Oxy 3 is a small size heli, but conceived of real high performances: loosing orientation in flight could become a major concern to really exploit its potential. This is why since the origin Oxy 3 canopy had mandatorily to have a large visual footprint in all the directions, combined with “all weather” visible colours and patterning both in forward and reverse flights. Furthermore, canopy is a fundamental element for the protection of heli components, such as electronics, or lipos in case of crash, and a extended canopy helps further.
To maintain a specular aerodynamic performance in all flight conditions , its characteristic shape quite enveloping was selected to cope with the most aggressive tail-is maneuvers helping to obtain a very symmetrical reactions.
A large room for a wide variety of lipo packs , from 3s to 6s, was considered as a mandatory basis for design, resulting in a generous lipo tray, and relevant canopy space on the top of the cockpit.
Similarly, once defined best ESC positioning (for a rational and shortest cable pattern btw lipo and ESC, and Esc to motor, a good airflow to drain easily the most part of dissipated heat), a suitable amount of space was also required on the bottom part of canopy nose, to allocate suitable connectors without crunching cables.
All these constraints resulted in the peculiar canopy shape we all love!
To be honest, canopy was instinctively sketched well before we could realize how many problems that design could have solved, but everything we then would have wanted to solve was actually well covered by the original draft.
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