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Good Habits It’s not how you start that counts, it’s how you finish!

Good Habits It’s not how you start that counts, it’s how you finish!

If you have read my articles over the years, you might recall that I derive my content from nearly three decades of training at my 1st U.S. R/C Flight School’s four-day accelerated courses. Initially, the flight school mainly trained primary students through solo. But as the number of graduates grew to more than 1,000, the focus has shifted to mainly aerobatic instruction to meet the demand of prior enrollees wanting more advanced training.
Traditionally, recreational pilots have relied on trial and error or learning from their mistakes when seeking to improve their aerobatic skills. Hence, most pilots think that the only way to improve their flying is through large quantities of practice. Having a four-day course deadline, however, has a way of focusing attention on the things that matter most to ensure that pilots learn at a faster rate.
The great news is that while the equipment we fly keeps becoming more complicated, the keys to accelerated learning are not at all complicated and can be easily adopted by almost any pilot. In a nutshell, my instruction is based on breaking up each maneuver into its component parts and then introducing them to the student in a crawl-walk-run format. The secret sauce is knowing what certain pilots do that causes them to excel while other pilots with the same or more experience struggle to improve and often plateau.
Two of the most important characteristics of proficient aerobatic pilots are consistent wings-level entries into maneuvers (i.e., starting off each maneuver on the right track) and holding off on trying to fly a perfect maneuver until it’s known how the airplane reacts (i.e., initially refraining from trying to correct/fix deviations or add refinements). I will discuss the importance of wings-level entries shortly, but first, let me address the so-called “do not fix” approach. This method is based on the fact that the airplane is often the best teacher, and if you allow it to, it will show you what you need to do to rapidly improve your maneuvers.
To read the article from the May 2017 issue of Model Airplane News, Click here

Updated: May 2, 2017 — 10:09 AM
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