Flight Techniques

Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

Every helicopter pilot should be proficient in performing autorotations to cope with engine or motor failure. They are demanding and should be practiced periodically. The model should have sufficient pitch range before you attempt this maneuver. A steady breeze of about 10mph will make initial attempts easier. The engine should be running at a fast [...]

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Wow the Crowd with a Slow Roll!

May 28, 2014 No Comments

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder [...]

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Perfecting Pirouettes

May 21, 2014 No Comments

To control the direction of a heli during a pirouette, pick an imaginary rference line passing through its center. Every time the helicopter’s nose come around and crosses that line, give a control input in the direction you want it to go. For example, if you’ve done a pirouette in a hover in front of [...]

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Learn the Slip to Landing

May 07, 2014 3 Comments

    Executing the extreme side slip to landing requires a pilot to be comfortable with using rudder as well as cross-controlling rudder and aileron input. It is important to understand the balance of these two inputs, as all airplanes respond to control inputs in a different manner. If too much rudder and/or aileron are [...]

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The snap roll: do it right!

Apr 28, 2014 2 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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Mastering the tailslide

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

A typical tailslide begins from upright level flight parallel to the runway. The pilot then applies throttle and performs a 1/4 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 that [...]

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LAND LIKE A PRO

Apr 08, 2014 28 Comments

We’ve all heard the old adage, Takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep [...]

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Flying Upside-Down

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments

Flying inverted is a lot of fun, and it’s a basic requirement if you want to execute some of the more difficult 3D maneuvers. Learning to fly inverted will take you back to those days when you learned to hover with your training gear attached! As you might expect, it’s a bit tricky at first [...]

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