Hey guys, I just started out in the hobby & decided to pick up an Apprentice due to all the positive reviews i've read. I have a few questions, please be gentle as I said i'm a total newb at this lol!!!
Took the model out for it's maiden flight this afternoon & a few things I'm concerned with...1st, on a few occasions while doing a slow turn, naturally in beginner mode, I noticed the plane looked as if it lost radio connection & just "leveled" itself mid turn. I was flying pretty slow if this makes a difference as I read for SAFE to be active you need to be at least 20% throttle. 2nd, upon completing my flying for the day i accidentally took the wings off before disconnecting the servo wires & they "y" adapter for the ailerons came off the receiver. That was a simple fix but I also noticed a connector going to the power switch came out of the receiver & i'm not sure where it goes?
I totally appreciate all the assistance you guys may be able to provide.
The plane 'leveling' doesnt sound unusual. In beginner mode the self stabilisation is constantly trying to level the plane. The 20% throttle thing is only to activate 'SAFE', once it's activated it stays active even if you close the throttle.
The wire from the switch is the ESC (Electronic Speed controller) throttle input wire it should go to the 'Throttle' channel on the receiver.. Like this (make sure the connectors go in the correct way, orange wire facing forward):
Hey Jet!!! Thank you so much for the assistance. You really explained everything very well & I do appreciate it so much! I'm sure I'll be postino more as I move along lol!! I'm already considering swapping out the stock motor & ESC for the better "metal" cased eflite motor. I really enjoyed my 1st flight yesterday & can see myself sticking with this hobby for many years to come.
Thank you again & hope to talk to you soon my friend.
Well unfortunately my Apprentice is long gone!!! Went out on only my 3rd flight & about 30ft up lost all radio communication & all I could do is watch $300 fly away!!! Not a very good beginning at this hobby at all :-(
I'm starting to lose hope. It's been 4 days since it disappeared on me :-(. I just can't understand why failsafe didn't engage & spiral down when radio communication was lost. I had a full battery in the model & my radio batteries were brand new as well. I performed all necessary preflight tests as I did on the 2 previous flights. It was all so upsetting as the plane wasn't even that far away from me when it lost communication. I'm trying not to let this ruin my enjoyment of the hobby but unfortunately I don't have an unlimited supply of funds.
Hey Ken. As far as I can tell the transmitter is perfect. Like I said, the model was only taken out 3 times. Since you mentioned occasional signal loss, I wonder if the issue lies within the eflite receiver that ships with the plane.
well its not a total loss. you still have the receiver, you can build a plane or get a bind & fly. if cash is an issue AMA plans has free plans for a neat biplane called a praire E duster 2mm depron some cheap stuff on e-bay also.
Yes, I'm not gonna let this unfortunate incident stray me from enjoying the hobby further. I had loads of fun with the Apprentice so I'm definitely gonna keep my options open for something else. I was thinking about going with a BNF & possibly going for a better quality receiver/transmitter combo. I've seen lots of good reviews for the Spektrum DX6 with an Ar610. As I'm sure you guys know tons more about this than I do I'm open for suggestions.
Can't go wrong with the DX6. I started out with the Futaba 6EX and later went with the DX9. Have not looked back. One reason is that if you fly at club, the Spectrum nomenclature is far more common. EG. Expo on Futaba is a negative value. Channel 3 is throttle, etc. Thus, getting answers on the spot is much better.