Apr 022017
 

Although I read a  few bad reviews about this switch I thought I would use it in an electric model which required a receiver battery switch (it appeared to be a reasonable switch). Well it didn’t go well. About the fourth flight the aircraft stopped responding and crashed in the prison stock grazing area. I have rebuilt it and used a better switch.

 

Quick review – Turnigy i10 telemetry transmitter

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Dec 312015
 

I purchased this 10 channel transmitter ‘on sale’ from Hobbyking; only mode 2 so needed to change to mode 1 which just meant reversing the gimbals and changing the mode setting in the transmitter. There are lots of ‘unpacking’ videos on Youtube so I won’t even go there. The first thing you notice is its so thin which is possible as it uses a 1 cell lipo which is charged via a mini USB connector so no problem there as I have lots of these cables even in the car. The ‘net’ advises that the mini usb plug is a bit fragile so we will have to see. It uses a touch sensitive screen which is fun to play with and quite usable.

Without any external sensors, it displays the receiver voltage and error rate. In full sun its hard to read the lcd screen but then, unless you are flying a glider or similar, you need to focus on the task at hand, flying the model. The standard package comes with 2 external sensors as well. The transmitter doesn’t support speech but has beeps and things. I have had about 5 flights so far and no errors when flying at Trentham (now is that a good thing??).  At this stage there are few other receivers available for use with this transmitter although the standard 10 channel receiver is $US20 which is good except it is a bit big for that smaller model. The trims for elevator and throttle are not in the normal place but too early to say that this is an issue.

The sticks are too short so I borrowed some longer ones which feels better. All the switches are assignable to the extent that you need to assign the switch you want for rates and expo… so its quite flexible.

It doesn’t have the quality of some of the named transmitters but its a great radio and I intend to get some more receivers for other models. The reviews I have read on that there internet thing are favourable but again, its a personal thing.

Its currently retails for $US177 from the Aussie Hobbyking warehouse http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=75276 which is not bad value (but then I got it cheaper in the Hobbyking sale!!)…   Some will prefer the Taranis which is probably more flexible (its has a module which the i10 does not).

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Turnigy i10 + electric test plane (which is quite aerobatic)

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Turnigy iA10 receiver installation.

 

Aug 302015
 

Nice day at the field today, a small number of members arrived to enjoy the calm weather. One of our new members experiencing his first flight in a light Wellington breeze, ended up with his plane high up in a tree on the Golf course to the surprise of same of the golfers.

IMAG1191 Club up tree

Plane retrieved with only damage to the front cowling. Minor trimming and he was flying again.

IMAG1192 Cub - after tree