I received my new RC Heli last night and must say was exactly what I hoped for based on my research.
I was able to take off right after first charge and buzz around the house and garage with no issues. This helo is SUPER stable it will take off steadily anywhere and the throttle control is very nice (don't like the spring though). As described it flies forw/back. left or right which makes for some very controllable flight characteristics. One thing about its stability is that its so stable and easy to fly it really lacks in forward flight. I think this is intentional on the manufacturers part, I think they were aiming for a super easy to fly helo beginner. I'll probably experiment with a paper clip or penny to gain a little airspeed, its too boring at the current speed. The controller has a built in Yaw trimmer and honestly its rarely needed. The first helo I had would constantly need to be trimmed especially after throttling up or down, with the Syma S107 this isn't an issue. I've noticed in forward flight if you let go of the flight control the helo flies back a slight bit and levels itself out nicely.
After a while my father in-law came over to try his helo out and for someone that has never flown or drove anything remotely it's extremely forgiving. It wasn't long until he was able to fly under a folding table and land on said table. He had a few crashes (to be expected) but with a metal chassis and folding blades it's no big deal. I'm already thinking of ordering some replacement rotor blades for both the main and tail.
A true beginners RC Helo, I'd say it's safe for any 7&up yr old, an adult and/or beginner that has no experience. Just the fact that it flies where you want it, can take off in a hover and stable is enough to recommend this to anyone.
Anyone else have one of these little helos?
PS - I'm already thinking of removing the controllers throttle spring, adding some forward weight to give more speed and looking for ways I shave weight (canopy, etc....). Too much fun!
A casual west coast Black Shark/A-10C Squadron always looking for extra pilots and good times!