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RC Airplane Flight Tech: Prepare for landing!

Someone told me once that alighting is a usually scheme that we fly that is positively mandatory. If we consider about it, this creates finish sense. We don’t have to take off, yet once we do, a usually thing that we contingency do is land! So, once we have takeoff down, it’s a good thought to make certain we are 100% efficient in landing.

The wily partial about alighting is a fact that we will be drifting so tighten to stall. Unlike full-scale pilots, we do not have an airspeed indicator and a tie to a craft that allows us to feel a stall. However, to me, alighting a indication aircraft is still unequivocally many a “by feel” thing. We only feel a case in a conflicting sense. The approach we feel it is in a ride that is on a hang that controls a elevator. As a indication flies slower, a wing will need a aloft angle of conflict to say altitude. Therefore, while we are environment adult for landing, if we unexpected have a need to supplement some-more and some-more conveyor to say your altitude, it is time to supplement stifle to equivocate a imminent stall.

Now, let’s speak about a hardest judgment to grasp. When drifting a indication airplane, generally during landing, a judgment is this: conveyor controls speed, while stifle controls rate of descent/ascent. Most people trust a conflicting to be true. This is painfully apparent when we are drifting tighten to a belligerent and we run out of up-elevator and your craft comes crashing to a ground. The biggest mistake people make is regulating conveyor alone to try to say their skirmish to landing. Instead we wish to use stifle to delayed your skirmish and equivocate hit with a belligerent and conveyor to delayed a craft down, as it gets closer to touchdown.

With a tricycle rigging we can means to move a nose a small aloft but worrying about losing control of a indication once on a ground. We will try to cover this in a destiny article.

Landing during conflicting fields can supplement to a complexity of alighting a “difficult” model. When we are alighting a indication that we need to concentration on flying, we will wish to abate a bucket wherever we can. Here are a few things that we use to make things easier on my brain. The initial things that we like to implement are landmarks. When we initial arrive during a new margin we will take a few mins to indicate a area and demeanour for visible landmarks. Some of my favorites are peaks of hills or plateau in a background, energy poles, trees, or other things that mount out to a eye. Next is meaningful a case characteristics of a indication that we am flying. Anytime we fly a new indication we like to take her adult to altitude once we know all is operative as it should and lift a stifle back. we afterwards request some-more and some-more conveyor until we strech case and see what a plane’s response is. This will mislay any surprises when we am on final and altitude is during a premium. These dual pointers can assistance save a series of models if we take a time to implement them anytime we are during a new margin or drifting a new model.


Although it’s not a warbird, we can use a stairs in this essay to assistance boost your success rate when alighting aerobatic biplanes like a Checkmate graphic here.

Notice a nose turn opinion while alighting this warbird. The increasing airspeed helps to say rudder management on touchdown.

Of a conflicting configurations of models, a tail-dragger craft is unequivocally some-more formidable to land well. Of course, we have to count out a “floaty” 3D models and aerobatic planes such as a Extras and Edges that are so popular.

In general, a models are not formidable to land. Even many of a “heavy-metal” warbird models are so easily wing installed that they unequivocally don’t validate as a “difficult” to land aircraft. However, even yet they don’t have high wing loading, a fact that many of them are tail draggers creates this a “trickiest” category to land so we will concentration here.

So, what qualifies as a good alighting with a tail-dragging warbird? To me, it is a nice, 2-point touchdown with no bounces and a tranquil rollout. The many common mistake we make, as modelers, is not carrying adequate speed when alighting a warbirds. Just since a wing will fly down to a walking gait does not meant that is a speed we should land these models. Landing too delayed will means a bounces and rash rollout formerly mentioned.

I will initial residence airspeed. we like to land my models about 5 to 10mph above case speed. This keeps adequate airflow roving over a straight fin and rudder to control bend on touchdown as good as over a craft gash and conveyor to keep adequate representation management to minimize bouncing.

The subsequent indicate of review is a opinion of a model. Unlike a 3D aerobatic planes we wish to come in with a nose sincerely level. Try to equivocate entrance in nose high like a jet fighter. This only leads to trouble.

The third bullet indicate would be a flare. Since we have plenty airspeed to keep a craft drifting a light is going to be some-more of a leveling out. we like to light during about 6 inches above a runway. Once we turn a craft off during this altitude, we will lift a stifle behind to idle and concede a craft to slow. As a wheels get to a indicate of hit with a tarmac we will solemnly recover a behind vigour on a conveyor alleviation a bent of a tail to dump that creates a certain angle of conflict of a wings, that will eventually lead to a indication holding to a skies again unintentionally.

Once a categorical wheels are solidly on a ground, we concentration on my rudder control and be certain to keep a indication tracking as tighten to a centerline as possible.

Finally, once my plane’s atmosphere speed is next moody speed, we will solemnly supplement a up-elevator behind in to resolutely plant a tailwheel on a belligerent to equivocate a unattractive nose over that we have all witnessed during a field.


If we take a tips above and concentration on improving your skills one during a time, we unequivocally will see an alleviation in your alighting skills. All of a above points have correct timing. Additionally, any indication we fly will need conflicting timing for any of a points. Be studious and work on any step one during a time with any indication we fly. Eventually, all above will turn second inlet and we will not demur to fly any new indication no matter how “scary” it is ostensible to be on landing. Now get out there and fire some landings!   By Jason Benson

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