The tricopter is finally ready for its maiden flight. I was origionally working from the setup guide on RCexplorer.se's website. His setup was for Futaba radio systems, and since I am using a Spektrum DX6i and a Spektrum AR6110 receiver my setup turned out to the slightly different. Bear in mind I haven't flow this setup yet, but it passes RCexplorer's recommended setup procedure. The gyro gain controls may not be 100% correct. We'll find out soon....
AR6110 Receiver Connections:
(note gyros are in-line with connections between receiver and ESC or servos)
|Channel||Receiver Label||Servo / ESC|
|1||Throttle||Tail rotor ESC|
|2||Aileron||Left rotor ESC|
|3||Elevator||rotor gyro gain (split 3 ways)|
|4||Rudder||Tail rotor servo|
|5||Gear||Tail rotor gyro gain|
|6||Aux||Right rotor ESC|
DX6i Initial Setup
(all based upon recommendations from various users on RCgroups)
Dual Rate & Expo
CCPM 120 degrees
|Final Picture before 1st Flight|
Also before the first flight I purchased a Du-Bro Tru-Spin prop balancer, #499. I initially hesitated paying the money for this tool, but after bringing it home it was obvious it was money well spent. It is a very nice tool, and made in the USA to boot. I'll be balancing all my props and spinners from now on. During some initial tests I was getting a lot of prop / motor vibration so I thought balancing the props would be necessary to keep the gyros happy. It was also vibrating badly enough so the nuts and bolts holding the motor beams in place were vibrating loose.