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Old Jan 24, 2009, 06:29 PM
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**HOT** FMA/Revolectrix Announce CoPilot-II - Spring 2009 - $250 USD!

From the FMA/Revolectrix Marketing Team

Read the press release here --> http://www.fmadirect.com/new_applica...lotIIFlyer.pdf

Tens of thousands of satisfied customers
have made CoPilot the name associated with flight
stabilization worldwide.

Now introducing CoPilot-II, an advanced new product
with all the features you NEED, plus many more that you simply WANT.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2009
Complete Package with all Accessories Priced at under $250 USD

Feature Set

1. Stand-alone operation - computer module installs between existing receiver and servos.

2. Micro-size components - Utilizes SMT components and tiny infrared thermopiles reducing the profile of sensor modules by approximately 50% over previous CoPilot models.

3. All new, digital sensor technology - Digital conversion now takes place within the sensor units. Communication between the sensor modules and the CoPilot computer is accomplished on standard, 3 wire servo connectors. The potential for analog noise in any installation is virtually eliminated.

4. Unprecedented Accuracy - As with all previous CoPilot models, the system offers accuracy to 1 degree of the horizon by sensing the temperature variation between the earth and the sky. Just center the control sticks and CoPilot-II will right your model from any attitude in split seconds.

5. The optional Vertical Sensor module forces the system to roll out of inverted to prevent the potential for striking the ground upon low altitude recovery. When installed, the vertical sensor also allows for automatic and continual calibration.

6. Supports all types of radio systems including any spread spectrum radios.

7. Stabilizes up to 4 channels for compatibility with virtually any aircraft configuration including CCPM heli's, differential or dual ailerons, flapperons

8. Supports high-resolution digital servos as well as analog servos

9. Works in most weather conditions with the exception of heavy rain or severe overcast making it the ideal and affordable solution for radio control enthusiasts. Automatic weather check can be read out on the LCD at any time.

10. Flight Stabilization with a "Natural Flight" Feel - The CoPilot-II now includes "stick priority" as a built-in option to provide a natural flying "feel" when using flight stabilization. Using stick priority, the CoPilot-II is now capable of automatically reducing flight stabilization sensitivity just by moving the stick further away from center. This results in a natural flying experience without sacrificing recovery time.

11. New 3D modes (currently under development) include automatic vertical hover, knife edge, and inverted flight.

12. On/Off remote control can be set up on any type of auxiliary transmitter switch or knob.

13. New "Flight Modes" access allow for setting up different stabilization characteristics on any type of auxiliary transmitter switch or knob. Now it is easy to switch between basic stabilization and 3D modes with the flip of a switch. Learn new aerobatic maneuvers with safety and confidence.

14. Simple to Setup and Operate - Includes streamlined "wireless" user interface for vastly improved and simplified system setup and monitoring. The wireless system which makes this possible is a new technology developed by FMA termed "IRNet". CoPilot-II is therefore the first IRNet peripheral to be made available by FMA/Revolectrix, but IRNet applications will extend far beyond the CoPilot-II. This means that with the purchase of the Co Pilot II, you are already set up to use any future IRNet peripherals that become available. Items under consideration include GPS integration, on-board watt meter, tachometer, temperature sensor, digital servo matchbox, tools for selecting appropriate electric propulsion components and others.

15. IRNet offers a fresh approach to Controlling and monitoring On-Board Avionics - IRNet consists of a wireless, infrared, 4 button programmer containing a 2-line, 16 character LCD, and a wireless network router. IRNet range is dependent on weather conditions but ranges from 30 to 200 feet, line of sight. The router is mounted in the aircraft and is capable of supporting multiple IRNet compatible devices. Each device on the "network" communicates with the IRNet programmer using a unique address much like the network of computers in your office, but on a smaller scale. Connected IRNet peripherals are represented as separate devices in the programmer, each supporting its own unique menu system. Setting up an IRNet device is as simple as scanning for the device's welcome screen and answering a series of questions, much like using a television remote. Monitoring system information in real time is as easy as scrolling through the available data screens. Imagine being able to pre-flight check every critical piece of electronics in your aircraft prior to takeoff, and all without having to bend down and remove a wing or even plug in a wire.



Cheers,

Rob Mitchell (Aka Pinchio)
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Old Jan 24, 2009, 07:01 PM
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Just joking! Can't wait to see it.

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Old Jan 24, 2009, 07:10 PM
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LOL, it's Pinchio... not Pinochio.

But I'm with you I can't wait as well. This will blow everything else out there out of the water if it delivers on what it promises.

The price sounds good and the wireless programming is interesting. Now if it can only report battery data that would be awesome.

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Old Jan 24, 2009, 08:02 PM
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My bad! Don't I feel stupid!

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Old Jan 25, 2009, 06:43 AM
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Wow I am getting one of these for sure. It certainly is more affordable than the Gyrobot 900
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 09:18 AM
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LOL, it's Pinchio... not Pinochio.

But I'm with you I can't wait as well. This will blow everything else out there out of the water if it delivers on what it promises.

The price sounds good and the wireless programming is interesting. Now if it can only report battery data that would be awesome.

Rob
Hi,

The new Co Pilot II provides battery voltage status. You are able to read it from the IR programmer, wireless! If you have any questions, I am here to represent FMA and would be pleased to assist you. You can also visit my blog to keep up with the latest testing and information.
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Old Jan 29, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Hi,

Here is a photo of an actual beta system to show the relative small size of the new CoPilot-II system components:



The components are:

IRNet Programmer - top
IRNet Router - center
CPII Computer Module - left
CPII Vertical Sensor - lower left
CPII Main Sensor - lower right
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 09:53 AM
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Is there a more definitive date than Spring 2009?
Would you like to send me one for testing?
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Old Feb 01, 2009, 11:16 AM
Will work for heli's
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would this work in conjunction with a flybar less system such as a SK360?
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Old Feb 01, 2009, 02:03 PM
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Will you be able to have this system activated while on the ground before take off? Or will you have to have this thing in hover above a certain height and then turn it on?
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Old Feb 01, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Good question, will it work with a SK-360 ?
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Old Feb 02, 2009, 08:43 AM
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would this work in conjunction with a flybar less system such as a SK360?
Hi,

Currently, the Co Pilot II does not support flybarless technology. We are considering how we might support down the road. It could be through firmware updates, or it may entail hardware changes and/or new or different kinds of sensors. It's too early to say.
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Old Feb 02, 2009, 08:44 AM
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Will you be able to have this system activated while on the ground before take off? Or will you have to have this thing in hover above a certain height and then turn it on?
Hi,

Yes, the CPII can be set up on a remote switch (2 or 3 way) or auxiliary pot control. Not only can you turn the unit off or on with auxiliary controls, you can also vary the sensitivity of the unit remotely, or even assign different flight modes to different positions on the auxiliary control; e.g., you could have stabilization off, stabilization on, vertical hover set up on a single 3 way switch or different sections of an aux pot.
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Old Feb 02, 2009, 09:20 AM
Will work for heli's
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Ok, lets try rephrasing the question.

Does it do CCPM on board or does it expect the radio to be do it?

if it's doing CCPM then the answer would be no, however, if it isn't doing the CCPM then the answer is maybe/more than likely and in theory you should be able to put the SK360 in between it and the servos
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Old Feb 02, 2009, 01:46 PM
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