How do you minimize the risks during a maiden flight? I have done maiden flights on a lot of model airplane prototypes. Here are some lessons I have learned.
You are having a bad day. You got your model airplane into a spin. Now how the heck do you get out of it?
How do you avoid getting into a spin in the first place? How can you get your model into a controlled spin? What is the only full-size airplane designed from the ground up to be spin proof?
What is the difference between a spin and a spiral dive? What is flutter? Why are spins so dangerous? Do yourself a favor and listen to this episode of Ask the RCadvisor. You might just save one of your models.
Use aerobatic maneuvers as goals to improve your flying. Learn about Aresti notation and the K ratings. Find maneuvers with the right difficulty level to challenge but not frustrate you.
Wish you were a better pilot? What other skills can help you? What are the three parts to a good strategy for improving your flying? How to avoid frustration and boredom? This segment of Ask the RCadvisor is jam packed full of tips.
Why do you get a dihedral effect from wing sweep? Learn why in this segment of Ask the RCadvisor on The Crash Cast.
First I explain adverse yaw. There’s a lot more to adverse yaw than you might realize. Then I tie it into an explanation of how you get effective dihedral from wing sweep. This segment was a tough one, but I think I did a decent job of explaining it all. Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!
What is lateral stability? How does dihedral work to maintain it? How much dihedral do you need? Why might you need less? Why might you need more?
Crash Cast #151 is out! Crash and the gang were kind enough to have me as a guest. We had a very interesting conversation about my UAV work, specially the HALE project.
This week I conclude my Ask the RCadvisor series about pitch stability. The Crash Cast is a free weekly podcast produced by my friend Mike “Crash” Hancock.
This week I talked about pitch stability. Pitch stability is such a big subject that I had to break it up into two “Ask the RCadvisor” segments. This was part one.