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The mode survey

The mode survey

...the results are in! 1/2/10

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/01/2010 09:58:51
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Hi,
 
OK as a research engineer I suffer from overpowering curiosity. The recent discussions on what mode people fly have brought up some questions in my mind.
 
Question 1: It's said that Mode 1 and Mode 2 are approximately equally used. Is that true?
 
Question 2: It's sometimes claimed that there is a "North/South" divide regarding mode usage - with mode 1 being more popular in the North. Is that true?
 
Well lets find out. There are about 20-30,000 RC flyers in the UK (I think) so if we could get a sample response on here of about 200 then, (assuming its a fairly random sample) then we should be able to find the answers with reasonable accuracy.
 
So here's the survey...answer the following 4 questions;
 
1. What mode do you fly? If you can fly more than one just give the one that you are most "at home" with.
 
2. What region do you do most of your current flying in?
 
3. What region did you learn to fly in?
 
4. Did you learn from an instructor (even if informally), or were you self taught?
 
Now remember, this isn't about which mode is "best" or why you fly the one you do, or the wonderful spiritual experience your great aunt Hettie had whilst flying mode 4  Let's just stick to the questions and see if we can get an answer.
 
I reckon that there are about 100+ regular contrubutors on this forum but over 10,000 members, so we will need a some of you who don't contribute regularly to take part in this one please. The more people who respond the more accurate the result.
 
Happy surveying....
 
BEB.
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/01/2010 10:00:36
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I'll start the ball rolling...
 
I fly Mode 2
 
I fly in the North West of England
 
I learnt in the North West England
 
I learnt from an instructor.
 
BEB
Mowerman05/01/2010 10:08:55
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I Fly mode 2
Learnt in the south (Reading) plus Corfu (RC Hotel)
Now Fly in Yorkshire
Instructor in Reading MAC (Thanks Dave Gray) and Corfu (Thanks Mike White)
Mark Lubbock05/01/2010 10:10:28
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Hi,
 
I fly Mode 1,
I live in the Midlands
Learnt in the Midlands
Self taught.
 
I fly Mode 1 because that was the mode of the first 5 channel (Futaba 5lk 27mhz) & not because of any percieved advantages of either. I can fly other modes equally badly.
 
I can see this thread degenerating into a 'which is best/most realistic' etc. before too long!!
 
Cheers!
Mark L
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/01/2010 10:15:38
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OK guys as Mark has said its already at the "why" stage! Other threads have done that - and Timbo's right its a pretty fruitless argument. So let's stick to just the facts please.
 
One point of clarification - can we keep it to "fixed wing" at the moment. We could do Helis separately if there is interest. But including them at this stage might distort the result!
 
BEB
John Privett05/01/2010 10:41:26
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1. Mode 2
 
2. Surrey
 
3. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
 
4. Some input from "instructor" but mostly self taught.
 
 
(Mode 2 is dominant where I fly - I can think of only one Mode 1 flyer,  not seen him for a few years, and when he flew helis he flew Mode2)
Tim Mackey05/01/2010 10:44:31
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Mode1
North Wales
Midlands
Instructor

Bob Cotsford05/01/2010 10:48:38
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Mode 2
Midlands
Midlands
self-taught (some might disagree about the accuracy of the 'taught' bit!)
Roger Adams05/01/2010 10:55:45
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I fly Mode 2
 
I fly in the West Midlands
 
I learnt in the  West Midlands
 
I learnt from an instructor. (Thanks Bigsy)
 
PS the answers apply to my son as well, so thats 2 replies (Thanks again Bigsy) 
Robin Coombs05/01/2010 10:55:53
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1. Mode 2 but can also fly mode 1.
2. South (Africa)
3. Ditto.
4. Self taught.
 
In a past life I was a club instructor at a now defunct club.
We seem to have a fair balance of both mode 1&2 at my present club. We even have 1 Mode 4. His right hand is paralised.
Lee Wilson05/01/2010 11:07:04
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Mode 2
North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire
Instructor
Ultymate05/01/2010 11:08:05
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Mode 1
N.Wales
N.Wales
Instructor
Phil Cooke05/01/2010 11:13:22
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1. Mode 2
2. East Midlands (Derby)
3. South Cheshire (NW)
4. Instructor at SCRCS - thanks to Gordon Canavan!
 
Was taught to fly the basics on a Ben Buckle Red Zephyr many moons ago now and my first rudder and elevator stick inputs were Mode 2, thats the way my tutor flew so thats the way I carried on...

Edited By Phil Cooke on 05/01/2010 11:14:23

Edited By Phil Cooke on 05/01/2010 11:19:51

Pete B - Moderator05/01/2010 11:15:33
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Mode 2
France
South (Hampshire)
Instructor
Ross Clarkson05/01/2010 11:17:31
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1. Mode 2.
2. South East region.
3. South east region.
4. Started Mode 2 on Heli's and kept it once converted over to Aeroplanes.
 
Also, right handed.
Bruce Richards05/01/2010 11:36:22
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1. Mode 2.
2. South East region.
3. South east region.
4. Instructor
andy watson05/01/2010 12:01:36
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I fly Mode 2
 
I fly in the North West of England
 
I learnt in the North West England
 
I learnt from an instructor.
Jonathan Lewzey05/01/2010 12:11:03
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Mode 2
 
South East
 
South East
 
Initially self taught, but mostly with an instructor.
 
 
Colin Naylar05/01/2010 12:14:42
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230 forum posts
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mode 2
Ceredigion
Ceredigion
self taught
Garry Pollard05/01/2010 13:02:00
1091 forum posts
1 Mode 3
2 Lincs
3 Yorkshire
4 Self Taught

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