Monday, January 14, 2008

Testing the Futaba 2.4GHz

A few days into the new year I received the Futaba 2.4GHz FASST (Futaba Advanced Spread Spectrum Technology) receiver and transmitter module for my 14MZ. I immediately went to work and downloaded and installed the new software required for the transmitter from the Futaba site. The downloading and installation process is quite simple and went without a hitch.


The 14 channel 2.4GHz receiver is a perfect retrofit for the G-3 receiver so the installation was very easy as well. After carefully checking all the controls I found no change in the way it operated all the servos.

With all the prep work done it was off to the field for the first test flight. The range check exceeded the specified minimum by 75% both with or without the engine running so I was pretty confident that everything would be ok.

The test flight went perfectly and I now have about 10 flights on this new system and so far I am very impressed with the way it works. No trim change or deflection changes were required, the airplane behaves exactly the way it did before. BTW the test airplane was my 40% QQ YAK-54.

The real test will come this weekend when I will be competing in the SE IMAC opener in Port St. Lucie Florida.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about a picture of the rx installed in your plane?

TQ

Chad Northeast said...

Hi Ivan

Looks like the new modules are going to be great. Lucky you in Florida can actually use yours :)

How is that new plane coming along ;-)

Chad

Reg said...

Interesting sticks on your transmitter (one thicker(airlerons?) than the other). What does it do for you control wise?