Scale!

RC Flug-Log now has scale:

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Just enter the full-size plane’s wingspan.

League of World War I Aviation Historians’ Podcasts

The league of WWI Aviation Historians have a new, monthly podcast called ‘Over the Front Radio.’  on Warbird Radio.

They have held a few ‘League Weeks’ in the past, where each night a different historian discusses some aspect of WWI aviation.  It is great to see new shows appearing more frequently with the new format.

There is an index of the past League Week podcasts at:  http://www.overthefront.com/Warbird-Radio.php
My favorite episodes are the 9/28 Fred Murrin talk on flying WWI airplanes and the 4/21 Peter Kilduff talk on Manfred von Richtofen.

I liked this work enough to join the League myself, even though I’m not a historian.  The magazine covers alone are worth it:

 

 

What’s your favorite episode?

 

Improved Tagging and Videos

Tonight RCFlugLog went live with two improvements:

1.  Tagging of planes is much improved.   You can now select existing tags from a drop-down or just type and hit <enter> to create new tags on the fly:

Improved tags

 

2.  You can add the URL of the YouTube or Vimeo page containing a video and that video will be embedded on your plane’s detail page.

 

 

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 *:
http://www.rcflightschool.com/Basic_LessonsPDF/Solo_H93-95.pdf
http://www.rcflightschool.com/Basic_LessonsPDF/Solo_H86-92.pdf
http://www.rcflightschool.com/Basic_LessonsPDF/Solo_I96-101.pdf

AMA’s Sport Aviator article:
http://masportaviator.com/2004/01/17/basic-landing-techniques/

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.