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Offline SeeFernando

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Apprentice Dual Rates for beginners?
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:39:50 pm »
Hey Everyone,

I've got my DX6 mostly setup with the Apprentice, but rates aren't setup. 

Any suggestions? I've read that its a personal preference, but wheres a good setup to start with?

Thanks!


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Re: Apprentice Dual Rates for beginners?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 02:44:32 pm »
High rate = 100% throw with 25-35% expo

Low rate = 70% throw with 10-15% expo

Theses are some of my favourite rates. Hope this helps.

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Re: Apprentice Dual Rates for beginners?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2018, 03:55:48 pm »
Hi Chris:

What Simon says is basically what I use for all my planes (Apprentice included):
Hi rate: 100%, expo 30%
Low rate: 70%, expo 20%

If you a 3-position switch (such as "Flight Mode") then I would use that to switch for your rates/expo for aileron/rudder/elevator.

Why 3-position? One switch is easier to use if you are a beginner. Usually for landings you need to keep elevator set at 100% while rudder/aileron can be set at 70%. With elevator set at 70%, you can sometimes run out of "up elevator" when you need to flare on landing. The E-flite instruction manuals have started mentioning the 100% on elevator for landings.

So here is what I use with the 3-position switch (note that 70%/20% means Rate%/Expo%):

Position 0 (switch down - used for landing/takeoff):
elevator = 100/30
rudder/aileron = 70/20

Position 1 (switch middle - all low rates):
aileron/rudder/elevator = 70/20

Position 2 (switch up - all high rates):
aileron/rudder/elevator =100/30


The good thing about 3-position switches is that you can try all low and all high rates for aileron/rudder/elevator and still have the option to try high rate elevator and low rate aileron/rudder.

For most of my flying I just leave the switch "down" in position 0 for landing / takeoff /mild aerobatics.

Expo is a matter of personal preference and depends on your flying ability "at the time". Some people don't use it at all. Some people use 40% (or more) for 3-D aerobatics etc. Try a Google search and you will find many opinions (again it's what works best for you at the time).

By the way, sometimes 70% low rate on the rudder is "too low" for certain types of airplanes if you are trying to turn them around on the runway or counter cross winds, etc.. You just have to try out the rates for each plane that you have.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Apprentice Dual Rates for beginners?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 04:03:30 pm »
Thanks y'all! I'll try it out on Wednesday!

Cheers!
-Chris

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