It’s been another exciting week for me in terms of RC helis because I have some great news for you. I got another fantastic helicopter and I’m pretty sure you and I will love it. This is the Hero RC H911, Warbird edition from the Gyrostar series. It’s a fantastic and cool looking RC helicopter that I’m thrilled to fly, however, I want to do all the unboxing and general overview, as well as a full video review for you guys so that we have the chance to enjoy this gadget together.
Something I have to disclose here is this: The Hero RC H911 is not a toy, it’s a hobby grade RC helicopter that must be treated with respect and responsibility. Please ensure you read the owner’s manual completely before flying this device.
The Hero H911 is a game changer in terms of RC helis, because if you’ve been following along, then you know that I’m sharing lots of advice about RC helis and how to select the best one for you. So far we’ve talked about coaxial and 3 channels helis because these are the best for the beginners, however, we’re moving in our learning curve here and now I have this heli that is a 4 channels one, and not a coaxial. In fact, this is a single main rotor blade helicopter and has a built-in gyro. I don’t want to spoil the fun of the details so I’m heading to the section of the important factors right now, however, know that this is the next step in your learning curve, so if you’re ready to move on, bear here with me because you’ll actually enjoy this.
The Hero RC 911 in a glimpse
There is a lot to say about this helicopter, starting with the fact that it is a cool looking one. The cockpit design is fantastic (I love the shark design).
Among the details that make this heli a complete new experience (for the pilot used to fly coaxial helicopters) are:
- The indoor/outdoor flight capability.
- The dual mode operation (which is something I’ll explain in detail later).
- A transmitter that comes with an LCD (it looks great) for fine tuning.
- The binding process, which is something new as well.
- The servo cyclic control, which is another challenging yet exciting thing to master with this device.
As you can see, there are great things to learn and discover about this gadget, so let’s get right into them and make sure we understand each one.
The H911 has an indoor/outdoor flight capability
As you keep practicing with these helis and experience how easy they can go from “everything looks fine”, to the trash can, you start to understand and value the control you have over the ship. In most cases, RC helis crash because they were tested under extreme conditions and completely ignoring the manufacturer’s recommendations (I know this from experience), however, I think this is something that happens naturally, as once you get bored with a model, you want to take it to the next level and see what else it does.
This is why having an RC heli that is capable of flying indoors and outdoors is a great idea. This will give you more flexibility when you want to test your heli outside. Also, the helis that can fly outside can withstand a light breeze, and this is because the motors that produce movement are stronger than the ones that the only-indoor helis have. However, with great power, comes great responsibility, and this is why you must learn to control your new heli.
This is what gives plus points to the Hero RC H911 helicopter. It really doesn’t matter if it’s windy outside, since this is an indoor/outdoor helicopter that will give you lots of fun.
Learning or experienced mode? Which is for you?
This is one of those things that are completely new for the beginner pilot, a dual mode operation. The reason why this is so valuable is because an RC heli with this capability is the perfect choice as the next step in the learning curve of a pilot. The dual operation mode functionality allows you to select between two different operation scenarios.
In one case, you can set the heli to respond gently and softly to commands you send with the transmitter, this of course will allow you to get used to the helicopter and the new 4th channel (direction) that you have to operate.
Once you’re familiar with how the helicopter works, you can switch to the other mode which is a more responsive one. Don’t get me wrong here, both modes allow you to control the heli and have fun with it, but the “experienced mode” allows you to hone your skills as a pilot and gives you a harder game setting, meaning you’ll get a more challenging yet exciting experience.
In technical terms, the difference between these two modes is called: a gain difference. The gain is the magnitude of the response that you get when you send a signal to the transmitter. In reality what is going on, is that your gain is set higher in one mode than other, and this is why you experience a difference when you fly the heli.
The H911 Hero RC comes with this feature, it allows you to learn to control it at your own peace. I’m pretty sure right now you want to move forward with the experienced mode, however, I invite you to practice first with the “beginner” mode and then move on to the next level.
Also, if you’re flying indoors then it could be a good idea to try the gentler mode, and once you go outside, the most responsive mode can be the right choice.
The LCD Transmitter for fine tuning looks awesome
Having a transmitter with and LCD on it is not just something that looks great, but also, gives you information that is vital for the proper RC helicopter operation. When used in the right way, this information can be very useful to make important decisions that will avoid crashes, so it’s very useful to have a transmitter with an LCD on it.
The Hero RC H911 LCD displays information about the battery life of the transmitter, the signal strength of the helicopter and transmitter, the throttle output level, trim indicators, and more. This is another great reason to pick the H911 as your next step in your learning curve of RC helicopters.
What is the binding process and why the Hero H911 does it so well?
The binding process is the syncing of both the transmitting and receiving units of the helicopter. This is a very important step before actually flying your device. There are a series of steps involved in each case, but for the most part, you have to place the heli at a leveled surface and turn it on so that the gyro and the system can initialize and take that position of the heli as a set point.
Then, on the transmitter, the throttle control is set to the lowest position to establish a set point as well. The receiver will catch the transmitter signal and the binding process is complete. This is more or less the same with all the helis, in some cases it can be more complicated.
The H911 heli is also a true winner in this matter. The binding process is done in only three simple steps, and it is as easy as to install the battery on the heli while this is on a leveled surface, then turn on the transmitter with the throttle in the lowest position, and that’s it; some LEDs will blink to indicate the binding is complete and you’re ready to go.
You may be wondering why is necessary to bind the receiver and transmitter, well, this is because the Hero RC H911 can be flown with other transmitters, thus, if you have a lot of these helis and you purchase a master radio control, you can also bind each one of your helis with that radio as well.
The Servo Cyclic Control – The Next Step for the beginner!
The cyclic control is what defines the direction in which the helicopter moves, and it changes the direction a little bit more until it reaches it, every cycle.
You may remember that with the Syma coaxial helis, you moved back/forward with the tail rotor blade, and left/right by rotating the heli to the desired direction, and then move the tail rotor blade to move forward in that direction.
With the cyclic control, all the directions are achieved by literally tilting the single main rotor blade in one or another direction. The way you tilt the main rotor blade is with a component that so far we haven’t talked much about, the swash plate. This is a very interesting component that has two parts, the upper which is always spinning while in operation, and the lower, which tilts the spinning upper part. If the lower part of the swash plate lifts the rear section of the upper part, the heli will go forward, the opposite will happen if the lifted section is the front one. Same goes for the right and left parts.
It is like if the main rotor blade is tilting as the lower swash plate part does, and that moves the heli in the desired direction.
Even when this seems a bit complicated, the Hero RC H911 makes it very simple. It is not needed to know how the heli turns to one or another direction to start flying, however, as you progress with this heli, you’ll be able to see how the swash plate operates on the ground, and things will start to make sense to you sooner than what you expect.
For now, just enjoy your new helicopter, and later you can start to move forward with this and other models.
What’s inside the box?
Now that you know the great features of this helicopter, and that you’re considering getting it, I want you to know what to expect once you open the box and see what’s inside.
This is what you must receive should you decide to get this helicopter for you:
- 1x Hero RC H911 RC Helicopter (RTF)
- 1x Built-in LCD transmitter
- 1x USB charging cable
- 1x lipo battery charger
- 2x lipo batteries (Yes, they give you a spare one)
- 1x balance bar (spare)
- 2x main rotor blades (spare)
- 2x connect buckle (spare)
- 1x tail rotor blade (spare)
For what you can see here, they include most of the spare parts you’ll need in case of a crash, so this is great since you’ll be able to keep up the fun in case you need them. This gives extra points to the Hero RC H911 helicopter.
What are customers saying about this device?
Besides what I have to say, I always like to include what other people are saying about the helis I review, it is my way to prove that I only recommend the best out there. Find some of those comments here:
Source: Amazon.com – Verified Purchase, August 2015
I really like the h911, I have a v911 and then I bought the h911 you can fly it outside but it can be tricky but very fun, I make sure there is very low wind and try not to fly so high, these are my first 4 channel helicopters and they are well worth the money make sure you get parts like the balancing bar, I broke mine but that is the only part so far that I broke, sometimes I noticed you have to check the rear blade also make sure it is all the way pushed on or the copter can start spinning. I am very happy with this product and it can take some hard crashes, I fly my v911 which is the same basically every night when the wind calms down.
Source: Amazon.com – Verified Purchase, August 2015
I flew this chopper like crazy. Probably had over 20 major high altitude crashes, which was my fault. If the bird got too far out I would ditch it even though it was well over 100 feet up. This bird was downright fun from the get go. The end of the story is I crashed it too much to make it worth salvaging so I bought another one. I plan to part out the old hero. Average flight in a 150ma battery is 7-9 minutes. The higher you take it the longer it flies, not sure why, but it worked well. I did add a little forward pitch on the controller to give the bird more forward motion. I flew it in all kinds of wind from about 7mph on down. It’s easier to fly with 1-2 mph obviously later in the evening and early in the am. When I gave it a forward roll and a little left rudder it ripped downward. I used this technique to get it from the 100 feet or more quickly. Also reduced a power a little to give the helicopter some more urge to dive down. Got any questions on flight drop me a line. You can easily fly this indoors, but need a nice size room to do it. Tight spaces will definitely develop your flight skills.
Source: Amazon.com – Verified Purchase, January 2013
After reading some forums, there were nothing but rave reviews for the WL Toys V911 (a single bladed fixed pitch heli) as the next step from 3 ch coax helis, so I bought one. After receiving it I was literally wowed by its speed, agility and stability. It was as stable as a coax but could tear across the room with just a slight push of the stick. What an amazing heli! I’ve flown the V911 at least once a day for the last few weeks and am still amazed with it.
After browsing Amazon one day, I came across the Hero RC H911 Warbird Edition (a rebranded and upgraded ver. of the V911). I liked the shark mouth canopy and already loved the V911 so I picked one of these up too! There are some very slight differences between the original V911 and the Hero H911 though. This model comes with larger 180 mAh batteries vs. the V911s 120-130 mAh batteries equating to longer flight time. This model also comes with a different, more aggressive swash plate. Because of it, I can get the H911 to speed up more quickly than the V911. If I had to choose between the two, I’d say I prefer this H911 version over the V911. The paint job doesn’t hurt either.
So, if you are in the market for a great 4 ch fixed pitch single bladed micro heli, grab this one. You won’t regret it especially since it’s the same price (if not cheaper) than its sister V911 AND you get longer lasting batteries, more aggressive swash plate and a cool paint scheme.
So there you go! The comments of other real customers who also loved this product.
Any complaints so far about the Hero RC H911 heli?
In the spirit of transparency, I always like to investigate more about the downfalls of any RC heli. These devices are not perfect and sometimes you find a chronic complaint, however, this is not the case with the Hero RC H911 heli.
After reading and researching a lot over the internet, I found that most people comments are about not being able to control the helicopter as easily as they would control other more basic helis. It is important to remember that this is a 4ch one, and that you’re no longer dealing with a toy-grade heli, but a hobby-grade one.
Remember to follow the binding process instructions and try it first at the “softer mode”. This heli is a huge next step, so don’t expect it to be as easy as a coaxial helicopter.
Other comments that I found were related to broken or malfunctioning pieces at arrival. I’ve always said over and over that if you detect any of these things when you receive your device, send it back right away! I don’t get why people don’t do this, plus, they start to fly the thing and expect it to fly properly.
I always recommend you where to buy these things because I know that you’ll be able to ask for a complete refund and get your money back to do whatever you want with it. So please listen to me on this and get your heli from Amazon, it is the best place given the price, customer care service, and money back guarantee.
Where can I get my Hero RC 911 from?
Amazon is a well-known place for this, and I always get my helis from there not just because they usually have the lowest price and my package can apply for free shipping, but also because I know I can ask for refunds should I not get what I was promised.
If you want to try the Hero RC H911 helicopter and you want to get it at the lowest price and lowest risk, definitely go with Amazon! Don’t forget to share your story with us and share your comments and questions below. Last but not least, push the social buttons to share this content with your friends and family, and watch my videos on my YouTube channel, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of great information there.