How to wire an esky 2.4-ghz 6-channel receiver

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How to wire an esky 2.4-ghz 6-channel receiver
Proper receiver wiring will help ensure a glitch-free flight. (rc helicopter image by Greg Pickens from

With a variety of RTF (ready to fly) six-channel 3D capable helicopters on the market, Esky offers intermediate to advanced RC heli pilots pre-built kits to develop their skills and enter the world of aerobatic flying. On six-channel models, the swash plate is able to vary blade pitch, enabling the model to perform extreme manoeuvres that seem to defy gravity, even allowing for inverted flight. As its name suggests, the receiver's job is to capture input signals sent from the transmitter (also known as the radio) and send the appropriate commands to all the on-board components. These include the motor, servos and gyro stabiliser; which work together to control the model's flight in all three axes.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Esky 6-channel receiver
  • Zip-ties

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  1. 1

    Mount the receiver with servo tape, away from areas of heavy vibration, such as the motor or main gear.

  2. 2

    Wrap the antenna wire around the landing skids for best possible reception, and secure it with a zip-tie.

  3. 3

    Connect the roll servo, located to the left of the main shaft, to channel 1 on the receiver.

  4. 4

    Connect the pitch servo (usually mounted facing the tail) to channel 2.

  5. 5

    Attach the ESC (electronic speed controller) servo lead to channel 3.

  6. 6

    Connect the gyro and tail servo to channel 4 (they share one channel).

  7. 7

    Plug in the last remaining swash plate servo to channel 6.

  8. 8

    Wrap all wires to the model frame using zip-ties every few inches.

Tips and warnings

  • With the throttle cut switch armed, test the model for full functionality (the swash plate should move in the direction[s] selected on the transmitter) on the ground before first flight.
  • Always switch on the radio first to prevent the rotor blades from spinning up.

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