AROUND THE MENUS
The tools to program and
adjust settings on the 7CAP and 9CAP are
among the easiest and fastest I've ever
used. To access the menus just hold down
the mode/page button and then use the thumb
wheel to select the item you want and then
press the wheel to enter that selection
screen. The two buttons on the right hand
side of the display are used to navigate
up and down certain menus. To exit any menu
just press the end button which lets you
"climb out" to the main screen.
The learning curve is very small.
Like the 9CAP and many computer
radios the trim levers are all electronic.
When you switch models, it remembers exactly
where you last left off and the trims are
set. Electronic trims avoid the problems
of accidentally bumping the lever when transporting
or handling the radio which could lead to
an accident. The trims are adjustable in
terms of how sensitive they are with each
electronic "click". The trim menu
lets you set sensitivity to a low of 1 (most
precise and smallest movement) to a high
of 40 (largest and least precise movement).
is a basic menu for everyday flying which
contains all the "common" features
such as dual rate, expo, timer functions,
end point adjustment, sub-trim adjustment,
throttle cut, trainer parameters, fail-safe,
PCM/PPM select, and reverse. A more advanced
menu provides access to the programmable
mix screens, flaperons, flap trim, air brakes,
v-tail, elevon, snap roll, throttle curve,
pitch curve, revo, gyro just to name a few!
MENU - CHOOSE YOUR MODE!
simplify programming there is a parameter
menu which allows you to choose whether
you want the transmitter in "airplane
mode" or in "heli mode".
If you are in the airplane mode you will
see the airplane related feature set such
as v-tail, flaperons, air brakes, etc. If
you switch over to heli mode you will see
the menus change and they will now show
heli specific functions such as throttle
curve, pitch curve, revo mix, etc. These
2 layouts are both accessible whether in
PCM of FM (PPM) mode. You can also assign
what switch channels 5 and 7 correspond
to on the 2nd level of the parameter menu.
7CAP version features switches in what would
be considered an "airplane friendly"
layout since the trainer switch is on the
left side and the throttle is ratcheted.
The 7CH (heli version) has the idle-up switch
on the upper left and a smooth throttle
(no ratchet) for more precise throttle control
in hovers. Both versions supports 6 basic
swashplate setups including single servo
or "H-1" and 5 types of CCPM.
TO FLY? TRAINER FUNCTIONS ONBOARD!
trainer function on the transmitter allows
you to have the student use the 7C's mixing,
helicopter, and other functions even if
the buddy box is a 4 channel.
feature is adjustable as follows: If you
set the trainer mode to "N" then
when the trainer switch is in the "ON" position
the channel set to this mode can be controlled
by the student and follows the programming
of the students transmitter. If the mode
is set to "F" and the trainer
switch is set to "ON" then the
mixing is controlled by the instructors
transmitter settings. Last if the mode is
set to "-" then the channel set
to this mode cannot be controlled by the
student even when the trainer switch is
"ON". The 7C may be a master or
student with any Futaba FM Tx which is compatible
with the "square connector" type
trainer cord. The manual goes into detail
on this feature.
OF THE FUNCTIONS AND MENUS ON THE 7CAP
Safe (in PCM mode only)
curve normal (5 points) -Heli
curve normal (5 points) -Heli
curve (5 points, Idle up 1 &
curve (5 points, Idle up 1 &
can name your models with any name you want
up to 6 characters. I usually use a 3 or
4 letter name and then the channel the plane
is on as the last 2 digits but you can use
any convention you want.
YOUR MODEL TOO!
common feature between the 9CAP and 7CAP
is the model copy function. This feature
lets you copy the current model data into
another one of the available memory slots.
This lets you setup similar planes very
quickly without doing complex programming
or mixing from the ground up. I programmed
my Great Planes U-CAN-DO-46 in less than
5 minutes on my 9CAP by simply copying the
model memory over from my Great Planes U-CAN-DO-60.
Just like its big brother the 9CAP, the
new 7CAP can perform this very same trick
and save you time and minimize errors.
parameter submenu mentioned earlier not
only lets you set whether you are in heli
mode or airplane mode but you can choose
between PPM or PCM modulation. You can also
reset and clear out any old settings using
the reset function in the parameter menu.
Be sure you really want to erase everything
before choosing this option!
notable feature on the 7CAP is the possibility
of "triple rates". You can setup
dual rates or expo on a 3 position switch
instead of a 2 position switch. This gives
you 3 options for a high, medium and low
rate for one channel or several on just
one switch! This is a great feature when,
for example, you want to transition from
regular flight which may be medium rates
to high rates for 3D and then a lower rate
for rolling harriers.
timer feature on the 9CAP is one I always
loved due to its versatility. The 7CAP also
brings over this functionality which lets
you set the timer as a count up or count
down timer and also assign any switch or
stick position as the trigger to activate
it. I set my throttle stick to about 1/8
as the trigger so every time my throttle
is over 1/8 the timer counts down and when
returned to the idle postion the timers
stops. I always forget to turn on the timer
before a flight and this feature makes it
so I never have to remember again. It does
it for me! Furthermore, it times your available
flight time remaining more accurately since
the throttle stick in the idle position
does not activate the timer. When flying
with aggressive throttle management this
is VERY useful to maximize flight time.
fail-safe feature is used to tell a PCM
receiver what to do in the event radio interference
is received. On the 7CAP you can adjust
each channel separately. The NOR
setting will keep the servo in the last
commanded position while the FS function
will move the servo to a preset position.
is also a battery fail-safe feature which
goes into action if the rx battery falls
under 3.8 volts. If the voltage drops under
the 3.8 volt level the engine will go to
idle (if you haven't set a predetermined
position). At this point you should land
right away. If necessary you can reset the
battery fail-safe by moving the throttle
to idle which will give you about 30 seconds
of throttle control before it goes back
into fail-safe mode. It should be noted
you should not rely on this battery fail-safe
if using a 6 volt battery. By the time the
6 volt battery hits 3.8V it may drop so
fast that you may not have enough time left
to have control for a landing.
MIXES AND OTHER BASIC/ADVANCED OPTIONS
manual goes into detail and also gives examples
for each of the basic/advanced options such
as end point adjustment, programmable mixing,
heli swashplate type selection, revo mixing,
gyros, elevons, vtail, and much more. I won't
go into great detail here in the text of
this review for these particular advanced
features but will instead give an overview
of them. In addition, I have covered some
of these additional items in the video overviews
referenced at the end of this review.
cut - Provides an easy way to kill your
- Mixing function uses one servo on each
of the two ailerons and uses them for
both aileron and flap function. You can
set flap trim to adjust the neutral positions
together for level flight.
- This is used with v-tail aircraft so
elevator and rudder functions are combined
roll switch - Lets you execute snap rolls
with the flip of one switch. This features
mixes aileron, rudder and elevator together
Mix - Preprogrammed mix which makes flaps
drop or rise when elevator stick is moved
Mix - Preprogrammed linear mix makes the
elevator lower whenever flaps are lowered
to prevent ballooning or pitching
to rudder - Preprogrammed linear mix used
to mix rudder with aileron to make coordinated
turns. Useful for scale models.