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05-02-2005 10:16 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Henrik Engert

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Hi,

Just a quick question:

In F3C during an autorotation, are you allowed to have the engine on idle or does the engine need to be totally off?

I just read the FAI rules and it says 'off', but do they mean idle?

Thanks

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05-02-2005 10:22 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Secret Squirrel

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For F3C, the engine is fully cut.

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05-02-2005 10:49 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Henrik Engert

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okay.

Then I have to correct myself when I talk to other people.

Thanks
-Hinke

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05-02-2005 01:46 PM  13 years agoPost 4
mrNoodles

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Idle in Sport class.

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05-02-2005 02:00 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Henrik Engert

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Yes, that I know.

The reason I got confused was because I have seen one person practice F3C (I myself is the only one that flies FAI where I live) and he used idle, but that was of course only in practice since he did several autos at the end.

All I can say is that it is pretty brave to cut you engine, but if you know your stuff it should not be a problem.

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05-03-2005 11:57 AM  13 years agoPost 6
GM1

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Autos
All FAI F3C contest autos require the motor to be stopped before the model crosses the centerline and the start of the maneuver is called. Most of us have the motor adjustment on the transmitter where we can set the motor to idle during practice and then flip a switch or slider to kill the motor in a contest auto. In my case, I use the right slider on both the 9Z and 14MZ, push up, the motor idles during the auto, pull down, the motor dies.
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05-03-2005 12:40 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Henrik Engert

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Yeah, I wonder how you would do that on a Futaba FF8 radio?

I only have Throttle hold on mine. This is what I use in the Sport program to do an auto.

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05-06-2005 07:35 PM  13 years agoPost 8
wolfdad

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How do you "kill" your engine at the end of a flight? I have my 9303's set up so that if I go full down on the engine trim, the engine dies.

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05-08-2005 06:09 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Henrik Engert

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I will use 2 seperate model programs with the FF8. One that keeps the engine at idle and one that kills the engine. If I ever get to the F3C class.

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05-08-2005 09:14 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Al Magaloff

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Why not lower the trim, as Wolfdad does?

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05-09-2005 06:59 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Henrik Engert

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Running GV-1 where you set low, idle, and high. I need to use the Throttle hold switch to switch pitch curves.

Anyway, it will be at least 1 year before I can do the F3C program. I am in Sport right now.

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05-09-2005 12:11 PM  13 years agoPost 12
cwright

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I have my 8U Super set up to idle with throttle hold and I use the spring loaded switch ( trainer switch ) for engine kill. Works great. Chuck

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