Just a quick question which may seem kinda dumb. I've been flying helis for a while now and have always used a mode 1 transmitter. Upon discovering the differences between mode 1 and 2 it seems to me that for helicopters mode 2 is far more intuitive.
Do you think that using mode 1 would effect flight performance and the learning curve? and is it possible to do the same moves with both modes?
Thanks for any help
I fly mode 1 and have done for 20 years, so have no plan to change....
At our field, the bulk of the guys fly mode 2, mainly because the top pilots fly that way and the available instructors are all mode 2.
I have, in the last month, watched 2 guys switch from mode 1 to 2. One was a 16 yr old school kid who flew a mode 2 sim for a week and had no problems with the heli, the other a 50+ yr old guy who has been flying for quite some time and was not that good to start with, just keeps crashing.....brain fade, wrong inputs etc...
If you are too far down the mode 1 road, don't switch
And yes all manouvers can be dont with either mode...
Hope this helps
Same from my side.
At the moment we are only 2 active Heli Pilots at our field (Vereeniging, South Africa) but I am Mode 2 and the other guy is Mode 1. No problems what so ever.
Now either of us can help new pilots that wants to start with the Heli's with no problem.
The last 2 weeks we had 2 new guys that started and we could help them to setup and test fly there new machines.
Mode 2 looks to me much more intuitive, there for with better learning curve. Over here (in Israel) I think all of us are flying mode 2 and for that metter I think most of the flyers in Europ and the US are flying mode2.
On the other side I think most of the Japanis and eastern Esia flyers are flying mode 1 and the Japanis are the best F3C flyers in the world. So I gess you can get use to eather of the modes.Have a nice day :)
I have been flying mode 1 for many years. When I started heli flying I used a sim and practiced on mode 2. At the field my first flight was mode 2. I didn't feel comfortable so I changed the Tx at the field to mode 1 and have been very happy. A few guys in our club fly mode 1 but most are mode 2.
At the end of the day you still need full independent control of both sticks on both axes so it boils down to what you practice is what you fly and rather stay with your established habits!Rob.
[quote]"If you are too far down the mode 1 road, don't switch"
I flew airplanes and helis since about 1980, in mode 1. Around 5 years ago I decided to switch to mode 2.
Now, mode 2 feels as normal and natural as mode 1 used to feel.
Use the simulator (simulator crashes don't hurt to much) and NEVER switch back.
I am an oldy, but goody and I haven't crashed for a loooong time.