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Flight Techniques

Tips to become a better pilot


Fly the Harrier: 4 steps to success!

Fly the Harrier: 4 steps to success!

As 3D flying continues to be popular and its pilots push the aerobatic envelope, there continues to be new advanced acro pilots wanting to break into the 3D arena. With this, we thought it would be beneficial to discuss some of the basic 3D moves that other more elaborate sequences can be built upon. As […]
Fly the Shark’s Tooth

Fly the Shark’s Tooth

The basic shark’s tooth consists of a vertical climb followed by a 45-degree segment that traces the outline of a shark’s tooth. To perform it, fly straight and level, add full power, and do a small loop to a vertical upline before the plane reaches the center of the field. Continue to fly vertically for […]
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5 Easy Steps to the Knife-Edge Spin

5 Easy Steps to the Knife-Edge Spin

In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using top rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot will roll […]
Flight Technique: Freestyle Roller Coaster

Flight Technique: Freestyle Roller Coaster

To do the Roller Coaster, start by flying downwind, straight and level at about 1/3 of your model’s top speed. Pull up the elevator to full deflection. The model will execute a big pitch change: its nose will go up past vertical to about 130 degrees, and at the same time, the model will slide backward so its tail is in […]
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Prepare for landing!

Prepare for landing!

Someone told me once that landing is the only maneuver that we fly that is absolutely mandatory. If you think about it, this makes complete sense. We don’t have to take off, but once we do, the only thing that we must do is land! So, once you have takeoff down, it’s a good idea […]
Fly the Figure M: two stall turns with a twist

Fly the Figure M: two stall turns with a twist

If you want to become the best aerobatic pilot possible, you need to master key maneuvers by taking small steps. First, make sure you’re proficient in performing maneuvers like inverted flight, vertical and horizontal rolls, inside and outside loops and the stall turn. You can then perform these moves in sequence to create a show-stopping […]
RC Aerobatics: Take off with a Snap!

RC Aerobatics: Take off with a Snap!

A takeoff with a 1 1/2 positive snap roll will get everyone’s attention on your flight right from the start! Before attempting this move, you should be proficient with performing positive snap rolls in general. When you execute this move, you must be in complete control and exit the maneuver at a safe altitude. Do not drop […]
Fly the Cuban-8

Fly the Cuban-8

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 […]
Secrets to snap rolls!

Secrets to snap rolls!

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 […]
RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

RC Aerobatics: Programming mixes for knife-edge flight

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 […]
Improve your Reaction Time

Improve your Reaction Time

Veteran heli pilot Curtis Youngblood is always happy to share his pointers with other fliers. Here’s his secret to improving his reaction time. “Try to fly the helicopter relative to itself. For example, back cyclic stick movement always makes the canopy move toward the blades (not really, but this is how I think of it). […]
Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

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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