One question i have been asked many times specially on forums and even occasional emails from RC enthusiasts is; “What is the best transmitter for me as a beginner or advanced pilot and which brand should i go with“.

Before i answer this question, here are some transmitters from well known companies.

Airtronics SD-10G
Airtronics SD-10G
Futaba 7CFutaba 7C Futaba 8FGA Futaba 8FGA Futaba T3VCS Futaba T3VCS
Futaba T10CHG Futaba T10CHG Futaba T12FGH Futaba T12FGH futaba t14mz
futaba t14mz
Hitec Optic 6 Hitec Optic 6
JR DSX9 JR  DSX9 jr 12x transmitter jr 12x transmitter spektrum dx6i spektrum dx6i spektrum dx7 spektrum dx7

Above are some high end Transmitters ranging from $150 to $2000

The question is, do you really need to spend thousands even hundreds to fly your plane or helicopter? The answer is a simple NO.
There are only a hand full of reasons why one would spend $500 or more on a radio system, and below are some of these reasons.

1. ball-bearing sticks for smoother stick management
2. touch screen menu
3.
Direct access to timers
4. More options and buttons for professional helicopter and glider pilots

I really cannot think of any other reason why one would spend thousands on a radio system when a simple 6 channel radio can do the job just as well, even a 4 channel for that matter.
I personally use the Spektrum DX6i which has all the capabilities of all the radios listed above with the fraction of the price. It has Sub-trims, servo reversing, dual rates, expo & EPA with limits, can hold 10 model memory at once, a full range 2.4GHz DSM2 6-channel radio, servosync, Gyro adjust, Graphic throttle curve, Graphic pitch curve, P-mixes, Revo mix, Swash type and so on.

The DX6i is simple to use, user friendly and very easy to navigate through the menu, and best part of it, it only costs $130 without a receiver and $180 with a receiver. If you are a new pilot even a skillful pilot and want the best in radio and functionality, the DX6i is the way to go. If you have money to throw away and are willing to buy the best, you can go with the Futaba T14mz, amazing radio, fully packed with touch screen, color screen, ball bearing sticks, and other nifty options that a new RC pilot will never use for at least 3 years, but one thing to remember is, the radio is just a tool, what really matters is how good of a pilot you are even with an FM 4ch radio. So grab yourself a low budget radio, learn the art of flight and once you feel the time has come for an upgrade, you may then go with a higher end model. Continue reading

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