Fixed-Wing Flight School

Hovering: Master this 3D Move

Mar 12, 2014 1 Comment

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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3D Aerobatics Made Easy

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

I’m far from being a 3D aerobatic expert — 3D hacker would probably be a more apt description of my skill level. I enjoy flying all sorts of airplanes and regardless of their design, I usually try some sort of aerobatics with the model. I do this to fully explore the model’s performance potential and [...]

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Windy? Expert landing advice

Feb 02, 2014 9 Comments

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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Fly this updated loop!

Jan 15, 2014 1 Comment

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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Quique shares his torque roll secrets

Dec 17, 2013 4 Comments

What maneuver does the “Father of 3D” most enjoy flying? Quique says, “I like them all, but if I had to choose one, it would be a well-done torque roll. It’s a really popular maneuver now. But when it is done show center, low to the ground with constant rotation that never stops and no [...]

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Secrets to Knife-Edge Flight

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

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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Fly the Avalanche

Nov 19, 2013 1 Comment

With the 3D aerobatics craze in full swing, we decided to share a maneuver that is one of the best-looking 3D moves. The Avalanche will  cause spectators to gasp, especially when performed close to the ground. The surprise is that both maneuvers date back to a time long before 3D was even an aerobatic style. We enlisted the [...]

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Perform the Rolling Loop

Nov 06, 2013 3 Comments

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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