Tutorial – Range Testing your Radio and Aircraft


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[ Tutorial – Range Testing your Radio and Aircraft ]

First, I want to thank my Wife for going out into the Desert with me and helping to conduct this Radio Range Test. She also captured the Maiden Flight of this Aircraft on video for me. So, thank you, thank you, thank you 😉

I’m performing a Range Test on my newly build “Glue & Fly Series” F-22 Mini V2 before the Maiden Flight.
I could not find much information online regarding how to perform a proper Range Test so I created this video to show you how I perform Range Test which I think is a very thorough and real world procedure.
If you have to conduct a Range Test by yourself I would suggest setting up a camera to record the plane, with audio, so you can review the video and see and hear everything that is going on.
The mistake I made during the Range Test was not reviewing the video footage right away. It wasn’t until I reviewed the video footage that I discovered the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) was resetting and therefore making the Receiver intermittent.
What is thought was a problematic Receiver turned out to be a problematic ESC.
Also, your should turn your aircraft 45 degrees and retest until the aircraft is back to the heading you started with as from experience I can attest to the fact that aircraft receivers can have bind spots. Doing a Range Test with the aircraft facing only one direction is not sufficient for proper Range Test.
Going forward, I’m also going to perform the same procedure while holding the aircraft vertically and rotating 45 degrees each time to ensure everything is fine in that profile as well.
I also started with the aircraft approx. 2.5ft off the ground. The manual states putting the aircraft on the ground, however, I do not fly my aircraft on the ground except for takeoffs and landings so I think having the aircraft 2-3 feet off the ground is a more valid test.
You should always perform a proper Range Test especially with new aircraft or radio equipment.
Don’t crash or lose you aircraft because you didn’t do a proper Range Test.
Also, make sure your Fail-Safe is setup properly and test to make sure it works before flying.

Here is a link to the mishap with the Super Cub losing radio contact because it had a blind spot:

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Happy Flying!


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