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What is the difference between Mode 1 vs Mode 2 Radios?

Joshua DoobayJoshua Doobay Club Members Posts: 6

Which mode would be best fit for me?


  • Alex DavisAlex Davis Club Members Posts: 3

    Hey Josh, Depending on where you are located will depend on which mode most people in your area will be using. I would recommend visiting a local flying club and see what mode transmitters people are using. Mode 1 is elevator and rudder on the left stick and throttle and aileron on the right stick. Mode 2 is Throttle and Rudder on the left stick and Elevator and Aileron on the right stick. Here in the states Mode 2 is most popular.

  • Joshua DoobayJoshua Doobay Club Members Posts: 6

    Thank you for the information. This really helped me out.

  • SootySooty ✭✭✭ Christchurch NZClub Members Posts: 6,110 ✭✭✭

    Although I fly Mode2 there appears to be an advantage with Mode1 in that aileron turns can be achieved without accidentally feeding in up elevator - making turns smoother while maintaining constant altitude. I use thumbs on the sticks rather than pinching between thumb & finger and I have to be careful not to accidentally make unwanted elevator deflections when controlling ailerons with the same stick.
    It depends upon who you fly with. I started with throttle and aileron on right stick and found it ok but then when it came to finding someone experienced to "maiden" a new plane it made life rather difficult so I changed and went with the mode fashion of the day.

  • SootySooty ✭✭✭ Christchurch NZClub Members Posts: 6,110 ✭✭✭

    As a further comment to above a number of people I fly with today were mode1 but decided to change to mode2 once hellis and multi rotors became fashionable. The reckon that Mode2 suits multis much better.

  • Rescue_RichRescue_Rich Club Members Posts: 17

    I see some models have a mode 3 and 4 in the setup what are these used for?

  • SootySooty ✭✭✭ Christchurch NZClub Members Posts: 6,110 ✭✭✭

    They are just variants of mode 1 and mode2. Once you have established whether you want the throttle on left or right stick, which is a mechanical adjustment, you can change the other 3 controls to wherever you want them simply by swapping the receiver output connections to suit.

  • KK SUTTONKK SUTTON Club Members Posts: 6

    I am a pilot so I am accustomed to the throttle on the left and yoke on the right.

  • KK SUTTONKK SUTTON Club Members Posts: 6

    I reversed those!!

  • hairykartshairykarts ✭✭ auk nzClub Members Posts: 649 ✭✭

    F5j gliders use the l/h throttle stick for flaps on landing and use a slider for the throttle.
    Just to jumble things up a bit.

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