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11-26-2006 08:33 AM  11 years agoPost 1
nikivan

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I'd like to buy one of these, but for a while it's been out of stock. On spartan's web site it is listed as '... available early November'. Well, it is end of November now and it is still not available. Also, I looked at the archives and there are posts as early as May that the unit will support attitude/altitude stabilization 'in a few months'. Is it possible to get a little bit more info from the creator? In particular, I'd like to know if the unit I buy today will be compatible with the new features, or I better wait for the new model.

Thanks.

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11-26-2006 12:30 PM  11 years agoPost 2
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Nikivan

They're currently selling out as fast as Spartan can produce them. I order as many as I can and have been selling out before they arrive.

The guys behind Spartan RC are Angelos and John. They've got a bit about themselves in their 'about us' part of the website. They're good guys that have worked hard to make the AP2000i into a really useful product.

Spartan RC is big into product support. That's why there is the optional USB Flashlink available. With it you can update your AP2000i's firmware whenever there is a newly added function or accessory.

A search on RR will net you a lot of comments from satisfied users.

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11-26-2006 01:42 PM  11 years agoPost 3
scott sr

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I bought one from Mark Webber . I haven't received it yet but I preordered it when he was out of stock and he has at least keep us up to date when the delivery date past . So the spartan guys are trying, Mark is trying . I think everyone is trying to get them out to us but sometimes problems come up , but when they keep you informed you cannot expect more than that . Now if they said it was going to be hear on this date and 2 weeks go by and you don't hear anything then I wouldn't be happy . But Mark has keep me and I guess the other guys that preordered informed so I will get it soon enough . Thanks Mark for keeping me updated .

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11-26-2006 03:03 PM  11 years agoPost 4
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I bought and paid for an AP2000i unit a short time ago from Mark Webber. While I haven't received it yet because as it is back ordered, Mark has kept me posted with unsolicted emails and postings on Runryder.

Now that is product support and that is why I have the upmost confidence in the Spartan product and Mark Webber.

Thanks Mark!

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11-26-2006 07:16 PM  11 years agoPost 5
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Thanks for the positive comments, guys. Unfortunately we are competing with the world for a limited supply. I just wish I could get more. I can only imagine how busy they must be at Spartan

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11-27-2006 01:55 AM  11 years agoPost 6
rroback

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hey, no fair guys! I didn't get any emails, and haven't got mine from Mark, what gives? :P

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11-27-2006 10:26 AM  11 years agoPost 7
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Rhett

Everyone was sent an email detailing the situation with their pre-orders. The address I used was the one provided when you ordered. It would have come from news@webberaerialimaging.com. Maybe your spam filter caught it?

PM me your address and I'll gladly resend it.

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11-27-2006 02:21 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Disciple4123

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FYI guys, I have an extra AP2000i unit which I used when I had 2 heli's. I will consider selling it, but don't really need to get rid of it. It has the latest update, if interested PM me offers.

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11-27-2006 07:24 PM  11 years agoPost 9
scott sr

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I bet that PM box is going to fill up quick !

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11-27-2006 07:50 PM  11 years agoPost 10
Disciple4123

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It may, I have one inquirer, although this isn't a classified, there seems to be enough interest that I will state the following:

AP2000 + infrared cable, and the male-male wire set that comes with the unit. Wires are set on ferrite rings mounted on a small wooden block, can be undone if desired. $190 shipped in the US.

No sensor available, no USB uplink available

The unit was involved in a crash on the Pred, it was not hit nor were it's wires yanked at that time. The only reason for sale is that I am going from 2 helis to one. It was brought up to the latest USB uplink standard 1 month ago.

I will consider trades for a 2meter electric glider. I have something in the works involving one, but it is not a priority at this time.

BTW anyone have time estimates on the altitude hold and inertial sensors?

Thanks,

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12-02-2006 12:01 AM  11 years agoPost 11
nikivan

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I totally agree that people from Spartan provide excellent support. I see their posts and I also read the feedback from satisfied users. That is why I’ve already ordered it and I am eager to compare it to my FMA unit. What I found a bit disappointing is that the questions regarding future developments normally don’t get answered. A lot of people where asking about inertial sensors upgrade and I haven’t seen any definitive answers yet. I’d like to not only know about future availability, but also a little more about this functionality as well.

For example: will inertial sensors replace the IR sensor, or they are meant to work in conjunction with it, in order to provide stable hover without drifting?
For the promised altitude stabilization, the rumors are it will be based on barometric sensor. Why not use accelerometer instead?

I’d appreciate if someone steps in and answers these questions.

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12-02-2006 12:17 AM  11 years agoPost 12
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I don't step in because I don't speak for Spartan. I haven't seen Angelos on the forums much lately so that may be why he hasn't answered these questions. I believe they've been quite busy across the pond of late.

As I understand it, the reason behind barometric sensor is the ability to choose a particular altitude. Not necessarly just holding at the last commanded altitude.

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12-03-2006 12:25 AM  11 years agoPost 13
scott sr

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Mike I have a question or anyone can answer that know . I have a JR2000 RX and on my last receiver I had a revolution whip antenna on it . With the AP2000I can I use the Jr2000 RX with the whip antenna , or should I just use the wire antenna that comes with the receiver and just remove the whip antenna on something else ? Your comments are greatly appreciated . Thank You

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12-03-2006 06:51 AM  11 years agoPost 14
BigguyOz

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From what I have read, as the Spartan fits between receiver and servos, the aerial arrangements of the receiver have no relevance.

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12-03-2006 10:47 AM  11 years agoPost 15
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Oz is exactly right. Use the antenna the provides you with the best results. The AP2000i works it's magic between the rx signal and the servos.

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12-03-2006 12:54 PM  11 years agoPost 16
scott sr

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Thanks guys The whip antenna has always been great so I really didn't want to have to take it off and find a tube to run the wire one . Have a nice weekend .

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