;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 2200mAh LiPo
E-flite 3S 2200mAh 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
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 world of fixed-wing FPV. The key
is to get some equipment and give it a shot. You’ll be surprised
how much fun it really is.
When comparing drones to a fixed-wing FPV platform, the
biggest difference is that there’s no hovering, and fixed-wing
aircraft fly more smoothly and take more space to maneuver.
Being able to cover much larger areas lets you take photos
and video that’s very different from those shot from a hovering
drone. They widen your horizons and your perspective. As with
anything new, seek the help of experienced fixed-wing pilots to
help you transition to the new experience.
So get out there and give it a try. I think you’ll enjoy it.