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Old Dec 27, 2009, 02:33 PM
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I'm an old (54) fixed wing 1/4 scale club instructor. Considering a heli-max AXEcp for my 12yr-old (and me).. We always used trainer-cords at the AMA sanctioned club for safety reasons. We immediately noticed beginners were having MUCH more fun because they spent more time flying and less time repairing. Can the Hobbico FM transmitter that comes with the heli-max kit use futaba training cords and will my old futaba AM transmitter(Gold color) function as trainer unit? thanks, gary
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Old Dec 27, 2009, 03:30 PM
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The AXE CP isn't a great choice for beginners. It's cheap and the parts are cheap, but that's good because it's hard to fly and easy to crash. The trainer setup would require matching programming on the slave box. You are much better off getting a normal kit that would work with Spektrum or Futaba "standard" radios.
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Old Dec 27, 2009, 06:18 PM
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thanks for the input... haven't purchased anything yet
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Old Dec 27, 2009, 08:14 PM
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OK, well, what is your budget, what radios do you have, where are you located, and do you know which helis are popular in your area? Can you get someone to help with your training? Do you have a simulator?

Buddy box training is tricky to do with helicopters, but not impossible. The situation is different with planes. With planes, you can have the student keep altitude and this gives the instructor time to recover from problems. With helis, keeping altitude makes them very hard to see, increasing mistakes, and a helicopter crashes a lot faster than a plane. For hover training at low altitudes, the buddy box is worthless. So, your ability to buddy box the setup is less important than having a good quality machine, which will reduce the amount of random behaviors. Helis are not like planes - they want to crash, where a properly trimmed plane will fly by itself, a properly trimmed heli requires constant management.
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 04:24 PM
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thinking now of an AXE400 because of the futaba radio. Lots more money but choosing the wrong system is worse. Do you think the buddy-box($50) is a waste of money? Do you think an instuctor will not react fast enough for heli mistakes? thanks again
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 04:47 PM
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In my experience yes. It's difficult to set up the buddy box in the first place, and then it's often too late by the time the instructor takes control back. The Axe 400 is a decent heli if you get it set up right. You'll want to have someone with experience take it for a test hover and make sure it's all working right. Then just take it easy and practice a lot. Simulator time is a must.
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 09:48 PM
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thanks again
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