Beginners Guide To Control Modes On Your Transmitter
diagram alongside shows a basic 4 channel transmitter. There are 2
sticks, each of which controls 2 of the 4 primary
flight controls. Each stick is gimballed so that it can be moved
in both axes. The up and down movement controls either elevator or
throttle, and the left and right movement controls either the ailerons
or rudder. The sticks are sprung so that they return to the centre
position when released, with the exception of the throttle control
which has a ratchet mechanism so that it will stay at the throttle
stick operates which control is determined by the mode
of the transmitter. These are:
has pitch and roll control on separate sticks, with roll control on
the right stick, and pitch control on the left. The perceived advantage
of this layout is the separation of pitch and roll control onto different
sticks, which is considered to give more precise control over both as
operation of one cannot inadvertently change the other.
has pitch and roll control on the same stick, in a manner similar to
the way the primary controls of an full size aircraft operate. The other
stick has the yaw and throttle controls. (see primary
flight controls for an explanation of these terms) The perceived
advantage is that as pitch and roll are the primary means of controlling
the models flight path, having them on the same stick makes it easier
to co-ordinate the two.
This control stick configuration has the rudder and elevator being controlled
by the right stick while the left stick controls the ailerons (roll)
guiders can ignore the reference to throttle and perhaps think of it as
should you choose?
The quick answer to that one is to choose the same as your instructor.
Because of the mental adjustment required to fly on different modes, most
people, once they have learnt to fly, stick with the one mode and in any
club one mode of operation will be prevalent. Because of this no instructor
is likely to teach you to fly using a different mode to the one he or
she normally uses, so you should ensure that any radio equipment you buy
operates on the same mode as your instructor. Most radio sets are capable
of being easily swapped between A and B, but you should check before purchase
whether the particular set you are buying is on the desired mode, or if
not, that it can be changed easily.