3 Ch Chinook S026
FEW RC creations can claim success like
the Syma S026 Chinook.
complex, but essentially simple in construction, the S026 does
what it was designed to do in an elegantly understated way.
Impressed, I ordered myself five more in the first week I had
It has no gyro. With two counter-rotating
blade sets, stability is astounding for a rotor-craft lacking
this artificial stabilization.
with trim intentionally set to full, rotation on axis is
smooth, and not a spin, ever. If a gyroscope were to be
installed, it could possibly qualify as dead
Taking off, the Chinook literally springs
from the ground, especially if you're used to small 3-channel
coaxials, and are expecting a lot of weight.
The S026 weighs 45.9 g, that's only 6g
more than a Syma S107. On a '107, each blade pair lifts 20g;
the S026: a mere 11.
It looks Hot Dog,
but it goes Hot Rod.
Control is solid and very confidence
inspiring. Stable hover is a given, and small trim buttons on
the transmitter alter forward/back balance much like the nose
L/R trims we usually see, and this is also on the unit, but in
knob form. Due to their convenient placement, they allow you
to inch the craft forward or back, and the nose trim's
location between the sticks is easy to adjust if it's ever
needed. I was happy to realize I wasn't touching them at all,
even running 3 copters on the one transmitter. That's
Quality Control. Hat's off, Syma.
Power available is more than enough- and
forward flight is as fast or slow as you wish. Unlike other
3-channel layouts, a tandem uses the main rotors for forward
movement entirely. Instead of being leaned into flight by a
small tail rotor, and then slowing as momentum is lost, the
S026 can actually accelerate forward. And backward, too.
Braking and rearward flight are crisp and controlled, not a
Dancing-wise, this is your Aunt, not your
cousin. It favors an alert pilot, but it is not a
corner-carver. The long body results in a large moment of
inertia, direction changes are much slower and smoother than
say, a 9808.
Trying to zip it back and
forth about the room can be a fun pastime, but misses the
purpose: Flying it in a realistic manner is more rewarding
than almost any other small helicopter, and is as simple as
coasting along. If your first passion is military, then
helicopter, the Syma S026 for you. It's very easy to imagine a
fire crew popping up out of hiding and making a beeline for
the ramp as you touch down on the coffee table, and then lift
off in the classic movie shot- straight up, spiral 90 deg, and
CHINOOKS GALLERY START
Because it almost never gets into
Aircraft Upset, it would make an ideal first helicopter
for anybody. You can be sure it will give a great first
impression of our hobby. The high detail level lends itself
well to scale modifications, and we can bet on seeing some
very realistic examples from hobbyists.
It works without issue, it makes for a
very pleasant user experience.
your Aunt, it bounces well, crashes are un-eventful. Need for
spares should be seldom, if ever. This is not a mech's
aircraft- it has few parts, and 'improving it' would be a