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10Practice, Practice, Practice. To develop your piloting skills, you have to go out and fly. Practice with the help of an instructor first, then with a helper/spotter, so that you can improve your skills. The best thing to concentrate on is to be smooth—with your throttle applications and all your control
inputs. For takeoff, always taxi downwind and turn around so that you can take off directly into the wind. Advance the
throttle slowly so that the model accelerates, and use rudder to keep it tracking straight. When the model gets light on its
landing gear, gently pull back on the elevator stick until the model becomes airborne. Once it is climbing out, ease off the
up-elevator input; if the model continues to climb into a steeper angle, be ready to apply a bit of down-elevator by pushing
it slightly forward. Again, do everything smoothly, and make changes and corrections in small increments.
At the end of the field, apply a slight amount of aileron to back and turn away from the flightline, then bring the stick
back to neutral while applying a little more up-elevator to execute the turn. To keep the model in a smooth turn, you may
need to apply a small amount of rudder in the same direction as the aileron input. Then when you want to end the turn and
enter straight-and-level flight again, neutralize the rudder and elevator and aileron inputs. You may need to apply some
opposite aileron to bring the wings back to level. Fly straight again for a little while, and start another turn so that you can
work your way around the traffic pattern.
When you are comfortable flying your model around the pattern, start flying at lower and lower altitudes. To land, you
first have to get comfortable setting up your landing pattern so that you can bring your model into the final approach at
about a quarter throttle. When the model is about 10 to 15 feet above the end of the runway, keep the wings level and let
it settle in to the touchdown point. Keep reducing power, begin adding more up-elevator, and start your flare. You should
have the wheels touch down just as you run out of throttle. Make slight rudder corrections to keep the model tracking
straight until it comes to a stop. Taxi back to the flightline, and clear the runway. You just made your first solo landing!
With time and practice, anyone can learn to fly an RC airplane. An instructor helps a lot, and having a plan also keeps you
on track. During every flight, build on what you have already learned and try to learn something new to improve your skills.
Good luck. J