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IT'S NOT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THE NEW MANEUVERS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PILOT. IT'S JUST THAT YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A CUSHION WHEN THINGS GO WRONG. ONE SECOND AND YOU'RE IN THE GROUND AND LOOKING AT YET ANOTHER RE-BUILD! IT GETS EXPENSIVE! LET THE NEW HARD DECK MODULE FOR CO-PILOT II GIVE YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO PRACTICE THE NEW MANEUVERS THAT WILL RAISE YOUR SKILL SET TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
Hard Deck Module for Co-Pilot II – the World's first REAL LIFE reset button for the R/C pilot. Install it, set the Hard Deck Altitude and let Co-Pilot II and the Hard Deck Module give you an instant and automatic do-over! It's even better than a simulator because in a simulator you still crash your "virtual model". Plus, let's face it, simulation is not the same thing as real-life flying. Hard Deck Module and Co-Pilot II allow you to test out new skills or practice maneuvers you already know how to do, but may be too scared to try; all without any intervention above the Hard Deck. If you lose control, Co-Pilot II will automatically take over, right your model at the set altitude, and return control to you in the blink of an eye. Understand, this technology goes way beyond the traditional "panic button" setup for Flight Stabilization. This fully automatic recovery method is triggered when your model reaches a programmed Hard Deck Altitude. If you start fiddling for a panic button during new 3D maneuvers, chances are you're in the ground before you have a chance to reach for a manual bailout switch.WHAT'S NEW ON THE HARD DECK FRONT THESE DAYS?
Announcing the release of the newest firmware version V2.40 – Use this link to visit the Co-Pilot II product Resources tab where you can download the latest Co-Pilot II Firmware Update Utility. If you already installed this application on your PC, just launch it to access and install the latest firmware into your CPII Computer Module.
What's new in V2.40 firmware? – During the course of beta testing, not all beta testers had access to every new feature being tested. Along the way, a couple of cool Hard Deck-related features were removed from the CPII firmware. These features have now been returned to the program by "popular demand" of the beta team:
Ascend to Hard Deck – When flying a helicopter, after takeoff, once the helicopter reaches 30 feet altitude, Hard Deck is armed and Co-Pilot II utilizes collective management to gently lift the helicopter to the programmed Hard Deck altitude. This gives the pilot an instant visual reference of where the Hard Deck altitude is programmed. Similarly, after a Hard Deck recovery on a helicopter, if the collective pitch is returned to "hover pitch", CPII will utilize collective management to gently lift the helicopter to the programmed Hard Deck altitude.
Altitude Hold – This new flight mode, available when the Hard Deck Module is installed, causes the Co-Pilot II to manage the collective of a helicopter in order to maintain a consistent altitude. Simply fly up to the desired altitude, and flip the remote switch to the programmed position for Altitude Hold. Move the switch to the OFF position, fly to a new altitude, and flip the switch back to the Altitude Hold Flight Mode to reset to a new altitude. Even while in Altitude Hold Flight Mode, it is still easy to over-ride Co-Pilot II and manage collective on your own! You can even land with the Flight Mode still turned ON!