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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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