RE: DX6i manual
The DX6i manual is up on the Horizon website. Unfortunately, the SPEKTRUM ad in the Jan 08 issue of Model Airplane News considerably overstates its capabilities. The ad says it has Rudder-Aileron, Rudder-elevator, Aileron-rudder, and dual elevator mixes. It has NONE of the above built in. You have to use the two (and only two) programmable mixes to get any of the above, and obviously, you can't get all of them with only two mixes. The way the ad is written, listing those mixes together with built-in mixes such as a delta, dual aileron, flap-elevator and a v-tail mix, which ARE built in, is very deceptive at best.
The ad also says it has both model copy and model transfer. It only has model copy, from one memory location to another in the transmitter. It doesn't have model transfer from one transmitter to another.
I don't know much about helicopters, but the ad says it has 1 servo, 3-servo 120-deg, and 3-servo 90-deg swash types. It only has 1 servo and 120 degree 3 servo swash types, according to the manual.
In this day and age, there is NO reason why every computer transmitter shouldn't have dual elevator, throttle curve, and knife edge mixes (rudder-elevator, and rudder aileron) built in, especially when the ad says it is good for 3-d flying. The helicopter settings have throttle curves, so obviously the capability is already in the programming, and the built in swash plate mixes says it could have more built in mixes in the airplane mode. Heck, the helicopter guys even get modes. Variable trim rates also need to be included. Very useful after intial setup to go to finer trim changes.
I find this very disappointing. The ad had me hyped up to buy one. Oh, well. SPEKTRUM needs to get their ad writers under control.