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Nov 22, 2012, 02:20 PM
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Wild controls with PhonenixRC 4 & DX6i

Greets to all!

Total RC noob - just got a mQX, PhoneixRC4 and a DX6i to get things going.

I plugged the PRC4 into the DX6i, and selected their mQX... YIKES!

The controls all seem to be on 'ultra hair-trigger' mode, and I can't come close to getting the mQX or any of the other helo's to hover or start without immediately, heavily drifting off and away.

I've created blank new models in the DX6, set them as a heli, and go into PRC4. With aileron/elevator centered, as soon as I get up off the ground, the bird starts to drift away, and with speed. Any amount of correction generally results in the planes heading off in to the distance..

I do understand I need to learn to control things on my own, but the very ultra-sensitive controls make it nearly impossible. Is it really this hard?

So my question is: Should I be able to go into PRC4 with a 'default' DX6i heli model, and not have it heavily drifting and moving on it's own?

Intensely frustrating to say the least

=Alan R.
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Nov 22, 2012, 03:13 PM
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Helis aren't easy. Keep practicing. I thought my sim was broke too, when I flew a heli on it.
Nov 22, 2012, 04:08 PM
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I get it that quads aren't easy, but...

The current situation seems plain wrong. I've read many posts of people take the mqx right out the box and it went right up to a basic hover.

What is bumming me out is that I can barely get a chance to fly, hard as it may be, with, what appears to, the controller adding drift and movement of its own.

When I try to dial in a click or two of trim, the bird goes more out of control in the other direction. Then when I reverse the trim, the quad goes off in the other direction. There never sees to be a point of balance.

=Alan R.
Nov 22, 2012, 04:26 PM
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You got it!

You have to fly the helicopter. It won't fly itself.
Nov 22, 2012, 06:03 PM
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You aren't hearing me. I am more than well aware of the huge amount of practice and developed skill needed to fly quads and helos. My concern is with the extreme, ultra sensitivity of the controls, as well as what appears to be motion command being generated when the sticks (aileron/elevator are in the centered and neutral position.

It takes such a hairs-breadth of movement of the stick to produce major motion... Just doesn't seem reasonable. Nothing to do with practice...
Nov 22, 2012, 06:11 PM
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If you have Phoenix installed on a laptop, take it to your local hobby shop. Ask them for advice. See how a guy familiar with helis and Phoenix handles your setup. Maybe you have a problem with your hardware, but I'm still inclined to believe otherwise.
Nov 22, 2012, 11:58 PM
use the 4s luke, use the 4s...
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Have you calibrated the controls in the settings? Go to the option on the top left (not the close button though) select 'my transmitter' and go through the calibration steps. Is everything reversed right? Wind off? Is a good way to learn the controls. And as the other people have said don't expect it to fly its self as you have found out.
Nov 27, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Nov 29, 2012, 12:10 AM
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Answer found!

The answer to dealing with the apparent high control sensitivity in Phoenix is (sort of) hidden in the "edit model" option. The very first slider, at the top of the list, allows one to reduce the overall performance of that model. The little info box at the right even says it is for beginners.

So now with the mQX at 25%, I can actually control it and begin to learn!
I actually got a hover going now, and am working on turns.

The advice that "heli's are hard to fly - just practice" is certainly true, but did not give me any way to actually get ahold of the bird to try.

To see my point, you would need to bring a non-flying friend to the sim, set in default aero model, select the mQX, and hand them the dx6i. Then just before the are ready to throw the controller at you in utter frustration, dial down that performance slider and see a new light in their eyes... NOW the practice can begin!

You guys/gals have been at it so long and have gotten so good at this, you no longer can understand the new guy's frustration.

Alan R.
Nov 29, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Harrzack
You guys/gals have been at it so long and have gotten so good at this, you no longer can understand the new guy's frustration.
Not true at all. I well remember thinkning my sim was broke when it came to flying helis. I was exactly as frustrated as you. Small inputs is the key. In my line of thinking, real models don't have a "beginner mode."

I also remember buying my mSR a couple years ago. That damn thing didn't want to fly. It just wanted to fall over to the left. It took me a couple hours to learn what to do. When you buy a real heli, the same thing will happen to you. You are experiencing nothing that everyone of us didn't experience (and still remember.)
Nov 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
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I tend to follow jeffpn's thinking. I would rather make small stick corrections than adjust the sim. If you can handle a squirrely model in a sim most likely the rw model is more tame than that, plus you can compensate with DR or expo to tame it.
Feb 14, 2013, 09:55 PM
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I know this thread is a little old, but I experienced the same problem with Phoenix 4 using a dx6i. Admittedly, I'm a heli noobie, but I had been able to hover tail in and nose in on RealFlight 6 with all the stock settings pretty much as long as I wanted. I bought Phoenix so I could practice on some Blade Helis and use my 'real' controller.

What a shock on Phoenix! 2mm of stick movement on collective pitch/roll was enough to roll the heli instantly. I have a 300x and can manage a tail in hover for the whole pack. In Phoenix, I can't even keep a 300x still for 10 seconds. And I was using the same dx6i settings for both the real heli and the sim (except taking out the 'reverses' required by the real 300x)

Perhaps the stock settings in Phoenix are 'just right' for experienced pilots, and the BeastX in the 300x makes me feel like I can over, but I can't understand why RealFlight is so different than Phoenix and feel closer to the few real heli's I've practiced with. I'm not bashing Phoenix, if you crank up the expo's and lower the rates, or adjust the physics, it gets a little better.
Apr 09, 2013, 04:02 PM
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Don't know if you ever solved your sensitivity issue, but I recently followed these instructions for setting up my DX6i with Phoenix. mQX is very controllable with this set up.

Apr 09, 2013, 06:09 PM
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I'm not sure if this is a sensitivity issue, although I appreciate the help. My 'solution' has been to just fly heli's on Realflight. Even with very high expos and low rates, the heli's won't stay still. I fly real heli's on higher rates and less expo with no problem though. The only thing that works for me on Phoenix is to turn down the simulation speed to 80%. I guess you could call that cheating, but is seems like more 'real life' as my real helicopters.
Apr 09, 2013, 06:15 PM
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I say forget the numbers, and do what feels real. Sounds like you're better off with Real Flight.

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