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are the real differences between all these radios
very often asked to recommend a radio to new pilots buying their
answer is not as straightforward as you might expect, as there are
so different makes available out there.
first thing I will always say is that you DO need a programmable
radio. The stock radios such as that provided with
the Esky Belt is extremely basic, fairly unreliable, and not worth
the amount of money you pay for it.
can hear you asking why this should be so ? Surely if a
manufacturer provides a radio, it will be suitable for use with that
guess that if push comes to shove, even I have to admit that the
Esky Radio "will" let you fly the helicopter, but only
just, and will in fact make it very much harder for any new pilot to
learn to hover or fly. You cannot adjust or control the amount
of swash plate movement at all, which all goes to make the Belt CP a
very twitchy and hard to control helicopter for a new pilot.
radios on the other hand do let you control almost
every aspect This is pretty critical for learners, as
they cannot cope with a twitchy helicopter that darts everywhere as
soon as it comes of the ground. You need to be able to control
almost all Collective and swash plate movement, mostly to soften
standard Collective Pitch helicopters need a minimum of a 6 channel
of course go for radios with many more channels if you wish, but
they come a lot more expensive. You only need more channels to
control thing like Auto Pilot systems, retractable landing gear and
other "extra" functionality.
the most common radios provide at least 6 channels, and can be
configured to handle both CCPM and NON CCPM machines. They all
provide a way to control servo endpoints that let you soften the
swash plate movement down to a level suitable for a learner pilot.
have an LCD screen that you use to program them with, but after that
the diverge quite wildly in how you configure them, but they all
provide almost identical functionality, so one of the major
differences to justify additional cost is the more model
configurations they can store for you.
are never going to have more than 2 or 3 helicopters in your fleet,
what is the point of paying for a radio than store 20 or even 30 ?
choose your radio, think about the number of models you need
storing, and how many additional channels you may need later
on. Then shortlist them down and choose the one that best
suits your preferences and wallet.