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Blade Nano QX dodging hangar queenAs I enjoy this heat wave in the Midwest (50 degrees, anyone?), I realized something. Never in my short time writing Raging Rotors have I discussed really what kind of ‘path’ one can take to become a competent RC Pilot. Well, better late than never! Over the next couple of articles, we will discuss steps to take to improve your skills and your tech to increase your pilot ‘street cred’. For you experienced RC Pilots, feel free to comment if you have any suggestions. RC is first and foremost a learning experience, so share your knowledge!

Hot Sauce's DX7sI’m a big fan of dedication. Many of you are likely looking into RC helicopters after putzing around with something already, whether a basic coaxial helicopter or one of the almost dozen basic quadcopters that have found their way to market in the last 18 months. If you are dead serious about getting into flying RC helicopters and multirotors, I would start by investing in a computerized radio. A computerized radio is more than your regular transmitter with trim buttons and gimbals, but one that not only (usually) has multiple model memory and a means of finite manipulation of specific flight channels (throttle, aileron, etc). For you Blade and E-Flite fans I’m talking minimally a Spektrum DX6 and JR Radios or for the Heli-max and Flyzone fans there are Futaba and Tactic radio systems. I flew my Blade Nano CPx on the stock non-computerized radio and also on a few different computerized radios, and there is a world of difference between the two. The primary difference is in the response to input: a computerized radio input provides almost instantaneous response in the aircraft. I was actually selling this concept to a coworker who flies one of the quads I own in an RTF format, and I had him fly mine on my Spektrum DX7s. Granted a baseline Spektrum DX6i is $140 and a Tactic TTX650 is $150, but I would not recommend this without the investment being worth it.

Next time on Raging Rotors: …Actually, I’m just going to spoil the title and leave the rest up to your imagination. Part 2 is ‘Pucker up, Buttercup!’

As always, feel free to leave comments about your experiences or ask me anything via kevin (at) bigsquidrc.com, but until next week, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

 

JR America at E-Fest 2014
Surface radios are no longer sold under the JR banner now days in America, but their air radios are alive and well. JR America’s booth at E-Fest 2014 was big and filled with electronic goodness. From uber high end transmitters to servos of every size, they have radio gear for all sorts of air applications. Hit up their Official Website to see everything they produce, and check out the pictures below to get a feel for what their booth was like.

jr rc gloves
Every winter it seems we cut up a perfectly good pair of gloves to go driving in the cold weather. For those of you that can’t stand cutting up your own gloves, JR now has RC gloves to keep your hands warm while still allowing your fingers to properly grip your transmitter. The back hand side of the JR gloves are made from polyester and chloroprene, while the palm side is made from polyurethane. Sizes range from Medium to XXL.

The part number for the JR gloves is #RCG-RD13 and you can get more information at This Link.

Have you checked out the BigSquidRC shop lately? If not, you can check it out HERE.

Horizon Hobby eFest 2013
One of the largest names in rc is Horizon Hobby and they have a very nice booth set-up at eFest 2013. Horizon is displaying a wide variety air products, from Blade heli’s and quad’s, to their novice friendly hobbyzone planes, they have a wide variety of products for nearly any flyer.

Hit up the Horizon Hobby Website for more information on all their products, and check out THIS link for more eFest coverage right here on BigSquidRC.