Flying The Sky Rider 111
After a 20 minute charge, we were ready to take to the skies! The video above shows our first, out-of-the-box flight. It was a bit windy that afternoon, which is why the very light bird is continually pushed towards the fence. The bird being as light and small as it is, is quite twitchy, but flies surprisngly strong and stable. As you can see, it also glides extermely well, and we were able to bring it to a graceful descent when it approached the trees. The bird is really intended for indoor use, as even a slight breeze will disrupt it due to its diminuitive weight. In a room about 10 feet wide, we were able to fly the bird in a controlled circle, and if you have a larger indoor space or a yard on a very calm day, it's surprisngly controllable and easy to fly. We were skeptical given its size, but it actually does fly quite well.
I was particularly surprised by how well it could climb, and used the small elevators (by pushing them down) on the back to keep it from climbing so high so quickly. It's very very twitchy when you try to fly it into the wind, which is what you see in the video, and the sporadic flights are largely due to the effects of the wind. We also found that the bird can glide extremely well, and we threw it around for quite some time after the battery had died, and manipulating the elevators can have it gliding in loops and big swoopy arcs and graceful landings. Even with low battery, you can use the remote to turn the bird while gliding from side-to-side.
The learning curve is quite low, especially if you've flown micro-R/Cs before. However, to say that you can guide this bird exactly where you want it would be misleading. It's small size means it will be very twitchy, and with a little tweaking and practice, you can become quite good with it, but if you were to use a table as a landing pad, it would still require a great deal of luck to successfully land it just where you want it. Out of the box, it wasn't a frustrating toy to use, which is a rather big deal for micro-R/Cs. It's quite durable, and the only way you'll wreck it is if you allow hairs and things to get into the motors, which is usually how micro-sized flying machines are ultimately undone.