Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Flight Basics

Choosing and Setting up your first 3D Plane

Skies are blue, winds are low so let's jump right in and look at some important characteristics of an appropriate, first 3D aerobatic plane

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Starting your 3D Aerobatic Journey on the right foot

I remember with great clarity the first time I saw a competent 3D pilot in action, performing wild tumbles and inverted harriers and hovering within inches of the ground. My jaw hit the floor and my concept of this hobby changed forever.

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Dana Wilder Earns Her Wings

Dana Wilder Earns Her Wings

In this issue, guest columnist Bob Wilder,a longstanding RC modeler, briefly describes his rich background in RC and his rewarding experience teaching his granddaughter, Dana Wilder, to fly RC airplanes.

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Assembling Your New ARF

Although modern ARF aircraft are remarkably complete right out of the box, there are still many steps that require some workmanship to complete the model. This month's article will cover some of the different techniques to finish the airframe assembly, allowing you to match your efforts to the kit's high quality.

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Flying In The Wind

Let's see a show of hands here. How many of you have become amateur meteorologists since you learned to fly model airplanes? Yeah; me too.

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Control Horn Basics

This month's 'Primary Training' is in response to an email sent to our Editors' Inbox (editors@flyrc.com) from Rick Breckwoldt. Rick writes: I was hoping that you would include an article about the best way to install the aileron, rudder, or elevator control horns that come with most kits.

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Propeller Safety: Safety Tips For Everyone

The traditional safety structure of AMA clubs has done a lot to reinforce good safety habits over the years. Unfortunately, with the advances made in electric flight and its often less organized and more isolated nature, we have many up-and-coming pilots who have little, if any, way to learn good safety practices

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Power Loading

Why does it have to be this complicated? If I had a dollar for every time Ive heard that question asked by fliers who are trying to match electric power systems with airframes, Id be a rich man. In the glow and gas world, the process is pretty simple: just pick an engine at or around the top end of the recommended range and one of the few props listed on its data sheet, and youre good to go.

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Gas Engine Safety

One of the more unique things about aviation and aircraft is that both are wildly unforgiving of mistakes and inattention. This applies to full-scale as well as the model aviation we practice here.

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Park Flyer Safety

Every so often an event happens that causes me to refocus my emphasis on safety in the RC world. The most recent incident involved a giant-scale model and a full-scale aircraft at a local fly-in, and serves as notice in my mind that the RC community needs to ensure that all safety considerations have been addressed and remain in our collective focus at all times.

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Install A Gas Engine

We're at a great time in our hobby. If you look back just a few short years (five are all it takes), you'll see that flying .60- size aircraft no longer means that you are limited to flying a nitro plane. You can pick virtually any .60 aircraft on the market and install your choice of nitro, electric, or 20cc gas powerplants.

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