View Full Version : Set Up for dedicated Tempest FAI Contest Model

Gary O
05-16-2006, 02:00 PM

I'm really interested in contest flying, but would like to start with a model that is set up strictly for it. Can you give me a set up for a Tempest FAI that would be just for that. I have other helis for 3D so I don't have to worry about trying to make one do both. Thanks for your help.

Gary Owens

05-16-2006, 02:07 PM
I use the Tempest FAI head, Setup to Cliff's Hiatt's instructions. With one exception I use the 60 duro dampeners all the way.
I use the Pro III paddles at 45 grams.
Using 710 mm TG blades at 200 grams
1475-1500 rpm in hover mode.
Using about 3 degs of cyclic deflection in hover mode.

Aerobatic mode,
Turning 1900-1950 rpm on the rotor head,
7 - 7.5 degs of cyclic defection
pitch curve -7 to +10

pitch curve -7 to +13


Gary O
05-16-2006, 02:13 PM

Thanks, I'll try that. The Pro III paddles you mentioned, are they an MA item or someone else? Also, where would I find the Cliff Hiatt instructions you mentioned.


05-16-2006, 02:19 PM
Cliff's Recommendations for the FAI head setup are in the instruction manual for the Tempest FAI.
The paddles I am referring are the ones that come with the Tempest FAI rotorhead.


05-16-2006, 08:56 PM
I don't run quite as much cyclic as David. I run 2 1/2 degrees in normal and 5 degrees in idleup. Cliff's head set up is very good and an excellent place to start. After flying it for a while you may want to slightly change the delta but I would wait until I was VERY familiar with the feel of the whole system.

07-25-2006, 08:46 AM
How do you change the rate of your cyclic deflection in different flight modes. I dont think my 9chp is capable of that.

07-25-2006, 08:58 AM
You use Dual rates and a switch. Put elevator and aileron dual rate on the same switch.


07-25-2006, 12:21 PM
OH. Thanks David.