Fixed-Wing Flight School

Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Sep 30, 2013 1 Comment

  In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since [...]

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Learn the Inverted Approach with a Half Roll

Sep 30, 2013 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 [...]

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Aileron Differential – how to use it

Sep 11, 2013 3 Comments

For years, before the advent of computer radios, modelers often used offset servo output arms and bellcranks to achieve differential aileron movement. Today, by plugging in the aileron servos to different channels and using the aileron differential program menu in your computer radio,  you can  greatly simplify the setup task for this. But how do [...]

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How important is it to learn to use rudder?

Aug 21, 2013 2 Comments

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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Mastering the Stall Turn

Aug 07, 2013 No Comments

MASTER THE STALL TURN   ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS     If you’ve been following my aerobatic columns during the past few months, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve discussed many demanding extreme aerobatic maneuvers. This month, I’ll highlight the stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) in five [...]

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FLYING WITH FLAPS

Jul 09, 2013 8 Comments

Sooner or later, many RC modelers try their hand at a scale subject, and since most full-size aircraft use flaps, their scale model should include them as well. A scale model with the flaps fully deployed is an impressive sight. This will most likely be the pilot’s first exposure to flaps since most of our sport [...]

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Fly the Shark’s Tooth

May 29, 2013 No Comments

The basic shark’s tooth consists of a vertical climb followed by a 45-degree segment that traces the outline of a shark’s tooth. To perform it, fly straight and level, add full power, and do a small loop to a vertical upline before the plane reaches the center of the field. Continue to fly vertically for [...]

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Fly the Elevator

May 14, 2013 No Comments

The first 3D maneuver many pilots learn is the “elevator.” During an elevator, the airplane remains fully stalled and drops almost vertically in a flat attitude. Start by pointing the airplane directly into the wind. Cut the throttle and increase upelevator to enter a stall. At the moment the plane stalls, hold in full up-elevator [...]

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