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RC Aerobatics: Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

Jan 08, 2015 5 Comments by

Because it’s used in so many other maneuvers, it’s important to perfect this one and add it to your foundation repertoire. High-speed rolls are generally easier to start with because inertia is a tremendous help. Long, graceful rolls are usually done at medium to high speed to allow inertia to help keep the maneuver axial. [...]

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RC Aerobatics: The Negative Snap Roll Made Easy!

Dec 22, 2014 8 Comments by

A positive snap roll is an impressive maneuver when it’s done tight and fast. In this video excerpt from the Aerobatics Made Easy series of DVDs, John Glezellis takes you step-by-step through the move and explains how to keep your snap precise.

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Fancy landings: Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments by

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to [...]

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Prepare for landing!

Nov 22, 2014 8 Comments by

Someone told me once that landing is the only maneuver that we fly that is absolutely mandatory. If you think about it, this makes complete sense. We don’t have to take off, but once we do, the only thing that we must do is land! So, once you have takeoff down, it’s a good idea [...]

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Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Oct 20, 2014 4 Comments by

There is no doubt that many aerobatic enthusiasts are interested in performing extreme moves. It is important however, to build your aerobatic sequences on a solid foundation. Years ago, when I first became interested in aerobatics, 3D flying did not exist. Instead, we concentrated on precision aerobatics and honed our skills while competing at various [...]

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FLY THE VERTICAL S

Oct 07, 2014 1 Comment by

The vertical S combines a half-inside loop with a half-outside loop to perform an S-shaped figure. This maneuver is one of many that are also performed by full-scale aircraft, and it is used to climb or descend at a consistent speed. In the aerobatic world, a perfectly set-up aircraft helps the pilot focus on one [...]

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Master the Outside Snap Roll

Oct 01, 2014 4 Comments

Inside and outside snap rolls can add great excitement to your flying while opening up a whole new world of maneuver possibilities. Outside, or “negative,” snap rolls are accomplished by applying full (normal rate) down-elevator while at the same time cross-controlling the rudder and aileron. How does this work? The ailerons produce the same direction of [...]

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Secrets to Inverted Flight

Sep 10, 2014 16 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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