Mocha User Manual

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Transition Systems Quadshot: Mocha Mocha User Manual

Read the entire manual before using the Quadshot. Not adhering to these instructions may result in serious injury.

Not recommended for children under 14 years. This is not a toy.

FCC Statement

Modifications and changes not approved by Transition Systems by the party responsible for compliance may void the user’s authority to use the equipment.

Congratulations! You just bought a Quadshot! Some other statement about it being an amazing piece of engineering.

pic of QS

Quadshot Specifications Wingspan: 1 meter Wmg Area: Weight: Carrying Capacity:

FlySky 6 Channel Radio System

The FlySky radio is a 2.4GHz system that allows you to fly without interference from other radios.

picture of radio with labels

Install 8 AA batteries in the transmitter. A light will illuminate when the transmitter is turned on. Change the batteries when the light turns red.

Charger

The Mocha comes with a battery charger that does something. Here are some features: Flashing lights 12V? US outlet? beeping noises other stuff maybe balancing buttons

Battery

The Mocha also comes with a 2200mAh, 11.1V, 3-cell lithium polymer battery with an XT60 connector. To charge the battery: Place the charger and battery on a heat resistant surface. Plug in the charger. Plug in the battery to the charger. Specific instructions for charger. Do not leave the battery unattended while charging.

WARNING! Overcharging the battery may result in a fire!

WARNING! Charging a damaged or hot battery may result in a fire!

WARNING! Do not charge batteries above 120 F (49 C) or below 40 F (4 C)!

WARNING! Store batteries in a fireproof container!

WARNING! Not charging the battery with a charger designed to charge lithium polymer batteries may result in a fire!

WARNING! If the battery pack balloons or expands, stop use immediately!

Once the flight battery is charged, install it in the Quadshot. Remove the battery compartment lid, marked by a battery symbol, by pressing down on the top edge and then pulling out and up.

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The battery fits best with the main leads (the two biggest wires with the yellow connector) in the bottom right of the battery compartment.

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Wrap the hook and loop strap around the battery and secure tightly. Connect the battery to turn on the Quadshot. Replace the battery lid by placing the bottom tabs in first and then push on the top to secure it in place.

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Safe Mode

Once the Quadshot is turned on, it is in a “safe” mode. The motors will not spin until a specific set of conditions is met. These conditions are: 1. The transmitter is on. 2. The left stick on the transmitter is in the bottom-center position. 3. The right stick is in the center position. 4. The Mode Switch is in Mode 1. 5. The Motor Idle Switch is set from the OFF to the ON position. 6. The Quadshot has been on for more than 10 seconds.

pic of transmitter in unkill mode

The motor speed controllers will begin an arming sequence once the battery has been plugged in. The motors will beep several times before the safe mode can be disengaged.

CAUTION! Once these conditions have been met, the motors will spin at idle speed, the servos will become active, and the Quadshot will respond to control inputs. Make sure that you are clear of the Quadshot and that it is clear of obstructions.

CAUTION! Do not hold the Quadshot when arming the motors. Only place the Quadshot on a flat and level surface when starting the motors. When in Mode 1 the Quadshot will make the necessary maneuvers to maintain hover. If the Quadshot is held at an angle and the safe mode is disengaged, it will suddenly move to a hover, or straight up position.

The motors spin at an “idle” speed as an indication that the Quadshot is no longer in the safe mode. The idle also serves as a safety against reverse motor startup and poor synchronization during in-flight motor starts.

Cameras

To install a camera: Remove the battery lid. Locate the supplied ¼”-20 bolt and insert it into the hole located at the bottom-center of the battery compartment. Using a 5/32” allen key, mount your camera to the bottom side of the Quadshot, opposite the battery door.

CAUTION! It is recommended that you fly the Quadshot without a camera until you get used to the controls.

CAUTION! Once installed, rotate the propellers by hand and make sure that they do not hit the camera. If they do, you must reorient the camera such that the propellers do not hit the camera.

CAUTION! Do not use a camera that weighs more than 10.5 ounces (300 grams). If a heavier camera is used, the possibility of a crash is much higher. The lighter the camera, the better the Quadshot flies.

Flying the Quadshot

Takeoff

The Quadshot must first take off like a helicopter before it can fly on the wing like a plane. Use a flat and level surface for take off. Always take off from the ground and not a table or from someones hand. Always place the Quadshot with the motors facing up. The Quadshot will not take off in Mode 2. The Quadshot has a lot of reserve power when a camera is not installed. Because of this, take off requires very little throttle, somewhere in the range of 10 - 15%. Slowly raise the throttle until the Quadshot lifts into the air. Be careful not to add throttle quickly the first time you fly the Quadshot as it will rise very quickly and you may lose control.

If a camera is installed, the takeoff will require you to pull back on the right stick a small amount, pitching the Quadshot up. If this is not done, the Quadshot will immediately start flying forward as soon as it leaves the ground.

Mode 1: Hover

In Mode 1, the Quadshot will maintain a hover attitude when no control inputs are made. It will ascend and descend depending on where the throttle is set. It will NOT stay in place if there is any wind. It will drift with the wind and only maintain a straight-up orientation.

Controls

pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the right stick pitches the Quadshot forward and back.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the right stick yaws the Quadshot left and right.

pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the left stick throttles the motors up and down.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the left stick rolls the Quadshot left and right.

If at any time the sticks are released with a throttle setting above take off power, the Quadshot will return to a straight up hover orientation as quickly as possible. This is useful for emergency situations, such as if you become confused, disoriented, or about to crash.

Mode 1: Forward Flight

If the right stick is pushed forward far enough and the Quadshot starts to fly horizontally, moving the right stick left and right will cause the Quadshot to roll left and right while moving the left stick left and right causes the Quadshot to yaw left and right. Returning the right stick to the center position in pitch will cause the Quadshot to return to hover and the controls will revert back to yaw on the right stick and roll on the left.

Mode 2: Forward Flight

To switch to Mode 2, first fly up to at least 50 feet. Point the Quadshot straight up as if in hover and set the throttle such that the Quadshot is rising slowly.. Flip the Mode Switch to the Mode 2, or center position, and the Quadshot will automatically transition into forward flight.

If a camera has been installed, the Quadshot will require more throttle or more pitch up to maintain level flight due to the added weight. This is most pronounced during transition from Mode 1 to Mode 2.

While in Mode 2 the Quadshot will fly level without control inputs. It will NOT maintain altitude or direction. It will ascend and descend depending on where the throttle is set. It will drift with the wind and only maintain a level orientation.

Controls

The controls are as follows: pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the right stick pitches the Quadshot up and down.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the right stick rolls the Quadshot left and right.

pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the left stick throttles the motors up and down.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the left stick yaws the Quadshot left and right.

If at any time while in Mode 2 the sticks are released the Quadshot will return to level flight. However, it will take a few seconds for the Quadshot to level off if it is descending rapidly. If you do not pull up, the Quadshot may still crash. If at any time the Mode Switch is set to Mode 1 while in Mode 2, the Quadshot will immediately return to hover orientation. However, do not throttle up the motors much higher than what it takes to hover or they may not have enough remaining power to recover from a bad situation. This is again very useful for emergency situations, such as if the Quadshot were about to crash.

CAUTION! Do not attempt any aerobatics in Mode 2. The Quadshot will not pitch up more than vertical and will not roll more than 90 degrees. To perform aerobatics, switch to Mode 3.

Mode 3: Aerobatics

To switch to Mode 3, set the Mode Switch to the lowest position. In Mode 3, the Quadshot will try to maintain whatever orientation you put it in. It will not recover from upset situations.

Controls

The controls are as follows: pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the right stick pitches the Quadshot up and down.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the right stick rolls the Quadshot left and right.

pic of trans/quadshot Up and down movement of the left stick throttles the motors up and down.

pic of trans/quadshot Left and right movement of the left stick yaws the Quadshot left and right.

The Quadshot flies without returning to a neutral attitude when in Mode 3.

Landing

When descending for landing, it is best to “push over” in Mode 1 such that the Quadshot descends on the wing as if it were flying in Mode 2, then release and throttle up to a hover throttle setting when no less than 20 feet above ground level.

3 pics: hover high alt, push over mid alt, hover low alt

It is possible to descend vertically in Mode 1. The Quadshot will, however, appear to be out of control during a quick vertical descent, but in fact will be stable. If a vertical descent is required, use a throttle position just below hover to slow the descent.

CAUTION! If at any time the Quadshot does not land on the ends of the pylons or if it tips over upon landing, flip the Motor Idle Switch to OFF immediately! The motors and motor controllers will be damaged if you do not shut the motors off promptly!

Repairs

The Quadshot wing is made out of expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam. It is recommended that you use either epoxy, hot glue, or that other glue to repair the wing. The pylons are made out of something and require something. Probably tape. You may need to replace them after damaging them in the slightest because of deformation and stuff.

Replacing Propellers

Replace a propeller if it is bent, nicked, cracked or broken. Do not mix propellers of different brands, makes, or dimensions.

diagram showing front or rear view with motors labeled

Motors A2 and B1 use conventionally rotating propellers, while motors A1 and B2 use reverse turning propellers, marked with an R near the hub on the front face. To replace a propeller, grasp a motor by the chrome ring with one hand and pull the rubber O-ring over one screw and off of the motor. Remove the damaged propeller. Replace the propeller with one of the same kind. Make sure that it is facing forwards (numbers facing up). To install the new propeller, grasp the motor by the chrome ring with one hand. Place the O-ring under one screw and over the center of the propeller. Stretch the O-ring under the other screw.

CAUTION! Do not attempt to fly the Quadshot back to you after hearing two beeps or it will run out of power and crash! You should descend and land immediately.

CAUTION! If you overdischarge the battery it may become damaged!

Flying Tips

The Quadshot comes equipped with a battery monitor. When the battery drops to a low voltage level, the monitor will beep once. At this point you have enough battery capacity remaining to fly the Quadshot nearer to you and land under power. If the battery monitor beeps twice consecutively, you should land immediately! If the battery monitor starts beeping continuously, you will soon lose power!

Each time before you fly: Check that the battery in the plane is fully charged. Check that the transmitter batteries are fresh. Check that there is a clip in each motor. Check that the correct propellers are on the correct motors.

Fly the Quadshot in a wide open area. Do not fly near trees, poles, streets, wires, buildings, or a lot of people. Determine local laws and ordinances before choosing a location to fly the Quadshot.

It is not recommended to fly the Quadshot at more than 50% power when a camera is not attached. The motors are what control the Quadshot and at higher and higher speeds, the motors have less and less control authority which makes it harder to fly and stabilize. Also, the gains are tuned for general flying and do not work well at higher speeds. If greater than 40 mph speeds are seen the Quadshot will start to bob and weave in the sky. It is recommended that you fly the Quadshot slower than 40 mph (64 kph).

Troubleshooting

Parts List

AMA Code

Warranty and Repair Policy

CE

Instructions for disposal of WEEE by users in the European Union

FlySky trademark stuff www.thequadshot.com

Created 9/11 Transition Systems