Fixed-Wing Flight School

Secrets to Inverted Flight

Jan 11, 2013 12 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Nov 14, 2012 3 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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The snap roll: do it right!

Nov 06, 2012 No Comments

The snap roll is an advanced maneuver that you’ll first encounter in the IMAC Sportsman sequence. It evolves into more difficult variations in the upper classes of competition. It is one of the most difficult maneuvers in which to consistently achieve a high score because it requires a keen sense of timing, throttle management and [...]

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Master the basics: straight and level flight

Oct 30, 2012 3 Comments

If you’ve seen individual IMAC maneuvers, you’ve probably noticed one factor that ties everything together: straight and level flight. When flying an aerobatic sequence, you must start and finish each of your maneuvers in straight and level flight. Since straight and level flight signifies the end of one maneuver and the beginning of the next [...]

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Takeoff with a Snap

Aug 01, 2012 1 Comment

If you are aspiring to become a better aerobatic pilot, no doubt you’re constantly searching to add excitement and variety to your flying. After all, the best aerobatic pilots are skilled when it comes to combining certain elements from one maneuver with elements from another. This month, I would like to combine the snap roll [...]

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Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

Jul 25, 2012 2 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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Stall Recovery 101

Jul 16, 2012 11 Comments

One of the hardest things to learn when you see a stall starting on a straight-ahead landing is that you should push on the elevator stick. This is difficult because all your instincts tell you to pull up! But to save the plane, you need a lower angle of attack, and you can get that [...]

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Mastering the tailslide

Jul 11, 2012 2 Comments

A typical tailslide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies throttle and performs a º loop to enter a vertical up-line. After the vertical line is established, the pilot gradually pulls the throttle back to idle. The aircraft will slow down and eventually will come to a stop. At [...]

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