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02-04-2008 04:46 PM  10 years agoPost 41
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02-06-2008 12:10 AM  10 years agoPost 42
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hey um just wondering, i have a problem with my helicommand, it usually takes about 3 or 4 tries to get the thing to initialize right. i am not moving the heli when im doing this either, what are some suggestions to correcting this?

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02-06-2008 04:08 AM  10 years agoPost 43
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Make sure your throttle is at zero and don't move the sticks/trims.

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02-06-2008 07:24 AM  10 years agoPost 44
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i have. they todl me to do a factory reset, and it still doesnt work.

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02-06-2008 03:00 PM  10 years agoPost 45
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It sounds as if its having a hard time reading its saved neutral setting (SET procedure) at start up.

Once it initializes does it function correctly in flight?

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02-06-2008 03:20 PM  10 years agoPost 46
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Okay I am ready to try one after reading on here. I too have been using a AP2000 for all of my work but in the northwest too many tall trees and mountains. I can't set it on the ground have to lift it up above it all and then turn on the gain. I have a barless setup I am using V-stab which can actually stabilize by just programming. You can add virtual weight as if you were adding weight to the fly bar.
It is really cool!! It stabilizes on all axis. I just wonder how much better it would be with a helicommand system

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02-06-2008 03:51 PM  10 years agoPost 47
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02-06-2008 04:03 PM  10 years agoPost 48
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I will give him a shout. You must fly in simular terrain up there I would think>

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02-06-2008 04:24 PM  10 years agoPost 49
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02-06-2008 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 50
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I've had some weird issues with my HC from time to time. I'm not smoking crack, but here's what happens.

I go through the normal start up procedure, but for some reason, every 50 flights or so, the HC goes wacko and changes the pitch DRASTICALLY either positive or negative. On day last fall I didn't notice it, launched with huge positive, and barely got the damn thing down. On other days, it adds huge negative. It's changing the overall curve by 3-4 degrees.

What's up with that? I am thinking about buying a second one, then sending this one back. Don't really have time to live without it.

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02-06-2008 05:05 PM  10 years agoPost 51
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02-06-2008 05:11 PM  10 years agoPost 52
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Noobs,

Remember when I was convinced it didn't work in the cold? Mine was doing what you just described. It was terrible. It still isn't as solid as it was when I bought it.

I think it's a great tool, but perhaps the quality control is lacking. I'm convinced mine needs to be sent back. It worked great for a month or two, but since, I've lost some confidence in it.

I need to build a second heli up and always have a backup.

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02-06-2008 05:20 PM  10 years agoPost 53
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Are you autotriming it every so often? I thought I read somewhere that you need to do that or the SET procedure because the Piezo gyros will tend to drift over time. Not sure if that is the case or not but I thought I remember reading that somewhere.

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02-06-2008 05:22 PM  10 years agoPost 54
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02-06-2008 05:35 PM  10 years agoPost 55
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Are you autotriming it every so often? I thought I read somewhere that you need to do that or the SET procedure because the Piezo gyros will tend to drift over time. Not sure if that is the case or not but I thought I remember reading that somewhere.
Yes, every third flight or so.

Nothing explains the pitch changes at startup though. Completely random and VERY frustrating. Happening at the worst possible times.

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02-06-2008 06:03 PM  10 years agoPost 56
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I can understand the frustration. I know the APi gave me the collective jump glitch when the belt drive would cause static build up. Grounding the boom solved that, but this sound like something else maybe.

I would contact Captron.

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02-06-2008 06:54 PM  10 years agoPost 57
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02-06-2008 10:09 PM  10 years agoPost 58
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I bought another HC3a today. I'm going to swap out the one on the heli now and send it back. I just flew it for a while and it's basically useless. Something has definitely gone awry. It used to work wonderful but now no matter what the gain, it falls right, then left, then right, then.............

I also don't have time to deal with the pitch changing unpredictably between flights.

Hopefully Captron customer service is timely and adequate.

I'm building another heli cloned to what I have now, so I need another one anyway.

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02-06-2008 10:53 PM  10 years agoPost 59
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As long as we keep getting those HD Ski videos of yours I'll be happy.

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02-06-2008 11:05 PM  10 years agoPost 60
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As long as we keep getting those HD Ski videos of yours I'll be happy.
I'm going out sunday with another film crew, so.......for the first time this winter I'll actually have a camera operator. Whoopeeee!

No excuses now. Oh crap!

Going to shoot this place.

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