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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Do the Air Hogs Havoc Helis Live Up to Their Reputation?

By Arjen Robert Bootsma

Air Hogs Havoc, Helix, Stingers or Twin Thunder RC Helis are very popular remote controlled helicopters. But are they living up to their reputation?

The air hogs rc helicopters are classed as a toy-grade, which are electric indoor rc helis and aimed at the age group of 8-12 and older. Most of the air hogs rc helis are given an intermediate skill flight grading by the manufacturer.

Flying is not necessarily hard but it takes practice and patience. Although hovering is quit easy the body shape of some of the models makes it less responsive to the controls. But there is another factor that gives a lot of people many frustrating moments when they fly their rc heli for the first time.

When people fly the air hogs rc helicopter for the first time it only wants to fly in circles. This creates many questions of pleading help on the many rc heli forums out there. Often the problem lies with the people themselves as they forget to read the instructions fully in their excitement of wanting to fly the air hogs heli as soon as possible.

The important part of the instructions should explain that you need to make slight alterations to the propellers a few times until you are satisfied with how the helicopter flies and controls. Sometimes it needs a little calibration too, but otherwise you should be good to go and have lots of fun flying your first air hogs havoc rc heli.

An important consideration before purchasing is to decide how much control you wish to have of your remote controlled helicopter. If you are willing to spend more money then you can choose from the 4 way controlled air hogs rc helis. This means that especially flying indoors is easier and you are able to create a lot more stunts with your heli too.

One thing to remember is that the battery fly time of most of these helis are not very long. You do have the option of choosing one with a built in Lipo battery, which has a much longer fly time then the other ones. It is sometimes possible to modify the heli so that you can change to a lipo battery later if you wish.

The overall analysis of the air hogs rc helis is that the body design is not always very strong, although they are bringing some versions on the market that have a different body design that is much stronger. I feel that the ease of use or performance is good with a little practice, but if you are looking for long term entertainment then maybe this is not for you.

At the end of the day it all depends who will use it, how serious you are about flying rc helicopters and how much money you are willing to pay. If you are serious about buying a air hogs rc heli, which will give you a lot of fun, my personal choice would be the air hogs havoc heli. Good body design and easier to fly then the other ones in the air hog series.

Arjen Bootsma from ePublications writes about and reviews Air Hogs RC Helicopters at He provides in-depth facts and consumer feedback on the best air hogs havoc heli including the top 3, saving you time and probably your sanity.


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