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10-13-2005 08:19 AM  12 years agoPost 1
OICU812

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Hello all!

Looking at getting the newest Co Pilot system for my Rappy and making it my all out training machine for 3D.

I have some questions...

Anyone make a bracket system for this yet to fit on a boom nicely? This will be going on a Rappy 50......

Can you use digital servos with the system? Some say no, others yes....which is it?

Setup generally easy or can be difficult at times?

Good tool to learn and push yourself into 3d More, as an insurance to flip on,,,,general opinion out there???

Thanks for any info on the topic, appreciated!

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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10-14-2005 05:20 AM  12 years agoPost 2
Rick_H

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Boulder City, Nevada

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Hello

Sensor Mount, I use a horizontal tail fin mount, I cut it down to the size of the sensor. It works well and is low cost.

Servo's, I use digital on one of my ships and Analog on the other. FMA recommends only using analog with their CPD4 system and to use the FS8 system if you are going to use digitals. I have used digitals on my CPD4 system in the past and they worked fine for me.

The setup is pretty easy, The instructions could be a little better. I have see a few who make it more complicated than it is.

Good tool to learn 3D. I think so, I have it setup on my gear switch and fly two to three mistakes high. This allows me to try to recover myself before I let it recover.

My only advise is not to let it become crutch, Fly with it on all the time for a little while to get use to how your heli reacts with it. Then only fly with it on for test flights, practicing low level maneuvers, and for emergency bail outs.

They have saved me a lot of money in crash repairs. I have crashed a couple of time with them but each time they landed on their skids, except for the time the tree branch reached out and grabbed the landing gear saving the heli inches above the ground. Wish I had a camera for that one!.

Rick

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10-14-2005 06:00 AM  12 years agoPost 3
chuckhager

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Clovis, CA

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I mounted mine on the boom using a couple 1" mounting squares cut down to size.

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10-14-2005 06:10 AM  12 years agoPost 4
nojohnny101

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10 miles north of Cincy, OHIO

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hey
when igot my CPD4 co-pilot i printed out these instructions and took them to the field with me for setup....i was very helpful

Instructions for Setup

Additional Info

remember the bubbel level is crucial

Thanks
~Will~

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10-14-2005 06:13 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Rick_H

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remember the bubbel level is crucial
I have not found this to be the case, Get it somewhat level when calibrating then trim it in flight. Works great. I do have a bubble level on one of my heli's but not the other one. Both are just as stable once trimmed out.

Rick

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10-14-2005 06:29 AM  12 years agoPost 6
nojohnny101

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hey
I do have a bubble level on one of my heli's but not the other one. Both are just as stable once trimmed out.
i couldn't get mine to work without the bubble level ...


Thanks
~Will~

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10-14-2005 02:05 PM  12 years agoPost 7
Glenn in Den

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Longmont, Colorado area

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You can use digital servos with the new Co-Pilot (FS8).

You can even use them with the old one but you will burn them out. The reason is that digital servos can accept instructions at 4 times the speed that the old Co-Pilot can spit them out. What do digital servos do without instructions? THEY CENTER. So imagine that poor servo trying to center 3/4 of the time!

I have two older Co-Pilots and I use good analog servos on the ail and ele and it works great. I only use it for bailouts now.

One other problem with the older model is when using it with a Futaba PCM receiver. The superior Futaba RX pumps out the signal to the servos so fast that it messes up the old Co-Pilot when it receives simultanious ele and ail commands. For this FMA recommends and sells a "servo buffer" which slows down the signal to one of them a fraction of a second. You can do without the buffer but you might notice "jumpy-ness" around center on ail when you move ele and vice-versa.



Glenn.

I'm not really an R/C pilot, I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last n

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