I was getting bored of only land-based RC vehicles, so I decided I wanted to get into helicopters. I did a little research, and found that coaxial helicopters were the best to start off with. I asked around the forums, and the E-Flite Blade CX2 seemed to be the best coaxial I could start with. I went to Hobby Hangar and bought one for $190. The manager showed me the basics of how to fly the CX2, and I went home to see what I could do. As soon as I got home, I opened the box and began to look at everything.
The CX2 is completely ready to fly out of the box, all you need to do is charge the battery. I plugged in the included charger into a wall socket, and connected the battery to charge. The radio transmitter is included, along with the helicopter (duh!), instruction manual, and an advertisement CD.
After the battery was finished charging, I put it in the CX2 and proceeded to try and fly. It was my first helicopter, so I didn't know how to fly well. I was flying in my living room, about 20' by 20'. The helicopter performed perfectly, but my flying skills weren't very good! I did crash a few times, but I did buy some extra upper and lower blades, because crashing and breaking blades are inevitable. Blades only cost $4 for four upper or four lower blades. That's only $1 for each blade, which makes the CX2 a fairly cheap helicopter to learn on.
Its been about 6 months since that first flight, and right now I've mastered flying the CX2, and have moved on to more acrobatic helicopters. Since I can actually fly it well now, I can comment on its performance. The CX2 is not a good outdoor helicopter; even a slight breeze will push it around a lot. If you plan on flying outside, make sure that the wind is at a dead calm. The battery lasts for around 7 minutes, and charges in about 1 to 1 and a half hours.
Also, don't get too crazy when controlling the CX2. If you're doing rapid stick movements and aggressive maneuvers, the upper and lower blades will collide with each other (called a blade strike), and will result in a nasty crash!
When you purchase your CX2, make sure you get the updated version! In a recent update, they replaced the upper rotor head from plastic to aluminum. The plastic head has a tendency to tweak and cause erratic handling.
The E-Flite Blade CX2 is a great way to learn how to fly helicopters. It's only $190, and is completely ready to fly out of the box! If you want to learn how to fly helicopters, the CX2 is the best trainer helicopter you can get.