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Pro Tips for First Flight Success

Pro Tips for First Flight Success

  Learning to fly is always easier and more fun with the aid of an experienced instructor. He will help you avoid those first few beginner mistakes and will help your airplane live a lot longer. The Sportsman S+ RTF with SAFE Technology from Hobby Zone is one of the new generation trainer/sport fliers that […]
Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

Actually, pilots should begin their flying careers by using rudder from the very beginning. One of the ways we used to help beginner pilots is by programming in an aileron/rudder mix from the very start. This improves the plane’s performance by eliminating adverse yaw, which is the opposite yaw or skid inherent with aileron deflections […]
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Flight Technique: Secrets to Inverted Flight

Flight Technique: Secrets to Inverted Flight

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often ... Continue reading ... Join our premium membership!
RC Airplane Stall and Spin Recovery Tips

RC Airplane Stall and Spin Recovery Tips

The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
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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 […]
RC Aerobatics: Perfecting the Avalanche

RC Aerobatics: Perfecting the Avalanche

MAN’s West Coast Senior Editor John Reid, shows the proper way to perform the Avalanche. Basically a loop with a snap roll at the very top, John’s video highlights some of the important things to watch for while you perfect this great aerobatic maneuver.  
RC Aerobatics: Pro tips to a perfect 4-point roll!

RC Aerobatics: Pro tips to a perfect 4-point roll!

The four-point roll (hesitation roll) is a horizontal roll with a brief hesitation at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Before you attempt this maneuver, I recommend that you perfect the standard aileron roll by using down-elevator when the plane is inverted. You should be able to do a roll without any altitude loss or heading […]
Master the Flat Spin-Blender A 3D Maneuver to wake up the crowd!

Master the Flat Spin-Blender A 3D Maneuver to wake up the crowd!

First executed at the Tournament of Champions, Quique Somenzini performed an sequence that combined a flat spin with a blender while recovering at a very low altitude. A simply stunning maneuver, the aircraft enters what everyone thought was going to be an ordinary upright flat spin. Then his model quickly transitioned into a vertical rolling […]
Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

Stall & Spin Recovery Tips

The stall, or more accurately the inadvertent stall, has probably caused more RC planes to crash than any other cause. The safety of your airplane depends on your knowledge of its slow-speed handling and stall characteristics. To minimize the number of crashes due to stalls, the pilot must understand the principles of what makes a […]
Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

There are a handful of mistakes that nearly all recreational RC pilots make that stem from not having a plan before flying. This article is aimed at addressing the two bad habits that probably lead to more damage during landings than any others. Indeed, most pilots will immediately experience improved landings if they can correct […]
Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Landings with a Twist — Master the Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

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 […]
Flying Scale – Doing it the Right Way

Flying Scale – Doing it the Right Way

In competition aerobatics, we’re concerned only about the execution of the maneuver, period. For example, loops must be perfectly round and centered, and precision is the key to achieving the highest score. In scale competition however, you have to execute that loop just like the full-size aircraft would have performed it. For maximum flight points, […]
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