Fixed-Wing Flight School

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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Secrets to Flying a Precision Roll

May 02, 2012 10 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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Slope Aerobatics: Gliders take center stage!

Apr 20, 2012 5 Comments

In the RC aerobatic arena there is something about flying a model airplane in a manner that delivers maximum satisfaction and freedom of expression. This inner desire to freely express and it look really good on the aerobatic canvas is infectious. So much so “it” can become ones sole purpose for modeling just to see [...]

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Get ready for fun-fly season!

Apr 01, 2012 4 Comments

For almost forever, RC model clubs have cooked up all sorts of ideas to keep their members interested in attending flying-field events. These outings bring the members and their families together and promote the growth of the hobby—and the club—while offering some weekend summertime fun! Thus, the fun-fly was born. (Above) Typical Sportsman and Intermediate [...]

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Fly the Cuban-8

Mar 07, 2012 6 Comments

This precision aerobatic maneuver looks like a figure-S lying on its side. It consists of a 3/4 loop with a 1/2, roll as the plane flies inverted downward at a 45·degree angle, followed by another ¾ loop and another 1/2 roll during the second descending angle. It is especially impressive when performed close to the [...]

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Fly a 3-roll, 270-degree rolling circle

Dec 13, 2011 1 Comment

This video will give you the inside information you need to perform the 3-roll, 270-degree rolling circle.  Pilot Jason Benson shares his techniques on performing this very graceful maneuver.  Jason gives detailed information that you can use to perfect your own flying skills and this maneuver. Enjoy!

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Tail-draggers: what you need to know

Oct 31, 2011 4 Comments

From Piper Cubs to P-51s, planes with tailwheels are some of our favorites. But they do have a tendency to be more difficult to control on the runway. In this article from Jerry Smith, you’ll learn how to set up your tail-dragger as well as flying tips for smooth takeoffs and landings. Though many planes [...]

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Aerotowing: An Introduction to an RC Team Sport

Jun 10, 2011 8 Comments

In this article from the MAN archives, Dave Garwood share what it takes to get involved in aerotowing, from the planes to the equipment to the techniques.  Aerotowing is growing rapidly, both in interest and sophistication. The grace and majesty of a large-scale sailplane launched by aerotow-plus the unparalleled opportunity for cooperation and interaction between pilots of [...]

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