Hi guys, I'm new to all this and need some help. My question is to know whether it is possible to operate an R/C aircraft with a Joystick (as you would in e.g. MS flight simulator) or must it be a conventional R/C controller.
I use the PCTx and it works well. I've flown Heli's with it too. I would stay away from trying to reverse the controls, as the plane is coming in to land there is not much room for error, as the plane flys past you you would need to reverse the controls again. Thats alot going on with the plane at a low altitude. When I'm facing the plane and its coming at me I just remember to move the control towards the low wing and when it passes by then its back to normal. If you reverse the control and make a mistake on landing you probably won't have time to recover before it crashes. If you can find someone to buddy box with you it dosn't take to long to get yourself to the point you can fly with the plane going away or coming towards you.
I've never (yet) had a problem flying with the PCTx, there is some latency but for normal flying its ok, you can't do 3D heli stuff with it. At the field the PCTx plugs into my JR9303 which is being held by my 19 year old 3d heli pilot son (Great Backup) so if anything does lock up he can take immediate control of the plane and save it. We have about 50hrs with it with no problems.
Doug, I'm thinking about buying the Easystar but my understanding is I need a controller for it can you please give me some hints on how to purchase a good combination of components, if you have face book you can add me, Moe bah.
It looks like your in the UK and I don't know what frequency's you can use there. Also, you need to consider what extra stuff you may want to add like a camera with video downlink, telemetry and so on. Give us an idea of what your future plans are and then it will be easer to give you some suggestions.
at first something easy to learn how to fly, then defiantly an autopilot, camera etc. I've understood that in order to use the PCx you will need to have a controller with a trainer , and everyone is telling me that the easystar is a good option for a beginner aircraft but it doesn't come with a controller so id rather buy a good controller so when I upgrade to another aircraft i can still be able to use it.
The following is the link I've checked out regarding easystar http://www.hobby-lobby.com/easystar.htm
Moe, there are some pretty good cheaper 2.4Ghz transmitters on the market, if you are in the UK I would take a trip down to WHSmiths and buy a copy of RCME, (Radio Control Models & Electronics) and put the kettle and sit down for a read of the adverts.
Another great thing to do is find some local RC flyers and bother them ;-)
It does not need to be an expensive hobby, people will try and up sell gear in hobby stores, I'm not sure what others will say but I reckon a six channel transmitter will do start with.
Welcome to looking at the sky and wondering if the weather is right all the time.
hahaha well mate let me tell ya something I'm still stuck on what to buy as my aircraft and whether to buy a ready to fly easystar or a kit and buy the transmitter separate, or buy different sertain bits and bobs that make it better. so don't talk over my knowledge=)) remember I dont know ......... about all this=))))) im good with the engineering aspects but not the actual hands on stuff like you guys but thanks for all the support:D
Forget about autopilots and cameras for a while, prtend they don't exist!
In the meantime, buy yourself a decent quality Transmitter with at least 6 channels, a flight simulator that is compatible with your transmitter and PC and start simulating flight with RC! Then, when your eyes can take no more of the computer screen, get yourself an ARTF Piper Cub ( around 72" ) build it and get some hours FLYING in!
Then, when you are happy with your flying skills, you can begin to thing about other things