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Old 12-15-2004, 12:58 PM   #1
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just curious as to how many of you get rid of the ratchet on your throttle stick regardless of wether or not u use it for helis or airplanes.personally i love the smooth feel of a non ratchetting throttle stick and have always removed it in all my radio's..
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In helis, you definitely don't want that ratchet feel! but in airplane, I found it usefull!
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Old 12-15-2004, 01:51 PM   #3
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When I started heli's this year I removed the ratchet because hover was mid-ratchet. It took a short while but I did get used to it for the planes as well.

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Old 12-15-2004, 09:14 PM   #4
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I'm a rachet guy.... When I am changing power settings on a heavy bird, or a turbine, I need the feedback of how much the stick has moved..

Even on float planes it is usefull..i.e. My Citabria Pro needs 2 clicks of throttle on final to maintian the desired rate of descent on final

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Old 12-16-2004, 11:13 AM   #5
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Got rid of it for the heli.

Feels OK on my planes as well
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:35 PM   #6
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Ditto with Wayne,

I've flown airplanes both ways and I like it with the ratchet, although you might give up some resolution in making the throttle position stepped.

If the ratchet had an option for a finer pitch I'd go for it without a lot of hesitation though. In a turbine application with the thrust vs. throttle position as non-linear as it is, the thrust can grow a great deal on a click or two at the high end. Thankfully its not really a problem on landing as the thrust curve is much more gradual closer to idle...

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Old 12-16-2004, 08:16 PM   #7
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Sadly I still struggle with the ratchet thing. It seems to get get me a little confused on the throttle when applying rudder. The whole rudder thing is a bit of a mystery still I am afraid.
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Old 12-16-2004, 09:18 PM   #8
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Ever since I started flying helis I've been flying with a loose, smooth throttle/collective stick...on the planes as well. I guess it's whatever you get used to.

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Old 12-17-2004, 06:15 AM   #9
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Morning All

I like the rachet with my "static" rotor stuff but must have no rachet on my heli stuff. IMHO the introduction of non-rachet for helis ranks up there with sliced bread and directional lights on vehicles.

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