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02-02-2013 02:35 PM  5 years agoPost 1
DavidLD

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I currently fly all of my helis with the DX8 and enjoy it very much. This summer, I may be adding large scale planes to my fleet and will need more channels (retracts, bombbay doors, multi-servo control surfaces, etc.) I'm thinking about trying something new and have my eye on the upcoming 14SG, although I have never owned a Futaba. I would grab a 8FG, but not sure I could live without telemetry. So, adding a 14SG to my fleet - what changes should I be aware of?

With the DX8, I don't have to use a receiver on my helis. I just link directly to the VBar unit and there's no mess/fuss. Will a Futaba do this or will I have to add a receiver?

I don't think I want to get rid of the DX8, so I will still be able to fly all of the BNF stuff. How do you guys fly BNF - just buy an extra receiver? They are a bit more expensive it seems.

Do you think it's possible/likely that the 14SG will eventually include a flight-pack voltage warning via telemetry? (The only real reason to use telemetry with an electric IMHO.)

Is there any other info I should consider when moving to Futaba? The S-Bus system seems interesting, and should help with larger craft I think - fewer wires and cleaner setups?

I'd appreciate any thoughts you'd care to share.


Dave
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02-02-2013 07:25 PM  5 years agoPost 2
ExFokkerFlyer

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Think of S-bus as Futaba's answer to using satellites. It really is much, much more than that, but for helis it's easiest to understand that way.

If you are using a FBL controller, which nearly everybody does today, with Spektrum you use two satellites for most helis right? Some can use one, I know... but typically it's around two. Those cost around $30 and have to be located in certain areas around the heli and in relation to each other.

With S-bus you can buy a Futaba 3 channel receiver for around $60-70. Connect that receiver with one cable to the FBL controller and done. All other servo wires go to the FBL controller in most circumstances. Orient the two antennae 90° from each other, and boom! You are good to go. Very simple, and it takes care of everything.

I don't have a 14SG, but it will be telemetry capable, and I'm sure some sort of flight pack voltage is planned or offered now (I haven't looked into it).

Tom M

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02-02-2013 09:20 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Sparkhead

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There is a flight pack monitor already available.

It's the twisted red/black cable with the white plug.


Mick.

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02-02-2013 10:27 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Andy from Sandy

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With the DX8, I don't have to use a receiver on my helis. I just link directly to the VBar unit and there's no mess/fuss.
This is a misconception as the satellites are receivers.

The planned release of the 14SG is to supply it with the R7008SB receiver which will support all and any telemetry sensors Futaba make.

I guess if you haven't already searched, here is a good place to start
http://www.futaba-rc.com/systems/fu...14sg/index.html

The 14SG is a very nice transmitter indeed.

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02-03-2013 12:39 AM  5 years agoPost 5
DavidLD

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Thanks for the responses. This is starting to look promising


Dave
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02-04-2013 04:07 PM  5 years agoPost 6
bbaxter

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ORIGINAL:ExFokkerFlyer

Think of S-bus as Futaba's answer to using satellites. It really is much, much more than that, but for helis it's easiest to understand that way.
Futaba systems do not use "satellites", which are auxiliary receivers used to insure that the airborne system that uses them can have acceptable receiver performance with regard to the transmitter's signal.

S-Bus is a system that allows you to use a single cable to control all of the functions of the airborne system. A single cable connects your flybarless controller to the receiver. This cable transmits all of the information the controller needs to coordinate five control functions: pitch cyclic, roll cyclic, throttle, collective pitch, and tail rotor. It can also transmit every other function you desire, such as gear, lights, and other scale features.

Here's the page that explains the S-Bus:

http://www.futaba-rc.com/sbus/index.html

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