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Posted by oldsneakers | Jun 13, 2020 @ 02:45 PM | 8,213 Views
This is a mini How To on using Google Drive with an iX12 to Export models and Import models and model photos.

Google Drive is a virtual hard drive that you access from the internet. As of this writing, they give you 15 Gig of storage for free. There are programs/apps to access Google Drive from almost all devices.

If you're tired of messing with SD Cards in your iX12, you can use Google Drive (and other clouds) to replace your Import and Export needs. Once I got messages on my iX12 that said I shouldn't leave the SD card in it, I knew it was time to bail out with them. It was just a matter of time until I forgot to remove it or lost it.

One caveat on this method. My iX12 slows appreciably when WiFi is turned on. The Import and Export functions can take some time between screen changes. So at times you need to wait until the iX12 catches up to you.

There's a few assumptions in this How To:

Your iX12 is registered
You have WiFi working.
You already have a Google ID and are logged in.
You know the basics of getting around the Android part of the iX12.

There are so many button presses and different screens to this that I did not capture all the minutia of this process. There are times when you will have to do a little poking around and trying things to get thru this. So it's best to try this for the first time with unimportant test files.

First make sure WiFi is on and properly setup with your router.

To turn WiFi on, the easiest way inside...Continue Reading
Posted by oldsneakers | Feb 12, 2019 @ 06:22 PM | 5,336 Views
Switch setup on a AS3000 w/iX12

I setup my first AS3000 by following Miguel's video and getting some help from him & Andy on the AS3000 thread here:

A few months went by and I had to program another AS3000. My memory is not very good and I had to watch Miguel's video again. So I decided to write up the main points for me from his video so I can more quickly repeat the process. I have another AR12310T/AS3000 waiting for me to finish building the plane.

If you can afford it, I would highly recommend going to receivers with Forward Programming. It's the way Spektrum receivers should have always been.

There is much more in Miguel's video than I cover here. These are simplified instructions and are just what I am using. Some of the other items covered in the video are using multiple gains for high and low speed flight and using 5 Flight Modes for rate gain and heading hold gain.

Miguel's video on switches is here:
Spektrum AS3000 Switch Setup Tutorial (16 min 14 sec)

The Spektrum Power Safe/AS3000 combo uses a different method to control the gyro as compared to the AR636, AR7350 & AR9350 receivers. The Forward Programming lets you do all the programming of the gyro from your DX8, DX9, iX12 and others with no PC, phone or tablet needed. However, you still need a PC & cable to register and update the receiver firmware using the Spektrum Programmer app. And you should always...Continue Reading
Posted by oldsneakers | Mar 21, 2018 @ 08:35 AM | 3,278 Views
Dialing in Spoileron Elevator in flight with iX12

This is a method to adjust the elevator in flight when spoilerons are engaged, usually to obtain a level flight path.

Spoilerons - Ailerons go up(plane drops), elevators go up(raises plane back up)

Turn your plane and iX12 on. This assumes your control surface trims are already be set to neutral. Note here the Elevator is trimmed for level flight at -7.

Go to the Model Adjust-> Flap System screen

Pick a switch to activate the Spoilerons
Leave values for Position 0: both at zero. (Spoilerons off)
For Position 1, enter a negative value so the ailerons go up. I used -25% for this example. A greater negative number will increase the stopping power. But remember too much could cause a tip stall from going too slow.
Put approximately 1/2 of the Flap setting in Elev for Position 1. It's just a starting point. Scroll to the bottom and enter a value for speed(not shown). I used .20s

Go to Model Adjust-> Mixing and create a mix as follows:

P-Mix 1 RT>ELE : Switch D, Rate -100,-100,0% offset
Pushing the R Trim switch will move the elevator with this mix active. And will only be active with the spoilerons on.

Fly your plane and activate the spoilerons at a safe height. Adjust the R Trim elevator so that the plane flies level. Turn the spoilerons off. Fly to a landing approach and turn the spoilerons on and land the plane.

Now you want to transfer the -48 R Trim(spoilerons on) setting to the...Continue Reading