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Futaba T16SZ - RCGroups Video Review

Join editor Matt Gunn as he shows some of the functions on the newest 16-channel computer transmitter with an easy to read 4.3" LCD screen.

Futaba T16SZ - RCGroups Review

The T16SZ - A Powerful Air System

Product:Futaba T16SZ
Retail price:$699.99
Channels:16 proportional channels, 2 switched
Memory:30 Models
Included Battery:6.0V 1800mAh NiMH
Included Receiver: R7008SB
Available from:Tower Hobbies

The Futaba T16SZ bridges the gap between the more expensive 18 channel transmitters and the tried and true 14SG. By taking the bullet-proof design and ergonomics of the 14SG, and adding in a 4.3" LCD touch screen and a complete interface refresh, Futaba has given the modeler an affordable and easy to navigate computer transmitter system with an impressive feature list.

In this video review, I'll show you some of the main features that you'll utilize when you start up your T16SZ for the first time. But first, let's take a quick look at some photos of the Futaba T16SZ, and what you can expect when you open the box.

Features:

  • Compatible with FASSTest, FASST, T-FHSS and S-FHSS protocols
  • Full telemetry compatible
  • 4.3" LCD touch screen
  • 10 programmable mixes
  • S.Bus servo programming editor
  • S.Bus trainer port
  • 3-axis gyro support
  • 30-model memory with 15 character naming
  • 3-axis gyro support
  • Swash and throttle mixing
  • V-tail mixing
  • Adjustable servo speed
  • AFR/DR
  • AFR curve mode (3)
  • AFR curve point (17 points)
  • Idle down
  • Logic switch
  • 8 flight conditions
  • Throttle cut
  • Voice message/audio earphone jack
  • Micro memory card slot
  • Software updateable
  • Up/down/integral timer
  • Free online software upgrades
  • Lap timer memory
  • Stick calibration
  • 180 antenna rotation and 90 angle adjustment
  • Multi language (9 languages)
  • EPA

Video Review

Futaba T16SZ - RCGroups Video Review (8 min 53 sec)

Last edited by Matt Gunn; Mar 14, 2018 at 11:01 AM..
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Mar 14, 2018, 12:12 PM
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Silent-AV8R's Avatar
Minor correction Matt. The two switches on the top/back of the transmitter are 2-position switches.

Switch SH is a spring loaded switch (upper to right)
Switch SF is a 2-position (upper top left).
And those switch positions are the same on the Helicopter and Airplane versions

And for general information there is a long thread on this radio in the Radio Forum:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...32-Futaba-16SZ

And there are a number of videos done by Chip Hyde here:

https://www.futabarc.com/systems/fut...16sz/index.php

Scroll down a bit.
Mar 14, 2018, 12:34 PM
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Thanks!
Mar 14, 2018, 07:16 PM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
I'll buy a 2nd hand used version...

Is there a selection in the menu to disable the inside
2.4ghz module?...
just in case I want to add UHF module (ie....Dragonalink UHF)

just askin'
Mar 14, 2018, 07:25 PM
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Silent-AV8R's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by rclab1
I'll buy a 2nd hand used version...

Is there a selection in the menu to disable the inside
2.4ghz module?...
just in case I want to add UHF module (ie....Dragonalink UHF)

just askin'

No, there is not that ability.
Mar 14, 2018, 07:29 PM
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ivanc's Avatar
Yes, there are at least two ways to disable the internal RF circuit.

1. Start the transmitter with an active warning like high throttle (throttle warning needs to be enabled) then select RF OFF.

2. In Trainer select Student

Ivan
Last edited by ivanc; Mar 14, 2018 at 07:36 PM.
Mar 14, 2018, 08:34 PM
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I was thinking more permanently. Both of those will work on a per flight basis.
Mar 14, 2018, 08:43 PM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
Quote:
Originally Posted by ivanc
Yes, there are at least two ways to disable the internal RF circuit.

1. Start the transmitter with an active warning like high throttle (throttle warning needs to be enabled) then select RF OFF.

2. In Trainer select Student

Ivan

On the 14SG,
one said, hold the menu dial down while powering ON...
then menu asks to turn 'internal 2.4 module on or off'...

Can one try this on this new Tx if it works?

P.S.
gotta be honest with you...I like the new menu and
Futaba has the easiet & most friendly menu format
(compared to sheeeeety Taranis complicated menu).
Mar 14, 2018, 09:00 PM
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The 16SZ does not have a "Menu" button.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Silent-AV8R
I was thinking more permanently. Both of those will work on a per flight basis.
Solution #2 is permanent for the specific model memory in which it is enabled. Indicated by the darker blue MONITOR light.

Ivan
Mar 14, 2018, 11:27 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rclab1
On the 14SG,
one said, hold the menu dial down while powering ON...
then menu asks to turn 'internal 2.4 module on or off'...

Can one try this on this new Tx if it works?
Hold down the right side U.Menu/Mon button and turn on the TX.

It will boot up with the RF off. The LED will be purple.

Holding down the left side button Home/Exit enters the update mode if you hold it down while turning it on.
Mar 15, 2018, 11:20 AM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silent-AV8R
Hold down the right side U.Menu/Mon button and turn on the TX.

It will boot up with the RF off. The LED will be purple.

Holding down the left side button Home/Exit enters the update mode if you hold it down while turning it on.

Cool thanks..then its Right Button hold-down then.
..but do you have to do this every time you turn it ON once the UHF Tx is attached?
Mar 15, 2018, 11:41 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rclab1
Cool thanks..then its Right Button hold-down then.
..but do you have to do this every time you turn it ON once the UHF Tx is attached?
Yes... unless you turn on Trainer Slave for that model. Then you do not have to do the 3 button combo on power up.

Ivan
Mar 24, 2018, 07:58 AM
Registered User
Should I buy this or another Taranis? What does this radio have that the Taranis or Horus doesn't? I especially like the precision of 4k gimbals when soaring, getting that breathe on the stick precision is addictive and not easy to step down from, does the Futaba have Hall effect 4k gimbals?
I liked the previous generation Futaba for the build quality, but it's expected for the price, although futaba receivers are knock you to the floor expensive, are they backwards compatible to this radio?
Mar 24, 2018, 09:52 AM
★★★★★★★★
Quote:
Originally Posted by alicecooper
What does this radio have that the Horus doesn't?
probably more reliable RF link. as for hardware quality it's not superior but far behind in sofware capabilities
the 18SZ will be upgraded (optional) to hall effect gimbals, if you don't own 4K servos it makes the gimbal' resolution useless.
Mar 24, 2018, 02:14 PM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
Why is this RC Tx/Rx $600 and the Range is just beyond LINE OF SIGHT???

why can't Futaba make a 900mhz version for RC transmission? Something close to UHF distances!

just sayin'/askin'
(FPV fixed wing point of view)


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