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07-30-2013 01:34 AM  4 years agoPost 121
BobOD

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Skip those preflight checks
No reason for that...not ever.

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07-30-2013 01:47 AM  4 years agoPost 122
rexxigpilot

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My Futaba 18MZ has telemetry too.

Regarding the question of two nearly identical models, yes I have had that situation with 2 T-Rex 600s. Guess what, I set each one up with identical equipment and programming on my Futaba radio. So they used the same model setup in my TX. Model match would have caused me to program two separate setups for nothing.

I also have a flying buddy who uses s JR 12X. He has two identical Raptor 50s, each set up identical (at least they started that way). One canopy is red and the other is blue. He is always trying to remember which is Raptor 1 and which is Raptor 2 in his TX. This leads me to conclude model match is more trouble than it's worth.

I have both Futaba and Spektrum radios. I have never had the wrong model selected with my Futaba and flew without realizing it due to proper preflight check. I guess if ESCs didn't all have hot start safety features, then model match would be of some safety benefit.

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07-30-2013 01:55 AM  4 years agoPost 123
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telemetry is not for staring at, you set the alarms to warn you (yet another safety)
I use a timer on my helis. When the alarm goes off, I need to come in and land. I carry charged batteries in one container or area of the vehicle and batteries I plan on charging at the field in another container or area of the vehicle. Any battery that doesn't last the timer, that was determined by the battery percentages after some test flights with new batteries, is considered worn out and will be disposed.

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07-30-2013 02:03 AM  4 years agoPost 124
ICUR1-2

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the nice thing about telemetry and e-heli's is you can set the telemetry to tell you when it's time to land
my flights vary from 3 min to 5 min depending on how hard I push it
the old school way of guessing and using a timer are gone :

forgot to mention with telemetry there's no chance of flying with a dead pack.

hey another safety feature

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07-30-2013 02:10 AM  4 years agoPost 125
Eury

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I use timers for flight time, telemetry for rx voltage, signal strength, and temperatures. If the temp gets high, voltage or sign get low the TX beeps and let me know. It's nice to have a warning like that. The signal strength was especially helpful on an FPV multirotor I had last year. It was easy to get it too far away, and the TX (DX18) would vibrate when it started dropping frames and I'd know to start coming back.

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07-30-2013 02:49 AM  4 years agoPost 126
AltecLansing

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I'll stick with the timer. It works well for me. I'm getting 5 minutes of flying with plenty of pack left to go longer, if I'm out a ways or have to hold off landing for a minute. I couldn't stand 3 minutes of flight time. Just not enough for me. I do prefer futaba, but now that both companies have had time with the 2.4 systems, I'm sure they are getting better.

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07-30-2013 03:01 AM  4 years agoPost 127
Kevin Dalrymple

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A guy at my field has one of the new Jeti radios with telem. I like how it tells you the MHA used while flying. And you can actually here the radio. Seems like it works pretty good. I would like to have that any day over modlel match.

As far as raptor 1 & 2 just rename them red raptor and blue raptor.

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07-30-2013 03:29 AM  4 years agoPost 128
dragonflya

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As far as raptor 1 & 2 just rename them red raptor and blue raptor.
Ha red and blue works as long as you get the right canopy on the right bird.


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07-30-2013 03:37 AM  4 years agoPost 129
ICUR1-2

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On my nitro I use telemetry for engine temp, if the alarm goes off I know theres something wrong and rx voltage.

Another thing I like about Spektrum is how they give the consumer what they wanted.

Years ago I emailed them asking for telemetry as I'm sure quite a few others did as well, Back then the thinking was "how do I fly and watch my screen" I guess the solution of an audible alert worked after all.
some one else came up with the vibration idea for the deaf.

what has Futaba done for you lately ?

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07-30-2013 03:44 AM  4 years agoPost 130
BobOD

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That's a good one rex. I have a similar situation...never realized the inconvenience till now.

How about the less than conscientious guy next to me that doesn't do a flight check? I feel just a little more safe if he has MM.

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