- This FAQ covers the big picture view of transmitters in FS One. Details about specific transmitters are covered below in other FAQs.
- Aircraft in FS One come in many different configurations. For instance, the Aerobird Xtreme has a V-Tail and electric speed control (throttle) while the BVM MiG-15 has ailerons, flaps, rudder, elevator, airbrakes, jet (throttle), and wheel brakes. One transmitter setup will not work on both. So just like in real, the transmitters to fly the Aerobird Xtreme and MiG-15 in FS One are different.
- In real life different transmitter setups are stored on a single transmitter in “model memory”. Some transmitters have 30 or more different model memories for use with 30 different airplanes. In FS One the different transmitter setups in the Transmitter Selection window are in effect the different model memories for each of the airplanes in FS One. The transmitters in FS One are called “software radios”.
- By default, when an aircraft is picked in FS One, the simulator will automatically pick the corresponding transmitter (the “software radio”) for that aircraft. In each case, the transmitter setup will be specific to that model, e.g. the transmitter setups for the Aerobird Xtreme and MiG-15 will be different. To see the specifics on how the TacCon controls function for each aircraft, click on the “Flight Manual” button on the fly page (e.g. “Single Player | Freestyle” window). Things will be different depending on the aircraft. For example, on the Funtana 90, the 3-position switch changes the Flight Mode from “Low” to “Snap” to “3D”. On the Tracon sailplane, it controls the camber presets. On the Ultra Stick Lite it controls the aileron/flaperon/crow function. Again, this information is the Flight Manual specific to the airplane.
- For all aircraft in FS One, the TacCon controller 3-position is used to set the Flight Mode. For a typical power plane, the Flight Modes are “low”, “med” and “high”. For the most part the low/med/high refer to the rates (sometimes called “dual rates” or in this case “triple rates”), i.e. the amount of control throw. Each Flight Mode can have a different set of rates for the control surfaces. Also, the amount of “expo” can change, and this is especially true for the extremely aerobatic airplanes like the Edge 540 33%. More discussion about the basics of dual rates and expos is here.
- In the Transmitter Selection window there are different categories in the drop-down as shown in the graphic below. The top level category “FS One” is the default category, and when it is picked all the “software radio” setups for the TacCon controller are shown. There are roughly 30 different transmitters for the 30 airplanes, and a similar one-to-one group for helis.
- The other categories include other “software radio” setups for different types of controllers. For instance, a JR XP9303 9-channel radio can be used to emulate the TacCon controller sticks, switches and buttons. When using the JR XP9303, pick the transmitter from the “JR 8-Ch Emu + FS One” category to emulate the TacCon. For real transmitters with 6 channels, say, the JR 662, the “JR 6-Ch Emu + FS One” category can be picked. In this setup for 6-channels, some of the TacCon functions are moved to the keyboard, and so on with the other categories.
- In addition to the categories for real RC transmitters, there are other categories for using game joysticks like the Logitech 3D Extreme. In this category, there are “software radio” setups for all airplanes in FS One. The last category includes “software radio” setups for use with the G2/G3 USB controllers.
- To summarize, each aircraft in FS One comes with a group of “software radio”/Tx setups which are unique transmitters or model memory just like in real. By default, picking an aircraft will automatically load the TacCon controller “software radio” setup from the first category (“FS One”). If you are not using the TacCon controller, this automatic selection feature can be turned off in the options (turn off “Auto-Load Radio/Controller”). With your own controller (something other than the TacCon controller), pick the category corresponding to your controller, and then pick the particular “software radio”/Tx setup transmitter in that category for your aircraft. If you are using an interface other than the FS One USB Interface, then it is necessary to change the interface by clicking on the “Select Interface” button on the fly page. Picking a new interface using the “Select Interface” button is required when using other USB controllers like the Logitech or G2/G3 controllers for example. G2/G3 – Read more.