Archive for May 29, 2013

Improving Your RC Plane Landings

From the Parkzone T-28 thread on RCGroups:

I’m still having trouble achieving consistent landings — even with the flaps extended. I typically land long, i.e., I overshoot the intended landing spot. I always have the feeling that the plane is coming in too fast, even though I’m using very little throttle. I love flying this plane, but landing makes me nervous. How can I improve?

The short answer is to use your elevator and throttle to establish slow flight before you turn to final approach, then use the throttle to control your rate of descent on final.

Long answer:

I got tired of my scary landings earlier this year and decided to do something about it.

These online resources helped the most:
RC Flight school’s landing made easy *:

AMA’s Sport Aviator article:

It helps a lot to have a good approach – fly like a real plane doing a downwind, base and final leg, with the goal of having the plane lined up about center of the field when turning onto the final approach.

You use throttle to control the rate of descent and the elevator to control your plane’s speed.   That was not intuitive to me.

I think it was RC flight school that emphasized getting everything done early as much as possible (alignment with the center line, decent height, etc) so that on the final you have much less to do.

Finally, I made great progress by taking a day and heading out to the field at an off time and just taking off and going into the landing pattern, landing, and thinking through what I should have done better, then repeating.


* I recently bought the Sport Aerobatics Manual from 1st U.S. R/C Flight School and can say that the methods presented in his manuals are great and well worth the $20-$25 for the manual.