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Futaba 14SG Air vs. Heli (Q on difference & experience)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by isky172, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. isky172

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    As a precursor, I saw 1,260 posts in my search for Futaba 14SG - which is way too many to sift through, and why I ask with a new topic.

    As far as the best flying/programming/updating/adjusting (pre-flight/during flight) for a Phantom 2 (non-vision) with varying hardware configurations (depends on the day), what's the deal between the air and heli versions of the Futaba 14SG? Does one come with a centered throttle stick? If so, which one comes with a centered throttle on the left stick? Aside from that - if existent - are there any other differences? Once in-hand, can either model be changed by the user to have/not-have a centered throttle (from day to day, with proper tools)?

    I see the comparisons on Futaba-Rc.com, however I don't recognize anything that says what the differences are between the air and heli models. Nor do I see anything about a centered throttle stick - which is desirable in my near/immediate term for my case as I want that automatic "hover" setting already setup by default (mostly - calibrations and future aircraft types not withstanding.)

    Who's got input/suggestions/other resources I can use in finding out as much as I can?

    I see my future having several fixed wing aircraft along with an additional P2 (non-vision) or Px (depending on what they come out with next.) I guess an s1000 (or slightly lesser models) wouldn't be out of the question in the future either. As a final aside, I don't want to have too many radios laying in waste - now or in the future - which is my reasoning for trying to "get it right" this first time.

    I appreciate any helpful/informative responses, in advance....

    Thanks,

    isky172
    Atlanta, GA
     
  2. N017RW

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    The only difference (in the US) when I bought mine is the throttle stick... smooth for Heli(SGH), or ratchet for Air(SGA).
     
  3. PhantomPhreak

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    Check out this post, at least the first few pages and the last few pages. The OP "Ianwood" has done a fabualous job with programming the 14SG for the P2. You can get a spring kit to convert the throttle to self centering by calling Futaba support.
    http://www.phantompilots.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=8358
     
  4. FlyingHigh

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    I bought the heli version for the sole reason of it being cheaper. And I don't know why there is a price difference (tower hobbies) The only difference is that the throttle has a thingy that makes it smooth action vs ratchet. But that doesn't matter since you'll eant to add a spring to it anyway. Futaba will send that part to you for free
     
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    +1 , but not 100% certain because on the older 9ZAP and 9ZHP the 'A' aircraft version had snap roll switches on the back. also a couple of the switches were different i.e. what is 2 position on one is 3 position on the other and vice versa.
     
  6. N017RW

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    I was not referencing any other model of Tx, only the 14SG of which I am certain of my statement.
     
  7. isky172

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    N017RW -

    Thanks for the info. Clarification...could we be talking about 3 types of throttle stick then? You noted "smooth" for Heli (SGH), ratchet for Air (SGA), but is "centered" a characteristic of either of those/none of those (a characteristic of its own)/or is it in its own category? I'm thinking about something that is "smooth" but auto-centered when not influenced by an operator. I would also settle for something that has a ratchet-y feel but still auto-centers when not influenced by the operator. The OEM radio that ships with the Phantom 2 (Non-vision) is something I would consider "smooth" and auto-centered.

    Maybe I'm getting too caught up in the details. I guess I'm asking "What Futaba do I order if my requirement was 14 channels and the throttle (left stick) came out-of-the-box "smooth" and auto-centered?" And additionally, "Do I have choices with regard to how I order - to satisfy particular needs?" (e.g. can I get "ratchet-y" and auto-centered out-of-the-box?) All without me opening up the back of the unit, if possible....I'm trying to avoid having to order something "else" to get it how I want it after I open the box.

    I'm going to go research what PhantomPhreak mentioned.....

    Thanks again -

    isky172
     
  8. N017RW

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    Cool on the research.

    Right now you have two options at purchase... smooth, ratchet (i.e. Heli, Air).

    Futaba [Horizon] will send you free of charge the parts you need to convert either to [smooth] self centering (arm and spring).

    You will need to open the unit and install it yourself and it is not difficult (or perhaps a local shop if you are not comfortable in doing so).

    It is permanent only in that there is no switching between self-center and 'maintain position' other than removal and (re)installation as required by your needs.