TEST: Fayee FY805, the first picohexacopter

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INTRODUCTION

How long we would have to wait to see the first picohexacopter ? finally not so much with the Fayee 805. As for some other picomodels, the FY805 is parked inside the radio, ideal for transportation. Let’s what we have with this model.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x Fayee FY805 (with a 1S 150mAh LiPo directly soldered)
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 3xAAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x USB charging cable
+ 6 x Spare props (3 CW, 3 CCW)
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

OVERVIEW

The FY805 is built with this type of almost full rigid plastic, probably a reclycled one but since the hexa is so light, it won’t really impact durability/solidity. It comes inside the transmitteur transparent housing.

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The FY805 offers a 2.2cm arm to arm distance. In practice, it’s smaller than a nano, but not so so so much. Here a direct comparaison with the Cheerson CX-10W

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The difference of size, at least for props is obvious.

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-Front view

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White props on front, back for rear. It helps a lot to keep orientation. More, you have blue LEDs for front, green in the middle and red for rear. Everything is here to keep orientation as maximum.

-Side view

The left side welcomes the power lead connector pad to recharche the builtin battery

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-Rear view

On the rear side is located a minipower switch

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-Upper view

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-Bottom view

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Unfortunatly the 150mAh LiPo is jailed… no out of the box possibility to remove it. No foam pads to pretect feet too.

LEDs …

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-Weight

It’s really light for a machine with 6 motors

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Really easy to transport

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Motors

Some really tiny 4mmx12mm coreless motors, probably the smallest size available

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Disassembling

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A XN297 RFchip is located front

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The antenna mod

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Transmitter

3xAAA batteries (not provided) are required

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The transmitter offer two shoulder buttons. The left one cycles between the two speed mode (one or two sound beep are associated). With the left cross buttons, only the upper Arrow engages the headless mode. The right cross section are directions trims. Finally to calibrate gyroscopes, you have to push the left stick in lower left position and the right stick in lower right.

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FIRST USAGE

As you can see, I am positively impressed by the FY805. Super stable flyer while still being nimble. The flight duration, thanks to the builtin 150mah is around 5-6min.. really not bad at all. Thanks to white props, and multicolored LEDs, it’s really easy to keep orientation even in daylight conditions. The beginner mode offers already a good yaw rate. Unfortunatlly, the expert mode is more a pirouettes mode with a “crazy” yaw-rate ideal to play with the headless mode but in practice, pitch/roll rates are not really increased. So don’t expect to reach top speed with this picohexacopter. As you can see, no problem of transmission range within a radius of 20-25m. When the transmission is lost, you have 2s maximum potential flyaway before the fall, so the risk of important flyaway is limited.

LEDs in action

CONCLUSIONS

Mainly positive points for this picohexacopter. Ideal to train yourself during long winter evenings, this FY805 is also easy to transport, during the lunch break for example. I emphazise the flight duration exceeding 5min and its stabilility despite the size. I regret the absence of a real “expert” mode in complement of the pirouette mode.

UNBOXING

PROS

+ Super stable picohexa
+ Close to 6min of flight time
+ Good transmission range out of the box
+ Strong LEDs ideal for night flying
+ Housing inside the transmitter
+ Relatively large transmitter more suitable for large hands

CONS

– Expert mode is more a pirouette mode, not adapted for fast forward mouvements
– No real expert/sport mode
– No removable LiPo
– YaP

This hexacopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thanks them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 18USD at http://www.banggood.com/Fayee-FY805-Smallest-Headless-Mode-2_4G-4CH-6Axis-LED-RC-Hexacopter-RTF-p-1027694.html

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