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Flight controller

LonnieDupontLonnieDupont Club Members Posts: 11
Hi all

Still a newbie. I've built my own quadcopter already and can fly it. My question is do planes and jets use flight control boards such as multirotors do. Sorry if its a stupid question.


  • DaithiDaithi Belfast,IrelandClub Members Posts: 8,708 ✭✭✭
    Not really - the multi-copters are controlled by independent motor speed (with each motor running at different rpm to alter course, tilt and altitude). Aircraft use hinged control surfaces (elevators, aileron and rudder and (in the case of multi-engine models) all motors run at the same rpm

    ps - nothing stupid in asking a question if you don't know the answer imageDaithi2013-09-23 05:12:03
  • __Evan__Evan Club Members Posts: 1,122
    In general, the answer is no. Quadrotors need the flight control board because they're completely unstable otherwise; you'd need to be a seriously good pilot to have a chance of keeping one under control.

    Helicopters generally have mechanical stabilisation in the form of a flybar, which slows down the response enough that a human can fly them without too much difficulty. The newer flybarless models do use a flight stabilisation board.

    Planes make it even easier, because they're generally pretty stable - there's no need for any extra stabilisation to make them easy to control. For some of the EDF jets (which tend to be less stable since they're designed to look like fighter jets) beginners will fit a stabilisation system just to make them a little bit easier to handle.

    Apart from that, you can fit an autopilot onto any plane, so that it can auto-level and/or come back towards the field if it accidentally goes out of range.
  • NOBLER2NOBLER2 Club Members Posts: 60
    yes , they do .
  • SawdustSawdust Club Members Posts: 6,763 ✭✭✭

    "yes , they do ."

    Yes they do what?????????????????????

    The last post here is over a year ago to begin with. If your comment was to the "original question the answer is NOT "yes , they do ." at all since most don't. Correctly "Yes they can" would at least be somewhat more accurate image .

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