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Alias Quad-Rotor RTF Helicopter from LaTrax

By Greg Covey
Published: January 14, 2014
LaTrax Alias
LaTrax Alias with parts
Product: The LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter delivers quad-rotor thrust with an auto-leveling, six-axis flight stabilization system. The package includes a programmable 2.4-GHz radio system with four AAA alkaline batteries, a high-capacity 650-mAh Lipo flight battery, a fast USB-powered battery charger and four spare props. The complete package provides everything you need to fly.

The Alias, which is made of molded plastic, measures 9.25” on the rotor diagonals. The quad feels light and sturdy when picked up, weighing just 3.53 ounces with the flight battery. The high-intensity LED optics provide visibility and flight orientation day or night.

The 2.4-GHz transmitter features low-battery indicators for both the transmitter and the flight battery via built-in telemetry. Three customizable flight modes, from easy to advanced, provide just the right control input for pilots of all capabilities. Pre-programmed maneuvers allow for tricks and flips with the ease of pressing a button. A variety of features such as digital trim controls, indicators, an LCD display, 10-model memory, interchangeable sticks and thumb pads unlock the performance and potential of the Alias in flight.

Performance: No assembly is required other than installing batteries in the transmitter. I browsed through the manual and Quick Start guide while charging the LiPo battery using the supplied USB-powered charger. I had no problems charging in fast mode using a USB 2.0 port on my PC.

The flight battery comes semi-charged, so after just 20 minutes of charging I was ready to fly. Once powered up, the transmitter defaults to Normal mode, the easiest flight mode, which uses low rates and full auto-leveling capability to limit flight angles.

Indoors, the Alias lifted off the carpet and was incredibly stable in a 4-foot hover. In Normal mode, I could comfortably fly the quad from room to room. If the throttle stick is left idle for 5 seconds or the Alias detects an impact, it will automatically disarm.

The LEDs are quite bright, and the lenses carry the color out to the motor pods so they can be seen in almost any lighting conditions indoors or out. The LED colors help maintain orientation in the air and direction of travel. They can be easily turned on or off using the right button on the transmitter.

Outside, I tested the Fast flight mode, which increases the controllable angle of flight and enables aerobatics. I’m not a 3-D pilot, but the push-button aerobatics had me performing some flips and rolls with just a press of the left button and a flick of the right stick. I had fun pushing the maneuvers beyond my skill level. The Alias’ tough, molded-composite frame easily handled my occasional collisions with trees and the ground. I didn’t try the Expert flight mode, which disables the auto-leveling flight software to give the pilot full manual control.

The charge lasted about 12 minutes indoors and 10 minutes outdoors (with aerobatics and some wind). One cool feature is the battery fuel gauge, which feeds back to the transmitter using the built-in telemetry. It provides visible and audible alerts when the battery-charge level is low. This gives you time to land the Alias and recharge.

Marketing: LaTrax makes quad-flying simple and versatile by providing everything you need in one box and designing a range of flight modes to satisfy any skill level. The Alias requires no assembly and can be ready to fly in the time it takes to charge the battery.

This quad is well-designed and easy to use. The extensive feature set, from programmable flight modes to push-button aerobatics, brings a wide range of potential customers to this product. New pilots can perform aerobatic maneuvers sooner than they ever thought possible, while experienced pilots can unlock just enough limits to sharpen their skills.

The rotor blades, LED lenses and canopies are all interchangeable, so keeping spares on hand allows full customization with the different Alias colors.

A spare battery (No. 6637) allows users to continue flying while the second battery recharges. A Dual-Port Charger (No. 6638) allows users to charge two LaTrax LiPo batteries at the same time.

Product: Alias Quad-Rotor RTF Helicopter
Maker: LaTrax
Stock number: 6608
MSRP: $149.95
Availability: Traxxas

• Three flight modes for all skill levels
• Auto-leveling flight system
• Comes ready to fly