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Software Update! Futaba 8FG Version 5

Update Time!

Futaba has just released a Software Update (Version 5.0) making the already feature laden 8FG Transmitter even better!

The Update and related Pdf’s can be found here:

http://www.futaba-rc.com/software-updates.html

There is a .PDF with Update instructions as well as an .PDF for all the new Features as well.

Detailed Info: http://downloads.hobbico.com/software/fut/8FG_v5_ENG.pdf

Detailed Instructions: http://downloads.hobbico.com/software/fut/updating_T8FG_ENG.pdf

I guess we will have to wait for the Telemetry Update!

 -Jarrett

Heli Transport Rack!

I often see a lot of posts on http://www.RunRyder.com and http://www.Helifreak.com about other Pilots coming up with different ways to Secure their Model Helicopters in the Back of their Vehicles. Here is a simple solution that I came up with when I first started flying helicopters and attending Funfly’s with my Friends. This is the latest version of the Rack. I typically build a new one when I get a new vehicle, Simply because of the fact it is fun and easy to do.

It is very easy to make, and you can leave it in the back of your Van/SUV throughout the week. It functions very nice for storing and concealing of  items as well, and add’s more organization to the back of the vehicle.

Here are a few pics:

Enjoy!

CYE MP7 Pipe!

As many of you know I am a Proud Team Member of Curtis Youngblood Enterprises, and this allows me to Fly some of the Finest Model Helicopter components in the World.  With that being said, a few weeks ago I received my New MP7 Pipe From CYE.

I quickly opened the Box and right away, I knew that this pipe screamed quality! A few items that really stood out was the Steel inserts. This means that no longer will you need Locknuts to secure your pipe, but rather a strong, steel insert for threading your pipe to your engine. Also included is a Brass Gasket, (No More RTV!) and a Silicone Exhaust deflector. Please note: Some pilots are too cool to use exhaust deflectors! Ha Ha! Another Nice, but not a new feature, is the Single piece design. I have had a few weekends of flying ruined by leaky o-rings, worn grommets, and missing hardware! So that will not be an issue with this pipe.

Next I installed the Pipe on my Nitro ENV, installation went on uneventful. I Fueled the model with Byrons Rotor Rage Masters Blend, and gave it a quick flight. I quickly realized how much mid range punch this pipe had compared to the “O-Ring” pipe that I was using. I warmed the OS 91 HZ to operating temp, and landed to snug the Pipe bolts up with the Engine warm.

I continued to lean the Engine a bit to get that last little bit of smooth power from the engine. I am not sure of how many clicks I went on the needles, but the pipe has a very wide range in which its happy, so the tuning was very easy. The mid range power was stunning, and it did have the smooth power that $200 Plus pipes have.

All in all I think the MP7 is an awesome pipe! For $160.00, The Top Notch Customer Service, as well as the 50% Crash Replacement, Curtis Did his homework and made another Awesome Product!

Thumbs Up!

MP7 Detal

Futaba CGY750 Update!

Futaba recently released a new update for the CGY750 (V 1.2) allowing you to save model profile’s, Fix Servo heating issues, as well as other new Features. You will need the Futaba CIU-2 for this update. Version 1.2 also speeds up the USB communication speed allowing even faster updates Via the CIU-2.

The Update can be found here:

http://downloads.hobbico.com/softwa…750_ver1_20.zip

The Update notes can be found here:

http://downloads.hobbico.com/software/fut/CGY750_v1_2_ENG_web.pdf

Rock On!

Keep up to date on the 2011 US Heli Team!

Keep Updated on the 2011 FAI F3C Team USA!

Here are a couple of blogs that offer some “Behind the Scenes” Information on what it is like to compete in the Most Prestigious Heli Competion in the World!

Follow Curtis Youngblood, Nick Maxwell, and Wayne Mann as they compete for the Gold in Italy!

The Official 2011 Team USA Site : http://usheliteam2011.wordpress.com , and you can also follow Curtis’ Daily Rave Blog here: http://www.allmyrc.com/forums/blogs/helivig/1678-daily-rave-8-19-11.html

 

Good luck Team!

Spektrum DX8 Gimbal Bulletin from Horizon Hobby Via www.PowerRCHobbies.com

Taken from www.PowerRCHobbies.com

 

Spektrum DX8 Gimbal Bulletin

Spektrum Product Development has been investigating reports from DX8 transmitter customers experiencing servo movements inconsistent with corresponding transmitter stick input.

As a precautionary measure, Horizon Hobby would like DX8 customers to perform the Monitor Test to examine Gimbal controls over the entire range of each axis of input. Expected results for the Monitor Test should show smooth tracking with corresponding stick input. If the Monitor “jumps”, hesitates, or is seen in a channel other than what is being tested, please follow the Monitor Test instructions below to test DX8 Gimbal movement:

Monitor Test:

Step 1: Turn on power switch. Ensure left stick position (throttle) is low and Flap/Gyro switch is in position 0 or all the way up.

Step 2: Press the roller to enter the Function List menu.

aStep 3: Using the roller, scroll to the bottom of the Function List menu and depress roller to select Monitor function.

bStep 4: Note the position of the Aileron (AIL) and Rudder (RUD) positions. Ensure all trims are centered and sub-trims are zero before continuing to Step 5.

cStep 5: Move the Throttle (Left side) and Elevator (Right side) gimbals up and down being very careful not to touch the control sticks. While moving the gimbals up and down, note the AIL and RUD positions on the Monitor.

ONLY touch the Gimbal on the outer frame where shown, being very careful not to move the stick as this will falsify the test.

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e      gStep 6: If the percentage for the Aileron or Rudder changes by more than 3%, follow the instructions for sending your DX8 transmitter in for inspection.

DX8 Transmitter Service Request:

  • Click HERE to complete the Transmitter Service Request Form. Only one form is needed per customer (even with multiple transmitters). This form covers the DSM2 Mode and Gimbal issues.
  • Horizon will pay for ground shipping within the United States and Canada.
  • If you purchased your product outside the US and Canada, contact your local retailer or distributor. A list of International distributors may be found HERE.
  • If you have further questions in the United States, please call Horizon Hobby Product Support at 877-504-0233.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Horizon disclaims all liability and warranties for any consumer failing to act upon this product bulletin. Always check your transmitter and equipment prior to each flight.

 

 

Spektrum DSMX-DSM Product Bulletins from Horizon Hobby-From PowerRCHobbies.com

Spektrum DSMX-DSM Product Bulletins from Horizon Hobby-From PowerRCHobbies.com

 

DSMX transmitters operating in DSM2 mode
The Spektrum Team has been investigating sporadic reports from DSMX transmitter owners using their products in DSM2 mode. We have discovered that in some rare instances, DSMX equipped transmitters with the Product ID (PID) within this bulletin, may have a backwards compatibility issue that could cause a “hold” with the following superseded DSM2 receivers: AR500, AR6100, AR6100E, AR6110, AR6110E, AR6200 and AR6300.

Note: This bulletin does not apply to DSM2 ONLY transmitters.

For your consumer with an affected PID, please direct them to follow the instructions below.

If you have a DSMX transmitter with one of the following PIDs, please complete the Transmitter Service Request Form to receive a prepaid shipping label to send your transmitter to Horizon Hobby for a free firmware update.

  • Click HERE to complete the Transmitter Service Request Form.
  • Horizon will pay for ground shipping within the United States and Canada.
  • If you purchased your product outside the US and Canada, contact your local retailer or distributor. A list of International distributors may be found HERE.
  • If you have further questions in the United States, please call Horizon Hobby Product Support at 877-504-0233.

The PID is located in the battery compartment of your transmitter.

DX8-PID

DX6i/DX5e/DX4e:

PID: HS010, HS011, HH011, HT011, HT012, HE012, HE101, HA101, HA102, HA103, HA104, HA105

Transmitters with affected PIDs may be found in the following products:

Blade mCP X RTF (BLH3500), E-flite Apprentice 15e RTF (EFL2725), Hangar 9 Alpha 40 DSM2 RTF (HAN4400), Hobbyzone Super Cub DSM RTF (HBZ7400), ParkZone Radian RTF (PKZ4700), ParkZone P-51D BL DSM RTF (PKZ2200), ParkZone F4U Corsair RTF (PKZ4600), Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator 3.0 with DX5e (RTM30R5510/RTM30R55101).

DX8:

PID: HS008, HS009, HH009, HH010, HT010, HE010, HE011, HA011, HA012, HA101, HO102, HO103, HO104, HO105

DX7:

PID: HA103, HA104, HA105

JRP9503:

PID: TM101, TM102, TM103, TM104, TM105

JRP9303:

PID: TM101, TM102, TM103, TM104, TM105

We apologize for this inconvenience. Horizon disclaims all liability and warranties for any consumer failing to act upon this product bulletin. Always check your transmitter and equipment prior to each flight.

Hello All!

This is my New Blog, simply titled, JarrettRC. Here I will try an cover all aspects of Radio Controlled Model Helicopters! I will update this blog with Heli related News, New Products, and other RC Heli Related Discussions.

Just to tell you a little about myself,  I have been involved with RC in one facet or another since the age of 10. I spent my childhood starting at the sky at all the different Aircraft overhead. I am also a Full Size Pilot (Airplanes) as well as a FAA Licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. I have been fortunate enough to make RC Helicopters my profession for the last 4 years and have met some of the most amazing Pilots and Friends in this wonderful hobby!

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to subscribe!

Jarrett

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