screen allows you to put the controls
you most often access on one screen.
The “L” button will change to the
function listing screen. The “C” button
will set an option back to the default
setting. It can also serve other functions
if the screen displays an arrow next to it.
Another use is to reset the timer.
The “F” button is the function key and
operates various functions depending
on the screen. One of the defaults from
the main screen is to start and stop a
timer. When entering numbers from the
jog dial, it can be held down and used
to speed up the change. Jog dial is the
primary method for changing parameters
and selecting changes. The wheel turns
right and left and is pushed to make a
One Radio—Multiple Uses
We can finally order one radio and not
worry about whether we’re going to fly
more than one type of aircraft. The radio
arrived with a smooth throttle and a
tabbed piece is included to convert it to
a ratcheting-style throttle.
It has a standard switch layout, so
there’s no need to order a helicopter
radio or an airplane radio because this
puts functions such as throttle cut in
the same location regardless of aircraft
type. What if you don’t like that setup?
All switches are assignable so you can
customize the configuration to suit your
Some manufacturers have introduced
radios without making flight modes
available for fixed-wing models. This has
forced users to become innovative in
defining mixes. JR recognizes the benefit
of flight modes
for all types of
aircraft and has
for each type.
1, Stunt 2,
Stunt 3, Stunt
4, and hold. By
3 and 4 are
must be activated through the device
select menu in the system list. Hold
is activated in the function list under
The XG14 provides five flight modes
for airplanes: FMOD-0, FMOD- 1,
FMOD- 2, FMOD- 3, and FMOD- 4.
None of the airplane flight modes are
activated until selected in the device
select menu and FMOD- 3 and 4 must be
defined in the custom menu.
The XG14 provides eight full flight
modes for sailplanes: Speed, Cruise,
Thermal, Land, Launch, Distance, Zoom,
and Free. None of these modes are
activated by default and must be turned
on in the device select menu.
The flexibility of the sailplane flight
modes goes beyond the scope of
allowable space here, but setting up my
Glider was easy
with the standard
each type of
flight mode is
indicative of the
care JR took to
provide one radio
suitable for all
types of flying.
Additionally, the company provided a
flight mode delay so you can fine-tune
the transition between modes.
If you’re accustomed to a sudden
change and the subsequent shaky flight
moment that can happen when changing
modes, you’ll now be able to set a
delay so the changes take place slower,
No Reboots Necessary
I’ve always hated rebooting a
transmitter every time I wanted
to change models or make certain
programming changes that were only
available in the system menus. That is no
longer necessary. All menus are accessible
from the main screen, including changing
models and binding.
The binding process is similar to
previous JR radios except the bind
function on the transmitter is selected
through the system menu. The receiver
employs a binding plug and power to
enter the binding mode, then “bind”
is selected in the menu and a status
indication begins to show that the radio
is binding to that particular receiver.
When complete, the screen will show
“success” and the binding plug can be
removed. The XG14 will only bind to
a DMSS radio (not DSM2, DSMX, or
Conducting range checks begins in
the main menu by entering “system”
The back hatch opens for access to
the LiFe battery and SD card.
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