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Posted by oldsneakers | Jan 30, 2018 @ 04:44 PM | 1,549 Views

For those of you who’s flying field is surrounded by swamp and woods(like mine) this might interest you. I'm sure I'm not the first one to do this but here goes anyways. I crashed a plane in those woods this spring. I never found it. It's still out there. It was a 66” wingspan, yellow plane with about $600 worth of stuff. You would think it would be easy to find. So that made me think about lost plane systems.

I looked at GPS type solutions first. The tBeacon system looks really nice. From reading this review, you need a smart phone that can run a GPS app, a handheld FM radio transceiver and one of the tBeacon modules to make it work. So assumming one has the smart phone, it's about $30 for the FM transceiver and as of now, about $60 for the tBeacon module per plane. If you're running very expensive planes, I think $60 a plane is a good deal. I may go down that road eventually.


Next I looked at the Bluetooth types. Like lost key finders. Everything I saw had limited range of less than a hundred feet. There’s more expensive ones that work for greater distances and some DIY electronic types but they were not for me.

Then I bought and tried one of those tiny peizo alarms that you hook up to the receiver. I did some distant testing with it and found them to have a very short audible range.

So for now, I'm going low tech and am going to give this a try. I'm using a 12v motorcycle horn hooked up...Continue Reading
Posted by oldsneakers | Apr 30, 2016 @ 01:50 PM | 2,345 Views
First off, this applies to planes that have separate aileron servos and they are set up in a "Delta mode" configuration. In other words, you can move the ailerons like ailerons or elevators. I think that is called an elevon setup. I've also had the Delta mode working fine on planes with separate ailerons and elevators, as long as each has its own servo.

I've hand launched many EDF's in low wind conditions and crashed a lot of them. There nothing like throwing into a nice wind to get in the air. But if you're ready to fly and there's little to no wind, this will help some.

I set my gear switch to activate a elevator mix on the elevons. Switch off, the elevons act like normal. Switch on, the elevons are raised to about 30 degrees for take off. You can do this manually with the sticks but it's kinda hard to have just the right amount of elevator doing it by hand. With no wind and the switch on, it climbs away normally. Then at a safe height, shut the switch back off. It works pretty good.

This is normal

This is with the gear switch on:

I have a DX9 now and these are the screens from it to set up this mix.

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Posted by oldsneakers | Aug 27, 2015 @ 02:42 PM | 3,537 Views
TM1000 & TM1100 Telemetry Installation

I've ruined a lot of batteries from running them down to zero. Just poor book keeping of time on my part. Using telemetry on your plane allows you to fly until your flight battery reaches a min value, and then the transmitter notifies you of this so you can land. I've had great luck with it.

Other than the xbus port, the TM1000 & TM1100 install the same. The xbus port is used for the GPS module and other things. It's not needed for basic telemetry. If you want your TM1000 to be more easily moved to another plane, Installing JST plugs inline on the voltage wire cable makes that easier. Then just rebinding lets you move it to another plane. Horizon has a method of binding the TM1000 to the Rx using a small black tool. I've had issues with that so I just bind both the Rx & TM1000 together at the same time.

1. Solder a male JST to the ESC battery wires at the battery connector.

2. Solder a female JST to the Voltage wire/plug that comes with the TM1000

If you don't want to bother with the JST plugs, solder the voltage leads directly to the ESC battery wires.

3. To bind, plug a 2 way Y servo cable into the Rx Bind port.
4. Put a bind plug on one of the Y servo cable ends
5. Plug the TM1000 supplied Data cable into the other Y end and plug that into the TM1000 data port.
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