All right guys welcome into todays review were going to talk about the new fly sky st8 and historically, i got to give you a little back story on fly sky if youre brand new to the rc hobby and youre thinking about buying a cheap transmitter youre. Looking something for sort of a kind of like a mid sized transmitter and not quite the game, style, transmitters, the smaller ones. This one is at a pretty decent price range. It is under eighty dollars, its 76 dollars on the banggood website in comparison to something like uh, say: the upgraded i6, which is the i6x just sitting next to it right here, the i6, the original ones about 58. Now the x is around, i believe, its um running about 69 dollars and so for a little bit more money. You can get the st8 now, which i i would definitely have rather have this one versus the i6x sitting. Next to it, um just a kind of a a cooler looking transmitter. I like the case on it. The gimbals feel a lot better on this one and it has a full size, switching on it just the same as the old one, but it has kind of a nice kickstand antenna on the top and kind of a carbon fiber. Look on here were going to take a look also at the menus versus you know something like the older i6x. This came with the eachine wizard ready to fly five inch quad a while ago, but fly sky has has maybe in mind to do a little bit of competition with the guys over at radiomaster with their tx12.

Because to me it kind of looks like a tx12 competitor wouldnt, you say so lets go ahead and take a look at whats in the box. You get a receiver along with it and for 76 dollars. I think its a its a pretty decent transmitter for what it is. If you want something on the cheap uh and be able to fly all their different receivers as well, theyre dirt, cheap, so lets go ahead and get into the specs of the st8 and ill show you some of the features functions and some of the menus inside The radio here we go all right guys. This is going to be a fun review, especially if youre a diy guy. This is kind of like the next step for fly sky and replacing, which i think theyre going to replace the i6 series. This one has been around for quite some time its looking pretty dated, and this one has some really nice interface updates, also gps, support on this one, as well with their new gps modules. So you have much better navigation. Just everything about this transmitter is better than the original i6 and definitely the the i6x, which i have here, starting with the you know the on off switch, i mean thats, just one of the most general things they upgraded here, theyre both 8 and 10 channel transmitters, But now you have support of external power on this one as well from the usbc port.

You can use this with a simulator which is true of all the flash guide. Transmitters and now you have support with their protocol the ant protocol. You can also upgrade it to run the other standard fly sky protocol and you can also upgrade to do the standard three protocol as well. So if you have old receivers, you can still run those receivers by getting that external module on the back. If you already have fly sky receivers, you have ton of them laying around no problem. You can still fly that receiver on this transmitter so 76 dollars. This is the box you get and you do get a carbon fiber front and back inlays, which is kind of cool. It kind of updates the look of this transmitter and it actually gives a pretty nice grip feel to it on the back are the spots for the module base to be added? They also have a jr module bay converter. If you wanted to run any other type of jr module on here, you can do that. We have support dual battery support on the back, which is cool for a jst connector for lipos. A 2s battery can work on this anything over that and youre going to to fry this radio. It has a jst bay right there for the power support for a 2s lipo and double a batteries which is kind of cool and its nice to have a little sticker on the back with a scratch off, not sure what thats all about, but two faux buttons Back here, because this is the standard version, i dont have the jog wheel on the side here and this ones a little bit cheaper than the more upgraded version that also comes with a lot of accessories in the box.

Um this ones pretty bare bones. The standard comes with a little quick start guide in here as well, which we can look at, but thats just mostly specs, and this is the fly scout receiver that comes with it, and this one supports s, bus, ibus and also uh pwm on here. So if you want to fly this on a quad or you want to fly it on an airplane, rc airplane rc car, whatever you want to do on on this receiver, you pretty much. Do you can see the s bus port down here, and we have eight channels on here which is also kind of nice. You have servo support, servo testing led on there for binding instructions when youre bound its going to be green, and you have a little bind button on here as well. You can press it and youll hear it and itll start flashing when you go into bind mode, but i think its super cool that this time around assistant software, so it works on the pc only, but you can hook it up right here to the usb c. Cable, which i didnt get one in the box, so you will need a data cable to support that, but it also works with simulators as well so upgrades and you can make configuration changes inside the fly sky assistant now, which is super cool. We have a two position switch here. Two position switch here, a three position switch here and a two position switch here.

You also have a transmitter, support, strap option right here and also a mount for a mobile phone. If you want to have some type of drone that youre flying with a screen that has a real time view or take videos while youre flying, you can do that as well. Original navigations were just buttons up and down, and then you had a cancel button here and another bind key down here, but this was really kind of cumbersome and if you were brand new to rc, this took a little bit of getting used to eventually youd get It and youd be fine with these menus, but this is much more intuitive having these joysticks here and the jog wheel. The addition of the jog wheel for me is huge. This reminds me of radio master and uh radios recently that ive been using the last couple years, and these are great – also im used to that from fr sky menu button here and an exit button. There i feel, like the feet, could be a little bit better on the bottom, because this radio cant tip over quite easily, even though it does have about an inch and a half foot on both sides. I wish it was just flat across the bottom, but still its a much better upgrade its much wider than the original one. These were constantly falling over, so a lot of times its nice that you have the kickstand style antenna, and this version of this antenna is also upgradable.

Unlike the old fly sky, this one has an exit port for an external antenna. If you pop that out right there, you can bring fly skys long range, adapter antenna out of there and plug that into the internal board here, which is nice, this old style one does not have any type of exit for external. So a lot of people used to mod them and cut them up. Ive seen people with like three foot transmitter antennas hanging off here, so you can go quite big with your your external antenna if you want to, but for the the base setup it has a dual antenna internal antenna, which i think its kind of nice. Now we also have die wheels here with no divot point in the center right here id like to kind of see that that had divot. So i could find the true center of those two dials but thats not going to be supported. But i also like the fact that you can use this radio as a buddy system radio. So you can have this as a master radio and then you can plug this audio port right here into another radio next to you and use that one as the slave. So when you take on the sticks, youre controlling the airplane or the quad, so if you have a student thats kind of nice, quick function to be able to use a trainer assistance also, the gimbals on here are quite nicer than the original gimbals.

They now have a better looking gimbal in here. I think theyre pretty much the same sticks as the old ones, and it looks like almost like the same style bubble. Gimbal, like i mentioned before on my channel before its just that kind of round, look to it, but these feel pretty nice and they also have clear plastic in here for you to add leds later, if you want to upgrade your transmitter to look a lot like My tx16s, you can now add leds in the back display here, for whatever color you want. Maybe you could put a color change led system in here. That would be kind of cool. Now lets just go ahead and turn this bad boy on were going to press once and press again and then youll hear a startup chime. You get the fly sky logo across there and now were on to the main menu. It shows us the tx battery level. 6.1 volt there we have our stick navigation movements there. It should have trim as well. These are for also selecting trim, you can long press on these and you can move your trim up and down and press to select, which is kind of cool, long press again to select where you want your trim. I usually put my throttle trim all the way down, so lets go ahead and move that all the way down and it looks like it does – have a backlight led behind the screen, which is kind of cool.

We have the model number on here. We have the tx battery level again once you plug in a receiver. Youll see rx show up on here as well, so model number c1 there we long press on the menu short press that will take you into tx set model set here, rx set and the generator menu it looks like so lets just go ahead and dive into The tx set – and things highlight when you move around on the screen, which is kind of cool, so lets go to tx, set and well go in here. So we have the model settings trainer, stick mode calibration system settings super cool, so it looks fairly like way easier already to navigate um, so model select. We can go in here and select which model and we have tons of models on here, and these are all set up to be airplane models. You can select number one, you can change the model name, the model type and if you guys dont know it a quadcopter setup, pretty much the same way that the channels are set up on a fixed wing airplane which is kind of cool. But you can change it to multi axis as well for multi rotors and the exit button here to go back, which is nice, you can go into trainer mode, stick mode. We can change it from mode 1 to mode 2 to mode 3, even mode 4.. It looks like supports for different stick modes, which is kind of cool now well go back to, and we can do calibration for sticks which im really not going to do that right now, but you could do that.

It also supports chinese so its bilingual. It has chinese and english on this radio system, which is nice. If you read mandarin, we have volume levels as well. We can turn that beep up and down lets just turn it all the way up. Maybe you can hear it a little bit better alarm time set for three minutes. We could set that to five. It doesnt look like it gives us four minutes. It skips from three. It goes from off to three to 5 to 10 minutes, so no variation there. Unless the nope thats not going to work and vibration, you can change the haptic on and off. It also has haptic support, which is cool, because i dont believe that the old i6 has had haptic support. So well just leave that alarm at three minutes and were going to go ahead and exit. There lets go ahead to a different menu and check out the model set menu and see how much control we have in here, and we have conditions rate and curves throttle curve throttle hold and it looks like itll take us back to the model menu. Okay, we have rx set here as well. This menu lets go jump into the rx menu, so much easier to navigate again guys heres bind settings very easily placed in there. You can start im just going to switch that to sbus here to show you that you can get into sbus pretty quickly.

We have the frequency and the rf standard two way and start now. Look at that. You get a little running guy for the binding, thats kind of cool. I love that running guy. That was that was that was super awesome um. You know – and i have to comment like if youve ever used, opentx before or edge tx, and you move over to use something like this operating system. I think its about 90 easier to use, find things inside here quickly and be able to just figure things out. Much quicker so as a beginner, this would be a much easier radio to use than something like, even like my tx16s, with with edge tx or opentx on it, its just so much easier. So you have fail safe in here. You have sensor setup. You have rf settings um, you can go into that and turn internal rf on, which is on right now, if youre, using an external module thats, how you do that you just turn one on or the other one off and internal external modules. Pretty simple settings there for the rf selection. We also have sensor calibration and the new menu on here, which is gps setting, and you can go in here and change, display, calibration time zone and reset the start. Point um so thats kind of cool to use along with fly skys new gps modules. Now over here for the general menu it says, gener um. I had no idea what that meant at first, but that means general just kind of abbreviated there and monitor setting you go in here and see your stick monitors in real time, which is nice go out of that you can go reverse your servos.

If you want to go in, there reverse things, which is super nice all the way up to channel 8. thats, really simple, endpoints, oh my god. They actually have a thing for endpoints, and this really saves a lot of beginners a lot of times right here. So um flying quads, you need certain endpoints um, and this lets you change that pretty quickly there also channel speed, thats kind of nice status is off switch. None. I dont need to mess with that and auxiliary channels, all the way up to eight youre. Only using the first four! So if you want to add a switch well make that this channel over here swd, and so it does have automatic switch selection, thats kind of cool, so thats. What i was trying to do before lets see if we can do that again: yep just like on the open, tx radios, it does automatic channel selection when you move the sticks, so pretty easy to add a new switch if youre trying to add a new switch And youre setting it up in betaflight. That would be much faster than trying to figure it out in opentx, which ive have tutorials for that on my channel, but it takes a little bit to get used to. So i think the menus are pretty much overall way easier and its a pretty simple radio and kind of an attractive direction for the i6x series. I think, if theyre getting away from using af hds – and you want to move up to ant – this is a faster protocol and i think its kind of just a one thats going to be kind of future proof.

And it looks like theyre going to have support for this coming up in the next couple years because of the the fly sky assistant, software so uh. I think this is probably going to phase out the um fs i6 series uh over the next couple years. Probably all right so lets go ahead and lets just get real on the bench here about what fly sky has to offer with the new st8. Do i think its good in comparison to the older i6 series? Transmitters? Hell, yes, is it? Is it better? Does it have a faster protocol on here hell? Yes, the amp protocol is is very nice to have on here and i feel like in the long run. This will be a kind of a a switch over from the i6 and i6x transmitters. Im kind of tired of looking at that transmitter and i kind of cringe when they include this transmitter with some of the bind and fly rtf models out there. So if the the eachine wizard, 3.0 or 4.0 came out with an st8 in the box, i would be much happier as a brand new pilot. It just looks sexier it doesnt look like atari from 1985, like this transmitter. Does this one? Almost i dont even know what era this is from. It reminds me of one of the casio watches or something like that, but this one looks full 2022. It is moddable and it still has that attention to diy detail like a lot of you guys, like i mean the fly sky crowd likes to mod stuff and they like to do it on the cheap, so they still have it under a hundred dollars.

76 dollars is not bad and still being able to use gps internal functions and have that telemetry on. There is super nice as well as the amp protocol. Youve got the external module bay support on the back. Youve got the open top radio antenna hole here for adding super long range receiver antennas on here, which is super nice and, and you have a lot of a lot more options with this and its just easier to use and navigate than the original one. So i think all those things together are a win. I would rather pay six more dollars or seven more dollars for this radio versus the x over here. So um thats, just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt. If you guys want to check this out in the links down below any purchases, do benefit the channel and my family. So i appreciate you hanging out on the drum cams channel, guys and uh. Flying with me and and seeing whats new in the rc hobby.