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Old 07-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Need some new paddles on Raptor60/90 airframe. These are for a flybar that measures 4 mm. Would any of the newer Align paddles work? trex 700 etc ?

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Re: Paddles Question

Any paddle that is used on a heli with a 4mm flybar will work.

Your choice of paddle will directly influence the performance of your cyclic. That is why you will find different sized (area of the paddle), shapes (airfoils and tips), weights etc.

By choosing different paddles you can tune the performance of a flybared heli much like you do when tuning the FBL unit in an FBL heli.

You can tune for a more solid feel in FFF and FBF (no pitchiness up or down), stability in wind or gusty winds, faster or slower acceleration into and out of a command, faster and slower overall roll rate or flip rate etc.

The smaller the paddle - the less overall influence on the rotor stability
The lighter the paddle - ditto
The thinner the paddle - faster the acceleration rate at the loss of stability

Here is an example of choosing a flybar paddle for a specific purpose. If you have a heli that has a bell/hiller ratio and head design that is a bit elevator pitchy (fore/aft) then you may a want a heavier paddle or a larger one with a fat airfoil or both.

Ditto if you are using mainblades that are pitchy around the fore/aft axis in FFF and FBF.
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