Originally Posted by whitehedr
I agree with your reasoning 100% Jas. My only concern with the posters original question is where is he learning to fly. That further evolves to who will be there to help him, if anyone. If there are a multitude of Mode 1 flyers then he should probably try Mode 1. If there is no one within 500 or for that matter even 100 miles then Mode 2 or Mode 3 should be the choice. All the cyclic controls on the same stick for sure. I personally wonder how Mode 1 and Mode 4 EVER saw the light of day.
I'm not sure why you would want to learn from people who are doing it wrong.
Mode 1 (and why it's #1) is a remnant from the evolution of radios. The first radio had only a button on it - pushing the button cycled the rudder from left to center to right and back to left again. When two-channel control arrived, the rudder was still the most important control, so they put it on the right, and elevator on the left - things evolved from there. So, that's why it makes sense and why it's number 1. It is still a stupid way to control a helicopter though