| Electric aircraft are more susceptible to interference then your average
IC powered aircraft due to electronic speed controllers and electric motors.
Here's a few tips for both IC and electric powered aircraft to help reduce,
if not eliminate "glitches" altogether
- Don't run your aerial down the fuselage next to closed loop
- Always run your aerial outside the fuselage if the model is
covered in any form of silver covering or paint. Check the covering
on those ARTF's, they may not be silver on the outside but may be backed
in silver (as on the Ilsan Extra 300S).
- Use plastic clevises on the engine end of the throttle connection.
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- Avoid "meta- on-metal" joints and connections. As
these are a prime cause of interference.
Turn the receiver on in an aircraft at home (with the transmitter off)
grab a couple of metal tools and rub / knock them together near your
plane and watch it twitch to see what I mean.
- Separate the wires on all servo's, switch harnesses and batteries,
them so that there is at least 2½ turns per inch. (Telephone
wires are always twisted to reduce interference). To hold them in this
position use your heat gun with attachment. Use just enough heat to
hold them in positions, be careful as too much heat will melt either
the wire or the connectors.
- Clean your transmitter aerial regularly with methylated spirit,
do NOT oil your aerial as oil will cause
a high resistance joint and attract dirt, there are very few conductive
oils about. A clean oil free aerial will slide easily. If you have a
multimeter check the resistance it should be approx. 1 Ohm, if it is
greater - then replace it. Would you rather spend £10 on a new
aerial or £100+ and the inconvenience of building an new plane?
- If flying electric powered aircraft, position the receiver
and aerial as far away from the speed controller and electric motor(s)
as possible. If you still getting interference try wrapping the speed
controller and receiver in a couple of layers of tin foil.
- On all electric motors, fit 3 suppression capacitors.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS range check your
model especially if it is new, has had a recent hard landing
or crash or if it has not been flown for a few months, A couple of minutes
taken range checking on the ground may save you hours work repairing
or building a new plane.
A friends electric ducted fan Kyosho F16 suffered terribly on its first
flight from glitches. It was taken apart and all the wires were twisted
and put back together again and hey presto, no more glitches.
- 1 capacitor between the +ve terminal and the motor casing
- 1 capacitor between the -ve terminal and the motor casing
- The last one (the larger of the 3) should be connected between
the -ve and the +ve terminals.
For those of you who have been in modelling for a few years, you may remember
that radio gear used to come with twisted leads, why did they stop? What's
the harm in belt "n" braces? Will man ever get to mars? Why all
these questions? I really should stop sniffing Solarlac when writing these
Happy glitch free flying!