Like the V922
, this transmitter is a big leap from the previous E728. It looks and feels like a hobby grade transmitter.
6-Channel Transmitter for V922 vs 4-Channel Transmitter for V912
It supports Modes 1 to 4 - throttle and/or rudder can be on the left or right stick. To switch between modes 2 and 4, while it is powered off, hold on to the ďLeftĒ button at the right of the LCD display, then power it on.
Iím pretty disappointed with the transmitter. I was hoping that it could support configurable rates. To toggle between the predefined low and high rates, press the top-left corner button.
Low rates are only suitable for indoor flight where there is no wind. But you really wouldnít want to fly such a big heli indoors. At high rates, the helicopter flies fine outdoors.
Strangely, the lights button doesnít on or off the lights despite showing the status change on the LCD display.
It has the same annoying start up beep like the rest of WLtoys 4-channel transmitters. It was able to bind with my V939 but I didnít have the time to fly my quads with this transmitter.
Avoid applying throttle too quickly when spooling up. Give the tail some time to kick in. But take note that the helicopter lifts off at 45% to 50% throttle.
Like the V911, it drifts left as it lifts off the ground. However, the left drift is much more pronounced in this bigger bird. Just make it a habit to apply right aileron as it lifts off.
While it is hovering in the air, it needs around 40% throttle. Iím not exactly used to flying helicopters at low throttle. What this also means is that the bird has plenty of power. I gave it a 80% throttle boost and it rocketed up into the air. I donít remember my V911 to be able to do that.
At the ground effect zone, the bird is not as stable as a 450 CP helicopter, but is easier to handle than the V911. But avoid lingering at low altitude as you really need to be very familiar with the required throttle inputs in to prevent hitting the ground.
Piros are surprisingly fast. You can see this in my video. The bird does not have the same overly sensitive rudder as the V911. You do not need to concentrate on applying small amounts of rudder during banked turns.
Just like the V911, right banked turns are very easy to pull off but left banked turns are tricky. Itís gonna take me a while to get that right.
Cyclic stick movements are like the V911 - not too sensitive - and the bird is easy to move about with the elevator and aileron controls.
Forward flight feels a little harder than the V911, perhaps because the tail is heavier than the nose. As the helicopter stops, it seesaws slightly, again may be due to the heavier tail. I checked the center of gravity and found the tail to be very slightly heavier than the nose.
Perhaps I could improve forward flight by removing the tail boom support brace and the tail horizontal fin.
Iím not sure if all fixed pitch flybarred helicopters canít handle winds well, but for my V911 and V912, they are quite affected by light gusts of winds. However, I do notice that the V912 performs better in windy conditions that V911. As a safety precaution, apply the wind-countering stick movements when the wind starts blowing. It takes time for the helicopter to react to it. If the wind is gentle and does not affect your flight, you may apply counter stick movement to correct the wind-countering stick movement. If you managed to counter the wind, good job. Else, the wind is too strong for your helicopter, land it. Your resistance is futile.
Remember, this is not a V911. If you lose control, either the heli is gonna get hurt, or somebody, or something is gonna get hurt. Did you see how big the metallic flybar is? And letís not forget the metal landing skids.
It was a unique experience flying a large FP FB helicopter. Itís definitely more challenging than a V911, because of the heavier weight and corresponding higher inertia. Anyone who is overly familiar with a V911 should start off this helicopter really slow. You donít want to discover itís ďdifferentĒ when the large, heavy bird is in a difficult to handle situation.
Now that I shared my thoughts on the difference of flying the V912 vs V911, letís visit the next question - is it a worthy upgrade from a V911?
Progressing from V911 to V912
The short answer is - YES!
If youíre looking for a more challenging FP FB helicopter, most likely youíd like a bigger one that handles wind (slightly) better, and demands more of your focus and attention. The consequence of crashing a V912 is far greater than a V911 so this adds on to the challenge of flying a V912.
As this is a larger, heavier, more powerful bird, it can fly at a much faster pace. This can be really fun to you adrenaline junkies out there. I tried tight U-turns with this bird and I must say the feeling was great! The sound of the main rotor blades cutting the wind, and the tail blades working really hard, as the big V912 U-turned right in front of me, was extremely thrilling. I think it was captured in my video.
Iíve flown collective pitch helicopters to know that it is (obviously) different from a FP FB helicopter. Iím also aware that there are folks out there who canít seem to pick up the skills to fly a CP heli. In this case, the V912 may be just right!
As for using it to prepare for a 450 CP helicopter, well, I donít really that it would help. This is largely because the V912 is far too stable as compared to a CP helicopter.
WLtoys V912 is stable and fun to fly. Experienced V911 pilots looking for something that flies different or more of a challenge may find this a worthy upgrade. The main gripe I had with the V911 is the twitchy tail (I did not perform the resistor mod), and Iím glad the issue does not exist on V912. This makes banked turns really easy with the V912. If I had not fallen in love with CP helicopters, Iíd be flying my V912 regularly. Outdoor Flight Video:
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