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Windy day? Expert landing advice

Feb 02, 2015 6 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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Master the 4-Point Hesitation Roll

Feb 02, 2015 3 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!

Jan 26, 2015 2 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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Secrets to snap rolls!

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by

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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RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments by

Mixing out unwanted tendencies during knife-edge is widely practiced, but like most things in aviation, there are trade-offs to consider. Programmable mixes let you automatically mix another control with your primary input to reduce or eliminate some of the unwanted tendencies associated with certain inputs and maneuvers. For example, when you apply a lot of [...]

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RC Aerobatics: Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

Jan 08, 2015 6 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

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

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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