SEPTEMBER 2017 25
Getting the Theory Type W into the air is easy as can be. Put the battery on
the charger and before it is charged, the plane is ready to fly. I had mine
ready in about half an hour, including the decals. The plug-in wing halves make
transportation simple and safe. The built-in stabilization and choice of flight
modes make the Theory fun to fly. Get your FPV goggles and you will rock your
flying world with your hot flight videos. ;
at high speeds but still makes it easy to remove
to swap batteries.
;e wings literally plug into the fuselage
with tabs that snap into place, securing
the wings as if they were glued into place.
Blade even has a patent pending on this new
technology, which makes it super easy and
quick to get the plane flight ready. ;e wing
halves come with the digital metal-gear servos
installed and the linkages connected. You just
plug the servo wire into the mating end in
the fuselage. ;e linkages on my plane were
adjusted almost perfectly out of the box and
required only minor trim adjustments on the first
flight. Binding to the radio is a no-brainer with
the supplied binding plug, and the instructions
are super easy to follow.
One of the features I found most useful was
the built-in grip on the bottom of the fuselage.
It is large enough for meaty hands like mine and
is a great help when hand launching this little
screamer into the air.
;e high output brushless motor is installed
at the rear of the wing with a bright green
propeller. ;is motor is compatible with both
3S and 4S battery packs and requires no
installation. It delivers all the power you’ll want.
Not visible but really cool are the programming modes available to manage your flights.
;e Launch mode keeps the plane stable when
you toss it, and when it’s airborne you can
switch to Intermediate mode to tear up the
sky, with the SAFE system still engaged to help
with stability. Or you can switch to Experienced
mode, which turns o; SAFE but keeps the
;e FPV is, of course, as cool as the rest
of the plane. ;e flight camera comes with a
customizable on-screen display and a 200m W
After the aircraft,
one of the biggest
investments you can
make in FPV flight
is a set of goggles
that will allow you
to see the world
from your aircraft.
Fat Shark, which
has dominated the
goggles marketplace, and Spektrum,
which has dominated the RC market, have combined forces to make the Focal V2 goggles.
This premium FPV headset offers high image quality due in part to its built-in antennae
diversity, which optimizes the reception with both long-range and omni-directional
antennae. The goggles are also comfortable and easy to wear all day long, and they even
have a built-in fan to prevent fogging on hot race days! Add in Spektrum’s technology for
wireless head tracking and channel selection at a cost of $399.99 and you have a terrific
deal for the FPV pilot. spektrumrc.com
5.8GHz video transmitter. You can even program
your name into the camera if you so desire. A
really fabulous aspect of this feature is that
you can record your flights and play back those
thrilling moments when you passed your
IN THE AIR
You need quite a bit of room to fly the ;eory
Type W to allow for its 90mph speed. It handles
well, so you can easily keep it over the flying
field. When you plug in the battery, have the
plane on a level surface and keep it there until
you arm the motor. ;at orients all of the
stability features to ensure the best possible
flight characteristics. ;e receiver will beep a
few times to let you know it is ready.
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: Let’s say the ;eory Type W is flying
level and straight and you put it into a tight bank,
like you’re rounding a pylon. It responds instantly
to the inputs and goes exactly where you point
it. It comes back to straight and level and you are
o; to the races.
Tracking: ;e ;eory Type W is not only fast
but also responds nicely to the inputs and turns
quickly and predictably.
Aerobatics: ;is wing is designed for racing, so
it doesn’t do the full range of aerobatics, but it
makes up for it in raw speed. ;e ;eory will
easily do loops, so you can add some interest to
your videos with a peek at the clouds.
Glide and stall performance: You don’t have to
fly it at full throttle; if you throttle back, it takes
very little power to keep it in the air. ;e ;eory
Type W glides easily if you need a break from
the speed or if you just want to train the camera
onto an interesting target.
;is is a racing wing and has no landing gear, so
hand launches are mandatory, but they’re easy.
Put the plane in Launch mode, take a couple
of deep breaths, and use the built-in handle to
toss it into the sky. As you let go, throttle up and
watch it climb. It gets up to speed quickly and
climbs aggressively. I find that keeping the toss
straight and level gives you the best results.
Landing the ;eory Type W takes a bit of
setup because it glides so well and is so fast.
Give yourself plenty of room for the approach,
and throttle back to zero. It sinks nice and slowly
at a shallow angle. ;at nice big grip on the
bottom now acts as the skidplate, and the plane
slides in on that and quickly comes to a stop.
;e camera comes mounted to the front of the plane.
You just link it to your video equipment.