Ares RC Advantage Optim 80 CP RTF Review

Ares Optim 80 CP
For those of you wanting to really learn to fly heli’s, Ares RC has released the Ares Advantage Optim 80 CP RTF. Chock full ‘o stabilizing goodness, the Optim 80 CP starts you off easy and takes you all the way to sport maneuvers and inverted flight, with a “holy crap” bail-out switch for those less than perfect piloting moments. Kurt and Rob give you all the details and what to expect in their 5×5 review…

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring



Getting started in single rotor helicopter flight is tough for the majority of RC enthusiasts. We know. We’ve talked to far more people that have tried and gave up than those who found it easy. Well, Ares knows this as well so they created the Optim 8o CP with their AEGIS flight progression and flight stability onboard.

We dive deep into the actual flight experience in the review videos, but if there’s a single take-away we can give you here would be that the Optim 80 CP is smart. Not the electronics (sure, they work great) but the product. From being packaged with two batteries, a dual port charger, extra linkage, extra blades, and being incredible durability, to the flight experience itself. Ares set out to make something that would allow transitioning pilots as well as single rotor beginners a flexible, practical platform to hone their skills and move into CP flight. Sure, every product on the planet can be picked apart. Is it a monster 3D heli? No. It isn’t designed to be. Is it extremely forgiving with the right switch selections? Unquestionably so. Will it make you fly like a seasoned heli pilot? Yep, and it will make you a great omelet in the process. It’ll also take out the garbage and wash your car.

Flying heli takes skill, and lots and lots of practice. The Optim 80 CP will do just that: give you a stable learning platform and take your abuse and crappy piloting skills in stride. As you improve, it’ll thank you and reward you with a skill set you can take into larger birds and perhaps reduce the amount of parts you’ll need for repairs.

The Optim 80 is a value proposition. To seasoned heli pilots it’s boring and too high priced for their entertainment, as it should be. To the beginner who wants to fly something far more interesting than a coaxial heli, it’s a bargain. So easily the pros forget – once upon a time they were learning and spending far too much money on broken pieces and way too much time repairing instead of flying. They may have the mad skills, but you’ll have the mad smarts, progressing skills, fun…and money in your wallet.

2 Brothers Hobby

Ares RC is distributed by Hobby Town USA,

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
4 / 5


Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4 / 5


Specified Powerplant Performance...
4 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
4 / 5


Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
5 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
4.5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation


How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Beginner - Interm.

Model Specifications

Model Type:



36.7 grams

Main Rotor:

8’’ (203.2mm)

Motor Design:

Coreless Brushed DC


EPO Foam

Radio Channels:



3’’ (76.2mm)

Included Radio System:

6 Channel 2.4GHz

Included Charger:

Dual port 500mAh USB

Included Battery:

(2) 1s 3.7v 180mAh 25c

Needed Items:


Street Price:

$149.99 USD

Special Features:

Comes with 2 batteries, dual port charger, extra blades (main and tail), and replacement linkage.

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