Ares Exera 130CX Review

Ares Exera 130CX Review

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Ares has taken a step further for the learning pilots with the new Exera 130CX. Amongst the abundant toy grade coaxial helis and hobby grade coaxials on the market which are easy to fly thanks to the dual rotors, Exera 130CX stands out because of the ease it presents in flying than a standard coaxial helicopter. Exera 130CX sports the new Altitude Assist Technology (AAT) of Ares in addition to the dual rotors. This new system offers three learning modes to beginners to make them comfortable during their first flight. The best feature of the AAT is the modes are changeable on the heli, through a switch, instead of through the transmitter programming.

Package

The package of Exera 130CX contains: Exera 130CX helicopter, 1 battery charger, 4 AA batteries, 1 4-channel Micro transmitter, a spare set of blades and 1 screwdriver.

package

Specifications

Length: 24.5 cm (9.6 inches)

Rotor Diameter: 26.5 cm (10.5 inches)

Weight (Battery Included): 135 gm (4.8 oz)

Radio: 4-channel Micro Transmitter (Included)

Battery: 3.7V 700mAh LiPo (Included)

Structure

Exera has a Huges MD500 scale body which is tough-built to withstand initial flights and it is also nicely detailed. A great feature is the large battery hatch – the battery connector is glued to it for easy access. The top side of the body has many cooling holes to prevent overheating of the internal parts. The rotor head is also very sturdy.

Altitude Assist Technology (AAT)

This is an awesome feature, which consists of two ultrasonic sensors, one on the top and the other on the belly of the body, both limiting the altitude of the bird, according to the flight mode selected. Mode 1 handles the throttle setting, facilitating the pilot to pay attention to other aspects of flight. The onboard gear keeps the bird in air without making it hit the ceiling or ground. Mode 2 is a bit advanced, and offers more freedom to the pilot with throttle, but the heli still avoids hitting the ceiling. Finally Mode 3 offers the flyer total control, when s/he is ready to fly and handle the throttle.

You will find two plastic tubes built-in with Exera which are landing gear extensions. They allow the heli to be flown from soft surfaces like a carpet. The manual says that the heli tends to tip to the back when flown from a carpet. Instead of adding these tubes in the factory, Ares preferred to offer them as an accessory to make the MD 500 body appear more scale.

Extremely Easy-to-use Charger

The included AC battery charger is extremely easy-to-use – you just have to plug it and connect to the flight battery. A LED indicator lets you know you when the battery is charged.

charger

Transmitter

The transmitter is small yet very easy to use. 4 AA batteries have been included in the package for the transmitter. The digital screen of the transmitter is interesting. Besides the usual things like servo reverse indicator and trim readouts, it contains a big circle in the center. It displays the stick movements as the flyer moves the stick and this is a great feature.

Transmitter

Assembly

Exera comes fully assembled from the factory, so there is nothing to be assembled. However, you need to install the 4 AA batteries in the transmitter and charge the flight batteries. After it is charged you need to slide the flight battery in the holder on hatch with the label side down and twist the battery wire in 180° and then connect it to the heli. This makes the wiring tidy and out of the way of the big rotor gears. Close the battery hatch and the heli is ready to fly!

Flight Performance

The small size of Exera 130CX favors it to be flown anywhere.

If you are a beginner and start the bird in Mode 1 i.e. hover hold setting, as a beginner you may worry about trying to keep the heli flying. So, taking the altitude of heli out of the equation is indeed an advantage. If you push the throttle stick to full, Exera takes off all on its own and settles into a hover about 2 feet above the ground. It is to keep the bird within a 3-4 foot diameter circle while flying in hover hold mode when you have still total control of the left/right and fore/aft cyclic functions.

In Mode 2 – ceiling avoidance – you can advance the throttle and make a nice take-off, and still can have control over the other three functions. This mode indeed works well and you have an easy flight. You can experiment to see how finely it works by trying to take it to the ceiling – it just reduces the power and slowly drops about 2 feet down from the ceiling. You cannot get the top rotor less than 1 foot from the ceiling at any point.

AAT of Exera

Mode 3 is truly enjoyable where you have a total control of throttle and other functions. The heli flies great in this mode and it’s lots of fun. It moves easily without any darting about unlike some indoor helis which moves very fast and thus are unsuitable for learners.

In short, Exera 130CX is easy to fly in any of the three modes and is an appropriate helicopter for beginners to get more experience.

Pros

  • Great stability
  • Easy for beginners
  • AAT technology very useful for learners
  • Small size and light weight

Cons

  • Nothing as such!

Conclusion

Ares Exera 130CX is a fun little helicopter. It is a blend of the ease of a coaxial heli and the great looks of a scale machine. The three modes are extremely useful for beginners to feel comfortable during flights. The ready-to-fly package has everything required to get the heli in air at once.

Enjoy this Ares video of introduction and flight performance of Exera 130CX!

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