Model Airplane Flight: Master Forward Slips

Model Airplane Flight: Master Forward Slips

Up the wow factor with slipping show passes and landing setups. The ability to slip an airplane has long been a skill that many RC pilots have wished to learn, and yet despite all that has been written about slips over the years, very few pilots can perform a slip or would even dare to try! The reason is that previous articles have mainly described what comprises a slip, but other than instructions to “adjust the controls as needed,” none has given specific instructions on how to actually train you to do it—until now.


Model Airplane News - RC Airplane News | Model Airplane Flight: Master Forward SlipsThere are two types of slips. The first is the wing-low “side slip” used to prevent wind drift, typically during a crosswind landing. This entails banking the wings slightly into the wind while inputting opposite rudder (cross-controlling) to keep the fuselage aligned with the runway centerline. Akin to balancing a marble on a bowling ball, probably fewer than 1 percent of RC pilots are able to pull off this maneuver. The second type is a “forward slip” in which rudder is applied to purposely put the airplane into a skid. At the same time, opposite aileron is applied to bank the wings in the opposite direction of the skid, along with some up-elevator to offset the turning effect of the rudder and, thereby, keep the plane tracking in a straight line (see Figure 1).

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