I have been using a 12ch Evo for quite a number of years, but have yet to find a real use for the 3 "flight mode" options when flying my scale sailplanes. Anyone have any suggestions that might make these mode switches useful?
Mode 1: flaps & ailerons down 2mm for strong thermal
Mode 2: flaps & ailerons down 4mm for light thermals
Mode 3: reflex for speed or inverted flying
I started monkeying around with setting up the EVO to my liking, including flight modes, and have something I really like:
On the left, side three-position toggle switch I have 1) Normal mode (all the way back), 2) Speed mode with ailerons and flaps reflexed a bit with a touch of down elevator (mid position) and 3) Uber Speed mode with ailerons and flaps up more and more down elevator.
On the right, side three-position toggle switch I have 1) Thermal mode (all the way back) and 2) Normal mode (mid or forward position).
The setup on the right side is cool because I can be charging along in fast Speed mode, hit a thermal, make a turn to check it out. If it's worth spending some time in, moving the right switch back brings in thermal flaps and ailerons. When I leave the thermal, I just flip the switch back and I'm in the previous mode.
Sounds complicated but it really reduces work load. I rarely use the E or F sliders for camber any more.
If I had one more mode, I would make a Landing mode that would bring the retract down, reflex the ailerons, decouple the rudder from the ailerons and crack open a cold one
Last edited by yyz; 06-02-2011 at 06:22 AM.
Thanks to both Alex and Mike for their thoughts. I like the idea of using a "landing mode" that lowers the gear and decouples the aileron-rudder mix.