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Initial flight testing:

Quick note: Many gyros are temperature sensitive, It is best to keep them out of direct sunlight for long periods at a time. (mount them on the bottom of the plane or inside the fuse). Let the airplane acclimate to the environmental temperature at least 10 minutes before flying. The effect to changes in temperature you might see is a slight drift of centering during flight.

As mentioned, Set the initial gains to 30%. Perform a Pre-flight test at your flying location before each flight.
Fly on a day that less than 15mph for the initial testing.
Although I've yet to have a gyro fail on me in flight, nor have I had an uncontrollable flight, Plan what you will do if the plane is uncontrollable (I always recommend throwing both sticks in the lower left corner and ditching into high weeds if possible. This will yield the least amount of damage).
Can you take off and fly over high weeds?

Fly the plane and observe if you have any wing wag. If the wing is wagging on its own, the gyro gain is set too high. Have someone lower your gain or land and do it yourself.
You may wish to try increasing the gain 5-10 % at a time and observe both the wing wag as well as the responsiveness of the airplane. If you bump the gain too high, the wing will "WAG" on it's own. Too much slop or too much gain and this wag can become uncontrollable or unflyable. Test it's roll rate at 50% stick as well as 100% stick. Verify your roll rates are satisfactory. In the case of RATE ONLY gyros, often the higher the gain, the slower the roll rate. With some HH/Rate gyros, even in rate mode, the roll rates may not always be reduced (depends upon the gyro).

Now try and fly on a windy day :)

It is advisable that you try your first gyro installation on a smaller less expensive (or easily repairable airplane).



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