight is somewhat more difficult if this isn’t done correctly.
All in all this quad copter is a great toy. Plenty sturdy enough for those beginner’s crashes, yet still has the capabilities for advanced flying with the high performance mode and the 360 flip button. Awesome value for a trainer.
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