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Old Jul 06, 2003, 03:00 AM
Bruce Moore
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FMA DIRECT CO-PILOT

Dear Heli Fans...

I bought the product above, with hopes that it would keep my helicopter
parallel to the ground (as advertised). All it did was wreck a servo
(stripped the gear, and detroyed the motor). Have any of you guys tried
this unit with any success?? I shipped it back to them, and they sent it
back and said nothing was wrong. I KNOW I'm hooking it up right... they
offer no solutions or concessions...???

pls help if you can


Bruce-NJ


Old Jul 06, 2003, 03:00 AM
Philip Martin
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Re: FMA DIRECT CO-PILOT


"Bruce Moore" <bruce.r.moore@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> Dear Heli Fans...
>
> I bought the product above, with hopes that it would keep my helicopter
> parallel to the ground (as advertised). All it did was wreck a servo
> (stripped the gear, and detroyed the motor). Have any of you guys tried
> this unit with any success?? I shipped it back to them, and they sent it
> back and said nothing was wrong. I KNOW I'm hooking it up right... they
> offer no solutions or concessions...???
>

The probability is that you did somat wrong! I use two of them, one on a
X-Cell SE and one on a Hawk with no problems at all.

What heli was it on and what servo did you wreck?

Phil Martin.



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Old Jul 09, 2003, 03:02 AM
SRS
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Re: FMA DIRECT CO-PILOT

Bruce,

It is _very_ important that you trim you heli before activating this
device. Otherwise it will go into a pendulum type swaying motion as it
is attempting to steady the crooked beast. Actually it can keep the heli
up for quite a while like this, but I suspect it would be very hard on
the servos.

I have one on a small electric heli that used to be near impossible to
keep from crashing because of its flighty instabilities. It has never
crashed since co-pilot was installed.

Steve w8an


Bruce Moore wrote:
> Dear Heli Fans...
>
> I bought the product above, with hopes that it would keep my helicopter
> parallel to the ground (as advertised). All it did was wreck a servo
> (stripped the gear, and detroyed the motor). Have any of you guys tried
> this unit with any success?? I shipped it back to them, and they sent it
> back and said nothing was wrong. I KNOW I'm hooking it up right... they
> offer no solutions or concessions...???
>
> pls help if you can
>
>
> Bruce-NJ
>
>


Old Jul 11, 2003, 03:02 AM
elossam
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Re: FMA DIRECT CO-PILOT

The last time I made the calibration test was 06january03 . This day I
achieved a 10 points reading level. I use a Futaba fc28 and the
co-pilot gain was assigned to the same switch used to go from normal
mode to iddle1. The transmitter has the possibility to set a different
offset for each flight mode so I use it to correct the trim
differences with the co-pilot on and off. The system holds the same
amount of trim difference (letīs say relative trim possition and not a
fixed trim possition) so if I need to retrim the heli due to load
changes (itīs a camera ship) the flight mode 1 will be affected too
but holding the offset difference selected before. If the current
flight day gives less temperature reading the unit will be less
sensitive but thatīs all; Iīwill never overstress the heli like flying
in a 10 points level day with the co-pilot programmed at a 7 point
level.
The unit is very sensitive to the leveling you achieve during the
calibration procedure and I want not to start retrimming it each time.
Hope it helps anyone
Elossam
Old Aug 04, 2003, 03:01 AM
Bill Wolff
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Re: FMA DIRECT CO-PILOT


Hi Steve... I have a small electric heli called a Feda Dragonfly which =
is just like the Century Hummingbird. And it uses those micro servos and =
plugs. And I can't see me hooking up the FMA Co-pilot to this thing at =
all. As any extra weight alone (even just the training gear) is enough =
to stop it from lifting up. So what kind of electric heli do you have? =
Just curious.

Bill

"SRS" <sstuart@NOSPAM.glasscity.net> wrote in message =
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> Bruce,
>=20
> It is _very_ important that you trim you heli before activating this=20
> device. Otherwise it will go into a pendulum type swaying motion as it =


> is attempting to steady the crooked beast. Actually it can keep the =

heli=20
> up for quite a while like this, but I suspect it would be very hard on =


> the servos.
>=20
> I have one on a small electric heli that used to be near impossible to =


> keep from crashing because of its flighty instabilities. It has never=20
> crashed since co-pilot was installed.
>=20
> Steve w8an
>=20
>=20
> Bruce Moore wrote:
> > Dear Heli Fans...
> >=20
> > I bought the product above, with hopes that it would keep my =

helicopter
> > parallel to the ground (as advertised). All it did was wreck a =

servo
> > (stripped the gear, and detroyed the motor). Have any of you guys =

tried
> > this unit with any success?? I shipped it back to them, and they =

sent it
> > back and said nothing was wrong. I KNOW I'm hooking it up right... =

they
> > offer no solutions or concessions...???
> >=20
> > pls help if you can
> >=20
> >=20
> > Bruce-NJ




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Old Aug 05, 2003, 03:01 AM
PC
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In article <AT7Xa.32$jq.25@fe01.atl2.webusenet.com>,
wolffsoft@nospamnetzero.net says...
>
> Hi Steve... I have a small electric heli called a Feda Dragonfly which =
> is just like the Century Hummingbird. And it uses those micro servos and =
> plugs. And I can't see me hooking up the FMA Co-pilot to this thing at =
> all. As any extra weight alone (even just the training gear) is enough =
> to stop it from lifting up. So what kind of electric heli do you have? =
> Just curious.


You need a better motor, then it will lift off. Training gear?? Shouldn't
be a problem lifting that like. Is the blade pitch correct?
 


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