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06-25-2015 10:48 PM  35 months agoPost 1
Heli_Splatter

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With so many aircraft, I get things a bit messed up and need to have cheat sheets for what switches control which function on this or that aircraft.

I would like to have a radio screen where I could input all this kind of information. Switch D has this auto-pilot function etc.

Even better would be the ability to enter this information on a computer keyboard and transfer it to the radio or plug in a USB keyboard.

Hey the computer radios are getting closer and closer to computer functionality, so lets just do it.

What say you?

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06-25-2015 11:17 PM  35 months agoPost 2
Aaron29

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This will not take you nearly as far as ensuring every aircraft is set up similar. If a kill switch is Switch A on one craft, make it that switch on ALL craft.

Your screen will sort of get you there but you'll still be looking at a menu.

You can get into any car and drive. Because the functions are similar enough. There are pretty standard agreements on where the window control is, where and how the shifter is and works, etc. for example.

Putting a shifter on the side console and having it work in reverse, EVEN if properly labeled, wouldn't really be optimal. Having stuff all this way and that, even if it's properly labeled, is only going to get you so far.

So to me, I hear you, and yet I think the solution is to standardize your radio setups across your fleet.

Where your example would come in handy would be other people's airplanes. You could hand your radio to a guy and he'd be able to see the functions.

So in a way, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump said, "Maybe it's both?"

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06-26-2015 02:25 AM  35 months agoPost 3
Heli_Splatter

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As much as possible, I setup each aircraft consistently over and over. I have some aircraft that have unique features. It would be nice to have all that information in the radio.

What switch works this feature on the autopilot, or landing lights, or spins the turret, When you have 18 channels, it is not so easy to keep track of everything. What channels and switches control the camera gimbal? quick what is the command for return to home?

Even if they are all setup the same, it is nice for a reminder of what switch works what and what channels are mixed.

I keep this all on paper currently. A quick look and I am ready to fly... if I don't have the paperwork... I have to test and determine how things are.

Flaps, gear, those are standard.

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06-26-2015 11:16 AM  35 months agoPost 4
rpat

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Gee.... and I thought that I was the only one that kept a log of what switches did what on witch airframe. I keep a little book in my transmitter case for all of my different set ups on my airplanes.

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06-26-2015 12:32 PM  35 months agoPost 5
Heli_Splatter

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Catch a falling star, put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day.
Yeah, maybe I am just getting old, I can not remember exactly what each of 30 aircraft are doing. Sometimes I cannot remember what radio is setup and ready to use to fly a particular aircraft...

So guess what? I cheat and write things down. Maybe this would be a good app for my Android phone. I want something that will be with me when I am flying.

I imagine a USB port on the side of the radio, where I plug in a keyboard(or wireless) and I type this information and don't have to use some menu based typing system.

I can wish, can't I?

This idea came to me the other day when a guy came to me with his problems... I set up the aircraft a year ago... he did not write anything down and expected me to remember what the switches controlled. 30 min later, I figured it out... fast forward another year.... come on, I commit this stuff to short term memory and brake light warranty. (if you can still see my brake lights, it's still under warranty.)
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In another 10 years, I won't remember what website I am ranting on.
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06-26-2015 12:50 PM  35 months agoPost 6
rpat

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Yep I'm with you all the way on that one

trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2

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06-26-2015 01:06 PM  35 months agoPost 7
Pistol Pete

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Neat idea.

Already out there is Co-pilot aka voice alerts. No need to look at screen and even multiple alerts can be assigned to one switch.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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06-26-2015 02:45 PM  35 months agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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if I don't have the paperwork... I have to test and determine how things are.
Keep the paperwork in your transmitter case so it always stays where it's needed most, alongside the transmitter.

Another option would be to print out the settings using really small text and physically attaching it to the back/bottom of the TX, or if you use a TX tray. It's amazing how much info. you can fit in a small area using some really small text.

  

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06-26-2015 03:10 PM  35 months agoPost 9
G.Stone

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Why not post the set-up on/in the aircraft itself? Like a nice data sheet, that could be rolled, spindled and mutilated (and fuel proofed). Then stick it in the airplane and leave it there, right where it can be found. It wouldn't weigh enough to notice and could be nicely sized and hidden. Also, keep a copy on file back at the "shop". I keep a folder on each heli with notes, etc. My planks are all simple enough.

Until somebody builds a radio with something like you want.
I doubt it will be long.

Just a question....can you "attach a file" to the set-up on the new Android radios? Forgive me if this is a "dumb" question.

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06-26-2015 05:42 PM  35 months agoPost 10
Heli_Splatter

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Under stood guys... I already have a 3-ring binder that I keep with all the information.

Just saying, I wish they would consider doing something like this and since I don't fly like Kiki Dodliewat, my voice is small.

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06-26-2015 05:43 PM  35 months agoPost 11
rpat

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OK I just thought of one....we all have a note app on our phone, so just make a file for it and add all of your set ups in there. Like you said it is with you all of the time. As a matter of fact that is what I am going to do.

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06-26-2015 05:49 PM  35 months agoPost 12
Aaron29

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Just push up the throttle and figure it out in the air. Sometimes all ya need is a challenge.

I keed I keed!

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06-26-2015 06:35 PM  35 months agoPost 13
Fauropitotto

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I have two airframes, but they're running two different FBL units. I get quite confused as to which switch does which, so I took an hour and set up audio announcements on my DX9 for each switch and state.

That way, the nice british chick in the radio will tell me "Low Rates", or "Bank 2", or "Idle Up 3", or whatever else it is that I need to know.

It really does help, especially when muscle memory on one heli wants to cause a crash on the other heli.

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06-26-2015 08:28 PM  35 months agoPost 14
Stephen Born

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06-26-2015 08:33 PM  35 months agoPost 15
Aaron29

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Yes! Screw hitting throttle hold before a crash. Hit reset before crash! Or after! Just hit it!

I'm throwing my tools away now. This is brilliant!

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06-26-2015 09:50 PM  35 months agoPost 16
RichardV

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You need a heads-up display. Maybe Google Glass with switch assignments.

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06-26-2015 10:09 PM  35 months agoPost 17
Heli_Splatter

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maybe Oculus Rift with reality cameras...

I was hoping to keep this cheap! but the reset button has blown the budget.

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06-27-2015 12:10 AM  35 months agoPost 18
artimus

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I want a button that drops the Foo shield in time to save everybody........

Fly Hard......Team Viagra

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06-27-2015 12:25 AM  35 months agoPost 19
Aaron29

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The reset button will serve that function better. It'll be idling in front of you.

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06-27-2015 01:01 AM  35 months agoPost 20
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I like the one that when you select your model ( logo 550 for instance ) and then move the switch it just talks to you and says what the switch is for ! How simple is that !!

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