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Old 12-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Transmitter stick mode!

How many in the Canadian Imac circuit pilot are flying a different mode than Mode 2?
How difficult is the transition in a different mode?
I do fly helicopter. So would I find advantages to switch to Mode 3 (Mode 4 in Futaba) for helicopter flying?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: Transmitter stick mode!


First I must say that I have a great deal of repect for Ivan and his flying abilities. He has done a lot for the RC community, is always friendly and approachable, is a real gentleman, and has a great deal of respect from the modelling community both locally and internationally. If you have ever seen him fly, you most certainly know Mode 3 works very well.

Regarding the different stick Modes. I personally fly Mode 1 for aircraft, but can fly Mode 2 aircraft transmitters if I use a lot of concentration. I'm just starting to play around with small helicopters and find I prefer Mode 2 to fly them.

Once you start to fly with one mode, your automatic reactions to corrections become difficult to "unlearn" and takes a lot of concentration. Similar to your automatic reactions when driving in England or Australia.

Whenever I introduce anyone to RC, I recommend they go to Mode 2, simply because that is what most people fly in North America and if they ever need assistance, and I'm not around, they probably will only be able to get help from a Mode 2 person.

However, after saying that, a nice feature of most radios of the same make, is that if you fly Mode 1 (or 2) and want to buddy box with a Mode 2 (or 1), the conversion is automatically done in the radio so you can help anyone on another mode to learn to fly.

I have now made it a point to only buy transmitters that allows easy conversions and updates, that includes switching transmitter Modes, frequency modules, and downloadable software updates.

By doing this, I always have the flexibility to switch to whatever Mode I want and to keep my system up-to-date..

I currently fly an Aurora 9. This transmitter allows me to easily switch transmitter Modes in software and hardware for easy customization. On top of that, if there is any new improvements the receiver, 2.4 frequency module or transmitter, the software can be downloaded into the radio system by the net and your PC. It also allows me to use my choice of a 72 or 2.4 module. Positive or negative shift for 72 is also programmable.

Those are my observations, and personally, I really don't care what Mode or Radio you fly, I just want you to come out flying and enjoy the hobby.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Re: Transmitter stick mode!

Originally Posted by Skybolt View Post

How many in the Canadian Imac circuit pilot are flying a different mode than Mode 2?
I am aware of 4 in Ontario flying other than Mode 2. There may be more. Point being it's a minority.

I think Mode 1 and 3 are better in theory.

My concern would be if you had a problem (bug in eye, sunblock) or would like someone to test fly your plane there is next to no one to hand the transmitter to. I've seen judges, at a contest, jump out of the chair to save an airplane serveral times for example.
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