Fixed-Wing Flight School

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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12 THINGS ALL PILOTS NEED TO KNOW—Tips and advice from the experts to save your plane

Apr 18, 2011 4 Comments

If you’ve just started out as an RC pilot, chances are you’ve had a few unexplained situations pop up that have left you wondering what went wrong. One minute you’re flying along having a good time, and the next your shiny new model is not so shiny anymore. Even with an instructor nearby, new pilots can [...]

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FLY THE AVALANCHE: 4 simple steps to this impressive move

Apr 15, 2011 4 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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End loopy takeoffs with a gyro

Jun 25, 2010 11 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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