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Old 06-15-2011, 09:02 PM
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Can i put a gyro in my electric PA katana to lock hold for the hover position? Have it on a switch on my radio for on and off. Hands of hover? Has it been done? I also have an old co-pilot i used to have on a trainer.It may work.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:04 AM
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You will end up fighting the gyro and won't really learn much from it.....

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I just wanted to know if anyone has tried it. Hands off would just look cool.
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Default RE: Gyro calibrated Katana for Hover

Its been done. It will help but it wont be hands off.
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I am wondering if the co-pilot would work. If mounted on the lead edge of the wing.Then it could be calbriated holding the plane in the hover position with the sensor looking at the horizon.That way it would fight to keep the plane in that position using all 4 channels.The only thing that i remember on my trainer is that even with it off it would still try to control the plane some what. that would make landings fun.
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Default RE: Gyro calibrated Katana for Hover

I'd say theroetically the Co-Pilot could work. But good luck initiallizing it perfectly level. And on a plane, the senser needs to see in all directions, so mounting location might be difficult.

I had an old Co-Pilot 2 channel on my FP heli awhile ago. It was a pain to initialize it each flight session with the heli prefectly level, not sure if the newer version is easier. And don't remember if it had a feature where I could turn it off from the transmitter, you'd definately need that.

Give it a try, and let us know how it does?
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It`s a 4 channel. Took it off my old trainer. It`s been a while but i remember that you could put it on a switch but it still had somewhat control.You could put it on a turn dial and adj. you the amount of control. But even off when of it still had a little control. that may not be good.
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