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Dromida Ominus

This quad is easy and fun to fly

March 12, 2015

Highlights

  • Fully assembled and ready to fly
  • 2.4GHz SLT radio system
  • LiPo battery and
  • USB charger
  • Extra propellers
The Dromida Ominus comes completely assembled in the box. Just charge the single-cell 3.7V LiPo battery with the USB charger, install the four included AAA batteries, turn everything on, and the unmanned aerial vehicle is ready for take off!

Also included are two pairs of extra props that match one of this model's four available color schemes. An included quick-start sheet covers the basics: charging, transmitter features, start-up procedure, basic flight, and troubleshooting tips. You can find a full manual online here. It contains detailed information related to transmitter compatibility, how to change between the four flight modes, dual rates, and how to recalibrate the accelerometer — it's worth the read.
Greg Covey/Jim Forbes
Before Takeoff

The Ominus has many attractive features for quadcopter pilots of any level. The stabilization system has three-axis gyros and accelerometers providing smooth and level flights.

The supplied FHSS 2.4GHz SLT (signal link technology) transmitter has throttle/yaw on the left side and pitch/roll on the right. Four rocker switches allow you to fine-tune the Ominus' trim for hands-free hovering. Four flight modes, from beginner to expert, are available and easily changed by pressing a button on the right shoulder of the transmitter. On the left shoulder, an auto-flip button initiates professional-style flips in any direction you choose. The Ominus' receiver is compatible with other Tactic transmitters using its proprietary SLT system, such as the TTX650. So, you can fly the Ominus with your hobby-grade controller if you prefer.

At just over 9 inches long, the Ominus is a great-size quad to fly and the bold colors up front help pilots maintain orientation even at a distance. Onboard LED lights provide easy tracking, day or night. Plus, a "low battery" LED indicator allows you to keep track of the model's power level.
Greg Covey/Jim Forbes
Into the Blue

I didn't have to trim the Ominus to fly indoors. A nimble flyer, the Ominus maneuvers easily through small spaces. It didn't take long for me to start navigating the rooms of my house.

Outdoors, the motors had no problems flying in a slight breeze. As long as the wind was 10 mph or less, the Ominus flew well. Before long, I started playing with the auto-flip feature. It was a blast to do flips and rolls while maintaining stability! I learned that it was best to have at least 5 feet of altitude before attempting a flip. Consequently, I also learned that the props are tough and stopped without damage when striking the ground or other surfaces.

Flights lasted well over 10 minutes, but I'd recommend picking up an extra flight battery (or two) for prolonged fun. The slow-flashing LEDs did their job, letting me know when the battery was low and it was time to land.

Think you'd like to fly at night? The Ominus' lights are bright enough, so dazzle your friends — or just amuse yourself — by zipping around the backyard like a miniature UFO. The multicolor LEDs provide good orientation so long as you don't fly too far away.
System Specs

Dromida Ominus
  • Available: Tower Hobbies
  • Rotor type: Quadcopter
  • Diameter: 9.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
  • Flight time: 10+ minutes
  • Price: $79.99
Final thoughts

The Ominus is both easy and fun to fly. If you've never flown a quad before, its durability, stability, and long flight times make it a great choice for a first-time multirotor. It will allow you to work on the basics and build your skills without the added worry that you'll trash your aircraft. It's also large enough that as your skills grow, you'll be able to move outdoors and perform more sophisticated maneuvers.

Speaking of sophisticated flying, skilled quad pilots can get a kick out of the Ominus, too. The advanced flight settings allow this little quad to turn, flip, and twirl on a dime.

The props are easy to swap. The flight modes can be gradually increased to remove flight assistance features and customize flying to your style. All you need is a second one for your friends to fly!


Note: A version of this review appears in the Drone360 March 2015 issue.
Featured image: Greg Covey