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Fly Helis in 10 Easy Steps

Fly Helis in 10 Easy Steps

Flying model helicopters is exciting and fun and looks very easy, that is, until you try it. Unlike model airplanes, helicopters lack stability and must constantly be controlled in all the flight axis. The pilot must develop the reflexes to control it, and this takes practice and commitment. By following these 10 steps, you will be up in the air in no time.
Preflight Setup

Preflight Setup

Although computer radios make adjusting the helicopter very easy, I prefer to make mechanical adjustments first to get everything as close as possible to the settings I want, and then I use the radio’s features for fine-tuning. As an example, let’s consider the type of flying you would like to do. If you are ready […]
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Flying inverted circuits and turns

Flying inverted circuits and turns

The safest way of entering your first inverted flight is by trying to stop your heli while it’s inverted at the top of a loop. Enter the loop at a nice comfortable height, and when the heli reaches the inverted stage, release the elevator back to neutral and increase negative pitch to hold it inverted. […]
Reverse Cuban-8 Maneuver

Reverse Cuban-8 Maneuver

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.   [kaltura-widget uiconfid=”1727911″ entryid=”0_315sdm4a” width=”640″ height=”390″ addpermission=”” editpermission=”” /]
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Slope Aerobatics: Gliders take center stage!

Slope Aerobatics: Gliders take center stage!

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 […]
Fly a 3-roll, 270-degree rolling circle

Fly a 3-roll, 270-degree rolling circle

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! [kaltura-widget uiconfid=”1727911″ entryid=”0_acgfndoe” width=”640″ height=”390″ addpermission=”” editpermission=”” /]
Tail-draggers: what you need to know

Tail-draggers: what you need to know

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 […]
Electric helicopters: your guide to getting started

Electric helicopters: your guide to getting started

Today’s state-of-the-art power and control systems for electric helicopters allows for a wide range of size and performance, from models weighing about an ounce to 90-size nitro equivalents. There are models for all skill levels, from beginner to hardcore 3D pilot and everyone in between. It’s never been easier to get started in RC helicopters. […]
Aerotowing: An Introduction to an RC Team Sport

Aerotowing: An Introduction to an RC Team Sport

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 […]
Winners Toledo 2011 Static Competition

Winners Toledo 2011 Static Competition

Winners Toledo 2011 Static Competition Military Sport Scale 1. Frank Shirley  SNJ-5 2. Gary Price  P-47D 3. Steve Eagle  Nieuport 17 Non-Military Sport Scale 1. Keith Shaw  Yak UT-1 2. Allen MRock  Sikorsky S-39   3. Malcom Gray  Comber Swift   Old-Timer RC 1. Lawrence Latowski  Nomad 2. Stuart Warner  Miss Nomer 3. Tom Ryan […]
Be Successful on your First RC Flight

Be Successful on your First RC Flight

7 Easy Steps to becoming an RC Pilot When it comes time to take your newly built RC trainer to the flying field, a whole new world opens up to you. These first unsure steps from the building boards to the flightline can be both exciting and frightening if you don’t have a plan. So, […]
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