There comes a point in time once you have mastered level flight, landings, and takeoffs that you want to try out some RC plane aerobatic maneuvers. Completing successful RC plane aerobatics is great fun and is an excellent way to hone your RC flying skills. As with anything new you need to start slow and build up to more complex RC plane aerobatic maneuvers as your experience progresses.
Some Key Points To Remember
- When performing any type of RC plane aerobatics you need to make sure you fly responsibly especially in a public place
- Make sure the area that you are flying is larger than normal as RC plane aerobatics requires more space, so make sure your area is clear of trees and other large objects
- Make sure you give yourself enough altitude, altitude is very important when it comes to performing aerobatic maneuvers as the more height you give yourself the more time you have to recover if something goes wrong
- Give enough distance between yourself and the plane so you won’t get struck by the plane if something goes wrong
- Make sure you have an RC plane capable of performing aerobatic maneuvers. RC aerobatic planes perform well, trainer planes that only have a controllable rudder will not perform certain types of aerobatics. Planes that have controllable ailerons and rudder work well.
- Perform your RC aerobatic maneuvres into the wind as this will provide more lift and will help the plane perform the aerobatics.
RC Plane Aerobatic Maneuvers
The inside loop is one of the easiest RC planes aerobatic maneuvers to pull off.
How To Do It
Remember to give yourself plenty of height to perform the maneuver 15m/50ft should be enough and be sure to fly into the wind
Fly at full power, at point A in the diagram, pull back on the elevator stick to start the climb – be sure to be gentle on the controls you don’t want sudden hard inputs. Keep the power on. The airplane will go into a vertical climb, keep going to the point where the plane is starting to roll on its back. Next, at point B you will want to bring the throttle back to neutral, keep holding the elevator stick back, you may need to adjust rudder and ailerons to keep the plane on course. Once you arrive at point C bring the elevators back to neutral and throttle to full power. A perfect loop will be a vertical circle with no sideways deviations as always practice makes perfect.
The outside loop is the same as the inside loop apart from the plane is inverted.
How To Do It
Your airplane must be inverted (i.e. rolled through 180 degrees) at the start of the loop (point ‘A’ in the picture). The danger here is to remember to use down elevator to get the airplane to climb. Accidentally applying up elevator at this point will send the airplane crashing into the ground!
Keep holding down the elevator and let the airplane do a full loop, using ailerons and/or rudder to keep it straight. At the top of the outside loop (point ‘B’), your airplane will be right side up. Reduce power and continue the loop back down towards the ground and at point ‘C’ roll through 180 degrees to bring the airplane right side up to exit the maneuver.
The roll requires ailerons but if your airplane only has rudder then you might be able to pull off a larger, somewhat untidier ‘barrel roll’. The roll is one of the easiest and smoothest RC plane aerobatic maneuvers you can accomplish.
How To Do It
Same start as the inside loop; fly straight and level on at least half throttle. To begin a roll, apply a very small amount of up elevator and left or right aileron a split second afterward. No need for full power this time, keep the throttle stick where it is throughout the roll. If you are using rudder alone you’ll need to apply much more up elevator and put the plane into a small climb before rolling.
As you apply the elevator and aileron, the airplane will start to roll over. Keep the aileron stick in the same position but you will probably have to adjust the elevator to keep the roll tidy. As the plane inverts, release elevator and apply a tiny amount of down elevator when the airplane is fully inverted, this will prevent any loss of altitude during the roll (generally speaking…).
Once the airplane is right-side up again, return the sticks to neutral and resume straight and level flying.
The stall turn, also called a hammerhead turn, makes use of the airplane’s rudder and is a relatively simple maneuver to perform.
How To Do It
As before, begin with a straight and level flight path. At point A in the picture above, apply full power and up elevator, putting the airplane into a vertical climb. Adjust the rudder and elevator as necessary to maintain the climb as vertically and as straight as possible, without going into the beginnings of a loop i.e. don’t keep holding in up elevator.
Let it climb for a few seconds (depending on how much power you have to hand*) and then, at point B, reduce throttle and – here’s the important part – apply full rudder to the left or right. If the airplane doesn’t look like it’s going to turn neatly, give the throttle a small blip to get some prop wash (air movement) over the rudder.
Once the airplane has spun round through 180° and is facing the ground, return the rudder to neutral and let the airplane go naturally into a brief vertical dive for a second or so. Then, at point C, apply both motor power and up elevator to pull out of the dive and resume straight and level flying.
There You Go
Remember that the design and type of your plane will greatly affect how well you can execute any RC plane aerobatic maneuvers, so don’t worry if you can’t do all the maneuvers just try the ones that your plane is capable of. Once you move on to a four channel mid or low wing airplane with ailerons then the fun begins