Futaba 18MZ!

May 16, 2011 21 Comments by

We Just Got in this press release, can’t wait to get our hands on this one.

INTRODUCING THE FUTABA 18MZ!

18-CHANNEL 2.4GHz COMPUTER RADIO SYSTEM

 The 18MZ is so revolutionary that it has the potential to change the way 2.4GHz systems are designed!  The potential offered by an 18-channel Futaba system is probably more than enough to make long-time fliers want to buy one.  However, the 18MZ also offers the latest and best chapter in Futaba’s 2.4GHz developments: new FASSTest technology.  While some information on the 18MZ and FASSTest is provided below, please be advised: it doesn’t tell the full story on either topic.  Quite the contrary: what you see are the highlights – what we believe to be the most meaningful, interesting (and solid) facts available.  There’s much more to come on both in the future.  Stay tuned!

About FASSTest Technology

  • It’s simultaneously the most advanced technology available and fully backwards-compatible with Futaba FASST™, FHSS and S-FHSS systems.
  • It’s bi-directional.  In other words, capable of supporting telemetry functions. (No details available at this time.)

About the 18MZ System

  • It’s the first true 18-channel Futaba radio system ever.  It comes with an R7000SB receiver, as well as transmitter and receiver batteries.
  • The R7008SB is a high-voltage design that lets you use as many – or as few – channels as you want.

You can operate on up to 8 channels using the 8 standard PWM inputs. Servo options are wide open, ranging from simple analog to S.Bus and new S.Bus2 servos.

You have access to up to 18 channels (16 proportional + 2 digital) through the 18MZ’s two S.Bus2 ports.  That means simpler, more foolproof setup and full support for S.Bus and S.Bus2 servos

  • It features a SD Card slot. Slide in a card, and you have ample (and adjustable) capacity for updates, model memory and more.
  • It includes versatile “internal memory”.  It’s not just for model/setup data: it can also be used for sound and picture files.  That’s especially nice, since the 18MZ has…
  • A 0.3M megapixel camera is built in.  No need for a digital camera or even a flip phone.  Just point the 18MZ, click and you have a foolproof picture ID of your model in seconds.
  • It includes a 6” touch screen with 640×240 resolution. Big, brilliant and backlit for easy viewing anywhere, it provides sparkling clarity on remarkably little power.  Gentle finger pressure is all that’s needed for fast, easy navigation and programming.
  • You can download software updates online. This is a standard feature for Futaba computer systems, and easily one of the most popular customer “perks.” It’s a fast and easy way to keep your system “current” – and it’s FREE!
  • A 7.4V, 3500mAh LiPo transmitter battery is standard equipment.
  • It features a built-in U.S.B. Port. You can use it to connect a memory stick or connect it to a keyboard or mouse or use it to download telemetry data to your PC or laptop for storage and reference.
  • It includes a Serial Interface, too. Futaba already offers a stand-alone serial interface (the CIU-2) for programming the travel, endpoint and other functions of S.Bus and S.Bus2 servos.  This built-in (and the free download) lets you do the same with the 18MZ.
  • Stick angle adjusts quickly and easily. First introduced on the14MZ, this  feature has proven so popular that it was included on the 18MZ, as well.  It’s more than a comfort/convenience feature; it allows you to customize your control setup for greater ease and precision.

 As great as this all may seem right now, you need to remember something: the best is yet to come.  Even with all we’ve told you, it’s just the tip of the iceberg where the 18MZ is concerned.  Once the show is over, we’ll have time to sit down and explore all of the 18MZ’s full potential.  And when we do, you can expect to see updates on Facebook and the full list of features (and the full story) on http://www.futaba-rc.com/systems/18mz.html Please note:  This new release preview is intended to provide the very latest news about Futaba products but that early information is subject to change.  Updates will be posted on http://www.futaba-rc.com/systems/18mz.html as quickly as more information becomes available.  Pictures shown here are of a pre-production sample.  Appearance of final radio may be subject to change.

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West Coast senior editor About me: I’ve been involved with RC aircraft since high school and have flown just about everything. I started my RC career with scratch-building, but now like many pilots I rely on ARFs to get me in the air. My main focus is on pylon racing, aerobats, combat and scale warbirds.

21 Responses to “Futaba 18MZ!”

  1. SPEED FRESH says:

    now thats my new pimpin computer radio right here and this is SPEED FRESH speak yall better listen up people i will be the first one to win a brand new 2012 futaba 18mzh 2.4 ghz mode 2 helicopter radio. will everybody this is it i took care of my 14mzap 2.4 ghz mode 2 airplane radio. now is time for me to get a 18mz right now now and i wont be having my 14mz anymore is replace by 18mz now. and is about time it has 0.3 mega pixel camera to take lots of pictures any planes helicopters and jets and it will show it on a screen much clear with nice paint job everything better then a 14mz, but i still love the 14mz i bend flying planes for almost 12 years now and i bend flying helicopters for 10 years now. now everyone im ready for the 18mz. and the 18mz finelly got a telemtry the one it tells you how fast you going, how far you going, how high you going, how many temprature you got in there, and how many battey voltage you got left on your airplane, helicopters, and jets. but theres one more thing missing, if you fuel up your plane or helicopter or a jet it suppost to tell you on a screen how much fuel you got on there. is suppost to have everything, thats what i want. the 18mz got music and voice commands and head phones, just like the 14mz is the same thing but it has a camera on a back plate the one im looking for.

  2. SPEED FRESH says:

    i got good news, the 18mzh is coming out next year after my 12th year anniversary, so get ready for me to win a brand new 2012 futaba 18mzh 2.4 ghz mode 2 helicopter radio. no more little cheep jr radios, i want all touch screens, all the jr 12x are not touch screens, the futaba 14mz is and the 18mz, big color screen and is all touch screens thats what i want and this is SPEED FRESH and i want $ 500,0000 dollars caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. ill be buying 10 new planes, 10 new helicopters, and 3 jets, king cat, fire bird, and bandit. SO YOU READY GET BEATEN, LETS RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE, AND YOU WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO GET LEFT IN THE DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTT WITH THE 18MZ, and the 18mz got NOS in it to make all my planes helicopters and jets go even faster you never beat it, you cant beat speed fresh the number 5 i always win, and i will never looooooooooossssssseeeeee.

  3. SPEED FRESH says:

    go to http://www.youtube.com speedfresh2121 and it shows all my videos of me dancing with my 14mz and spining around a circle and kissing it at the same time, and i record my phone when flying my plane at the same time and taking the plane up at 2,000 feet streight up in the clouds, i got the hole thing on youtube, remember everybody, you never gonna keep up with me never, i fly hard, super faster, and i go higher then all of you and i land better then all of you, yall cant land better then me, im the best RC pilot in the world.

  4. SPEED FRESH says:

    you gonna see me with all my gadgets. SPEED FRESH THE NUMBER 5 IS ALL FUTABA OUT.

  5. SPEED FRESH says:

    i got 3 futaba fasst orange t-shirts, futaba straw hat, and a futaba jacket black and orange. now i want 6 team futaba shirts the one it saids team futaba on it, thats what i want. im one of them. DERYL DREW ROLLE. CALL ME SPEED FRESH THATS MY NEW PIMPIN NAME IN YOU BETTER NOT FORGET THAT NAME.

  6. SPEED FRESH says:

    GET READY FOR TURKEY SHOOT NEXT MOUTH IN NOVEMBER 5 2011 AT FORT BENR RC CLUB. IM GONNA HAVE A BIG PARTY AND I GOT MY BRAND NEW 2011 HANGAR-9 JACKAL 50 PROP JET, FULL HOT 3D, AND IT TRAVELS 135-140MPH IS FASTER THEN FERRARI, IS FASTER THEN A CORVETT, IS FASTER THEN A LAMBORGHINI, IS FASTER THEN A DODGE VIPER, IS FASTER THEN A BUGOTTI, AND IS FASTER THEN A PORCHES. LETS RACE NOW, WHERE GONNA RACE CAR FOR PLANE, AND WHERE GONNA RACE BIKE FOR PLANE IF THE NUMBER 5 WINS, THAT 18MZ IS MINE AND THAT $ 12,800 DOLLARS CAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHH IS MINE. AND REMEMBER EVERYBODY YOU NEVER GONNA BEAT SPEED FRESH NOMORE.

  7. SPEED FRESH says:

    2011 JACKAL 50 VS 2012 GSXR 1000. 2011 BVM KING CAT AND 2011 JMP FIRE BIRD VS 2012 BUGOTTI VERON WITH 2 NEW 2012 FUTABA 18MZA AND 18MZH, LETS RACE

  8. SPEED FRESH THE NUMBER 5 says:

    next year evrybody, my 18mzh better be here or eles and this is SPEED FRESH speaking again, the 18mz is better and touch screens the one i want. no more JR radios for me they all not touch screens the 14mz is and so is the 18mz, JR radios cant touch it, and it cant beat futaba. if i catch anyone tried to race with me with your JR 12x, JR XP9303, JR XP9503, SPECTRUM DX8, or FUTABA 12z, 8FG and 12FG VS 2012 FUTABA 18mz yall gotta go threw me SPEED FRESH.

  9. SPEED FRESH says:

    2011 BVM KING CAT VS 2012 LEAR JET FULL SIZE, YALL BETTER WAKE UP AND THIS IS SPEED FRESH SPEAKING AGAIN, HERES WHAT IM GOING TO DO FAA,S LETS SAY THE FULL SIZE LEAR JET GOING 250, AND THE KING CAT WILL GO 260MPH IT CAN OUT RUN SOME OF THE FULL SIZE LEAR JET, BUT IF THE LEAR JET REACH UP TO 600MPH THEN IT WILL CATCH IT, BUT THE FULL SIZE CESSNA 182 SKYLANE WITH RETRACTS CANT TOUCH IT. LETS SAY THE CESSNA GOING 180MPH, AND THE RC PLANE WILL GO 185-190MPH. MY KING CAT WILL BEAT THE LEAR JET UP IN THE CLOUDS AT 2,000 OR IT CAN KEEP UP WITH IT. AND THE JMP FIRE BIRD WILL GO 450MPH ON A DIVE. AND I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE BREAKING MY NEW SPEED RECORD STARTING AT 256-300MPH UNDERSAAAAAAANNNNNDDDDDD GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD. IF THE NUMBER 5 HITS THE RECORD GOING 300MPH I WIN, AND THAT BRAND NEW 2012 FUTABA 18MZH 2.4 GHZ MODE 2 HELICOPTER RADIO IS MINE I WANT 2 OF THEM, I WANT A 18MZA AND 18MZH ONE IS AN AIRPLANE RADIO AND ONE OF THEM IS A HELICOPTER RADIO THATS WHAT I WANT AND IS ALL FOR ME SPEED FRESH THE NUMBER 5. ARE WE RACING OR YOU JUST MAKING UP WITH ANOTHER EXCUSE, ARE WE RACING OR YOU JUST LETTING THE NUMBER 5 BEAT YOU.

  10. SPEED FRESH says:

    ladies and gentleman, my 12th year anniversary is coming soon in january 31st 2012 i bend flying planes for 12 years. this is it for me right here, i will be flying 10 planes 10 helicopters and 3 jets super fast for the rest of my life, i love planes helicopters jets cars and trucks more then girls. but by the way, planes, helicopters, and jets are better then wemens ha ha and thats me SPEED FRESH. I DONT LIKE WEMENS. I LOVE PLANES I LOVE HELICOPTERS AND JETS MORE THEN WEMENS BECAUSE WEMENS ARE MEAN AND IM DONE WITH IT, LETS RAAAAAAACCCCCEEEEEEEEEE, AND GIRLS GONNA GET LEFT IN A DUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSTTTTTT.

  11. SPEED FRESH says:

    IM GETTING TIRE OF LOOKING AT THEM GIRLS IS TIME FOR SPEED FRESH TO FOCUS BREAKING THE SPEED RECORD WITH MY BVM KING CAT GOING 300 MPH AND THATS ME WITH THE 18MZ.

  12. SPEED FRESH says:

    WHEN I GET MY 18MZ, NOBODY TOUCH IS IT. AND NOBODY CANT KEEP UP WITH ME AND NOBODY CANT BEAT SPEED FRESH ANYMORE BECAUSE IM THE FASTEST IN HOUSTON NOW AND I GO SUPER HIGHER THEN ALL OF YOU, NOBODY GOS HIGH IS ME, GIRLS CAN CHECK ME OUT WITH MY BRAND NEW 2011 F-27Q STRYKER AND A BRAND NEW 2012 FUTABA 18MZ, IMA FLY MY STRYKER WITH MY 18MZ 18 CHANNEL RADIO WITH A 4 CHANNEL AIRPLANE FOT GIRLS IF I TAKE MY PLANE UP AT 2,000 FEET IN THE CLOUDS YALL WONT SEE MY PLANE ANYMORE BUT GUEST WHO THE ONLY ONE CAN SEE IT, ME, I GOT GOOD EYES, SPEED FRESH IS FUTABA KING.

  13. SPEED FRESH THE NUMBER 5 says:

    good news the 18mz last up to 6 hours of fight time, because is got a 3500mah lipo battery pack. it charge it up for 6 hours, and last up to 6 hours of flight time, thats all for me right there ME, SPEED FRESH FRESH THE NUMBER 5. ima take a picture of sexy girls with it, you can take a picture of people with it just like the i phone 4s, i was right the 18mz is 100% faster then a 14mz. now remember i told you, if that 18mz comes out i will be the first one to get it and i will win for it after i break the speed record going 160mph with my new hangar-9 jackal 50 prop jet. ima use my telemetry to clock it on the screen and see how fast my jackal 50 travels. they finally got a new prawcess system, is even must faster every time you turn it on it takes about 5 seconds to boot up, the 14mz takes 30 seconds to boot up. so now if my jackal 50 reach up to 140mph is gonna beep and virebrate all day long thats what i want. i will be having 2 18mz’s. ill be having the 18mza and 18mzh ima spent $ 6,000 dollars caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssshhhhhhhhhh.

  14. SPEED FRESH THE NUMBER 5 says:

    ladies and gentleman i flew the dago red p-51 mustang with os 95ax with nelson tune pipe and i went 150mph on a dive i had the best turkey shoot on sunday november 6 2011.

  15. SPEED FRESH says:

    my 18mz 2.4 ghz mode 2 helicopter radio will make all my airplanes helicopters and jets go even faster. it will make all my planes travel 200.mph all new cars will never beat it. SPEED FRESH IS GONNA TAKE YOU OUT. AND IMA BEAT YOU ANYDAY.

  16. SPEED FRESH says:

    all new race cars cant beat a plane because of the 18mz is more powerful then anything, and you can lean your fuel mixture with the 18mz up in the air when you flying, or you can riching the fuel mixture with it, you dont have to touch the needle vales anymore you can do it with the 18mz now is the same thing like the 14mz but is much faster and super stronger then ever. is got that powerful settings baby and this is it with bult in 0.3 mega pixel hd camrea to take any pictures of plane helicopters and jets and you can take a picture of sexy girls with it too, or you can take a picture of your self with it. but i like to do it with my iphone 4s better. but the 18mz to take a pictures is for planes helicopters and jets only with paint jobs and is got 5 diffrent color screens.

  17. speed fresh says:

    ill be chasing with alot of cars on a free way going 186mph with my multiplex funjet ultra with the 18mz, lets raaaaaaaaacccceeeeee.

  18. speed fresh says:

    lets say your ferrari going 180, and my funjet ultra will go 186mph on a freeway, it can keep up with it on top of the hood and upside down on top of the hood. lets raaaaaaacccccceeeeee.

  19. SPEED FRESH says:

    ladies and gentleman, 2012 FUTABA 18MZ IS HERE IS OUT AND I WON AND I GOT IT. THE 18MZ IS 100% FASTER AND IS POWERFUL AND STRONGER I JUST USE THE CRAP OUT OF IT AND I KISS IT AND THE 18MZ AND I GOT MARRIED SHE’S MY 2ND WIFE NOW, WELL EVERYONE, YOU HAVE A BLESS MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GOOD LUCK, IMA ENJOY MY NEW 18MZ AND IS GOT 5 DIFFERENT COLOR SCREEN. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER PROBLEM IS MISSING A GREEN COLOR ON A SCREEN BUT THE GOT PURPLE, BLACK, RED, BLUE, AND SILVER THATS ALL THEY HAD, BUT IS SUPPOST TO HAVE THE GREEN COLOR BUT IS NOT THERE NOMORE BECAUSE IS A NEW RADIO BUT DONT WORRY ABOUT IT, MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BABY BLUE WHITE AND RED, AND BLACK AND ORANGE, IT IS SOOOOOOOOOO CLEAR I LOVE IT, YOU SEE THIS MY FAVORITE PIMPIN COMPUTER RADIO, 18MZ 3D 2.4GHZ MODE 2 HELICOPTER RADIO. NOW GUEST WHAT, I WAS RIGHT ALL THE LONG, IF MY WESTON MAGNUM 40 REACH UP TO 220MPH IT WILL BEEP AND VIREBRATE ALL DAY LONG, IF ANYBODY GETS A 18MZ LIKE MINE ILL SET IT UP FOR THEM AND THEN IS GONNA COST ME $ 105 DOLLARS FOR ME PROGRAM IT ALL PLUS LABOR. MY 12TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS COMMING SOON ON A 1/31ST/2012. IS BEND 12 YEARS I BEND FLYING MY PLANE BABY, AND MY 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PAST ON 12/14/2011, I BEND FLYING HELICOPTERS FOR 10 YEARS. IF I CATCH THAT NEW 2012 SUZUKI GSXR 1000 RACING WITH MY WESTON MAGNUM 40, MY WESTON MAGNUM 40 WILL EAT IT UP, LETS SAY THE PORCHES GTR GOING 225MPH, AND MY WESTON MAGNUM 40 GOING 230MPH. THATS RIGHT, YOU WILL NEVER BEAT IT, AND YOU NEVER BEAT SPEED FRESH, I ALWAYS WIN AND I WILL NEVER LOOSE, LETS RACE. AND YOU WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO GET LEFT IN A DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTT WITH THE 18MZ, AND IT WILL MAKE MY JMP FIRE BIRD GO 345MPH ON STRAIGHT LEVEL FLIGHT. IS WAY FASTER THEN A 2012 BUGATTI VERON, LETS SAY A BUGATTI VERON GOING 268MPH, AND THE JMP FIRE BIRD THE SUPED UP TURBINE JET GOING 345MPH.

  20. SPEED FRESH says:

    DID I TELL YOU I’LL BE THE FIRST ONE TO GET IT, WELL GUST WHAT, I ALREADY GOT AND I ONE, NOW WHERES MY TEAM FUTABA SHIRT I WANT 6 OF THEM ALL LARGE PLEASE THANK YOU, AND YOU BETTER GIVE IT ALL TO ME FOR FREE. ILL BE RACING ALOT AND SOMBODY IS GOING DOWN, AND SOMEBODY GONNA LOSE BIG TIME.

  21. SPEED FRESH says:

    I JUST SLEPT WITH MY 18MZ ON MY BED, I LOVE MY 18MZ. NOW I GOT THE 14MZ, AND THE 18MZ, I WONT BE HAVING MY 14MZ ANYMORE REMEMBER. THE 18MZ WIPE IT ALL OUT, THE 18MZ ALREADY TOOK THE 14MZ PLACE NOW.

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