45 thoughts on “Flite Test – Trimming a 4 Channel Plane – FLITE TIP

  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Thanks for the informative video guys! I'm just getting into the hobby now and every little bit helps!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Totally useless, why don't you have a close up of the transmitter controls when you trim, or even show which buttons trim what part of the plane ?.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    So what are actual signs for when you need to trim a part of the plane? Eg when do I need to trim right aliron

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    :38 wow what a boss cameraman holding the boom mic between his legs!
    Thumbs up for sarcasm…

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    How do you tell if you need aileron vs. rudder trim if you have a hand-launched plane, since both rudder and aileron can induce roll?

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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     Great video, I try to learn something new every day. No to go practice on my super sky surfer.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    after i have posted that, i just realized theres an easier way … a sort of 'trigger' button at the back of the transmitter that can be pushed independently of the thumbs or index fingers that you use to move the sticks, depending on your style …. basically, you provide the inputs necessary to get the plane flying level, then you press the 'trigger' with a free finger, and your stick positions will be the new zero points
    on second thought this might require alot of concentration and skill …

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I like your idea, but it is not necessary to send data back. It could be a unit between the receiver and servos that will reads gyros measurements and adjusts the signal to servos accordingly. It should operate in 2 modes. 1) A pilot rises a plane as high as possible, presses a button and drops sticks, and the unit gets corrections needed to zero gyros. 2) Normal mode, when these corrections are applied to output signal to servos.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    In fact, the most dangerous thing is reversed controls. Even if surfaces are not perfectly centered, you could counteract with sticks and trim them. However, if controls are reversed by accident (or by your friend Josh), no one is able to fly even for a few seconds (why? for example, look for 'reverse bike' at youtube). Many transmitters don't have reverse switches under your finders, but hidden in the menu, so you can't switch them in the fly. So, check EAR with REVERSE as well.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    heres a little wish that i have…. telemetry and gyros on the plane sending data back down to the trasmitter … center the sticks and push a button, and the transmitter autosets its trim until the gyros are not reading any more rotation on the plane

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    awsome vid guys thanks! wish i would have watched it before me first ever flight!
    also a small tip for anyone who is a beginner and is going to go up for their first flight…
    DO NOT fly anywhere where there is a pond or lake near by! because you will inevidably end up in it!!! no damage to the airframe but i blew out my esc after about a 2min flight!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    He's saying that you can tell if your rudder is centered from a ground launch because if the rudder is not straight, then the plane will pull one way or another on takeoff. However, with a hand launch there is no way to check for rudder trim without flying because the rudder is not connected to the ground via a tail wheel or skid. Hope this helps!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    This is a great video for people who already know how to trim a plane. Consider the REAL noob. He sees Josh fly a plane, talking about making adjustments (somewhere on the transmitter? never see his hands) and as he talks, the plane seems to fly differently. We never find out why.

    For the next "How to Trim" video, I'd suggest:

    1) What does it mean to trim a plane?
    2) What controls are involved?
    3) How do you make the actual adjustment?

    Non-noobs know this. Tailor it for the real beginner.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    ya, but most people who build scratch builds make sure their wings are balanced and their cg is spot on before the maiden.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    ALWAYS before you maiden a plane make sure you look at the control surfaces and make sure that they are all centered as best you can. This will usually make the trimming while in flight much easier.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    About your triming. IM still crashing my sim does this work for a sim. I get i in the air then it will roll right to the groung. on my sim I can adjust stick responce. should I change this setting. Also how do I land a sim do I buzzthe shoet runway?
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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    hey have you guys sighned any autographs yet???
    I would love to send you guys a piece of paper and a pen in the mail for your autographs!!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    @FuttFel We'll always mix beginner videos with more advanced videos. That way we tackle all skill levels all the time. Chronological order would only work for the people who started flying right when Flitetest began 🙂

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Man Law !——No flip flops unless your on the beach !!! LOL !!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I taught myself to fly, I had no idea about trim, it was hard, i then knew trim was needed but you cannott trim unless you can fly, lol. I worked it out and it was a revelation! What helped me most was a few parkzone plane that flew out the box with not much trimming needed, I could fly. I then could fly other planes and trim them. I have to thank parkzone for that!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Yes. You just want something to contain the flames should it get to that point.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    hey is it ok if i charge my batteries in a metal box rather than a lipo safty bag
    just to be safe

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Chad, Josh & Josh and Crew,
    Thanks for another great segment! A very informative piece with real meat on its bones for rc flyers.
    No puff/fluff here! Very nice visuals and audio, too.
    This is great info. for me now, as I am preparing to maiden my first RC build, a Hobby King Ryan STA.
    Thanks & Best Regards,
    John ( in the Great Smoky Mountains)
    SUBSCRIBED!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Hey Guys, i absolutely love your videos and i am just getting into this hobby, I have made a 6ch plane and im a decent pilot… or so i thought until i crashed, but could you please review the spektrum line of transmitters? i want to get the DX6i so if you could review that, i know it would help me and a lot of other beginners looking for a good first or second transmitter.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Because the aileron doesn't turn the plane. The aileron only rolls the plane and without elevator input that's all aileron will do. Rudder will yaw, roll and "turn" the plane.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    How can you tell whether the aileron is turning the plane and not the rudder?

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I don't get it. What's with the garbage overtitling? Complete rubbish and spoils the basic video message.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I totally agree. I think the crew of flite test use their website and forums to respond.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    I also kinda fly with not very good trim its trimmed a bit but I also keep the sticks at trim it seems to work out for me with just the basic trim

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