Below are some of the best rc helicopter ebooks out there, written by those who have been there and done it! All are highly recommended and essential reading if you're serious about getting in to the exhilarating hobby of flying a radio control helicopter. RC heli flying is very involved, especially as you start getting in to the collective pitch helicopters. Having an ebook to hand ensures that you will have all the necessary info right there in one place, and you won't need to spend endless hours on the web searching for the help you need. All of the ebooks on this page can be considered essential reading, if relevant to your particular heli, and the help and information contained within them is as good as you'll get.
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If you are always dependent on someone else for swash setup, it really takes the joy out of the hobby; never mind missing out on the wonderful feeling of accomplishment once you fully understand the process as you strive for setup perfection. There really isn't much info covering all the aspects of proper and correct CCPM swashplate setup from servo interaction and direction, levelling tools, setting collective and cyclic range, differences in flybarless vs flybar setup etc.
This is a big topic after all, and why I felt it so important to write an eBook on the subject to help you understand what it's all about by showing a logical step by step process with over photos to help out with the explanations. As with my other eBooks, I'm not going to bore or insult you with a endless sales pitch. I will show you what's in the swashplate setup eBook by way of excerpts taken from the eBook, the table of contents, ordering information, and some testimonials at the bottom of the page.
I am going to be making four assumptions that are required to properly set up an electronically mixed swashplate:. You have a computerized radio with RC heli software that supports the type of CCPM swashplate or that your heli uses. I follow a simple 5 step process when I set up an electronically mixed swashplate. Some of the bigger birds out there use degree CCPM; so if by chance you have degree swash mixing, the procedures I have will be identical — the only difference is The second and less known tool is called a swashplate levelling tool.
You can build your own we will get to that in Chapter 3 or purchase one. The tool I have built here will work on most swashplates, from size electric helis up to larger electrics and size nitros, perhaps even larger. It of course depends on the specific swashplate, but you will get a good idea of how to size your homemade levelling tool no matter what size machine you have Finish up by rechecking all interactions to make sure the swash is moving in all directions correctly.
Right now you have a swashplate levelled at mid stick, the question is will it stay level at minimum and maximum pitch values? Give it a try, move the collective stick on the radio to full low and see if the swashplate is still level.
Now try moving to full high, again is it still level? In both cases the answer is most likely NO! Here is the chart with all the values I have programmed for the Trex I just set up so you can get an idea of what I record and how easy it is. On the following page, I have included the same chart I use.
Just print off as many as you need if you feel they will help. I usually tuck them into the manual that If there is one question that keeps popping up almost daily in my in-box, it's "Why don't you write a flybarless setup eBook?
If you did, I would be first in line for it". I of course have to explain that this swash eBook actually covers the "installation parameters" of correct FBL setup and then spew the statement you've heard me say many times throughout this eBook to "always follow the FBL instructions or setup wizard for your particular FBL system. Not very helpful - right I fully understand there is a big gap out there right now in the actual understanding of FBL systems and how they work.
Configuring the easy to set installation parameters that we have already gone over in the eBook is the easy part of it; getting the dynamic tuning correctly set is the hard part, but it doesn't have to be. If you don't have a PDF reader you can download one for free from Adobe. There are also PDF Apps available for tablets and smart phones if that is how to wish to view the eBook.
Payment can be made with any major credit card or through PayPal. If so, you may wish to take advantage of my "Setup Combo Package", which includes both of these popular ebooks for one low price. If for whatever reason you don't find the information in this eBook helpful and useful; simply contact me within 30 days from the purchase date and request a refund along with the original transaction or order number and a simple explanation of why you're requesting a refund.
Please remember, this is an eBook and there are NO hard copies available. Hello John, I normally don't leave feedback, but after getting your swashplate ebook a week or so ago, I thought I should let you know how much I have enjoyed it and how much it has helped me out. I've actually been flying helicopters for almost as long as you have and consider myself a good pilot and knowledgeable.
I know you are an honest person going by the kudos you get on the RC forums, so I figured even if I didn't like the ebook, you would refund the purchase. No refund request here! In fact, I think you could be asking a fair amount more for this ebook. You have a gift for explaining technical subjects and you shouldn't sell yourself short with that skill.
I even learned a few basic swashplate tips I was not aware of before, but all your flybarless procedures are what I was most impressed with. I went through my SAB Goblin , tweaked a few mechanical settings, and experimented with the gains and some other fields.
Like you, I really like the Bavarian Demon 3X and it was flying well before, but now that I understand what I'm doing and what some of the settings do - it's flying so much better. I can't wait to apply my new found knowledge to my Goblin As others have said, you are a real credit to our hobby.
Thanks again for the help. Scott McNee - United States. Your work has made me a "neighborhood expert". I have been chewing on your E-books for quite a while now. I have treated them more like a handbook than a text book because the layout is so clear and logical: not pedantic or written in Chinglish.
Today I flew my Mini Titan that I had just completely rebuilt since crashing it quite badly last weekend! Because of your books, I am certain, the bird flies better now than it has ever flown in my hands! The whole project was a relative snap with your books on hand on my laptop next to the repair bench! I knew methodologies and tools and procedures that only a sparse few of my acquaintances in RC had any idea about Swashplate leveling tool, for instance; my buddies have all been just eye-balling the rigging and wondering why they fight with trim all the time.
Sincerely and appreciatively, Mr. Denver Yarroll - United States. Thank you. Stefan - Hungary. Dear John, Your e-book on swashplate setup and leveling is easily worth twice the price because after following your simple directions I transformed my collective pitch demon into a rotor angel in about an hour.
It's like flying a totally different helo! You saved me months of time and untold frustrations, and I can't thank you enough. I surely would have given up on this hobby without you! Keep up the great work! Chris Parker - United States. Hi John, just a quick thank you.
After setting it up, I took it out the garden and apart from having to reverse the rudder on my dx6i it went straight into a stable hover without any trim at all, not bad for a novice! Once again thank you very much and keep up the good work. Dave - United Kingdom. Hi John, received and used your swashplate setup guide. You have made it so much easier, cannot believe how long I stumbled in the dark, so much clearer now, have a few trex helis and all fly so well now. Thanks heaps My little electric had sat unloved and gathering dust after I gave up trying to unravel the secrets of setting up CCPM.
I purchased your e-book last week and firstly enjoyed reading it through before starting work. Well, your e-book is so methodical, easy to follow, and correct that I almost started asking myself WHY had I not persevered with this before I have since purchased your other 2 e-publications and am enthused by the setup and tips for series heli's. I'm a "do-it-yourself" kinda guy that has recently taken interest in this wonderful and exciting hobby and what I love about your Ebook is that I never had any difficulty comprehending what you are trying to teach in your material.
Lots of information to arouse interest, but just enough to keep a beginner like me engaged in the learning process. Thanks for your Ebook! A good buy and highly recommended! When I got started, I crashed a lot and was about to give up until I found your website. Your Flight School is fantastic. My model flies very well now, even after several crashes because I now know what to do to get the setup right.
Since I started following your Flight school, I have only crashed once, and that was because I got too giddy and forgot to set the timer Keep up your Brilliant work, I certainly appreciate it, and I'm sure many others do. Adrian Atkins - re-noobed - Spain. Hi John, I didn't believe a new RC heli could fly "off the bench" as you call it in perfect trim and I've been at this RC heli game for a while.
To be honest I didn't really take it seriously until he had his maiden flight on his brand new Trex I couldn't believe it was in perfect trim. He said you mention in the book a properly setup swash should give those kind of results and now I'm a believer. I went home, purchased your e-book, and went through the process - amazing! I can't believe how simple, but important this is.
I grew up on mechanical swash mixing and never realized just how much different electronic mixing is and how important the programming is. Keep up the great work, I've been spending a fair amount of time on your website since, and it's so nice to find a site that is so rich in information.
I'm sure it has helped many newcomers and even a few "old dogs". Best Regards,. Being new to the hobby, I was amazed at the amount of info you are generally not told when buying a kit.
I managed initially to lift my heli with no swash mix etc. After reading the ebooks I feel i have gained a wealth of info that nobody else wanted to part with.
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There are many different servo arrangements for both three and four servo swashplates. The swashplate library covers all of the popular configurations for both three and four servo swashplates. If you have a unique swashplate, you can also use the generic three servo swashplate. Linearize servo is a feature that you can use for both three and four servo swashplates however it is optional for the three servo swashplates as there is no chance for binding. It will most likely always be required for four servo swashplates because of the potential for binding in a four point attachment.
If you are always dependent on someone else for swash setup, it really takes the joy out of the hobby; never mind missing out on the wonderful feeling of accomplishment once you fully understand the process as you strive for setup perfection. There really isn't much info covering all the aspects of proper and correct CCPM swashplate setup from servo interaction and direction, levelling tools, setting collective and cyclic range, differences in flybarless vs flybar setup etc. This is a big topic after all, and why I felt it so important to write an eBook on the subject to help you understand what it's all about by showing a logical step by step process with over photos to help out with the explanations. As with my other eBooks, I'm not going to bore or insult you with a endless sales pitch. I will show you what's in the swashplate setup eBook by way of excerpts taken from the eBook, the table of contents, ordering information, and some testimonials at the bottom of the page.