Fixed-Wing Flight School

5 STEPS TO A PERFECT HAND LAUNCH

Apr 15, 2013 6 Comments

Don’t have a perfectly manicured runway for your backyard flyer? Don’t sweat it, you can easily hand launch your plane to get it in the air. Here are five easy steps to perfecting the technique. Remember to always launch your model straight into the wind. Don’t throw your model downwind (with wind at your back) [...]

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Secrets to snap rolls!

Mar 20, 2013 3 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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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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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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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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Reverse Cuban-8 Maneuver

May 29, 2012 8 Comments

This week we are doing the Reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls.  In this video Jason Benson shows us how to perform the Reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls with some helpful tips to guide you through this great looking maneuver.  

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Fly the Avalanche

May 16, 2012 4 Comments

        4 SIMPLE STEPS TO THIS IMPRESSIVE MOVE This month, we will discuss a competition maneuver called the “avalanche.” Even if you don’t aspire to be a competition pilot, you can learn from the fundamentals in this exciting move. For example, I’m sure a lot of you have performed a basic loop. [...]

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