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FLY THE AVALANCHE: 4 simple steps to this impressive move

Aug 15, 2014 2 Comments by

Even if you don’t aspire to be a competition pilot, you can learn from the fundamentals in this exciting competition move. For example, I’m sure a lot of you have performed a basic loop. In fact, the loop is the first aerobatic maneuver that many people perform. The avalanche is a basic loop, but has [...]

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5 Easy Steps to the Knife-Edge Spin

Jul 14, 2014 1 Comment by

In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using top rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot will roll [...]

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Learn the Slip to Landing

May 07, 2014 2 Comments by

    Executing the extreme side slip to landing requires a pilot to be comfortable with using rudder as well as cross-controlling rudder and aileron input. It is important to understand the balance of these two inputs, as all airplanes respond to control inputs in a different manner. If too much rudder and/or aileron are [...]

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Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

Apr 15, 2014 1 Comment by

With many of today’s giant scale aerobatic aircraft multiple servos are often used to move each flight control surface. Modern computer radios actually have specialized menus to help setup and adjust multi-servo installations, but you can do it the old fashion way as well by using programmable mixes. Basically you setup a two servo setup (for ailerons [...]

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Fly this updated loop!

Jan 15, 2014 1 Comment by

Even though this maneuver is intended for indoor precision aerobatic competition, the setup process for both an indoor aircraft and an outdoor park flyer are similar. Flying indoors usually requires more control surface deflection due to the obstacles that exist, which is acceptable for a 4.5-ounce foamie. (Photo by Xavier Mouraux)   Since we are [...]

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Perform the Rolling Loop

Nov 06, 2013 3 Comments by

The rolling loop is a challenging maneuver, as you, the pilot, need to utilize all control inputs while you perform it. This month, I show you how to perform a rolling loop that incorporates one integrated roll. A basic loop can also be described as a 360-degree circle. When you perform a loop with one [...]

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Hot move: negative snap from inverted climb

May 09, 2013 No Comments

For this maneuver, the pilot enters from inverted flight and pushes to establish a 45-degree climb then he performs 1½ negative snaps. After the snap, another line segment (equal to the first line) is then executed. Once the maneuver is complete, the pilot must pull 135-degrees to exit in inverted straight and level flight. This [...]

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Fly a reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls

Oct 01, 2012 3 Comments

  Overview of the reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls. Illustration by FX Models When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying [...]

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