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Futaba 6EXPFutaba 6EXP 6-Channel FM R168DF/4 S3004 Servos 72MHz FUTK64**
This is the Futaba 6EXP 6 channel FM Computer Radio System with programming for Airplane and Helicopter use. Includes the R168DF 8-Channel FM Receiver and 4 S3004 Ball Bearing Servos. This radio is diode protected to prevent overcharging, which means the battery cannot be discharged through the transmitter.

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Brand: Futaba
Part Numbers: F6EXP-62, FUTK64**
UPC: 4513886204395

 

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IMPORTANT!: Always turn on the transmitter rst, then the receiver. When turning off the system, always turn off the receiver rst. The object is never to have the receiver on by itself. Otherwise, the servos or control surfaces could be damaged, or in the case of electric-powered models, the motor may unexpectedly turn on causing severe injury. IMPORTANT!: Never collapse the transmitter antenna by pushing down from the top. If one of the segments becomes momentarily stuck you may damage the antenna. Instead, collapse the antenna from the bottom, drawing in one segment at a time. Transmitter Transmits in both FM (PPM) and PCM by selecting modulation/cycling transmitter. Requires receiver of proper modulation. The liquid-crystal display (LCD) on the face of the compact, ergonomically-designed case is easy to read and allows rapid data input. The system also holds independent memories for six different models. The new, adjustable-length control sticks provide an improved feel. ACRO mode: External switches operate dual rates (D/R), landing gear, and trainer cord or buddy-box capabilities. Programming features include servo reversing and E.P.A on all channels, dual rates, exponentials and programmable mixing. Additionally, any one of four, factory-set, preprogrammed wing-type mixers including aperon, V-tail, elevon mixing may be selected. HELI mode: Dual rate (D/R), Idle up, Throttle hold, and Gyro sense can be operates by switch. Two different gyro senses can be set with Futaba GY401/502/611 Gyro on gyro function of this transmitter. Programming features include servo reversing and E.P.A on all channels, dual rates, exponentials, throttle curve, pitch curve, throttle hold, and pit to rudder mixing(REVO). Additionally, any one of three, factory-set, preprogrammed swashplate type mixers including three servo type 3-S/3-E may be selected. Transmitter controls The diagram and explanations briefly describe the functions of the Futaba T6EXP transmitter. Full instructions on how to operate the controls are provided beginning on page 14. NOTE: The diagram shows a Mode 2 system as supplied. (More on ight modes on page 34).

Carrying handle A:Gear switch/CH.5 H:Gyro switch/CH.5 A:Trainer switch H:Idle-up switch

Antenna

Aileron, Elevator & Rudder dual rate switch A:Flap switch/CH.6 H:Throttle hold switch Neck strap hook
Throttle/rudder control stick (Mode 2) Throttle trim lever (Mode 2) Rudder trim lever Throttle cut button MODE key SELECT key Liquid-crystal display screen (LCD)
Aileron/elevator control stick (Mode 2) Elevator trim lever (Mode 2) Aileron trim lever Charging jack On-off switch

DATA INPUT lever

DESCRIPTIONS: Aileron, Elevator and Rudder dual rate switch Use this switch to ip between two aileron, elevator and rudder control throw settings. The throws can be set up however you prefer, but generally, when the switch is up the throws are greater (high rate) and when the switch is down the throws are less (low rate). This switch also ips between exponential rates (if used). A:Flap switch/Channel 6 - This switch operates the servo connected to channel 6 in the receiver if your model has aps this is the control used to operate them. 6
H:Throttle hold switch - This switch operates to hold the engine in the idling position and disengaged it from the Throttle Stick. It is commonly use to practice auto-rotation. Neck strap hook - Mounting point for optional neck strap. Aileron/elevator control stick - Operates the servos connected to channel 1 (aileron) and channel 2 (elevator) in the receiver. Trim levers (all) - Used to shift the neutral or center position of each servo as labeled in the diagram. Once either trim lever is operated, the trim position is displayed on the LCD screen. Also once either edit key is operated, all trim positions are displayed sequentially on the LCD screen. NOTE: The throttle trim lever is intended for ne tuning the throttle servo when the engine is at idle. Throttle trim does not affect the throttle servo when the throttle control stick is all the way up (so idle r.p.m. can be adjusted without affecting throttle settings through the rest of the stick movement). Charging jack - Port for charging the transmitter batteries with the included battery charger. On/off switch DATA INPUT lever - Used to change the values of the various functions displayed on the LCD screen Liquid crystal display screen (LCD) - Displays programming modes and values entered. MODE key - Used to scroll through and display the 11-14 different functions. SELECT key - Used to display the values for the current function. Throttle cut button - To use the throttle-cut function, lower the throttle stick all the way, then push the throttle-cut button to fully close the carburetor and shut of the engine. Throttle/rudder control stick - Operates the servos connected to channel 3 (throttle) and channel 4 (rudder) in the receiver. A:Trainer switch - Operates the trainer functions. To operate as a trainer switch the transmitter must be connected to another transmitter via. a trainer cord (available separately). H:Idle up switch - This switch operates to change the ght condition which is set the throttle curve and pitch curve of mid air maneuvers (rolls, loops, stall turns) and 3D ight. A:Retractable landing gear switch/Channel 5 - Switch operates the servo connected to channel 5 in the receiver if your model has retractable landing gear this is the control used to extend and retract the gear. H:Gyro switch/Channel 5 - You can connect the sense adjust connector to the channel 5 of the receiver to operate the gyro which has two different sense. Also if you use Futaba GY401/502/611 Gyro, two different gyro senses setting on gyro function in this transmitter can be call by this switch. Antenna - Radiates signals to the receiver. Never fly a model without fully extending the antenna or you may create interference to other modelers and decrease operational signal range of the transmitter. The antenna may be removed and replaced with another in case it is inadvertently broken.

RADIO INSTALLATION

Follow these guidelines to properly mount the servos, receiver and battery. INPORTANT!: Please use PCM receiver if the composition parts of the model used much metal, carbon graphite etc. because they will generates quite a lot of the noise. Make certain the alignment tab on the battery, switch and servo connectors is oriented correctly and keys into the corresponding notch in the receiver or connectors before plugging them in. When unplugging connectors, never pull on the wires. Always pull on the plastic connector instead. If any servo wires are not long enough to reach the receiver, servo extension wires (available separately) may be used.
Always mount the servos with the supplied rubber grommets. Do not over Servo tighten the screws. No part of the servo casing should contact the mounting rails, servo tray or any other part of the airplane/helicopter structure. Otherwise, vibration will be transmitted to the servo causing premature wear and/or servo failure.

Rubber grommet

Note the small numbers (1, 2, 3, 4) molded into each arm on the Futaba 4-arm servo arms. The numbers indicate how many degrees each arm is off from 90 degrees to correct for minute manufacturing deviations from servo to servo.
To center the servos, connect them to the receiver and turn on the transmitter and receiver. Center the trims on the transmitter, then find the arm that will be perpendicular to the pushrod when placed on the servo.
After the servos are installed, operate each servo over its full travel and check that the pushrods and servo arms do not bind or contact each other. Also make sure the controls do not require excess force to operate. If there is an objectionable buzzing sound coming from a servo, there is probably too much resistance in the control. Find and correct the problem. Even if there is no servo damage, excess battery drain will result. Use the mounting plate from the receiver on/off switch as a template for the cutout and screw holes. Mount the switch on the side of the fuselage opposite the engine exhaust, and where it wont be inadvertently turned on or off during handling or storage. Be certain the switch moves without restriction and snaps from ON to OFF, and that the cutout allows full motion of the switch in both directions. When you install the switch harness to the helicopter, please use switch cover. Generally sandwich the frame by switch and switch cover and securely tighten the screws. It might be different installations on model by model. In that case, please follow the model instruction manual. To prevent the servo lead wires from being broken by vibration during ight, provide a margin so that the wire sticks out slightly and fasten it at suitable points. In addition, periodically check the wire during daily maintenance.
Fasten about 5-10cm from the servo outlet so that the lead wire is neat.

The diagram shown is for aircraft models only. Additional servos may have to be purchased separately. Receiver Aileron Servo (CH1) Elevator Servo (CH2) Throttle Servo (CH3) Switch Harness Rudder Servo (CH4) Gear Servo (CH5) To Battery Flap Servo (CH6)
(CH6) (CH2) (CH1) (CH6) (CH2) (CH1)
(Red) Charging Jack (Black)
(CH4) Flaperon Mode (Dual Aileron Servo, CH1 & 6)
(CH4) Independent Aileron & Flap
The diagram shown is for helicopter models only. It is necessary to buy an additional gyro separately. Receiver Aileron Servo (CH1) Elevator Servo (CH2) Throttle Servo (CH3) Rudder Servo

Switch Harness

Optional Gyro System
Pitch Servo (CH6) To Battery
Gyro sensitivity (CH5) Rudder (CH4)
CHARGING THE Ni-Cd BATTERIES
The transmitter and receiver batteries included with your 6EXP system are rechargeable, Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium, pronounced Read the charging instructions carefully. ni-kad) batteries. Ni-Cd batteries require special care and charging. NOTE: The batteries are supplied partially charged, but will require a full, overnight charge before the model may be own. 1. Connect the transmitter charging cord coming from the A/C wall charger to the charge jack in the right side of the transmitter case. The receiver charging cord may be connected to the batteries two different ways: The charge cord may be connected directly to the battery pack, or to the vacant charge connector (black) coming from the on/off switch in the model. Charging through the switch is preferred as there will be no need to disconnect the battery. 2. Plug the A/C wall charger into a wall outlet. Note: If the wall outlet can be turned off by a switch in the room, be certain the switch remains on after leaving the room. Otherwise, the batteries will not be charged! 3. The LEDs (light-emitting diodes) should light red, indicating that current is owing and the batteries are being charged. Discharged batteries will take about 15 hours to fully charge. If using an aftermarket fast charger, be certain to follow the manufacturers instructions provided with the charger so you do not overcharge the batteries. NEVER charge the batteries at a rate higher than 1,000mAh. The batteries should also be discharged periodically to prevent a condition called memory. If, for example, only two ights are made each time you go ying, the batteries will not have reached very far down into their full capacity. After doing this several times the batteries will remember and eventually think they can supply only enough power for two ights. After two ights the batteries may not provide enough power to operate the system, thus causing a crash. To erase any potential memory, cycle the batteries by discharging, then charging them with a commercial battery cycler, or leave the system on and exercise the servos by moving the transmitter sticks until the servos are moving very slowly, indicating that the battery is discharged. Cycling should be done every one to two months, even during the winter or periods of long storage. If using a cycler with a readout, note the capacity after the batteries have been cycled. If there is a noticeable drop in capacity the batteries should be replaced.

Battery icon

Note: When the transmitter voltage reads 8.9 Volts you will still have approximately ten minutes (or less) before losing operational range, so this is the recommended absolute minimum voltage. If the transmitter ever reaches 8.9 Volts, land as soon as safely possible. A more reasonable margin of safety would be to quit ying for the day (or recharge the batteries) when the transmitter battery.
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES 9.4 Volts - No more ying until recharge. 8.9 Volts - Land as soon as safely possible. 8.5 Volts - Emergency- Land immediately!
Mixer alert warning The Mixer alert warning is displayed to alert you whenever you turn on the transmitter with any of the mixing switches active. This warning will disappear when the offending switch or control is deactivated. Switches for which warnings will be issued at power-up and model selection are Throttle hold switch or Idle-up switch.
Backup error The Backup error warning occurs when the transmitter memory is lost for any reason. If this occurs, all of the data will be reset when the power is turn on again. When the Backup error occurs, initialization starts from model number 6 to 1. The model number on the left of the screen changes from 6 to 5, to 4, to 3, to 2, to 1, and finally the number disappears. The disappearance of the model number indicates that the initialization has been completed. Now you can turn off the power of the transmitter. Please do NOT turn off the power during the initialization; otherwise initialization will restart when you turn on the power. Do not fly when this message is displayed: all programming has been erased and is not available. Return your transmitter to Futaba service.
PROGRAMMING THE 6EXP RADIO
Anytime you wish to view or change any of the current settings in the transmitter, the programming mode must first be entered by, of course, turning on the power, then by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second. Once in the program the MODE key will be used to scroll through each of the functions (Model type ACRO: model select/ data reset/ model type select/ modulation select/ trainer/ model name, reversing, dual rates/ exponentials, end point adjustments, trim, programmable mix 1, programmable mix 2, aperon mixing, ap trim, v-tail mixing, elevon mixing, and failsafe Model type HELI: model select/ data reset/ model type select/ modulation select/ model name, reversing, dual rates/ exponentials, end point adjustments, trim, normal throttle curve, normal pitch curve, idle-up throttle curve, idle-up pitch curve, throttle hold, revolution mixing, gyro sensitivity, swash-throttle mixing/ swashplate types, and failsafe) and the SELECT key will be used to view the settings within the function. When a data change is actually required the DATA INPUT lever will be used to increase or decrease the value of the item displayed, thus making the change. You can return to the home screen (where the model name and battery voltage is displayed) by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second. Note: The functions are listed and described in the order that they appear in the transmitter. Read all the way through the programming instructions before setting up your model (if you wont be using any of the mixing functions for a while you can read those instructions when ready). Refer to the FLOW CHART on page 31(ACRO) or page 32(HELI) as well.

Model Select / Data Reset / Model Type Select / Modulation Select / Trainer / Model Name MODL Model select function To select model memory: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). The number for the current, active model will be blinking. 2. To activate a different model memory press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 3. Now the model has been selected. All programming inputs from this point forward will affect only the model number on the screen (until another model number is selected). REST Data reset function All the data for any model memory can be reset to the original factory defaults. Often this function is done to get a fresh start and clear the memory before inputting new model settings. To reset data: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory you wish to reset press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Once the desired model number is displayed on the screen, press the SELECT key. A REST will appear on the screen. 3. Push DATA INPUT upward or downward for about 2 seconds to clear and reset the memory. CLR blinks rst, and then it stops blinking with a sound. Now the model data is reset to the initial setting that is the default value set at the factory. The existing modulation and swashplate type settings are not reset. If the power switch is turned off while reset is underway, the data may not be reset. CAUTION: Resetting the current model memory will permanently erase ALL programming information for that model. The data cannot be recovered (unless you recorded it on a Model Data Recording Sheet in the back of this manual). Do not reset the model unless you are certain you want to clear-out that memory and start from scratch. When actually setting up a model you should have the model in front of you with the power on so you can actually see the effects of your programming inputs and measure the control throws.
ACRO/HELI Model type select function The Model type select function is used to select the ACRO or HELI mode of model type. ACRO: Powered aircraft memory type (with multiple wing and tail congurations. See Wing mixing type selection for further information, p20.) HELI: Helicopter memory type (with three helicopter swashplate type. See Swashplate types selection for further information, p28.) CAUTION: Before doing anything else to set up your aircraft, rst you must decide Model type (include wing mixing type or swashplate type) best ts this particular aircraft. To select model type: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory you wish to select model type press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Push SELECT key twice after seeing on the screen the model memory where you want to select model type, then you will see ACRO or HELI on the screen. 3. To change model type, push the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for about two seconds. HL and AC blinks rst, and then it stops blinking with a sound. The current model type ACRO or HELI is displayed. PULS Modulation select function The Modulation select function is used to select the PPM or PCM mode of transmission, to match the receiver being used (PPM-Pulse Position Modulation, also called FM for Frequency Modulation, and PCM-Pulse Code Modulation). To select modulation: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory you wish to modulation select press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Push SELECT key three times after seeing on the screen the model memory where you want to set modulation, then you will see PULS on the screen. 3. To select PCM modulation, push the DATA INPUT lever up. The PCM is displayed. To select PPM modulation, push the DATA INPUT lever down. The PPM is displayed. 4. To get the transmitter to operate in the new mode, switch transmitter power off and then on. The small indicator will indicate the mode, either PPM or PCM. TRNR Trainer function (ACRO only) The Trainer function is used to activate the trainer switch each model memory as the instructors transmitter. See Trainer switch for further information, p33. To activate trainer function: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory you wish to activate trainer function press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Push SELECT key four times after seeing on the screen the model memory where you want to activate trainer function, then you will see TRNR on the screen. 3. To activate the function, push the DATA INPUT lever up for 0.5 seconds. The ON is displayed. To inhibit the function, push the DATA INPUT lever down for 0.5 seconds. The INH is displayed.

the throw. 5. Repeat the procedure for the other dual rate (channel 2-elevator, 4-rudder).
EXPO Exponential Settings The exponentials are in the same function as the dual rates. (Pressing the MODE key will take you to the next function which is End Point Adjustments). The same as dual rates, expos can be set for both switch positions. Negative exponential (-) decreases initial servo movement. Positive exponential (+) increases initial servo movement. The exponential curve may be set anywhere between -100% and +100%. To set the exponentials: 1. Enter the programming mode. Access the D/R screen with the MODE key. 2. Access the EXPO screen with the SELECT key. 3. Select the channel (1-aileron, 2-elevator, 4-rudder) you wish to set by pressing the SELECT key. The active channel number will be displayed on the screen Note: If a D/R will appear on the screen, you have pressed the SELECT key too many times and displayed the values for the D/R (dual rate values). Press the SELECT key to return to the exponentials. 4. Position the dual rate switch where desired for the value you wish to change. 5. Enter the amount of exponential with the DATA INPUT lever. (As stated above, an exponential value with a - in front of it makes the initial servo movement less, or softer. ) 6. Flip the switch to the other position to enter the exponential value for that switch position. 7. Repeat for the settings on the other channel. EPA End Point Adjustment Note: Since changing the end points will also change the dual rates, the end points should be set prior to setting the dual rates. If you set the dual rates rst, and then go back and change the end points, the dual rate throws will also change. The EPA function is designed to ne tune the servo throws in cases where changing the pushrod hookup will not achieve the correct throw. The pushrods should rst be connected to the servo arms and control horns so that the correct, or near correct control surface throw will be achieved. THEN the EPAs may be used to make small changes in the servo throw until the desired control throw is achieved. The control throws should be set up so that the end points are as near to 100% as possible. If the EPA values must be set below 70% or above 120% to get the desired throw, you should strongly consider changing the pushrod connections so the values can be set closer to 100%. (When the EPA is set to 100% the maximum servo throw for channels 1, 2, 3 & 4 is approximately 40 and approximately 55 for channels 5 & 6.) To set the end points: 1. Enter the programming mode and use the MODE key to access the EPA screen. The channel number being adjusted will the left side on the screen and the % symbol will be ashing. 2. To change the RIGHT aileron throw move the aileron stick to the right, then push the DATA INPUT lever up or down to change the value and the throw. 3. Move the stick to the left and use the DATA INPUT lever to change the LEFT aileron throw. 4. Use the SELECT key to display the other channels and set the other end points. Notice that moving the stick (or switch or dial) from one end to the other changes the value displayed and the position of the arrow for that end of the control input.

PMIX1/2 Programmable Mixer 1/2 (ACRO only) Unlike the wing mixing function (explained later) where the channels to be mixed are factory-set, the T6EXP also contains two programmable mix where the you, the pilot determine the channels to be mixed. This could be used to correct unwanted ight tendencies (by mixing rudder to aileron, or aileron to rudder for example). To set up a programmable mix: 1. Enter the programming mode. Access the PMIX screen with the MODE key.
2. Push the DATA INPUT lever upward for 0.5 seconds. This will cause the flashing INH display to change to a ashing ON display.
3. Push SELECT key to call the screen for selecting channels to control MAS (Master) mixing. Then select the channel by pushing DATA INPUT lever. Channel 1 (aileron) in this gure is assigned to the master.
4. Push SELECT key to call the screen for selecting channels to control SLV (Slave) mixing. Then select the channel by pushing DATA INPUT lever. Channel 4 (rudder) in this gure is assigned to the slave.
5. Press the SELECT key twice to display the flashing % sign. Use the DATA INPUT lever to set the percentage of mixing from -100% to +100% (depending on the direction and distance you wish the slave servo to move).
6. Push SELECT key to call the screen for selecting the on/off switch. Then select the switch by pushing DATA INPUT lever. CH5, D/R, or FLP switch (include the on direction) is selectable. The ON is always on.
7. Observe how the controls on the model respond to be certain you have achieved the correct mix and that the throws are as desired.
Wing Mixing Type Selection (ACRO only) With the programmable mix (previously described) the user determines the two channels to be mixed. The wing mixing function is another mix that may be used, but the channels mixed are predetermined. There are three different wing mixing functions to select from: FLPR Flaperon mixing (ACRO only) This function allows the ailerons to be used both as ailerons and as aps. The ap control dial (CH 6) operates the ap function. To use aperon mixing both ailerons must be operated by separate servos.
*If necessary, use the Servo Reversing function to achieve the correct direction of servo throws.
To activate aperon mixing: 1. Connect the aileron servo in the right wing to channel 1 (aileron) in the receiver and connect the aileron servo in the left wing to channel 6 (aps) in the receiver.
2. Enter the programming mode. Access the FLPR screen with the MODE key.
You cannot set Flaperon mixing when Elevon mixing has already been set. In order to enable Flaperon mixing, you rst need to cancel Elevon mixing. However, it is allowed to use Flaperon and V-Tail mixing simultaneously.

REVO Pitch-rudder mixing function (HELI only) This mix adds rudder in conjunction with pitch. This helps compensate for rotation of the helicopter caused by the increased engine torque. (Never use revo. mixing with a heading-hold/AVCS gyro which is in heading hold/AVCS mode. However, revo. mixing is still used when a heading-hold/AVCS gyro is in normal mode.) To set the REVO mixing: 1. Enter the programming mode and use the MODE key to access the REVO function.
2. Push the DATA INPUT lever upward for 0.5 seconds. This will cause the flashing INH display to change to a ashing ON display. Now the REVO function is on.
3. Push the SELECT key once. This will cause the ashing % symbol on the display. It can be set mixing amount on throttle stick hi side and low side separately. When you move the throttle stick to the low side from neutral, the arrow indicates down direction and than push up or down DATA INPUT lever to set the mixing amount of the low side. When you move the throttle stick to the high side from neutral, the arrow indicates up direction and than push up or down DATA INPUT lever to set the mixing amount of the low side.
GYRO Gyro mixing function (HELI only) GYROS : Using electronics to take some of the complexity out of setups and ight. What is a gyro? A gyroscope is an electronic unit that senses motion and corrects for it. For example, if the wind blows your helicopters tail to the left, a gyro will sense that motion (and conrm that no input was given) and will correct for it. How does it help in helicopter setup? A good gyro will totally eliminate the need for revo. mixing. The gyro will sense and correct the unwanted motion for you, so you don t have to spend time to get a complex curve operating properly. Gyro sensor kinds: There are many different kinds of gyros. Early gyros were mechanical, with a spinning drum similar to a childs gyroscope toy. The next generation utilized a special type of crystal, called piezoelectric, which sensed the motion and provided an electrical pulse. The nest gyros at the time of this writing are SMM technology. These silicone micro machines, or computer chips, sense the motion. SMM is far more accurate and less susceptible to inaccuracies caused by temperature changes, etc. Choosing the right gyro for your skills, your helicopter, and your budget: Mechanical: some are still available. They are very challenging to set up and not as reliable as piezo or SMM. Non-Heading-Hold Piezo: these are now inexpensive gyros that are reliable and easy to set up. Some have dual rates and remote gain control to adjust sensitivity in ight. Lack heading-hold capabilities for precision ying. Heading-Hold Piezo: Until recently, the cream of the crop. Expensive, and more complex to set up. Adds GPS-like heading recognition. Exhibits minor difculties with temperature drift (position setting varying with units temperature). Heading-Hold SMM: 21st Century gyro technology. Computer chip technology. Expensive, easier set up, higher durability. Signicant decrease in temperature sensitivity. Many include frame rate settings to allow faster response when using specialized digital servos. Examples: 26

F/S Fail Safe (PCM mode only) The Fail Safe function is used to prescribe what the PCM receiver will do in the event radio interference is received, and doesnt work FM(PPM) receivers. In this menu, you may select from one of two options of operation for each channel. The NOR(normal) setting holds the servo in its last commanded position, while the F/S(Fail Safe) function moves each servo to a predetermined position. Throttle channel is set to F/S as a default. All the other channels are set to NOR. The use of the failsafe function is recommended from the standpoint of safety. You may wish to set the throttle channel so that the throttle is moved to idle when theres interference. This may give enough warning to allow you to y towards yourself and recover from the radio interference. If you choose to specify a failsafe setting, the failsafe data are automatically transmitted once each minute.
Battery Failsafe Your system provides a second safety function called Battery Failsafe. When the airborne battery voltage drops below approximately 3.8V, the battery fail safe function moves the throttle to a predetermined position or fast idle, if you havent set it. If this happens, you should immediately land! If you need to increase throttle for your landing approach, you may temporarily reset the failsafe function by moving the throttle stick to idle, after which youll have about 30 seconds of throttle control before the battery function reactivates.
To set the Fail Safe Function: 1. Enter the programming mode. Access the F/S screen with the MODE key. 2. You can nd the channel blinking on the left of the screen, which can be set to the Fail Safe. The first channel you see is CH1 (aileron). Press DATA Input lever downward when you need to set Fail Safe. The arrow moves to F/S side. This means this channel has been set to F/S function. Then move the aileron stick to the position where you want the servo to move when F/S function works and press DATA INPUT lever downward for about two seconds while holding the stick. A gure in percentage will be shown with a beeping sound. Press DATA INPUT lever upward if you want to set NOR. The arrow moves to NOR side and then this channel will be set to NOR function. 3. Carry out similar procedure like this in setting F/S function for other channels. Use Mode key to show a channel and do the same. But, CH3 (throttle) is set to 20% of the full throttle for F/S function as a default.

4. Verify that your failsafe programming works by switching off transmitter power and observing the motion of the servos.
FLOW CHART ACRO MODE FUNCTIONS
To enter or leave Programming Mode, press MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously for one second.

(Screen at Startup)

To change the Stick Mode, turn on the transmitter holding MODE and SELECT keys down simultaneously. Use the DATA INPUT lever to display the desired stick mode.
(press MODE and SELECT keys for one second)

[Model 2-5] *1 [CH 2-5]

MODE key [CH 2-5] SELECT key DATA INPUT lever [CH 2-3] *1. Press the DATA INPUT lever for 0.5 seconds

MODE key

[CH 2-5]

PCM mode onry

Simultaneously Press the MODE and SELECT keys and hold them down for one second to enter the programming mode. Press the keys again (or turn off the transmitter) to exit the programming mode. 31
FLOW CHART HELI MODE FUNCTIONS

[Model 2-5]

[CH 2-3]
SELECT key DATA INPUT lever
*1. Press the DATA INPUT lever for 0.5 seconds *2. Press the DATA INPUT lever for about two seconds
Simultaneously Press the MODE and SELECT keys and hold them down for one second to enter the programming mode. Press the keys again (or turn off the transmitter) to exit the programming mode. 32

OTHER 6EXP FUNCTIONS

Trainer switch (ACRO mode) To utilize the trainer function, the appropriate trainer cord (available separately) and a second Futaba transmitter (usually provided by your ight instructor or R/C club) will be required. When two radios are connected with the trainer cord, they are both capable of operating the model, but it's usually best for the instructor to hold the radio that has been setup for the plane to be own (as it is already programmed to y the model). When the instructor holds the trainer switch on his radio, the student will have control. When the instructor wishes to regain control he simply releases the switch. Then he will have immediate, full control. If connecting the 6EXP to another 6EXP with the small, square micro trainer jack, use the Micro to Micro (MM-TC) trainer cord (FUTM4415). If connecting the 6EXP to Futaba radios with the larger, round, DIN connector, use Micro to DIN (MD-TC) trainer cord (FUTM4420). The T6EXP transmitter may be connected to another T6EXP, or any 4VF, 6VA Skysport, T6EXA, FF6 - 9, 9Z, 12Z, 14MZ, FX-40 series transmitter. To use the trainer cord: 1. It is best for the instructor to use the transmitter that is already set up for the model to be own. 2. If the student's radio has PCM/PPM capability, set it to PPM. 3. If the student's radio has a plug-in RF module, remove the module. 4. Collapse the student's antenna and fully extend the instructor's antenna. 5. With the transmitters off, connect the trainer cord to both radios. (On the 6EXP the trainer jack is in the center of the rear of the case.) Do not force the plug into the transmitter and note that the plug is keyed so it can go in only one way. 6. Turn on the instructor's transmitter. DO NOT turn on the students transmitter it will automatically power up, but will not transmit a signal. Set the servo reversing and trims of the student's radio to match that of the instructor's. 7. Turn on the receiver switch in the model. Depress the trainer switch on the instructor's radio. Use the students radio to operate the controls (ailerons, elevator, rudder, etc.) and observe how they respond. Make any adjustments necessary to the student's transmitter to get the controls to respond correctly. 8. Check to see that the trims are in sync by toggling the trainer switch back and forth a few times. The controls on the model should remain stationary. If the controls do not remain stationary, this indicates that the trim settings on the student's radio do not match those on the instructor's radio. Adjust the student's trims as necessary. Note: When the instructor initially depresses the trainer switch on his transmitter, there will be a one-second delay before the student takes control. In most situations this momentary delay will go unnoticed. Trainer function (HELI mode, student only) The T6EXP (HELI mode) trainer function lets you practice ying as student by connecting the T6EXP to the instructors Futaba transmitter. Throttle-cut function The throttle-cut function is intended to be used for shutting off the engine. The engine can be conveniently shut off by pressing the THR Cut button. The throttle-cut feature prevents inadvertently shutting off of the engine when lowering the throttle stick all the way (such as when coming in for a landing). Throttle-cut works only when the throttle stick is down. To set up throttlecut, turn on the transmitter and receiver. Actuate the throttle-cut function by rapidly depressing, then releasing the switch twice. Observe the momentary position of the carburetor barrel on the engine. It should be fully closed (thus shutting off the engine). If necessary, use the throttle E.P.A. (channel 3) to fully close the carburetor barrel when the throttle-cut is activated. Now use the throttle trim to open the carburetor barrel so the engine will idle at the desired R.P.M. when the throttle stick is all the way down.

FLIGHT PREPARATION

Flight preparation is to be done at the ying eld. IMPORTANT: Your radio control system transmits a signal on a certain frequency. Be certain you know what the frequency is. This is expressed as a two-digit number (42, 56, etc.), and can be found on the container the transmitter came in and is also located on the transmitter and receiver. There are several different frequencies, but there is still a chance that someone else at the ying eld may be on the same frequency as you. Two models can never be operated at the same time on the same frequency-no matter what the modulation (AM, FM, PCM). If you turn on your transmitter while another person is ying on the same frequency, a crash will result. NEVER turn on your transmitter until you have permission from your instructor, and until you have possession of the frequency clip used for frequency control at the ying site. If you are an inexperienced pilot, be certain your ight instructor performs these following checks with you. Check the controls 1. Get the frequency clip from the frequency control board at your ying site. 2. Mount the wing to the fuselage. Turn on the transmitter, then the receiver (remember to do this in reverse order when turning off the system). Be certain the correct model memory matching the model you will be ying is the one on the LCD screen. 3. Operate and observe the controls. Look for inadvertent movement and listen for abnormal servo sounds. If problems are noted, correct them before ying. Look for binding pushrods or servo arms or pushrods that interfere with each other. 4. One at a time, operate each control on the airplane using the sticks on the transmitter to make certain each control is responding correctly. This must be done before every flight. (There are several types of malfunctions that can be discovered by performing this elementary task, thus saving your model!) Range check the radio A range check must be performed before the rst ight of a new model. It is not necessary to do a range check before every ight (but is not a bad idea to perform a range check before the rst ight of each day). A range check is the nal opportunity to reveal any radio malfunctions, and to be certain the system has adequate operational range. 1.Turn on the transmitter, then the receiver. Leave the transmitter antenna all the way down. Walk away from the model while simultaneously operating the controls. Have an assistant stand by the model and signal what the controls are doing to conrm that they operate correctly. You should be able to walk approximately 20 - 30 paces from the model without losing control or seeing litter in the servos. 2. If everything operates correctly, return to the model. Set the transmitter in a safe, yet accessible location so it will be within reach after starting the engine. Be certain the throttle stick is all the way down, then start the engine. Perform another range check with your assistant holding the plane and the engine running at various speeds. If the servos jitter or move inadvertently, there may be a problem. Do not y the plane! Look for loose servo connections or binding pushrods. Also be certain you are the only one on your frequency, and that the battery has been fully charged. 3. When ready to y, remember to fully extend the transmitter antenna. Avoid pointing the antenna directly at the model as the signal is weakest in that direction. Do not y in the rain! Moisture may enter the transmitter through the antenna or stick openings and cause erratic operation or loss of control. If you must y in wet weather during a contest, be sure to cover the transmitter with a plastic bag or other waterproof cover. MODEL DATA RECORDING SHEET After nalizing the programming for each model, ll out the values and settings in the Model Data Recording Sheets in the back of the manual. The data sheets will serve as a backup in case a program is ever lost or inadvertently reset, or in case you have to intentionally reset a program to make room for another model. Make additional copies before lling out the sheets.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE 6EX-2.4GHz SYSTEM
IMPORTANT!: Always turn on the transmitter rst, then the receiver. When turning off the system, always turn off the receiver rst. The object is never to have the receiver on by itself. Otherwise, the servos or control surfaces could be damaged, or in the case of electric-powered models, the motor may unexpectedly turn on causing severe injury. Transmitter ACRO mode: External switches operate dual rates (D/R), landing gear, and trainer cord or buddy-box capabilities. Programming features include servo reversing and E.P.A on all channels, dual rates, exponentials and programmable mixing. Additionally, any one of four, factory-set, preprogrammed wing-type mixers including aperon, and V-tail, elevon mixing may be selected. HELI mode: Dual rate (D/R), Idle up, Throttle hold, and Gyro sense can be operated by switch. Two different gyro senses can be set with Futaba GY401/502/611 Gyro on gyro function of this transmitter. Programming features include servo reversing and E.P.A on all channels, dual rates, exponentials, throttle curve, pitch curve, throttle hold, and pit to rudder mixing(REVO). Additionally, any one of three, factory-set, preprogrammed swashplate type mixers, including three servo type 3-S/3-E, may be selected. Transmitter controls The diagram and explanations briey describe the functions of the Futaba T6EX-2.4GHz transmitter. Full instructions on how to operate the controls are provided beginning on page 14. NOTE: The diagram shows a Mode 2 system as supplied. (More on ight modes on page 34).
Carrying handle A:Gear switch/CH.5 H:Gyro switch/CH.5 A:Trainer switch H:Idle-up switch
Antenna Aileron, Elevator & Rudder dual rate switch A:Flap switch/CH.6 H:Throttle hold switch Neck strap hook
Throttle/rudder control stick (Mode 2) Throttle trim lever (Mode 2) Rudder trim lever Throttle cut button MODE key SELECT key Liquid-crystal display screen (LCD)
Aileron/elevator control stick (Mode 2) Elevator trim lever (Mode 2) Aileron trim lever Charging jack On-off switch

DATA INPUT lever

DESCRIPTIONS: Aileron, Elevator and Rudder dual rate switch Use this switch to ip between two aileron, elevator and rudder control throw settings. The throws can be set up however you prefer, but generally, when the switch is up the throws are greater (high rate) and when the switch is down the throws are less (low rate). This switch also ips between exponential rates (if used). A:Flap switch/Channel 6 - This switch operates the servo connected to channel 6 in the receiver. If your model has aps, this is the control used to operate them. H:Throttle hold switch - This switch operates to hold the engine in the idling position and disengage it from the Throttle Stick. It is commonly use to practice auto-rotation. Neck strap hook - Mounting point for optional neck strap. Aileron/elevator control stick - Operates the servos connected to channel 1 (aileron) and channel 2 (elevator) in the receiver.

Trim levers (all) - Used to shift the neutral or center position of each servo as labeled in the diagram. Once either trim lever is operated, the trim position is displayed on the LCD screen. Also once either edit key is operated, all trim positions are displayed sequentially on the LCD screen. NOTE: The throttle trim lever is intended for ne tuning the throttle servo when the engine is at idle. Throttle trim does not affect the throttle servo when the throttle control stick is all the way up (so idle r.p.m. can be adjusted without affecting throttle settings through the rest of the stick movement). Charging jack - Port for charging the transmitter batteries with the included battery charger. On/off switch DATA INPUT lever - Used to change the values of the various functions displayed on the LCD screen Liquid crystal display screen (LCD) - Displays programming modes and values entered. MODE key - Used to scroll through and display the 11-14 different functions. SELECT key - Used to display the values for the current function. Throttle cut button - To use the throttle-cut function, lower the throttle stick all the way, then push the throttle-cut button to fully close the carburetor and shut off the engine. Throttle/rudder control stick - Operates the servos connected to channel 3 (throttle) and channel 4 (rudder) in the receiver. A:Trainer switch - Operates the trainer functions. To operate as a trainer switch the transmitter must be connected to another transmitter via. a trainer cord (available separately). H:Idle up switch - This switch operates to change the ght condition which sets the throttle curve and pitch curve of mid air maneuvers (rolls, loops, stall turns) and 3D ight. A:Retractable landing gear switch/Channel 5 - Switch operates the servo connected to channel 5 in the receiver. If your model has retractable landing gear, this is the control used to extend and retract the gear. H:Gyro switch/Channel 5 - You can connect the sense adjust connector to channel 5 of the receiver to operate the gyro, which has two different senses. Also if you use the Futaba GY401/502/611 Gyro, two different gyro sense settings on the gyro function in this transmitter can be called by this switch. Antenna - Radiates signals to the receiver. NEVER point at the model when ying! See page 9 for detail. Changing the Throttle Stick Ratchet System to Helicopter-touch 1. Open the battery cover on the back of the transmitter and remove the transmitter battery. 2. Remove the four transmitter rear case screws and remove the rear case. 3. Change the ratchet plate on the gimbal section to the smooth ratchet plate for helicopter use.
Ratchet plate for airplane
Ratchet plate for helicopter

Receiver's Antenna Installation: The R606FS has two antennas. These antennas have a diversity function to decrease the chance of a receiving error. Since the wavelength of the 2.4GHz is much shorter than that of the conventional frequencies 27MHz and 72MHz, it is very susceptible to loss of signal which results in a receiving error. In order to avoid this phenomenon, the R606FS adopted a diversity antenna system.

Antenna Coaxial cable

*Must be kept as straight as possible.

R606FS Receiver

To obtain the best results of the diversity function, please refer to the following instructions; 1. The two antennas must be kept as straight as possible. Otherwise it will reduce the effective range. 2. The two antennas should be placed at 90 degrees to each other. This is not a critical gure, but the most important thing is to keep the antennas away from each other as much as possible. Larger models can have large metal objects that can attenuate the RF signal. In this case the antennas should be placed at both sides of the model. Then the best RF signal condition is obtained at any ying attitude. 3. The antennas must be kept away from conductive materials, such as metal and carbon by at least a half inch. The coaxial part of the antennas does not need to follow these guidelines, but do not bend it in a small radius. 4. Keep the antennas away from the motor, ESC, and other noise sources as much as possible.

Antenna

*The two antennas should be placed at 90 degrees to each other. *The main purpose of the photo demonstrates how the antenna should be placed. For actual installation the receiver must be wrapped with a sponge or placed with floating material to protect it from vibration.
The receiver contains precision electronic parts. It is the most delicate radio component on-board the model and should be protected from vibration, shock and temperature extremes. To protect the receiver, wrap it in R/C foam rubber or other vibration-absorbing material. If appropriate, waterproof the receiver by placing it in a plastic bag and closing the open end with a rubber band before wrapping it in foam. If moisture enters the receiver, intermittent operation or a failure may result. Wrapping the receiver in a plastic bag also protects it from fuel and exhaust residue which, in some models, can work its way into the fuselage.
Transmitter Antenna 1. The transmitter antenna is adjustable so please make sure that the antenna is never pointed directly at the model when ying as this creates a weak signal for the receiver. 2. Keep the antenna perpendicular to the transmitter's face to create a better RF condition for the receiver. Of course this depends on how you hold the transmitter, but in most cases, adjusting the transmitter antenna so that it is perpendicular to the face will give the best results. Please adjust the transmitter antenna to the way you hold the transmitter. 3. NEVER grip the antenna when ying as this degrades RF quality.

No signal reception Receiving signals Receiving signals, but ID is unmatched. Unrecoverable failure (EEPROM, etc.) Red : On Green: On Green: Blink Red and Green turn on alternately.
RECEIVER AND SERVO CONNECTIONS
Connect the servos to the receiver to perform the functions indicated: Receiver output channel B Function Aircraft (ACRO) Aileron -or-right aperon -or-right elevon (for tailless models) Elevator -or-left ruddervator (for V-tail models) -or-left elevon (for tailless models) Throttle Rudder -or-right ruddervator (for V-tail models) Retractable landing gear Flap -or-left aperon Receiver on/off switch (the plug colored red goes into the receiver) Aileron Elevator Throttle Rudder Gyro sensitivity Pitch Receiver on/off switch (the plug colored red goes into the receiver) Helicopter (HELI)
The diagram shown is for aircraft models only. Additional servos may have to be purchased separately. Aileron Servo (CH1) Receiver (Red) Charging Jack (Black) Elevator Servo (CH2) Throttle Servo (CH3) Switch Harness Rudder Servo (CH4) Gear Servo (CH5) To Battery
(CH6) (CH2) (CH1) (CH6) (CH2) (CH1)
(CH4) Flaperon Mode (Dual Aileron Servo, CH1 & 6)
(CH4) Independent Aileron & Flap

Flap Servo (CH6)

The diagram shown is for helicopter models only. It is necessary to buy an additional gyro separately. Aileron Servo (CH1) Receiver (Red) Charging Jack (Black) Elevator Servo (CH2) Throttle Servo (CH3) Rudder Servo

Switch Harness

Optional Gyro System
Pitch Servo (CH6) To Battery
Gyro sensitivity (CH5) Rudder (CH4)
CHARGING THE NiCd BATTERIES
The transmitter batteries included with your 6EX-2.4GHz system are rechargeable, NiCd (nickel-cadmium, pronounced nikad) batteries. NiCd batteries require special care and charging. Read the charging instructions carefully. NOTE: The batteries are supplied partially charged, but will require a full, overnight charge before the model may be own. 1. Connect the transmitter charging cord coming from the A/C wall charger to the charge jack in the right side of the transmitter case. The receiver charging cord may be connected to the batteries two different ways: The charge cord may be connected directly to the battery pack, or to the vacant charge connector (black) coming from the on/off switch in the model. Charging through the switch is preferred as there will be no need to disconnect the battery. 2. Plug the A/C wall charger into a wall outlet. Note: If the wall outlet can be turned off by a switch in the room, be certain the switch remains on after leaving the room. Otherwise, the batteries will not be charged! 3. The LEDs (light-emitting diodes) should light red, indicating that current is owing and the batteries are being charged. Discharged batteries will take about 15 hours to fully charge. If using an aftermarket fast charger, be certain to follow the manufacturers instructions provided with the charger so you do not overcharge the batteries. NEVER charge the batteries at a rate higher than 1,000mAh. The batteries should also be discharged periodically to prevent a condition called memory. If, for example, only two ights are made each time you go ying, the batteries will not have reached very far down into their full capacity. After doing this several times the batteries will remember and eventually think they can supply only enough power for two ights. After two ights the batteries may not provide enough power to operate the system, thus causing a crash. To erase any potential memory, cycle the batteries by discharging, then charging them with a commercial battery cycler, or leave the system on and exercise the servos by moving the transmitter sticks until the servos are moving very slowly, indicating that the battery is discharged. Cycling should be done every one to two months, even during the winter or periods of long storage. If using a cycler with a readout, note the capacity after the batteries have been cycled. If there is a noticeable drop in capacity the batteries should be replaced.

Note: Charging your batteries with the included Futaba A/C battery charger is always safe. However, fast-charging with an aftermarket charger is acceptable as long as you know how to properly operate the charger. NEVER charge at a rate higher than 1,000 mAh (1 Amp). If not done correctly, fast-charging can damage the batteries.
LIQUID CHIP DISPLAY (LCD) & PROGRAMMING CONTROLS
MODE key - use to select desired function while programming Throttle-cut button To use the throttle-cut function,
To open programming menu; Press both keys simultaneously and hold for one second
DATA INPUT lever - use this lever to input numbers or settings SELECT key - use to select items within function to be set or changed in the screen
LCD display screen When the transmitter is initially turned on, the model type, model memory name, modulation type and transmitter battery voltage are displayed on the LCD screen. When prompted by the user, the functions and settings stored in the memory can also be read on the screen. The user accesses the different functions using the MODE and SELECT keys and changes the values and settings using the DATA INPUT lever. (This is called programming!)
Current model memory name Transmitter battery voltage

Current model type

Note: Feel free to explore by scrolling through the programs and viewing the displays using the MODE and SELECT keys. The MODE and SELECT keys only determine what will be displayed on the screen and will not change any of the settings. Only when using the DATA INPUT lever will you be able to change any of the settings.
Model name The Futaba T6EX-2.4GHz stores model memories for six models. This means all the data (control throws, trims, end points, etc.) for up to six different models can be stored in the transmitter and activated at any time (depending upon which model you choose to y that day). This eliminates the requirement for reconguring the transmitter each time you decide to y a different model with it! When the transmitter is turned on the model type, model name, modulation and the transmitter voltage will be indicated on the LCD screen. Before every ight BE CERTAIN that the correct model name for the model you intend to y appears on the screen. If the transmitter is not operating the correct model, some (or all) of the controls could be reversed and the travels and trims will be wrong. Flying a model with the wrong program will result in a crash, so always be certain the model name in the transmitter is correct. One way to ensure this is to write the corresponding model name directly on the airplane or helicopter, or attach a list to the bottom or back of the transmitter.
Transmitter battery voltage In addition to the model type, the LCD screen also displays the transmitter battery voltage. When the voltage goes below approximately 8.5 Volts the battery icon will ash and the lowbattery alarm will continuously beep until the transmitter is turned off. When the low-battery alarm sounds, land immediately your model before losing control.

Battery icon

Note: If the transmitter ever reaches 8.9 Volts, land as soon as safely possible. A more reasonable margin of safety would be to quit ying for the day (or recharge the batteries) when the transmitter battery reaches 9.4 Volts.
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES 9.4 Volts - No more ying until recharge. 8.9 Volts - Land as soon as safely possible. 8.5 Volts - Emergency- Land immediately!
Mixer alert warning (HELI only) If the transmitter is turned on with the throttle hold or idle up function switched on, the screen will show "MIX" and a warning will sound. Please turn the throttle hold and idle up functions off to precede.
Backup error The Backup error warning occurs when the transmitter memory is lost for any reason. If this occurs, all of the data will be reset when the power is turned on again. When the Backup error occurs, initialization starts from model number 6 to 1. The model number on the left of the screen changes from 6 to 5, to 4, to 3, to 2, to 1, and finally the number disappears. The disappearance of the model number indicates that the initialization has been completed. Now you can turn off the power of the transmitter. Please do NOT turn off the power during the initialization; otherwise initialization will restart when you turn on the power. Do not fly when this message is displayed: all programming has been erased and is not available. Return your transmitter to Futaba service.
PROGRAMMING THE 6EX-2.4GHz RADIO
Anytime you wish to view or change any of the current settings in the transmitter, the programming mode must first be entered by, of course, turning on the power, then by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second. Once in the program the MODE key will be used to scroll through each of the functions (Model type ACRO: model select/ data reset/ model type select/ modulation select/ trainer/ model name, reversing, dual rates/ exponentials, end point adjustments, trim, programmable mix 1, programmable mix 2, aperon mixing, ap trim, v-tail mixing, elevon mixing, and failsafe Model type HELI: model select/ data reset/ model type select/ modulation select/ model name, reversing, dual rates/ exponentials, end point adjustments, trim, normal throttle curve, normal pitch curve, idle-up throttle curve, idle-up pitch curve, throttle hold, revolution mixing, gyro sensitivity, swash-throttle mixing/ swashplate types, and failsafe) and the SELECT key will be used to view the settings within the function. When a data change is actually required the DATA INPUT lever will be used to increase or decrease the value of the item displayed, thus making the change. You can return to the home screen (where the model name and battery voltage is displayed) by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second. Note: The functions are listed and described in the order that they appear in the transmitter. Read all the way through the programming instructions before setting up your model (if you wont be using any of the mixing functions for a while you can read those instructions when ready). Refer to the FLOW CHART on page 31(ACRO) or page 32(HELI) as well.

Model Select / Data Reset / Model Type Select / Modulation Select / Trainer / Model Name MODL Model select function To select model memory: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). The number for the current, active model will be blinking. 2. To activate a different model memory press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 3. Now the model has been selected. All programming inputs from this point forward will affect only the model number on the screen (until another model number is selected). REST Data reset function All the data for any model memory can be reset to the original factory defaults. Often this function is done to get a fresh start and clear the memory before inputting new model settings. To reset data: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory you wish to reset press the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Once the desired model number is displayed on the screen, press the SELECT key. A REST will appear on the screen. 3. Push DATA INPUT upward or downward for about 2 seconds to clear and reset the memory. CLR blinks rst, and then it stops blinking with a sound. Now the model data is reset to the initial setting that is the default value set at the factory. The existing modulation and swashplate type settings are not reset. If the power switch is turned off while reset is underway, the data may not be reset. CAUTION: Resetting the current model memory will permanently erase ALL programming information for that model. The data cannot be recovered (unless you recorded it on a Model Data Recording Sheet in the back of this manual). Do not reset the model unless you are certain you want to clear-out that memory and start from scratch. When actually setting up a model you should have the model in front of you with the power on so you can actually see the effects of your programming inputs and measure the control throws.
ACRO/HELI Model type select function The Model type select function is used to select the ACRO or HELI mode of model type. ACRO: Powered aircraft memory type (with multiple wing and tail congurations. See Wing mixing type selection for further information, p20.) HELI: Helicopter memory type (with three helicopter swashplate type. See Swashplate types selection for further information, p28.) CAUTION: Before doing anything else to set up your aircraft, rst you must decide Model type (include wing mixing type or swashplate type) best ts this particular aircraft. To select model type: 1. Access the Model Select function in the programming mode (by pressing the MODE and SELECT keys simultaneously and holding them down for one second). To select the model memory, select model type, press the DATA INPUT lever, and hold it down for 0.5 seconds until the desired model number appears. 2. Push SELECT key twice after seeing on the screen the model memory where you want to select model type. Then you will see ACRO and HL or HELI and AC on the screen. 3. To change model type, push the DATA INPUT lever and hold it down for about two seconds. HL and AC blinks rst, and then it stops blinking with a sound. The current model type ACRO or HELI is displayed.

TRIM Trim Settings There are four trim levers (trims) on the front of the transmitter. Three of the trims are for adjusting the neutral position of the aileron, elevator and rudder servos. The fourth trim is for setting the idle r.p.m. of the engine when the throttle stick is all the way down. The intended use of the trims is to make small servo adjustments, in ight, to get the model properly trimmed (so it will y straight-and-level). Because the trims are intended to be used while the model is in ight, you do not have to enter the program to adjust the trims. Simply push or pull on the trim levers while ying and the neutral position of the servos will shift. Keep in mind that you should start out with the control surfaces centered when the servos are centered and the trims are zeroed (or near zero). THEN you can adjust the trims once airborne. Center the servos: 1. Turn on the transmitter and receiver. Operate the controls to make sure the servos respond in the correct direction. Use the reversing function to reverse any servos necessary. 2. Center the throttle control stick. 3. Place the servo arms on the servos so they are perpendicular to the pushrods (see page 8). It is okay to cut off any unused servo arms. 4. Connect the pushrods to the control surfaces. Adjust the length of the pushrods until the control surfaces are centered when the servos are centered. Note: The throttle trim affects the throttle servo only when the throttle stick is below 1/2 stick. This way, the nal closing of the carburetor can be adjusted without affecting the servo throughout the rest of the range. To adjust the trim settings: Once the servos and control surfaces have been connected and the control throws have been set using the end points and dual rates, get the model airborne. Adjust the trims as necessary to get the model to y straight-and-level. If much trim is required on any one control it is a good idea to readjust the pushrods so the trims can be returned to neutral (zero). Adjusting the trims with the trim levers changes the servos position in increments of 4. If finer adjustments are required, land the model, then enter the program as described below to adjust the trims in increments of 1. 1. Enter the programming mode and use the MODE key to activate the TRIM menu. 2. Press the SELECT key to display the channel to be adjusted (the figure shows trim adjustment for CH1). 3. Adjust the trim using the DATA INPUT lever. Note that initially, the values change in increments of 1,but if the DATA INPUT lever is held long enough the values will change more rapidly. 4. Repeat the steps for other channels that require trim adjustments.

3. Push the DATA INPUT lever upward for 0.5 seconds. This will cause the flashing INH display to change to a ashing ON display. Now the mixing is on.
4. If you need to set aileron differential, press the SELECT key to display the flashing % sign. Use the DATA INPUT lever to set the percentage of aileron differential from -100% to +100% (The - direction indicates decreasing amount of movement toward the upward from the aileron surface, while + direction indicates decreasing amount of movement toward the downward from the aileron surface.)
5. Once this mix has been activated, move the servos to their full extremes to make certain they are not overdriving the controls. If necessary, adjust the linkages to achieve the correct control throws.
FLTR Flap trim (ACRO only) The Flap Trim function is used to specify the amount of ap travel produced moving the ap switch. Use of the normal ap switch will be inhibited if the aperon function is activated, so the Flap Trim function should be activated if you need to control aps by the Flap switch.
To activate ap trim: 1. Enter the programming mode. Access the FLTR screen with the MODE key.
2. If INH is blinking, push DATA INPUT lever upward for 0.5 seconds. Then you will see that the blinking INH changes to ON. Your ap trim is now turned on.
3. Set the travel of the ap switch at between -100% and +100% by using DATA INPUT lever. Two rates (upward and downward of ap switch) are adjustable.
V-TL V-tail mixing (ACRO only) Intended for V-tail aircraft (such as a Beechcraft Bonanza), V-tail mixing allows the ruddervators to operate both as rudders and elevators. The same as the other mixes, V -tail mixing requires that each ruddervator be operated by a separate servo. *If necessary, use the Servo Reversing To activate V-tail mixing: 1. Connect the left ruddervator servo to channel 2 (elevator) in the receiver and connect the right ruddervator servo to channel 4 (rudder) in the receiver.
function to achieve the correct direction of servo throws.
2. Enter the programming mode. Access the V-TL screen with the MODE key.
You cannot set V-tail mixing when Elevon mixing has already been set. In order to enable V-tail mixing, you rst need to cancel Elevon mixing. However, it is allowed to use V-Tail and Flaperon mixing simultaneously.
4. Next you may set the elevator. Press the SELECT key to display the CH2 and ashing % sign. Use the DATA INPUT lever to set the percentage of elevator travel rate from -100% to +100%
5. Next you may set the rudder. Press the SELECT key to display the CH4 and ashing % sign. Use the DATA INPUT lever to set the percentage of rudder travel rate from -100% to +100%
6. Once this mix has been activated, move the servos to their full extremes to make certain they are not overdriving the controls. If necessary, adjust the linkages to achieve the correct control throws.

3. Push SELECT key once. This will cause the ashing % symbol on the display. Pull the hold switch towards you. Push up or down DATA INPUT lever to set the throttle servo position of throttle hold.
REVO Pitch-rudder mixing function (HELI only) This mix adds rudder in conjunction with pitch. This helps compensate for rotation of the helicopter caused by the increased engine torque. (Never use revo. mixing with a heading-hold/AVCS gyro which is in heading hold/AVCS mode. However, revo. mixing is still used when a heading-hold/AVCS gyro is in normal mode.) To set the REVO mixing: 1. Enter the programming mode and use the MODE key to access the REVO function.
2. Push the DATA INPUT lever upward for 0.5 seconds. This will cause the flashing INH display to change to a ashing ON display. Now the REVO function is on.
3. Push the SELECT key once. This will cause the ashing % symbol on the display. It can set mixing amount on throttle stick hi side and low side separately. When you move the throttle stick to the low side from neutral, the arrow indicates down direction. Then push up or down DATA INPUT lever to set the mixing amount of the low side. When you move the throttle stick to the high side from neutral, the arrow indicates up direction. Then push up or down DATA INPUT lever to set the mixing amount of the low side.
GYRO Gyro mixing function (HELI only) GYROS : Using electronics to take some of the complexity out of setups and ight. What is a gyro? A gyroscope is an electronic unit that senses rotational movement and corrects for it. For example, if the wind blows your helicopters tail to the left, a gyro will sense that motion (and conrm that no input was given) and will correct for it. How does it help in helicopter setup? A good gyro will totally eliminate the need for revo. mixing. The gyro will sense and correct the unwanted motion for you, so you don t have to spend time to get a complex curve operating properly. Gyro sensor kinds: There are many different kinds of gyros. Early gyros were mechanical, with a spinning drum similar to a childs gyroscope toy. The next generation utilized a special type of crystal, called piezoelectric, which sensed the motion and provided an electrical pulse. The nest gyros at the time of this writing are SMM technology. These silicone micro machines, or computer chips, sense the motion. SMM is far more accurate and less susceptible to inaccuracies caused by temperature changes, etc. Choosing the right gyro for your skills, your helicopter, and your budget: Mechanical: some are still available. They are very challenging to set up and not as reliable as piezo or SMM. Non-Heading-Hold Piezo: these are now inexpensive gyros that are reliable and easy to set up. Some have dual rates and remote gain control to adjust sensitivity in ight. Lack heading-hold capabilities for precision ying. Heading-Hold Piezo: Until recently, the cream of the crop. Expensive, and more complex to set up. Adds GPS-like heading recognition. Exhibits minor difculties with temperature drift (position setting varying with units temperature). Heading-Hold SMM: 21st Century gyro technology. Computer chip technology. Expensive, easier set up, higher durability. Signicant decrease in temperature sensitivity. Many include frame rate settings to allow faster response when using 26

Adjustable-length control sticks The control stick length is adjustable to make the transmitter more comfortable to hold and operate. To adjust the length, hold the locking piece (B) and turn the stick tip (A) counterclockwise. Turn the locking piece B up or down to lengthen or shorten the stick. When the length is suitable, lock the stick in position by turning locking piece B counterclockwise. Changing the 6EX-2.4GHz stick mode The transmitter may be operated in four different stick modes (1, 2, 3 & 4). The modes determine the functions that will be operated by control sticks. Currently, the transmitter is in mode 2 and should be left in mode 2 unless you are an experienced yer and have learned to y in a different mode. In mode 2, the right control stick operates the aileron and elevator and the left stick operates the rudder and throttle. This is how 99% of Americans fly their models. To change the mode, simultaneously depress the MODE and SELECT keys, then turn on the power. The current mode will appear on the LCD screen. Push the DATA INPUT lever up or down to change the mode. If a mode is selected that moves the throttle control to the right stick, the throttle detent mechanism will have to be moved as well. This can be done by the Futaba Service Center. (See page 3)

FLYING SAFETY GUIDELINES

Find a suitable ying site (for USA) If you are a beginning modeler and not yet a member of an R/C club, joining a club and ying at a site specically intended for R/C model aircraft is highly recommended. In addition to joining a club, we strongly recommend joining the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). AMA membership is required to y at AMA clubs. There are over 2,500 AMA-chartered clubs across the country. Among other benefits, the AMA provides insurance to its members who fly at sanctioned sites and events. Additionally, training programs and instructors are available at AMA club sites to help you get started the right way. Contact the AMA at the address or toll-free phone number below:
cademy of Model Aeronautics 5151 East Memorial Drive Muncie, IN 47302-9252 Tele. (800) 435-9262 Fax (765) 741-0057 Or via the Internet at: http://www.modelaircraft.org IMPORTANT: If you do insist on ying on your own, you must be aware of your proximity to R/C club sites. If there is an R/C site within six miles of where you are ying, and if you are operating your model on the same frequency as somebody else, there is a strong possibility that one or both models will crash due to radio interference. There is great potential for an out-of-control model to cause property damage and/or severe personal injury. We strongly urge you to y at an R/C club site where frequency control is in effect so you can be condent you will be the only one ying on your channel. Charge the batteries Second to the pilots ight skills, one of the most important factors that can determine a models longevity is the state-ofcharge of the batteries - especially the on-board receiver pack. Inadequate charging and failing to monitor a batterys voltage may lead to low battery power, causing loss of control and a crash. To avoid this, always charge the batteries the night before you go ying. If ever uncertain how much charge is left in a battery, it is wiser to err on the side of caution, rather than trying to get in one last ight! Due to the number of factors that determine receiver battery power consumption (such as the number and type of servos in your model, the type of ying you do, how much resistance is built into the controls, the size of the model, etc.), it is not possible to recommend how many ights one can get on a charge. The best way to monitor battery power and calculate how much ight time you have left is to use a volt meter to check the batteries after each ight. This can be done through the battery charging plug coming from the switch. There are many small, hand-held volt meters available specially intended for R/C use. The Hobbico Digital Voltmeter MKIII(HCAP0356) is one such unit. An on-board volt meter mounted directly on the model (HCAP0330) can also be used.

MODEL DATA RECORDING SHEET (ACRO)
(Make copies before using)
Model name: Model No. Model Type: ACRO

MENU FUNCTION REVR D/R

Servo Reverse Dual Rate setting

CH 1 N R

CH 2 N R

% % % %

CH 3 N R

CH 4 N R

% % % % % %

CH 5 N R

CH 6 N R

EPA TRIM EXPO F/S

End Point Adjust Trims Exponential setting Failsafe
MIXING SETTING PMX1 PMX2 FLPR V-TL ELVN
Programmable Mixer 1 Programmable Mixer 2
INH ON INH ON INH ON INH ON INH ON

Master Ch Master Ch

Slave Ch Slave Ch

RateRate-

% Sw % Sw

Flaperon V-Tail Elevon

Ailerons differential rate CH 2 (Elevator) rateCH 1 (Aileron) rate-
% % CH 4 (Rudder) rate% CH 2 (Elevator) rate% %

FLAP TRIM SETTING FLTR

Flap Trim

INH ON

Flap trim rate

TRAINER SETTING TRNR

Trainer Function
MODEL DATA RECORDING SHEET (HELI)
Model name: Model No. Model Type: HELI
MIXING SETTING N-TH N-PI I-TH I-PI
Normal Throttle Curves Normal Pitch Curves Idle-UP Throttle Curves INH ON Idle-UP Pitch Curves

P-1 P-1 P-1 P-1

% P-2 % P-2 % P-2 % P-2

% P-3 % P-3 % P-3 % P-3

% P-4 % P-4 % P-4 % P-4 % % %

% P-5 % P-5 % P-5 % P-5

INH ON INH ON INH ON INH ON

HOLD Throttle Hold REVO

Pitch- Rudder Mixing

Throttle hold position

GYRO Gyro Mixing SW-T
Swash-Throttle Mixing INH ON

1-S 3-S 3-E

A (Aileron)

E (Elevator)

SWSH Swashplate Types

P (Pitch)

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