Setting up the ParkZone Stryker F-27Q
By Gerry Yarrish
We had a great reposnse to the ParkZone Stryker review in the September issue of Electric Flight. Many wrote in asking about setting up a radio to fly a flying wing. You asked for it, here it is.
With most flying wings like the Stryker F-27Q from ParkZone, you are dealing with a pusher motor setup. It is very important to keep your hands and fingers away from the prop especially during hand-launches. If you are alone, you can do two things, 1. lanch the model underhand while gripping from above the wing, and 2, launch the model over-hand as normal but only apply power to the motor after you have your launch hand safely back on your transmitter. It takes practice but safety should always be first. If you can, get a helping hand from your flying buddy and let them hand launch it for you using either the over-hand or under-hand technique.
For radio setup, most modern radios have a built in Elevon mix. This function combines the aileron and elevator inputs and marries them to the two control surfaces on a flying wing’s control surfaces. Here’s how to do it.
The steps are:
1. enter y0ur radio’s System menu, and enter “wing type” submenu.
2. select Elevon
3. exit the System Menu and enter your radio’s Function Menu.
4. Select your controls and adjust the control throws specified in your model’s instructions.
5. adjust the servo revese function so the control respons properly. Up elevator should make both elevons move up. For right aileron, the right elevon should move up and the left elevon should move down.
6. Should either of the main functions be backwards and you can not correct with servo reversing, swap the servo leads at the receiver and try again!
Piloting a flying wing is fun and very easy if it is properly balanced. Also, since they have a lot less drag, they tend to fly faster. They make great high speed trainers if you are thinking about getting into EDF jets