Syma New S022 Big CH-47 Chinook 3 Channels RC Helicopter
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380 of 393 found the following review helpful:
Syma SO22 ROCKS! Jan 29, 2010
By Nicholas A. Krueger
"Chem Lite Blue"
Okay, I bought this helicopter on a whim. I'm currently serving in Iraq with the US Army and every once and a while (rarely), we get some down time. My battle buddy has a few smaller RC helicopters which she flies every once and while. I had one of those before but they just go up and down, maybe a few circles but that's it. I wanted a RC helicopter because I love flying, and I have about an hour down time before I go to bed. So I got the Chinook because it's a Chinook. 2 blades are better than one, right? It came in and I was surprised by how big it was because I thought it was going to be small. I was also concerned with the fact that the rotors are loose (no worries, this is suppose to be like that, it flies fine with the rotors like that.) The instruction booklet is poorly translated but its not that complicated. I finally took out for the first time and it was AMAZING! I didn't have to set the trim or anything! It flew like a dream and everyone was impressed with it! Even my battle buddy who says its ten times better than hers! It only takes a minute to get use to. I was even able to get it to land and fly to my hand. It has great control and it last longer than those smaller helos (we tested that out...). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. This wouldn't be so great for someone younger but it is definately a great buy. I'm highly impressed! Once I get home from my deployment I plan to buy a few more just in case they stop producing these things. Hands down coolest rc helo for the price. Oh yea, did I mention it's durable? IT IS!
129 of 136 found the following review helpful:
This thing is a ton o fun! Dec 28, 2009
By Patrick G.
Really fantastic toy for the price. I have had some of those mini RC helicopters before, and honestly for twice the price of one of those this heli is well worth the price. The steering takes a little getting used to, think of it as a hover craft rather than a car on wheels. You get the hang of it in no time, and a charge seems to last a good 10-15 minutes. Plus, and this is a huge plus, there are no batteries to replace accept in the controller. he helicopter itself charges from a wall outlet. The craft is a pretty good size, around 16" long I would guess. The lights on the craft are awesome, it has 2 on either engine in the back, and a red and green one underneath it. I have been buzzing this thing around my house ever since Christmas, it is to much fun. The only thing I would say to perspective buyers is the steering is not dead on precise but it is tons better than the cheap RC copters out there, and is very easy to use.
136 of 144 found the following review helpful:
A Lot of Fun Feb 08, 2010
This thing is well worth the price, it is TONS of fun. Everyone wants to fly it. It's great to set-up landing areas and scenarios and stuff. My buddy shot at it with a Nerf gun (anti-aircraft) and it was awesome. You can knock it out of control by shooting the rotors in the right place. But it doesn't break it.
It has some serious lift; blows a crazy downwind, magazines and newspapers will fly around. It'll carry a weight of two spoons under it, impressive I think. It will take off real quick if you go full throttle. And it's surprisingly precise, I can regularly land it in about a 2x2 foot square.
It's also very durable, I have beat the crap out of it running into stuff, and it fell from almost power line height outside and didn't break.
It marks things a little bit if you run into the walls, but rarely. If you have pure white walls you might see a few black marks, but I haven't seen much.
Charges in about 30 minutes, flies for about 10 minutes.
Only gripes are that the charger it comes with is pretty cheap (I got a better Li-Po charger after that one broke) and that the controller sometimes loses contact. But that's rare.
47 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Awesome helicopter for beginners. Plus, how many Chinook RCs are there, really? Jan 29, 2010
By R. Whorton
I flew this helicopter before it ever arrived so I knew what I was getting, but this is for those of you who may not have seen it in action. The Syma S022 and smaller Syma S026 are both great helicopters. They fly well and have fewer complications than some of the cheaper RCs you might find at a regular toy store. I whole heartedly recommend both of them for beginners or just enthusiasts looking for a nice Chinook. The Syma S022 controller has adjustment switches for trim while the smaller S026 only has adjustments for balancing between the two engines. Both are adequate for their respective helicopters. The S022, bigger helicopter, is suited more for outdoor use despite what some may say about it's indoor uses. It is fairly large and could easily tear up a television or anything else that is valuable and fragile. The same is true of the S026, but it is much smaller so it is definitely the indoor brethren of the former. The only issue I've seen with the S022 is a loss of connection with the controller from time to time. Both helicopters are extremely durable, but sometimes this means the blades will keep chopping even though it is on the ground. Blade replacements are cheap and easily installable so this shouldn't give much room for pause when considering to buy it. All and all, it's a great buy. Look for a decent seller and buy away. Also, the small S026 retails for about $60 at most helicopter shops and the larger S022 retails for around $120 so the Amazon price is a killer deal. You should be able to get the larger variety for less than $60 shipped. The range advertised on the box is 100 feet for the S022 and that's about right. Just make sure you get the trim, etc, tweaked before you go flying too high or you just might lose it in a tree. Also, don't forget to screw in the antenna for the controller. It's easy to miss. I hope this helps someone deciding whether or not to pull the trigger on this beast.
36 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Final a Helo you can actually fly!! Mar 30, 2010
By Jeff S. Duckworth
I'm not an expert on these helicopters, BUT I have purchased at least five other remote choppers (for my son of course ;-) This is THE ONLY ONE that we have actually been able to fly. It is awesome once you get it trimmed out and flying straight. It has taken a beating, and it keeps on ticking. We are careful and don't want it to crash. It WORKS! After just a week I can now fly it continuously around the house without landing (one flight) until the battery discharges (about 10 minutes, maybe).
Two downside comments: 1. The instructions on charging are either wrong or our indicator lights are not functioning properly (likely). There are two LEDs on the plug-in charger and they both glow all the time - whether charged or not - whether plugged into the chopper or not. This has not affected flying or charging. Just a hassle not knowing if you are fully charged, yet.
2. I opened the Transmitter box and disconnected the spring on the throttle stick. Now the stick stays where you left it last (instead of springing back to low setting), and this is much easier for me (I mean my son ;-) I don't understand why it doesn't come this way to begin with. If you are up in the air, the last thing you want a chopper to do is lose power or go to low throttle for any reason! HELLO! The only drawback is that IF you attempt to turn on the chopper with the stick in any position other than off (wait for it, not what you are thinking)... then the throttle thinks and assumes you are at low setting from that position on. So, if you are at half throttle when you turn on the chopper, you only get half of the power (halfway to full instead of low all the way to full).
This is a WINNER. I have never written a review before, but HAD TO because this thing is awesome!!
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