18 Steps to setup a sailplane on a DX8

This method uses mainly the flight mode switch to do everything, making it real simple. You may add other input controls to fit your personal needs. Most of these steps are in Sherman Knight's setup.

1. Turn ON the transmitter.

2. Press clear & back at he same time, and select the model number you wish to assign the glider to.

3. Turn OFF the transmitter.(We do these steps so you don't pgm in the wrong model.)

4. While holding the roller knob down, turn ON the transmitter. You should now be in the setup menu.

5. Scroll down to the “model name” and fill out the desired name. When done, press the back button to return to the setup menu.

6. Select “wing type”, turn to your wing plan. Then going down, select the proper tail. Next check “motor” setting: it should be set to “inhibit”. Press the back button when done.

7. Press the back button twice. That should take you back to the normal menus

8. Press the roller, and scroll to “servo setup”. This shows you want the servo assignments are for the wing type and tail type, you selected earlier. This will show each channel assignment. Ignore the label on the top of the receiver.

9. Assemble plane and receiver. Bind to the transmitter.

10. CENTER ALL CONTROL SURFACES mechanically before you start programming.

11.Standing behind the plane, check to see if all the surfaces are turning correctly. If not, go to the “servo setup” menu and reverse them. DO NOT use individual “travel” adjusts in the “servo setup” menu yet.

12. In the “mix menu”, turn “flap>ele” and “ail>rud” ON

13. In the “diff menu”, setup ailerons for the suggested up and down values (more up than down). Ailerons, elevator, and rudder should be working correctly. Notice something? No flaps yet...

14. Go to “Camber preset” menu. Flip your “flight mode switch” to your launch position. Adjust your flaps and ailerons to your preferred position. Then flip your “flight mode switch” to the other positions and set the flaps and ailerons. You can adjust the elevator for each three positions in the field. Press back.

15. Go to “Camber system” menu. Select “input”, “spoiler stick”, if you want the flaps to work in all three flight modes. Click down to “flaps” and while adjusting the the number you want (-15 in the Sierra case) using the “spoiler stick”. Make sure you set all three flight modes. You can disable the spoiler stick in launch mode if you want, just select OFF in the input box. You could also set another switch or knob to operate in one mode.

16. Go to the “mix menu”. Adjust the “ail>rud” to obtain the amount of rudder you desire. This is easily done in the field to make the plane track.

17. In the “mix menu”, adjust “flp>ele” in the same matter. This is another in the field adjustment.

18. Turn everything off. Plug in the bind plug in the correct slot. Power up the receiver. Hold the bind button while turning on the transmitter. Check all surfaces for proper movement. Any funky servo movements can be adjusted using the travel adjustment in the “servo setup” menu. REMOVE the BIND PLUG! Remove receiver power. Test the system again... Once you get to the field, you will tweak the elevator in the “camber preset” menu for each of the flight modes.

Jim Reagan
7/15/2013