Fixed-Wing Flight School

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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Fly the Waterfall

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage [...]

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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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MULTI ENGINE MAGIC—Expert Set Up & Flight Techniques for Twin-Engine Aircraft

Nov 04, 2013 5 Comments

There’s just something special about twin-engine airplanes. Whenever a twin shows up at the flying field, most modelers stop what they’re doing and go over to check it out. Maybe it’s the sound of the engines as they sync into and out of phase while the model is in the air; or perhaps it’s the [...]

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