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Flight School 101 For Beginners

Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Flight School
  • Flight School 101 For Beginners If you are reading this article, chances are you or someone you know is looking into learning how to fly R/C models, or perhaps even a full sized airplane.  Either way, there are general principles of aerodynamics that apply to both small and full scale aircraft. So let's dive right in!  Since Motion RC is a distributor of R/C aircraft, we will use model aircraft for reference, however like stated previously, the same principles apply to full scale aircraft. The Forces At Work In aerodynamics, there are four primary forces at work: Thrust Thrust is the force that...

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    Having Trouble Flying Your Jet At Higher Altitudes?

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  • Category: Flight School
  • Over the years we have received complaints from a few customers regarding poor flight performance of their aircraft, especially jets.  A quick determination would almost always inevitably reveal their flying location was at an elevation far above sea level.  This would in most cases explain the poor performance of their aircraft. Why is that?  One primary factor has to do with air density.  The higher the altitude, the less dense the air.  When air density is compromised, aircraft performance suffers.  A degrade in jet performance is especially obvious. EDF jets for example rely on RPM and forward speed to ingest and...

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    Captain Mike Explains Expo

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  • Category: Flight School
  • In our recent trip to Grapevine 2017 Captain Mike tackles a common question we get from a lot of folks.  What is expo and how do I set it up properly?  Captain Mike, take it away!

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    How To Land Your R/C Model Airplane

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Flight School
  • There's a saying in the world of flight:  Takeoffs are optional.  Landings are mandatory. Indeed, once you are airborne, the only mandatory part of your flight is the landing (hopefully successfully and in one piece).  I've always said a bad landing can ruin a good flight.  Executing a great landing isn't only a good way to keep your aircraft and it's landing gear happy, it's immensely rewarding and a great way to end a nice flight. So today I am going to walk you through the secrets to execute a successful landing.  For simplicity sake I will use a high wing...

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    Controlling Altitude - It May Not Be How You Think

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  • Category: Flight School
  • What action do you need to take with your transmitter in order to change your altitude?   If you think by moving your elevator stick (pitch control) up or down you aren't alone. But you would be wrong. One of the things we learn in aviation - whether it's flying full scale or RC models - is that it's power, not pitch which controls altitude.  Pitch (elevator) controls the nose's attitude in relation to the horizon but ultimately it's power which we use when we either want to increase or decrease our altitude. Let's say you are on the final...

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    Keys To A Successful Maiden? R-E-L-A-X

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  • Category: Flight School
  • Your new model airplane's build is complete.  You have triple-checked your CG, your control surface connections, screws and electronics are all solid, your battery and transmitter is charged, you've programmed your radio for the new model, everything, including the weather, has aligned for the maiden. Besides a solid pre-flight check, what's left to do? R-E-L-A-X. Oh we know, trust us.  Easier said than done!   Flying RC model airplanes can be a tremendously rewarding and fun hobby, but maidens especially can be stressful events, and the stress level is often directly tied to the investment level and size of the...

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