The KDS flymentor is a stabilization system that will connect in
between the RX and the Servos. SImilar to a flybarless controll (but
not one). it will try to stabilize the helicopter but also auto level
it using a camera and sensors. There is an entire section
Helifreak dedicated to this device and I encourage you to go there to
learn more. I have used this to buddy box students and to let "first
time heli pilots" try it out. Most if not all of my feelings on the
Flymentor are contained in the video above.
I have a KDS Flymentor. I got it working so easily that I think it has
I premise this with the fact that I'm not a novice. I've been in RC for
20 years and Helicopters for about 18. Setting up the Flymentor was
aided by an online friend that warned me about some errors in the
manual (blue and green wires are opposite what they say). There's alot
of info over on the FREAK but I don't go to that site much. Way more
activity over here so I thought I'd start to share experiances I have
as I work with it.
My 2 oldest kids (11 and 9) have started to fly some. 3ch and MSR in
the house. I wanted a stable outdoor CP heli platform for them. I have
a 450 set up on 2 DX7's in a buddy box configuration and I wanted to
start them off with a 'coaxial' feel to it that i can dial down over
time. Here comes the flymentor. You can get them at Hobby King (when in
stock or RC-fever)
I mounted the flymentor onto my EXI 450 Carbon SE (An align 450 SEv2
clone). The EXI was already a stable and smooth flying helicopter
before I added the flymentor so I did not have to fight any vibe issues.
I toned down the pitch response in the DX7 setups so the heli is much
easier to fly. Not only that, but even with the Flymentor Sensitivity
set very low, the 450 is more stable in the wind than before. Against
the advise of others, I even used the Flymentor to control the tail.
This allowed me to set the tail gain in the flymentor software and use
my gear switch for the Flymentor sensitivity gain. (more gain makes it
self stabilize faster). THus I did not need a 7Ch Rx and I'm using a
park flyer AR6100e.
I'm going to try to grab some noob Heli pilots, or plank pilots who
have minimal heli sim time and see how it goes in addition to my kids.
One can debate all day that this or Helicommand type device is
necessary. I don't think it's necessary but it's an option.
A 450 heli with the flymentor is a pretty stable platform. I flew it
yesterday in 10-15mph wind and with the system turned on, it was
noticably more stable. Maybe you should not learn in 15mph winds, but
it sure helped it. Learning with a FP heli in 10mph winds is unbearable
I know people who have been trying to learn to fly and they are
struggling so much that I think the only way they will enjoy themselves
is to get one of these. I was actually inspired to get this the day I
finished setting up a 500 with 3G for a fellow club member then handed
him the sticks. he crashed i in about 60 seconds.
Installing one of these does not take away all the other setup you need
to do in a CP heli to get it flyable. It adds work to it, but it might
just take future work away from crash repair as you are learning. Since
I'll have my kids on a buddy box, I know that if I need to pull the
control away from them, I can rely on the flymentor to quickly handle
the cyclic (faster than I can) and I can take care of the