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A4 - Interceptor
400 - How
do you set up the standard G1000 gyro ?
The G1000 gyro
is quite simple to setup really. First of all, you need to
switch it into RATE mode, NOT Heading Hold. You can tell by looking
at the small red LED on the gyro. If it is ON then the gyro is
working in HH mode, if not, it is in RATE mode
Now check the
small adjustment pots on the top of the gyro and set the delay to
ZERO, and the limit to maximum. You can adjust the limit down
again later on.
Next you need,
if possible, to mount your helicopter on a turntable first, but if
you do not have one, you "can" do this by very carefully
holding the helicopter in your hand. If you do hold it in your hand,
WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES and a SAFETY HAT if possible - JIC
spool the helicopter up to just under 50% throttle, and see if it is
trying to turn one way or the other. Operate the rudder to try to
correct this, and even use the trims on the radio to try to find a
position where the helicopter is not trying to turn by itself.
Once you have
found the best position, adjust the tail control rod length, or move
the servo on the boom if you have that type of setup, then re-center
the trims, if moved and test it again.
Now switch to
HH MODE, and do the test again. You will usually find that there is
a difference, so re-adjust to suit HH mode, which is where you want
the most from your gyro.
The last thing
to do is to re-adjust the limit on the gyro so that the gyro itself
cannot overdrive the servo, and then adjust the gain in your radio
so that the tail does not wag. The best way to do this usually is to
turn the gain fully up (100%) and then hover the helicopter and
reduce the gain until the tail stops wagging when you
increase/decrease the throttle rapidly.
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