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Old 01-16-2012, 03:35 PM
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I could sure use some help getting some single handed RC equipment (that includes games like xbox, wii, and PS too) for wounded warriors.

Could anyone post some links to manufacturers/retailers. I have Googled the subject until my mouse arm is exhausted.

Sorry for the double post here and in the Spektrum/JR forums.
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Sorry Moderators but this is one that I can help on. Move it to the regular radio forum when you can!!!


Don't know of any manufacturers still making single stick radios but here is what a friend and I did for a guy recovering from a stroke:

http://www.modelaircraft.org/Members...ge_article.htm

The "Wobble Sticking" approach allows a pilot to control both sticks from one side. Seems to work well.


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Thanks for the link... but my AMA membership has been hosed for a long time and I got tired of calling them about it. The result is that I cannot see the article... any chance of e-mailing me the text?
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:05 PM
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Sent you a PM. After trying to print the article for scanning and saving it to email I found I can't. Print quality was bad and the AMA site won't let me save the article... Best bet is to find a buddy who can access the AMA website so you can see the original... The article is in the Model Aviation issue January, 1990 and titled Wobble Sticking.
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Here are some pictures of the wobble stick set up:

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I will try tomorrow to get my AMA access setup/reset...


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Sent you a PM. After trying to print the article for scanning and saving it to email I found I can't. Print quality was bad and the AMA site won't let me save the article... Best bet is to find a buddy who can access the AMA website so you can see the original... The article is in the Model Aviation issue January, 1990 and titled Wobble Sticking.
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Hey man take a look at these two setups.  I think they may be a viable option for you.  I've never set one up myself, but it may be worth a shot.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s..._Joystick.html
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__13280__PC_Flight_Simulator_Controller_System.htm l

Hope it helps



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Years ago, the heli flyers often favoured a set-up which was known as a "cuddle box". The transmitter would be hugged to the chest. There was a single, large stick which moved in 2 axes ... pitch and roll. Mounted atop the stick was a rotary knob which controlled yaw. I think that there was a slider for throttle control; not sure about that.

Haven't seen one for years, mind.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:25 AM
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There is also a recent article(late 2011, I can't recall which month) in AMA Model Aviation about a one armed pilot flying R/C helicopters. His technique uses a conventional radio with no additional devices. You don't have to do it his way, but it shows what else is possible. Quite frankly, the article inspired me!

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Up until a few months ago, we had a severely-disabled flyer. He could move just the fingers on his left hand; and he could move his head.

This guy managed to fly vintage models, though he always needed attendance, because he wasn't a skilled flyer. However, he used to fly several times each week, owing to the fact that his main "carer" was also a model flyer. He even had a specially-made off-road buggy, so that he could drive across the grass to the flying area.

Unfortunately, the chap in question keeled over a short while back. Quite unexpected.





OTOH, in the full-sized world, I've seen one-armed pilots; one-eyed pilots; epileptic pilots, a pilot with no kidneys and even a paraplegic pilot. The latter used to fly an adapted Zlin 50 ... aerobatically. I couldn't watch when he wheeled himself to the trailing edge and hauled himself out of his chair. Then, he would shuffle himself along the wing and into the cockpit. Humbling.

Even more moving was a chap that I saw on a ski-slope. He had no legs and was teaching himself to ski on a mono-ski affair. Well, he spent most of his time falling off this thing. But, each time, he would struggle back onto the contraption and try again. And again.
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We have a pilot who lost his Left hand and part of the forearm during a military exercise in South Africa. He flew a two stick radio and used the stub to control the Rudder and Throttle. He built a full size kit plane and he flies that as well.

We had another kid who's Right arm was withered and in a sling. We switched his radio to Mode 1 so he could use the Left stick.

I have seen videos of an RC Pilot who uses his chin to control a single stick radio, since he is paralyzed from the neck down.
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Alan's Hobby, Model & RC FAQ Web Links(quick search = Ctrl+F)

Sub section: "Disabled, handicapped? - how to overcome disabilities to use RC"
Adapting a TX for an enthusiastic paraplegic pilot
Amazing Flying Chair
Heli-Chair
John Cinderey's pages
Quadriplegic RC'r - Kim's Home Page
Single stick Transmitters - with videos
Transmitter - Single Stick Conversion - DIY install.
Transmitter - Single Stick Conversion - Microstar

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This thread shows a modified single stick transmitter for one handed operation

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_63...tm.htm#6344976
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Have you accomplishes this task? I know it's kin d of an old thread but I am also with limited use of one arm so I fly with my remote mounted to a speaker stand that is height adjustable and I use Mt pinky and thumb to work the sticks
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