Flight Techniques

Secrets to snap rolls!

Jan 20, 2015 No 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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RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

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

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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Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Oct 20, 2014 4 Comments

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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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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End loopy takeoffs with a gyro

Aug 25, 2014 10 Comments

Like many of you, I have a few different planes, and enjoy flying most of them. However, I do have one or two that are just plain nasty in their ground handling and take offs. You probably have seen these – some Piper Cubs, Beavers, and especially some of the narrow under carriage warbirds. Strangely, [...]

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FLY THE AVALANCHE: 4 simple steps to this impressive move

Aug 15, 2014 2 Comments

Even if you don’t aspire to be a competition pilot, you can learn from the fundamentals in this exciting competition move. For example, I’m sure a lot of you have performed a basic loop. In fact, the loop is the first aerobatic maneuver that many people perform. The avalanche is a basic loop, but has [...]

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