;ere are only two control surfaces on the
Opterra: elevons that provide both elevator
control and aileron control. Both of the surfaces
arrive prehinged and ready for flight. ;e hinges
are pressed into the Z-Foam and will provide
years of use. In addition to the carbon-fiber
reinforcements and the Z-Foam parts, there
are a host of ABS plastic fittings and pieces. All
come 100 percent ready to be assembled and
flown with no additional work needed. Now let’s
talk about my favorite part: All the decals are
E-FLITE/HORIZON HOBBY OPTERRA 2M WING
;ere is plenty
of room under
the canopy for
and the battery
of your choice.
Spektrum DX9 ( spektrumrc.com);
10 brushless motor and 40-amp
speed control (installed)
E-flite 3S 2200 mAh LiPo
E-flite 3S 2200 mAh LiPo
preapplied for a great-looking design.
You literally don’t need a single tool to
assemble this plane and fly it. ;e only
fasteners you will use are the plastic cam locks
for the wings and winglets. Everything else
comes preinstalled and ready to go.
I made no modifications to the Opterra when
I assembled it. As a matter of fact, the end of
the box boasts a “simple as 1, 2, 3” statement,
so I decided to put it to the test. I charged my
E-flite 2200mAh LiPo battery the night before
and did absolutely nothing to the Opterra prior
to arriving at the field. I didn’t even open the
box. On the morning of the photo shoot, I cut
the tape from the box and dug in. West Coast
senior editor John Reid was not amused and
went o; to fly his drone. By the time he had
flown one battery, I had the Opterra assembled,
bound, and ready to fly—nice work, E-flite!
IN THE AIR
;e Opterra is what I like to call a “chuck and
skid” model. ;is means that you have to throw
it for takeo; and skid it in on landing, so a grass
field is optimal. I flew it o; our dirt runway,
however, with no problem, and the preinstalled
skids did a great job of protecting the bottom of
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: On my first few flights, I was flying fast
and executing pylon-style turns with no stall
present. At slow speeds, the Opterra handles
If you’d like to check out what all the hype is about regarding
FPV flying and hone a new skill set (flying “drones”), an FPV wing
is worth looking into. FPV flying wings are getting more popular,
and they are flying better every day. With the introduction of
technology like AS3X, you can easily move into the FPV world.
The key is to get some equipment and give it a shot. You’ll be
surprised how much fun it really is.
There are a few fun activities to do with an FPV wing. Find a
fellow club member who will go up and fly the pattern while you
play “chase plane.” With a little practice, you will find yourself
flying nice, tight formations effortlessly. It’s almost like being
your own Blue Angel demo team! It is also fun to go up and
explore your surroundings. You might be surprised at what is on
the other side of the tree line or hill at your field. Finally, an FPV
flying wing can help your fellow pilots locate a downed plane.
This can shave hours of search-party duty for everyone and get
you all back to flying ASAP.
So get out there and give it a try. I think you’ll enjoy it.