“Flying The RC Model Airplane — Immelman Turn”

This post will be the last in our series of aerobatic maneuvers for radio controlled model airplanes for the time being.  But, do not despair, there will be another series next summer in which I hope to include some videos of what we have covered in this series and some more advanced maneuvers.  For now, let’s conclude this series with the Immelman Turn.

Please keep in mind that the whole idea of this website is to promote the fun and excitement of RC flying.  My goal is not to make you ready for competition, but to help you learn some basic maneuvers that will give you more opportunity to further enjoy this hobby.   In the interest of having fun, remember to maintain adequate altitude while learning and practicing each of these maneuvers to help avoid accidents.

It is advisable to begin the Immelman Turn flying into the wind.  The turn starts out like the inside loop.  Flying straight and level pull up elevator the same as beginning the loop and hold up elevator until you reach the top of the loop.   Without completing the loop use some down elevator (plane is inverted at this point) to level out and then use aileron control to roll the plane to its upright attitude and continue on straight and level flight and when ready, try another turn going the other direction.

You can keep practicing the Immelman Turn and each of the other maneuvers that we have discussed here.  And if you wish to pursue competitive RC aerobatics, I would advise you of two steps you should take.  First, find someone who is an accomplished competitive RC aerobatics flier that is willing to help you as you learn the maneuvers in the kind of detail required for competition flying.  And secondly, check out what the current AMA rules are so that you will know that you are moving in the correct direction.  Be aware that the AMA does make changes to these rules and if you are striving to be a competitive aerobatics flier, you need to stay current with any changes that may occur.

Next time we’ll talk about how to get started in radio controlled model airplane flying in order to accommodate anyone that may have missed out on our earlier training blog entries.  This is the OldManFlier and I’ll see you next time.


“Flying The RC Model Airplane — Stall Turn Or Hammerhead”

Here we are at the end of summer for some of us living in the northern climates.  Not much nice weather left for flying your radio controlled model airplanes or helicopters.  Although it is the end of the summer flying season for some of us, there is still a lot you can do to stay involved with our hobby through the winter months.

Some of the more durable and adventurous of RC modelers actually do some flying outdoors during the frozen months.  It is sometimes done on frozen lakes or if you have a large enough building available, you can fly some of the smaller electric powered models indoors.   And don’t overlook the sport of indoor RC model car and truck racing.  It is also a lot of fun and very much doable in any weather.

You may have the desire to build a new kit this winter or maybe you had an accident with your favorite model last summer and it needs some repair work.   Either way, the winter months are ideal for model building or rebuilding.  I have a couple of kits to build and one model that had a radio failure and it is in need of some serious repair.  My intent is to make a video of kit building and another one of rebuilding crashed radio controlled model airplanes.  However, these videos will be delayed for a while because I am in need of some serious repair on my right ankle.  I will be going in the hospital on the 13th of November for surgery.  I expect to be in a cast for several months and that will limit my ability to get into the basement to my airplane workbench.  I will prevail and the videos will be available as soon as possible.   Please bear with me and keep reading my blog for more RC information and be sure to sign up to receive my 7 day eCourse on getting started in RC flying.

Now, let’s get on to flying the stall turn.  It is also called the hammerhead because of the similarity to the shape of a hammerhead.  Begin with straight and level flight and make sure you are flying at a high enough altitude to give you time to correct any mistakes that may occur.   When you are ready to make the stall turn pull the nose up with full elevator and begin vertical flight and at the top of the hammerhead or at the point of the stall, reduce the airspeed with the throttle control and simultaneously give the rudder full left to make a sharp left turn without using the ailerons.  You will have to use some elevator control to head the plane straight downward.   Increase the throttle to get control of the model, but not too fast, because you will need to pull it out of the dive and you need to be careful not to overload the wing at that point.  At the bottom of the hammerhead, pull up elevator to return to straight and level flight in the opposite direction from where you began the hammerhead.

The hammerhead or stall turn is actually fairly simple to perform.  Just remember to start at a sufficient altitude to allow for mistakes and don’t dive at full throttle in order to avoid excessive G-forces on the wing when you pull out of the dive to return to level flight.  You can practice this by turning either to the left or the right at the top of the stall, but I think it is more common to turn to the left.

This turn is fun to fly and fun to watch and it often comes in handy when you have a limited amount of space to fly in.  As always, it is much better to have an experienced flier with you when you are first learning any of the aerobatic maneuvers to provide advice and emergency assistance when needed.

One more point on winter flying fun is to purchase one of the excellent RC flight simulators and practice these maneuvers in the comfort of your home and you won’t have to worry about crashes at all.

This is the OldManFlier and I will see you next time.

“New Plans For talking rc hobbies”

I know it has been too long since my last post, but I had surgery on my left eye this summer, and subsequently, I have lost the sight in that eye.  It has slowed me down a little, but I will continue to update this site as I can and will continue to pursue this most exciting hobby and share my years of experience with you.

I am currently working on creating a video presentation about building a radio controlled model airplane from a kit.   When completed, this video will show all details of building, covering, and installing the engine and radio.  And it will be followed later by a video of the model being put through its paces.  It will be packed with information and will be presented in a pleasing and educational manner.  It will take some time yet to finish it, but it will be worth the wait.

There will also be a video presentation of repairing my crashed Goldberg Anniversary Cub.  It has been around since the middle 1980′s and has crashed once before and was rebuilt.  A few years ago, because of a broken servo wire, it crashed and sustained some damage to the nose, cowl, windows, and wing.  Although, it is not seriously damaged, this will be an interesting video about crash repairs, because this model is equipped with a 2 cylinder 4 stroke engine and it will require some extensive work on fitting the new fiberglass cowl to the plane and a new radio installation.  Watch for it to  be coming out soon.

Additionally, I am working on a 7-day Ecourse on how to get started in radio controlled airplanes.  It will be sent out to anyone who signs up for it on the right side of this page near the top.  It costs nothing and it will help newcomers to the RC hobby get started.  It will be sent out in seven consecutive daily emails and each one is filled with what you need to know such as locating an experienced trainer, RC flying club and field, and how to decide on which type of model to start with.  There will be discussions on electric powered as well as nitro powered engines, the size of your first airplane with some suggestions on different models, and much more on all aspects of obtaining and flying radio controlled model airplanes.  Be sure to sign up for it as soon as possible and it should begin in the first week of November.

I know I kinda got sidetracked with this post that really started out to be about doing the stall turn or “hammerhead” and the Immelman turn, but I wanted to let you know about some of the future plans for this blog.  This is information that is important to the continued success of this blog and I will get right back into some more aerobatics in the next post, and I will try to get back on a more consistent weekly schedule.

Thanks for bearing with me.  This is the OldManFlier and I will see you next time.