Friday, 8 September 2017

Advanced snapflap mixing with OpenTx and Lua

In this post, I'll describe a snapflap mix with the emphasis on 'trimmability'. It offers full control over the snapflap curve, with all adjustments via dedicated controls. In addition, alerts are sounded when snapflap exceeds user-defined thresholds. The system was developed for my Needle 115, and has been refined over two years.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A simple way to measure stick tension

My trusty Taranis X9D has finally suffered its first major issue in four years - a broken spring on the elevator gimbal. And yes, it failed in flight! Fortunately I was able to land the model safely.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Horus X10 preview - an upgrade for your X9D?

The Horus X10 is the second 'quality' radio to be released by FrSky. The new radio bridges the gap between the venerable Taranis X9D and the premium Horus X12S. Will it be good enough to persuade X9D users to upgrade? Will X12 users all suddenly want to downgrade? Let's indulge in a bit of informed speculation! [20 Nov 2017: section on charging updated].

Monday, 22 May 2017

Checking out your new FrSky transmitter

Over the years I've set up a variety of transmitters for myself and friends and as a result I've got to know what to look for and what to check out with new kit. So in this post, I list a few tips, including an effective method for checking the range.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Getting inside the Horus

The Horus is a sweet piece of kit - when it's fully operational. Unfortunately my own unit arrived with a gimbal that was double-centring. To FrSky's credit, it didn't take long to receive a replacement gimbal, and today I cracked open the transmitter to install it. It also offered an opportunity to inspect the Horus internals. Was it all good news? Read on...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Preparing your setups for OpenTx 2.2 RC10

The OpenTx developers have been making great progress with 2.2. The latest build is able to open .eepes created in OpenTx 2.1, and convert them to OpenTx 2.2 format. Even better, they can be re-targeted to the Horus - great news for those wishing to migrate their setups to the new transmitter.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

E-Soar Plus v2, with integral timer, faster setup

It's just over a year now since I published my E-Soar Plus template for full house electric sailplanes. Since then it's been adopted by a number of pilots for both sport and F5J competition. However there's always room for improvement; a few pilots have asked for a flight timer. Also I wanted to reduce the time to calibrate the servos and adjust the mixers. The result is E-Soar Plus version 2.0Let's take a quick tour...

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Taranis X9E: FM7 bug and workaround

A user of my F3J setup recently reported an odd issue with his Taranis X9E: there was no voice confirmation when switching into a particular flight mode. My initial thoughts were that it was an errant sound file.