I think our own Editor-in-Chief, Mitchell Whitfield, put it best when saying that there is nothing wrong with “embracing your inner man-child.” So when I was asked to review the Air Attack RC Helicopter from Swann, my inner man child and I both jumped for joy. After all, there’s nothing like getting a new toy when it isn’t Christmas or your birthday–but this toy was special to me, since Ive loved anything and everything RC ever since I was little. Cars, boats, airplanes, the whole sha-bang. But most recently, because most of them are so affordable and easy to fly, helicopters have been at the top of my list–and the Air Attack from Swann has definitely been one of my favorite copters to fly.
Alright, lets fly into the hardware, shall we? Ah, word play. Anyway, if you read Mitchell’s review of the Micro Hornet, you know that Swann has quite a large fleet of RC copters available–and the Air Attack is definitely the flagship flyer of its arsenal. With a length of fifteen inches, it’s quite sizable for an indoor RC copter. Since it is so big, and it is an indoor heli, you’re going to have to either be a professional flyer or, and this is my choice, find a room with a high ceiling; wind and an outdoor environment are the enemy when flying this chopper, since it is already a bit touchy. But we’ll talk about that later.
The design of this 15 inch helicopter is breathtaking. Let’s put it this way: if you were four inches tall and saw this bad boy flying at you, you wouldn’t think twice that this thing had REAL heat seeking missiles and machine guns attached to it, along with sweet, super bright LED lights and some awesome military and shark decals. If you were thinking of getting a helicopter for it’s looks, then look no further. But that’s not what you’re looking for. You want an RC copter that can fly…
And the Air Attack doesn’t disappoint…for the most part. It runs off of a 4 channel RF radio, has dual rotors plus a tail rotor, and has a gyro for flight stabilization–which makes it much easier for beginner flyers. The remote has a free movement joystick, meaning you can get the copter to a certain elevation and let go of the remote, and it will still stay in place; a small touch, but really helpful when flying. But, while the gyro did help a lot for stabilization, I sometimes felt that either the remote or the copter was unresponsive when I was trying to do certain maneuvers. I also tried to fly the copter outside (though it isn’t recommended) and had a lot of trouble; I wouldn’t even have attempted this if it weren’t for the size of this copter. I tried it indoors, but it was a bit difficult because either my roof was too low or I had too many obstacles around the house. So, I figured I would fly it with a bit more open space–and even the slightest breeze when flying outside would throw this copter off course. Which just shows that you should always follow the instructions; and it also shows that you should think about how much space you have in your house to fly before purchasing a large helicopter such as the Air Attack.
So, the real question is, is it worth your hard earned cash? And, for just under ninety dollars, yes, for the majority of people who want to buy an RC heli. Many people who are willing to make a ninety dollar investment (which is quite reasonable for a copter this size) either have flown or owned another heli in the past. These people would have no problem flying this bad boy. But for the people who are just starting out, I would recommend a smaller, more indoor-friendly copter, like the Micro Hornet; with it’s 40 dollar price and diminutive size, it’s an excellent first heli. But for the more experienced flyers, I would definitely recommend you go pick up a Swann Air Attack RC helicopter; just make sure you have the space to do this helicopter justice.