Sam (left) and Daniel fly the GWS Slow Stick

Sam (left) and Daniel fly the GWS Slow Stick

So Daniel and I wanted to take a moment to share with you how valuable the buddy box system is.  A buddy box is a system where two transmitters are physically linked together via a cable.  One transmitter is the master, and the second radio is the slave.  In the case of Spektrum equipment this secondary radio is switched off.  When you connect the boddy box cable to the secondary radio, it turns the radio on (powered by the batteries in the slave radio), but the radio transmitter is not actually transmitting anything. 

 
On the master transmitter there is a spring operated switch which is normally in the off position.  When the pilots lifts his left index finger to activate this switch, control is turned over to the slave controller that the student has.  If things get spookie, the instructor can retake control of the model by simple releasing the switch,

This setup is not without certain limitations (we’ll talk about these later) but by and large this is an ideal solution to helping train new pilots.

Its great because at the end of the training session the model is usually in great shape and everything is happy.

A buddy box link could have prevented this from happening

A buddy box link could have prevented this from happening

This week however Daniel and Dad had first hand experience that the Buddy Box system is a great way to keep your model from getting damaged by the hands of an untrained student.

 

Let this note serve as a reminder that all first flights really need to be under the supervised control of a pilot with a clue.

 
 
 
 
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