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Flying a Radio Control Scale Airplane

February 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

Flying a scale model aircraft, it is most important to try to be realistic. This is every bit as important as applying your skills in the building process. It is very important because you can get a good score for flying an ARF in a scale like manner as well. You have to imagine that someone is actually in the aircraft so that the manoeuvres are scale-like and survivable. This is very easy to achieve but you must use all the controls on the aircraft, all the time; in order to get the correct inputs that you would get with a full-scale plane.

It is important that you control the speed of the airplane and the attitude. The most important control that is mis-used is the rudder. People tend to use the rudder for controlling the aircraft on the ground for takeoff and then forget about it when actually it should be involved in every turn to coordinate the turn.

The flyer also has to be in control of the throttle. Again, people often will apply throttle in order to takeoff and then just leave it there. In fact, throttle is a control management tool and is very important to the actual flight of aircraft. A good example of this is in landing any type of RC airplane. The elevator controls the speed and the throttle controls the altitude; when you come over the end of the runway on you approach apply some up elevator to slow down and use the throttle to maintain altitude until you are where you want to touch down. Ease off the throttle and use more up elevator to touch down.

I find even watching on videos when people are flying airplanes in scale competition they will often land the airplane quite successfully and then try to turn off the runway before they stop the airplane.

Watch full-scale aircraft. They nearly always come to a complete stop before they start the ground manoeuvring, and we should do the same thing. Nothing is worse than watching a beautiful scale P-51 land successfully, and then while trying to turn off the runway, fold a landing gear leg, simply because they did not stop.

Now you have the basics, what I consider to be the important part of flying a model aircraft. I hope you can see the reasoning behind my opinions; I just like to see an airplane that looks like an airplane, under all circumstances.

We will, of, course be discussing this more in times to come. Everyone has an opinion, and we have space for you to send yours to the blog.

Gregg LeWarne has spent many years working on models and scale models of many types. Such as found at http://www.scalemodelcollection.net. But his main interest is RC scale models http://radiocontrolplanesblog.com

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