Originally Posted by jj604
Not disagreeing with this as I think it is how most people would understand gyro action but to be really pedantic:
Gyros respond to ANY disturbance - whether from external forces or commanded by you.
So if you send a roll command to the plane by deflecting the aileron stick, the gyro doesn't know this. What it does know is that the plane starts to roll and it will issue a countermanding instruction to the servos.
This is what is called the "fighting the gyro" effect I believe.
Clever software can overcome this but simple rate gyros will always exhibit this phenomenon.
Yes, I had in mind more than simple rate gyros, which as I remember from old beginner helicopters, will do what you say.