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Old 07-17-2003, 03:12 AM
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Default Eclipse & RD8000- Dual rates/Expo

I am trying to decide between the Airtronics RD8000 and Hitec Eclipse. I read in another thread the RD8000 has no dual rates or expo on the rudder channel. The Eclipse has dual rates and expo on channels 1,2 and 4. Anyone know what functions are assigned to channels 1,2 and 4 on the Eclipse. I assume that would be dual rates and expo on rudder, elevator and alerons only with a Y harness, or elevator and alerons (alerons on two channels) and no rudder.
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Old 07-17-2003, 03:41 AM
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You can get expo and dual rates on elevator, rudder and ailerons, whether you use the one or the two aileron servo setups.

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Default How about triple rates and triple expo?

I was just in Airtronic's office this morning getting a servo serviced. I mentioned to Bobby that I was able to get triple rates and triple expo's on elev, ail, and rudder using the RD6000.

The trick (and compromise) is to fly your airplane while using the heli mode. Then you get to set up a control rate and an expo rate for all three controls using Normal flight mode, Flight mode 1, and flight mode 2. You even get a throttle curve if you want to customize your throttle response.
The compromise is that you will not be able to use flapperons or flapperon mixing. You'll have to use a Y harness to hook up your ailerons.

Just copy the model setup to another model number and modify it to use the heli mode and add a Y harness. Try it and see what you like better.

I haven't used the Eclipse so don't know about its capabilities.

If you really want more, then there's Futaba 9C and JR8103
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Default Eclipse & RD8000- Dual rates/Expo

There's a Hitec Eclipse manual here:-

http://www.hitecrcd.com/Radios/RadioHome.htm

. . . . if it helps you decide.

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The Eclipse has three flight modes and dual rates so you could get a total of 5 different rates and expo.

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Default Eclipse & RD8000- Dual rates/Expo

While you're on, Mike,

It would be useful to me if I could set up one flight mode exactly like my standard one, but with a slightly higher idle speed on the engine while actually in the air, so that the risk of dead stick is reduced.

Could I do this by programming the new flight condition into the large switch (back - right of the transmitter) by just having a different throttle trim on that flight mode and simply throw that switch to fly, and back again to land / taxi?

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