Loops & Rolls — An introduction to aerobatics

Loops & Rolls — An introduction to aerobatics

Once you’ve learned how to fly and you can easily handle your airplane and fly it straight and level, you’ll soon start looking for more challenges to regain the excitement that you felt in the beginning. Learning the basic of aerobatics is the best way to up the excitement and, while you’re at it, increase your piloting skills and precision.


This article will introduce you to three basic maneuvers any inspiring aerobatic pilot will need to know. After mastering these, you’ll be able to string various segments of these and make your own advanced show-stopping moves. But first, let’s see what’s needed.


Aerobatic airplanes need to have a good power-to-weight ratio, with enough power not only to perform your chosen maneuvers but also to fly out of problem situations. As with all airplanes, your servos should have the recommended torque and be installed securely. All of your plane’s control surfaces should be set up and hinged correctly and, of course, move in the proper directions. The model’s center of gravity (CG) should be set at the recommended position; remember, a model that is balanced with a slightly tail-heavy CG may be more desirable for aerobatics flown by experienced pilots.


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