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Spektrum DX8 Officially Announced 24Jun10

Posted by tanker in Advanced, Beginner, General Heli, News, Products, Transmitters.
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Spektrum DX8Spektrum has now officially unveiled their new DX8 radio. The DX8 is the long awaited successor to the DX7 and brings with it not just 8 channels but a host of other nice improvements. More importantly, this radio has a number of great features for heli pilots including,

Electronic E-Ring
When programming the cyclic and pitch mixing for a helicopter, it is possible for the sum of the two mixing values to exceed the mechanical travel limits of the servos. This can cause them to be overdriven into a locked position. Spektrum AirWare’s Electronic E-Ring prevents this by automatically limiting servo travel if the sum of the cyclic and pitch values exceeds servo limits.

Built-In Telemetry. Fly Smarter with Vital Model Feedback
The DX8’s built-in telemetry feature gives you vital, real-time information about what’s happening with your model in flight; information that can prevent crashes and maximize performance. The telemetry data appears in an easy-to-read format on the large backlit LCD screen so you can reference it at a glance. You can also have the DX8 alert you with an audio or vibe alarm whenever any telemetry values exceed limits you define.

The long-range telemetry module that is included with the DX8 will provide a steady stream of data in models that are flown to the limits of sight. A smaller, lighter telemetry module with sufficient range for park flyers or helicopters will be available separately. Both telemetry modules will be compatible with any DSM2 receiver that is equipped with a data port.

The DX8 will initially be able to track four key safety and performance factors:

Battery Voltage
Never again will you have to wonder whether or not you have enough voltage to keep flying. Being able to monitor voltage will also help you detect a worn out battery pack before it prematurely ends your flight. The telemetry module is plugged into the receiver and will automatically relay receiver voltage. A separate sensor for tracking main battery voltage in electric aircraft will be included.

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T-Rex 700e Upgrade Parts 22Jun10

Posted by tanker in Advanced, General Heli, News, Products, TRex.
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Align T-Rex 700e Elevator MountAlign has announced a handful of T-Rex 700e upgrade parts including aluminum servo mounts and a vertical stabilizer mount. Scorpion released an aluminum mount for their 4035 series motors. KDE Direct has a whole pile of upgrade parts including an interesting Receiver Mount Upgrade that allows for positioning the batteries further forward for better center of gravity and an Universal Motor Mount that allows adjustment of gear mesh.

More upgrade parts are sure to follow.