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03-02-2017 10:05 PM  16 months agoPost 1
bulldogs

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I've flown helis since Futaba came out with a new 240 gyro way back in the day... love the hobby flew every day... once the fbl units came out it killed the hobby for me not because of the advancement in technology but because most fbl units (that I could afford)have all the setup lights red and green.. Well this completely sucks for a person who is colorblind and can't see red or green.. so I tried to have people assist in set up but always in the back of my mind I questioned the lights and it killed the hobby for me.. I emailed different manufactures back in the day to go with white and blue anything but red and green..
No responce back.

Just venting because I miss the hobby

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03-02-2017 10:20 PM  16 months agoPost 2
Chuck Bole

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It's been a while since i ran a cgy-750 but, i think all the setup is in text on the main unit.

Hope that helps some..

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03-02-2017 10:22 PM  16 months agoPost 3
ppljr

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Couldn't you get colored filter tape and "change" the colors? A couple of friends of mine are full scale pilots and they get exemptions for colorblindness, hasn't stopped them...

The IKON units are set up through bluetooth on a smart phone, no lights needed. The swash cycles to tell you that is is active...

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03-02-2017 10:23 PM  16 months agoPost 4
co_rotorhead

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I fly iKON FBL controllers on all my stuff. No LEDs. At all. Set up using USB to a laptop or smart phone via bluetooth. Simple.

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03-02-2017 10:24 PM  16 months agoPost 5
Darren Lee

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Vbar, CGY750, and a long list of others don't use LEDs for setup at all. There's never been a better time to get back in the hobby!

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03-02-2017 10:24 PM  16 months agoPost 6
bulldogs

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Thanks Chuck I believe it is..

For me it's was easier seeing the paddles go back and forth and did not have to question..

But I've been out for a couple years might have to look into other options ..

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03-02-2017 10:26 PM  16 months agoPost 7
bulldogs

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Thanks for the info guys ..

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03-02-2017 10:44 PM  16 months agoPost 8
jake21

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Stay with flybar. Many others have and a lot still prefer it.

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03-02-2017 10:53 PM  16 months agoPost 9
ICUR1-2

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Flybars are great until you crash then it's not so great

but I still miss them

spending time, paying attention

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03-02-2017 11:03 PM  16 months agoPost 10
JuanRodriguez

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But I've been out for a couple years might have to look into other options ..
Here's a good solution for you..... stay with the flybar !! Seems like it suits you just fine !!

I don't quite understand why the FBL revolution has killed the hobby for you..... There is no real NEED to go FBL.....

As an aside, there are still a ton of folks out there that enjoy the hobby while still flying on 72 MHz !!! (50/53 also)

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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03-02-2017 11:22 PM  16 months agoPost 11
Dan Minick

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If you can read black letters on a computer screen you can setup a VBar. You can get them dirt cheap, try a couple, you will like them.

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03-03-2017 01:28 AM  16 months agoPost 12
ErichF

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We got these for my colorblind son, who is Red/Green impaired. They changed his life, no ****:

http://www.enchroma.com/

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03-03-2017 02:07 AM  16 months agoPost 13
artimus

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As you can see many choices without lights and fbl units have gotten super inexpensive on the used market....give that a try.....setup is easy to do if your machinical setup is correct.
I just picked up an Synergy N5 flybared heli and am flying it to get my collective management skills back in tune.

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03-03-2017 02:38 AM  16 months agoPost 14
RM3

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that makes no sense.... You can still fly with fly-barred models... and GY401 (better than the 240) can still be found cheap used... Hell I have two 401s... and used one till early last year... they work just fine for most.

Dont let "scary" FBL units keep you from enjoying this hobby, I think your fear has more to do with the complexity of FBL units rather than ability to see them. Keep in mind that many FBL units can even be connected and programmed via a computer... and you can set your colors on the screen to whatever you want to suit your vision. And the CGY750 is indeed white text on a black background (OLED)

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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03-03-2017 03:11 AM  16 months agoPost 15
bulldogs

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Thanks for the info Erich..

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03-03-2017 11:12 AM  16 months agoPost 16
Richardmid1

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Just seen this, haven't read through it yet but OMG I was going to post the exact same topic!!

They should definitely bring back flybars and get rid of gyros altogether and hold separate competitions for them!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-03-2017 11:15 AM  16 months agoPost 17
Richardmid1

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There is no real NEED to go FBL.....
Erm except they pretty much don't exist anymore!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-03-2017 02:35 PM  16 months agoPost 18
RM3

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Here's a good solution for you..... stay with the flybar !! Seems like it suits you just fine !!
I don't quite understand why the FBL revolution has killed the hobby for you..... There is no real NEED to go FBL.....
As an aside, there are still a ton of folks out there that enjoy the hobby while still flying on 72 MHz !!! (50/53 also)
bingo!...

Just cause FBL is on top right now should not be an excuse or even remotely a reason to kill a hobby from your life.
Erm except they pretty much don't exist anymore!
have you bothered to check the classifieds? flybarred stuff everywhere...so whatcha talking bout willis?

With the piles of used flybar gear, many of which are going for pennies on the dollar you can enjoy this hobby just fine for years to come ESPECIALLY if you get a common model like a Trex or Raptor.

I'll tell you what drives me nuts though... people will gladly drop $200 on a servo or $120 on a set of blades (which are dead after a crash BTW) ... but they bark at a $200 custom engine job

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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03-03-2017 02:40 PM  16 months agoPost 19
Richardmid1

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Yes you can pick old flybarred helis up cheap but they don't make the spares anymore and you can't get flybarred blades anymore.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-03-2017 03:34 PM  16 months agoPost 20
bkervaski

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Flybarless systems are fantastic.
Hell I have two 401s... and used one till early last year... they work just fine for most.
... and would be wholly inadequate for flying in the style most strive for ... a 401 is great for flying forward and slow backwards flight but you start hammering on it 3D style and it shows it's age immediately.
Yes you can pick old flybarred helis up cheap
Key words here .. "old" and "cheap" .. a lot of us don't want old cheap junk.

Nobody is going to manufacture a flybarred heli, they wouldn't make any money and probably wouldn't sell many units. Most of us are happy to be free of the cage.

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