Newbie here, waiting for my quad to arrive, drool, drool. I thought this question would be an easy one. Which way do people setup their transmitter. I would think it would be as a heli(quad)copter but without a swashplate it would be simpler to set it up as an airplane. Would this mean that there are only 4 channels needed for up/down, throttle, left and right. So an 8 channel transmitter would have a bunch of aux hook ups at the ready. Am I thinking right?

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  • Developer
    Although I agree with setting up in a plane (vs heli) mode, I'd point out that it is advantageous to have a heli transmitter versus an airplane transmitter.  Most heli transmitters will have airplane programming modes as well.  The thing that makes a heli transmitter advantageous is that the "throttle" stick potentiometer does not have detents, so you can get much higher resolution of your desired throttle position.  Airplane transmitters have detents which force the stick into one of a smaller number of choices.  When you are trying to hover this often leaves you in a position where one detent is too little and the next detent is too much....
  • Moderator

    I have my radio setup in plane mode, with one mix.

     

    When I switch the gear switch on, it engages mixes throttle to zero, and full left yaw.  Which gives me the equivalent to throttle hold mode on a heli, so when I crash :-) like last week it was a quick flick and the motors disarmed rather than having the hexa's props doing more damage.

     

    I have my first 3 position switch set for manual -> alt hold -> gps+alt hold whilst my second 3 position switch is set for manual -> gps hold -> gps+alt hold

     

     

  • Developer

    Nope.. set it us as basic plane as possible. Do not use any kinda mixing or anything else. Aileron is aileron, rudder is rudder, elevator is elevator etc. If you use heli setups, well you will have problems.

     

    Even thou ArduCopter is a helicopter but it's not as helicopter in mechanical way. ArduPilotMega and software will take care of all your control moves.

     

    Yes minimum is 4 channels that is required to control ArduCopter but as you can guess more is better. With 6 channels you can control basically all more advanced features that software(s) provides, if you have 8 or more you can also control cameras and other things. Depending on what all nice things we will figure :)

  • set it up as plane

    heli mode on transmitter has always mixing in it, we can't use this on quadrotors

     

    yes you have a bunch of spare aux channels ;)

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