In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is […]
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 […]
The Red Bull RC Aerobatic Team performs a great show at the Lodrino Air Meet in Switzerland, flying their 106-inch-span Pitts Model-12 “Beast” biplanes. Each of the multi-wing aerobats is powered by a 3W 220cc four-cylinder engine. Thanks to Horst Zeller from RC Scale Airplanes for taking and posting this great video.
Learning to fly advanced maneuvers helps you become a better RC pilot and gives you the ability to perform aerobatics more smoothly and precisely. This video Flight Tip by Jason Benson explains how to master the impressive Knife Edge Circle with 1 1/2 snap rolls move.
When you’re flying a stable elevator, you can perform an inside “waterfall” (micro loop) by maintaining full up-elevator, and applying full power and a little right rudder to correct for increased propwash and P-factor. On the back side of the loop, quickly cut the power and neutralize the rudder. Then, at the instant the fuselage […]
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.
Those who “don’t know what they don’t know” usually claim (by default) to be content with their flying. The reality is that flying is a lot more fun when you do it well and continue to improve, and nothing instills the satisfaction of a job well done like being able to string together several aerobatic […]
In the early days of aviation, spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the […]
The snap roll is an advanced maneuver that you’ll first encounter in the IMAC Sportsman sequence. It evolves into more difficult variations in the upper classes of competition. It is one of the most difficult maneuvers in which to consistently achieve a high score because it requires a keen sense of timing, throttle management and […]
When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying a vertical 8, which is an inside loop followed by an outside loop. […]
The first time I saw a knife-edge circle was at the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, NV. Seeing an airplane rolled 90 degrees to knife-edge flight and having the pilot push on the elevator stick to initiate the circle while maintaining altitude with rudder was a sight to behold, and it still is! With […]
For this maneuver, the pilot enters from inverted flight and pushes to establish a 45-degree climb then he performs 1½ negative snaps. After the snap, another line segment (equal to the first line) is then executed. Once the maneuver is complete, the pilot must pull 135 degrees to exit in inverted straight and level flight. […]