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Install a Smoke System

Oct 01, 2015 3 Comments by

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade [...]

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Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Sep 22, 2015 3 Comments by

In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the [...]

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Fancy landings: Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Jul 01, 2015 1 Comment by

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to [...]

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Smoke Systems Explained–How to be an RC Skywriter!

Oct 27, 2014 6 Comments by

If you have ever been to an RC airshow, then you’ve seen aerobatic airplanes using smoke during their flight routines. When used properly, smoke systems can add a great deal to your flight presentation. The uniqueness it gives to specific segments of your flight routine will increase their appeal and pizzazz to both the spectators [...]

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Multi-Servo Control Surface Setup Made Easy

Apr 15, 2014 1 Comment by

With many of today’s giant scale aerobatic aircraft multiple servos are often used to move each flight control surface. Modern computer radios actually have specialized menus to help setup and adjust multi-servo installations, but you can do it the old fashion way as well by using programmable mixes. Basically you setup a two servo setup (for ailerons [...]

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Fly this updated loop!

Jan 15, 2014 1 Comment by

Even though this maneuver is intended for indoor precision aerobatic competition, the setup process for both an indoor aircraft and an outdoor park flyer are similar. Flying indoors usually requires more control surface deflection due to the obstacles that exist, which is acceptable for a 4.5-ounce foamie. (Photo by Xavier Mouraux)   Since we are [...]

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Fly a reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls

Oct 01, 2012 3 Comments

  Overview of the reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls. Illustration by FX Models When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying [...]

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Development of the Hangar 9 Ultimate Biplane, Designer Mike McConville Shares his thoughts.

Jul 09, 2012 1 Comment

While putting together the October 2012 “Let’s Talk Giant Scale” column discussing Flying Wires and Wing Struts, columnist John Glezellis discussed the need for functional rigging with RC aircraft designer, Mike McConville.  Mike developed the very popular Hangar 9 Ultimate biplane which, unlike most biplanes, doesn’t require flying wires. Let’s see what Mike did during [...]

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About the author

A world-class RC aerobatic pilot, he has flown in and won many national competitions including the XFC and the Don Lowe Masters. His columns “Let’s Talk Giant Scale” in Model Airplane News and “Aerobatics Made Easy” in Electric Flight address in detail all you need to know to improve your piloting and building skills.
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