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D7 - RADIO - What are Dual
Rates all about ?
Firstly - Dual
Rate switches are VERY useful for helicopter pilots.
What they do
is to let you have 2 entirely different swash plate setups available
to you at any time simply by throwing the Elevator and Aileron D/R
up you computerised radio, you will normally set it up to give
you the maximum amount of swash movement it can provide. This
is fine for competent pilots, but for learners, it is really useful
to be able to have a 2nd set of swash plate settings that are much
radios provide you with an easy way to set these up.
Once you are
in the Dual Rate setup screen, there is usually a little indicator
that shows you the direction of each of the DR switches. I
always like to set a radio up so that with all switches OFF (away
from you) the radio is in normal take off mode. So I leave the
switched ON, and ensure that the DR setting for that position is
100%. Then I throw each switch OFF, and reduce the value to
around 70%-80%. That then means that at take off with all
switches forward my swash plate will only move that percentage
of it's total possible movement.
that hovering will be more gentle and easier, but once I decide to
go into FFF (Fast Forward Flight) I want full control of the swash
for aerobatics or whatever, I just flick the DR switches back ON,
and have the full swash plate movement. On returning to the
hover, I throw them back off again.
In fact, with
most radios, you can choose to have just one switch that is assigned
to switch ALL D/R switches in one go. Personally I prefer to
save that channel and switch each one manually.
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