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Old Aug 07, 2007, 10:16 PM
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How to set up 3 channel plane

Ok this is going to sound dumb but I have done allot of reading but can't find the answer so here goes the question. I learned to fly on a 4 channel plane with the controls set up, left sick is for motor speed and rudder, right stick is for alerons and elevator. I'm going to build my grandson a 3 channel plane and want to know how you would set up the sticks?

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Old Aug 07, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Keep them the same. That's how I fly my three channel planes.

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Old Aug 07, 2007, 10:53 PM
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hmmmm..... assuming the 3 channels will be throttle, elevator, & rudder, I'd set the rudder up on the right stick. It's very difficult for a newbie (including me!) to control throttle & rudder on one stick!!!

As he advances, he'll be turning with ailerons on the right stick and probably won't use rudder in flight for a long time!!!

Of course there are three channel planes that are throttle, aileron, then elevator. In that case I'd keep it setup as normal..

My e-starter has enough dihedral to turn with rudder only but I find it difficult to do and keep the throttle steady!!!

Just my $0.02

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Old Aug 07, 2007, 10:55 PM
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Convention is that your primary turning flight surface is on the right stick, coupled with the elevator. It's a whole lot easier that way too. All your attitude control is on one stick.
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Old Aug 07, 2007, 11:02 PM
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Plug the rudder servo into the aileron plug on the receiver. With a 3 channel, steering and elevator are on the right stick with the throttle on the left. Much easier to control.
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 02:32 PM
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Thanks everyone for you input on this. I guessed that you would keep the turning control on the left stick.

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Old Aug 08, 2007, 02:59 PM
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I'll just restate what other posters have said. The primary turning control should be on the right stick. On a 3 channel setup that may be rudder or aileron, but which ever it is, put it on the right.

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Old Jan 14, 2010, 08:53 AM
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Thanks to all you RC pros! I am new to this and am so glad that whenever I have a question of my own, it is usually posted here with all the advice and suggestions along with it!! So nice to have all of your experiences and knowlege.
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Old Aug 10, 2014, 11:33 AM
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THANK YOU FOR THIS. I never thought of it and set up my 3 channel plane like you would a 4 channel. NUMEROUS crashes latter I actually started to learn it set up with the rudder on the left stick(typical 4 channel In the US). While using a simulator I noticed the rudder was set up on the right stick. I got on the webs and searched and this thread popped up. I set up the rudder on the right stick and went out this morning and I was able to fly with no crashes .I did a couple figure 8's , loops , slow fly by's , and even landed about 4 times nicely. No damage to the plane First time I brought the plane back home in one piece and no repairs.....
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Old Aug 10, 2014, 12:28 PM
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In addition to setting rudder on the right stick by putting the rudder on the aileron channel, I like to put in 100% rudder-aileron mix.

I fly 4 channel almost exclusively and use the rudder a lot, so out of muscle memory I sometimes try to add rudder with the left stick while I've already got turning input in on the right stick...
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