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ModelAirplaneNews.com › 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 repeated reference
to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside down. It is that
kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and second-guess themselves—or worse! We recently posted a great article by
David Scott on the subject of inverted flight, and as always, our readers
had lots to say
Ron: Good article!
easier when a
friend told me to
stop thinking up-and down-elevator
and start thinking
push and pull.
Good timing for
this article. I am
currently working on my inverted flight, and you hit it on the head for
teaching yourself to roll to upright. I still find myself pulling when I panic.
I will spend more time practicing that roll to upright roll to inverted,
Jim Slaughter: ;is would be more complete if there were a discussion
of whether the plane dives or climbs when inverted. If it dives, it is more
than likely nose-heavy and the reverse if it climbs. Just sayin’.
Facebook › Rolling Circles
;e rolling circle is one of the most challenging aerobatic maneuvers there
is. To be successful, you need to master the proper control inputs and have
good hand-eye coordination. Few RC pilots can perform the maneuver
correctly without a lot of practice. ;is article generated a lot of great
comments, like these:
U In Our Inbox › Fly Baby Bipe
For years, I have been a biplane nut, and I love all types of multiwing
fliers, from WW I to modern-day aerobats. One of my all-time favorite
civilian biplanes is the Fly Baby Bipe, a two-wing conversion of the
monoplane designed by Peter Bowers. Is there any chance you guys
know where I could find a nice-flying, electric-powered, sport-scale
Ron, thanks for writing. We do actually have a plan set for the Fly Baby
Bipe designed by Pat Tritle. It was published in the April 2013 issue of
our sister publication, Model Airplane News. It is 1/8 scale, has a span
of 33 inches, and is powered by an E-flite 370 brushless motor with a
7.4V 2S 1320mAh LiPo flight battery. You can get the plans (X0413A)
from AirAgeStore.com, and a basic kit—including laser-cut parts, plans,
a vacuum-formed dummy engine, cowl, and wheel pants—is available
from Manzano Laser Works ( manzanolaser.com).
AB: It took me a long time
to get the rolling circle
down pat, but I find I have to
keep at it. It requires a lot of practice,
and if I go a few weeks without
flying it, I get rusty real fast.
DG: I can do that 70%.
GS: Yea, I got it!
LC: I used to be able to do
them quite well, but I’m
out of practice. I have a
hard time keeping the radius
consistent and maintaining the
same altitude throughout.
AM: I use a flight simulator
to practice. I also use my
older banged-up planes
at the flying field as I often lose
my coordination and end up in
RJ: I gave up
on this one a
while ago. But
now I think I might be
able to get it.