The first of three screens for S.Bus programming. There are several options
There are also a lot of program choices for heli pilots. Here is the gyro screen for
Set (control assignments), three pages of S.Bus Servo programming, and so on. There are two pages to the Linkage menu and this is where you do all the basic setting up, including creating new models, Servo Monitor, Model Type, Functions, Sub-Trim, Servo Speed, Endpoints, various warnings, and three pages of Telemetry. Finally, the Model menu is where you set up Dual Rates, Program Mixes, Pre- Programmed Mixes, and a ton of other features. Again, this is only scratching the surface of what the 14SG offers. If you own an 8FG and are proficient programming it, you’ll be right at home with the 14SG.
New buttons to push
There are two new Edit buttons on the
face of the 14SG transmitter, the Home/
Exit button, and the U.Menu/Mon button
(User Menu/Monitor). They are located
near the lower trim levers on both sides of
the transmitter and are shortcuts to some
of the most commonly used program-
ming options. Press the User Menu button
(right above the SensorTouch dial) and it
instantly brings you to the Servo Monitor
display. Press and hold the same button
and it brings up the User Menu display,
which then allows you to set up your top
10 most used programming options so you
don’t have to scroll and search through the
The included R7008SB receiver features
bi-directional communication (Telemetry)
with the transmitter. The receiver also includes both standard PWM output ports
and S.Bus output ports. With the receiver
set in the FASSTest 12-channel mode, you
can receive readings from your receiver
battery and three voltage readings are
given – present voltage, minimum voltage
(user selectable), and maximum voltage,
which are recorded when the transmitter
is turned on. When a low voltage is detected, an alarm is sounded and one of four
user set vibrating alarms sound off. With
an additional connector (sold separately),
you can also monitor and set alarms for an
external battery. As an example, you could
monitor the voltage of a battery that powers an electric motor.
Telemetry doesn’t stop at just monitoring battery voltage, there’s a whole suite of
options available (sensors sold separately),
such as data for temperature, rpm, and GPS
parameters of altitude, distance, and speed.
The included R7008SB is a neat receiver—not only can it be used as a simple 8-channel receiver,
but it is also S.Bus, S.Bus2, and Telemetry capable. It also can be linked to another R7008SB
receiver via the 14SG for 14 channels of control and allows you to keep Telemetry options open.
The receivers are configured as primary/secondary to define which receiver is the one in charge
of sending telemetry data. If Telemetry isn’t required and you still need 14 channels, you can use a
Futaba R6014HS 14-channel FASST receiver.
Bottom line The 14SG has a comfortable solid feel and switch placement is
just right for easy access while flying your
latest model. The Sensor Touch dial is easy
to use and allows clear access to the programming menus. This is a radio system
that will serve you faithfully for many
years, and with its versatile and powerful
programming, it’ll be difficult to outgrow.
Want the best 14-channel RC system there
is? Grab Futaba’s 14SG— you won’t be disappointed!