How to Do Aerobatic Tricks With RC Planes

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How to Do Aerobatic Tricks With RC Planes
An RC plane can fly and perform aerobatic manoeuvres just like its full-sized counterpart. (plane image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Flying a radio-controlled (RC) plane is an exhilarating hobby that puts you in the cockpit of your favourite plane and enables you to fly with all the natural forces a real plane would endure. RC planes follow the same rules of gravity as real planes, so perfecting aerobatic manoeuvres is extremely rewarding. Friends, family and other hobbyists will love to watch as you send your RC plane into an exciting series of tricks and stunts. Three easy to learn manoeuvres are the loop, barrel roll and Immelman turn, which is half a loop followed by a roll which leaves your plane headed in the opposite direction.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fly directly into the wind at full throttle. Full throttle is the left stick forward.

  2. 2

    Pull the right stick back until your plane is at the top of the loop and upside-down. Keep the right stick pulled back.

  3. 3

    Reduce throttle to 1/4 speed. Keep the right stick pulled back.

  4. 4

    Allow your plane to "fall" until it's at the position where you first entered the loop. Keep the right stick pulled back.

  5. 5

    Push the left stick forward to increase your throttle to cruising speed. You are now free flying once again with a loop completed.

  1. 1

    Fly into the wind at full throttle and push the right stick left or right and hold it. This will make your plane roll in either direction.

  2. 2

    Gently push the left stick in the opposite direction as the right stick to ensure a smooth roll. If the nose is going up, you may need to push the left stick down slightly as well.

  3. 3

    Resume cruising speed.

  1. 1

    Fly into the wind at full throttle and pull back the left stick. This will send your plane into the beginning of a loop.

  2. 2

    Push the right stick right or left at the top of the loop when your plane is upside down until it is right-side up.

  3. 3

    Resume cruising speed.

Tips and warnings

  • Know your plane's limitations. Wood and glue planes don't handle G forces as well as plastic and metal planes.
  • If your RC plane is electric, make sure the battery is fully charged before flying.
  • Never fly your RC plane near power lines.
  • Be sure to fly in an open area away from trees and buildings.

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