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Flight Tech: Rudder Turns

May 23, 2016 1 Comment by

A rudder turn is performed using the rudder to yaw the nose of the airplane in the direction that you want to turn, and while space does not permit going into all the details, most airplanes will also inherently bank in the direction that the rudder is applied.   There are basically two different techniques [...]

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Knife-Edge Flight Secrets

May 19, 2016 1 Comment by

On your first attempts, it’s wise to enter your knife-edge maneuvers from a slight climb to buy yourself some extra time to think through the steps so you don’t finding yourself rushing to recover. You’ll also find it much easier to build your first sustained knife-edge if you initially roll the airplane in the same [...]

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Master the 4-Point Hesitation Roll

May 12, 2016 No Comments by

Traditionally, the 4-point hesitation roll is a maneuver that is a struggle for many pilots. The reason for this is because most fliers attempt to perform the 4-point roll the way a highly proficient pilot would. Consequently, the pilot is so overwhelmed, he’s unable to identify what mistakes he’s making and how to correct them. [...]

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Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

May 05, 2016 7 Comments by

Actually, pilots should begin their flying careers by using rudder from the very beginning. One of the ways we used to help beginner pilots is by programming in an aileron/rudder mix from the very start. This improves the plane’s performance by eliminating adverse yaw, which is the opposite yaw or skid inherent with aileron deflections [...]

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On the skids? How to fix adverse yaw

Feb 23, 2016 6 Comments by

Adverse yaw is an inherent opposite yaw or skid that occurs with aileron deflections. A positive angle of attack is generally required to produce the wing lift needed to keep an airplane in the air. When the ailerons are deflected at a positive angle of attack, the down aileron presents a wider frontal cross section, [...]

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Conquer the wind! Landing tricks

Feb 18, 2016 7 Comments by

A common landing mistake is pointing the fuselage toward the runway during the approach in a crosswind. Note that while an airplane will crab into a cross-wind, it will continue to fly in a straight line as long as the wings are level. Therefore, rather than pointing the fuselage where you want the plane to [...]

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No more flat loops!

Dec 22, 2015 No Comments

Guard against making the common mistake of releasing too much elevator, aka “hunting,” during the float and thus creating a flat spot on top of the loop. This occurs for the same reason people overcontrol at every skill level: they want to see their inputs doing something. Instead, you should concentrate on smoothly reducing the [...]

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Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Dec 15, 2015 3 Comments

Of all 3D maneuvers, it’s possible that none represent 3D flying more than hovering. While learning to hover can be extremely challenging, you can make it easier for yourself by knowing the primary forces involved. Control while hovering is maintained solely by the propeller thrust or “prop-wash” over the tail surfaces and the inboard portions [...]

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