Rc Outdoor Aerobatics
RC outdoor aerobatics is one of the more popular sports to be associated with RC planes. While being extremely exciting to participate in, RC outdoor aerobatics are also extremely interesting to watch for people looking to take up the sport. Not only do you need the ideal plane, you will need to acquire the right skills to indulge in RC outdoor aerobatics, something that is not too tedious a task.
Aerobatics were initially used as a mode of entertainment where a 'flying circus' would demonstrate maneuvers to thrill audiences. Some of these maneuvers began to gain prominence in warfare as well once pilots realized the potential that they hold in gaining tactical advantage during dogfights. It was quite natural that radio controlled flying also introduced the form as a major sport, one that has picked up pace over the ages. Hobbyists are constantly on the lookout for new and more difficult maneuvers that can be performed to gain more points during aerobatic shows and events.
Before you can get into aerobatics, you need to understand that all planes are not ideal for aerobatics. While most RC planes can perform maneuvers to some extent, RC jets and other fast-flying and powerful planes tend to take longer to perform a maneuver due to their large thrusts. As a result, the outcome, though the same, doesn?t seem as exciting as when performed by a purpose-built aerobatics plane.
Once you are ready to take your model out to the field, all assembled and fit to fly, you need to ensure that you carry out some last minute checks before fueling up your RC airplane. Checking the centre of gravity is essential as it ensures a smooth flight pattern. You can easily do so with your fingers, by placing them under the wing tips and balancing the plane. Inserting a nail or just adding a bit of lead into the wing-tip can easily restore the weight balance of the plane.
The next thing to check is the incidences of the wing and tail of the plane. All you need for this are a incidence meter and a flat bench or table. The wings are meant to be set at around 0.5 to 1.0 degree while the tail is set at 0 degree incidence.
For first-time and still-learning RC outdoor aerobatics flyers, it is recommended that they practice a lot at greater heights of flying so as to minimize the damage to their models. There are numerous clubs that offer training classes for people willing to get into the sport. Also, you will find these clubs as the ideal place to check out if you are looking for a competition.
So when you feel that you are ready to take your plane out to the field and try out those latest Top Gun moves, make sure you are well prepared to take on the world of RC outdoor aerobatics.