Model Airplane Flight Tips: Land Like a Pro

Model Airplane Flight Tips: Land Like a Pro

We’ve all heard the old adage, takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep our models intact. How should you get started? Read through these tips, and then go to the field and practice!

To ensure a good landing, the first thing you have to do is trim out the plane so that it flies with ...
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  1. You’re only as good as your last landing :^)

  2. Read Dave Scott’s one week to solo! That’s all I got!

  3. Some good tips. For crosswind landings, I would suggest trying to establish a stable slip on final well before the flair. Use rudder to keep the nose aligned with the runway heading and ailerons to adjust lateral position. This cross control (aileron into the wind, rudder opposite direction from the aileron) technique removes the need to make a large rudder input during the flare.

  4. Don’t know how many times I have tried to convince my friends that you have to trim the plane for flying at fast speeds, and for slow speeds, and landings. Just like ”full size” planes I have flown. Glad to see someone finally get the point across.

  5. Amen. These points always bear repeating and practice, practice, practice. Computer mixing assistance is a very helpful tip!

  6. Thank you for your helpful insights. I appreciate that you explained them in a clear and concise manner. Often flying instructions are too convoluted.

    I have just finished my second year of r/c flying in Eastern Canada and will benefit from your suggestions.

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