iGyro 3e Video Tutorial

Gyros are slowly gaining ground from the tabu they where just a few years ago, now being used on anything from small Horizon BNF models up to the largest jets.

Lets start by clearing up some myths and explaining what a actually gyro does:

-It detects when the model is being changed direction when it was not instructed to do so by the pilot (radio).

What this means, is that when we, the pilot, instruct a change of attitude (be it on ailerons, elevator or rudder) and the gyro then detects the models change of position or atitude, it understands that this is an intentional change, and therefore does not affect our input in any way.

When the gyro detects a change of position, but there wasnt a stick input by the pilot, it detects that the movement was therefore undesireable, and due to a gust of wind or similar external influence, and will move the servos in such as way as to prevent said change, all this blisteringly quick resulting in it visually looking like the model didnt ever move, despite the winds best attempts.

-Based on the above, when flying without any wind, the gyro will not have any affect on the model as there should be no unintended position changes as there are no external influences.  Therefore flying in calm conditions should be the same with or without the gyro, we should only see a difference when windy. 
*There is an exception to the above, being when the gyro corrects inherant faults with the model, such as  ugly wing wobbles or fishtailing, which should always be corrected by the gyro, whether it is windy or not.

-A gyro is therefore a wonderfull electronic device which allows you to enjoy flying in calm conditions, even when the conditions are in fact not calm at all.  What it wont do is fly the plane for you (its not an autopilot) and therefore wont mean that you can suddenly perform manouvers that you didnt know how to before installing the gyro.

Powerbox-Systems iGyro 3e

The iGyro 3e is a very simple but complete gyro. It incorporates within one single box, 3 gyros, one for each of the three axis that we use (ailerons, elevator and rudder)

1-Instalation is as simple as putting the iGyro in between the receiver and servo conections. 

2-Se coloca un cable adicional entre el receptor y el iGyro para activar o desactivar el giroscopo, mediante una ruleta que además controlará la cantidad de ganancia

3-Desde el PC o el BlueCom (adaptador Powerbox bluetooth para usar el móvil) informaremos al iGyro la posición en la que está instalada.  Desde aqui ajustaremos si es un ala delta (si fuera necesario) así como poder hacer un ajuste manual de las ganancias.

4-Revisar que el iGyro corrige bien. En el sentido que movamos la superficie, la superficie debe moverse hacia el mismo sentido.  De lo contrario hay que invertirlo.

-Para invertir un canal, pulsar durante 5 segundos el boton del giroscopo, se apagaran los led.

-Se volverá a iluminar un único led. Para invertir ese canal, pulsar el boton brevemente de nuevo, cambiará el color del led.

-Si queremos ajustar otro canal, mantener el boton pulsado hasta que el led individual se desplace hasta el canal deseado, y repetir el proceso anterior.

5-Para la prueba de vuelo, empezar sin giróscopo, y una vez ajustado, lentamente ir incrementando la ganancia hasta que el modelo ya no sea afectado por el viento.  

*Si el modelo empieza a “vibrar” (realizando una cola de pez) es porque tenemos demasiada ganancia.  La forma mas rápida de hacerlo parar de vibrar, es quitar motor y tirar hacia arriba, en cuanto el modelo pierda velocidad dejará de temblar.  Simplemente reducir la ganancia y probar de nuevo.

 

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