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Old Dec 26, 2004, 03:24 PM
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Co-Pilot with rudder control????

I just got the Co-Pilot and wanted to use this with my Slow Stick for AP so my photos will come out better. Just wanted to ask you guys a few questions about this device. Is it a way that you can use the co-pilot for rudder control instead of ailerons? I see that the co-pilot only has inputs for elevator and ailerons. I have searched around and found a few guys using the co-pilot on the Slow Stick but wondered how you got it to work without aileron control. Do you have to install ailerons on the Slow Stick or is it a way that you can use the rudder on the co-pilot?
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Old Dec 26, 2004, 04:09 PM
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My AP Stick with CoPilot uses standard rudder and elevator control. I just plugged the elevator servo into the "Elevator" (up/down) channel, and the rudder servo into the "Aileron" (right/left) channel .... and it worked just fine.

I love my CoPilot, I wouldn't fly AP without one.

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Old Dec 26, 2004, 05:35 PM
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JimSky,

What copilot do you use and where can I get one?

Thanks


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Old Dec 26, 2004, 05:46 PM
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I'm flying an FMA CoPilot, it uses four infrared sensors to determine the horizon line. Earth is "hot" the sky is "cool", IR wise. It "sees" the horizon front/back and left/right and adjust the rudder and elevator to keep the plane level whenever you let go of the stick. It really works quite well.

Go to:
https://www.fmadirect.com/site/home.htm

and do a search on "COPILOT". There are two systems, I'm using the less expensive $99 one in which you use your exsisting receiver.

I just can't say enough good things about device. Level horizons on every photo, perfect landings everytime...I love this gadget.

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Old Dec 26, 2004, 06:05 PM
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Thanks jimsky for your info. I will hook it up....
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