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08-11-2012 07:11 PM  6 years agoPost 1
jhamlinjr

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Milledgeville, GA, United States

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I sent in my APS to have it checked out and accidently sent my multicolored 3gx wiring harness with it. Would like to fly my 3gx while waiting for the APS unit. Does anyone have a spare wiring harness that I could purchase? Don't know why anyone would but it's worth a try.

Thanks in advance!

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08-11-2012 10:10 PM  6 years agoPost 2
vjj

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Prague,CZ

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Search for part # HEP3GX02 - 3GX signal cable set - on your favorite RC heli e-shop.

What was your problem with APS?
What am I to look for or check on my APS?

vjj

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08-11-2012 10:38 PM  6 years agoPost 3
dkshema

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I needed a set, and found it quicker to make my own from some existing aileron extensions, using a crimper and some spare contacts/plugs I had on hand. Since it was going on a 250, I also had the opportunity to make it to the length I needed.

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08-12-2012 05:22 AM  6 years agoPost 4
jhamlinjr

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vjj-You're a lifesaver! Thanks so much. Be very careful with your setup of the APS. Be very meticulous. Shoot me a PM and we can discuss it further.

dkshema-Went ahead and ordered some but thanks for the advice. Never have acquired the proper tools to make those connections up.

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08-17-2012 06:17 AM  6 years agoPost 5
jhamlinjr

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Ok.. got a pm suggesting that I elaborate more on my issue with the APS system I purchased. I took on the task of removing my Total G and installing a 3gx and APS system on a 700. Took my time with the setup and had everything dialed in on the 3gx. Installed the APS and did the setup. Swash checked out perfect on the bench test so I headed out to the field. Powered up and checked swash once more in 3gx and then in APS mode. Worked so headed out into the field and sat the heli down. Stepped back and lifted off. Flipped into idle up and held a nice stable hover for about 30 secs, ascended to maybe 20 ft ( in retrospect should have been higher) and flipped into APS. The heli darted off to the left. Instinctively I gave right aileron just to compensate but that rolled it over even further and destroyed itself.

I have since been in contact with a fella from another furom that had exactly the same experience on his maiden. Great guy to talk to and I contacted him to find out if he got his issue sorted out. He said that his is working like a dream. The secret and hopefully Align will include this in future instructions is that if you check your swash movements in the field always take your aircraft to your takeoff area and cycle the power before taking off. Apparently if this isn't done then you will get precisely this reaction once you switch into APS.

With this said I'm not bashing Align at all. I know the risks of being an early adopter to technology like this. Don't think they did this on purpose or anything. Hell I might have missed it in the instructions but have reread them several times.

Now, I have rebuilt and plan on trying this whole thing again following my buds instructions. We will see how it goes but hopefully this will save someone else the costs of repairs and possibly someone getting injured. If I could have got my hand on throttle hold or the switch to get back into 3gx it would have been much better but alot going on at once really fast and my best bet was to just put it in the ground.

Please... share your experiences as well guys.

HALO

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08-17-2012 11:26 AM  6 years agoPost 6
vjj

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I'm a little bit skeptical about APS capabilities for the present.
Checking swashplate prior to take-off may be perceived as a roll/flip maneuvers by APS unit, I guess.
So, correct work of APS may be crippled for a while.

cf. Align APS manual: "Do not perform violent 3D or roll/flip maneuvers 30 seconds prior to switching into APS mode, otherwise it my cause abnormal attitude detection by the APS and result in incorrect compensation and crash."

vjj

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08-17-2012 04:26 PM  6 years agoPost 7
jhamlinjr

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I did a quick check of all of my swash movements in 3gx and APS modes prior to lifting off but did hover for 30 secs before engaging APS. I think that they should elaborate more on this.

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