Southampton Model Aeroplane Club
There are two completely different phases to preparation for competing in an F3A event. One is the preparation of the model, and the other is the preparation of the pilot. As models become more standardised the balance is definitely shifting towards the pilot rather than the plane. Notwithstanding that, though, preparation of the plane is still vital and more than it looks.
Preparation of the model
This covers the design, the build, and the setup of the model.
Most pattern aerobatic planes follow a standard layout using a semi-
Most planes are factory-
Components: top quality digital servos, top end radios and telemetry and heavy duty engine or motor+esc.
airframe modifications: concealed hinges, dual battery, voltage regulators etc.
Special Tx mixes: knife edge flight, stalls, snap rolls, normal-
Preparation of the pilot
Because this is test of the pilot, the demands on the pilot for different tasks are extreme. The tasks are changed every two years, and in general become harder as pilots and planes improve.
The first pre-
The first actual tasks to master are:
Only now can true aerobatics be attempted:
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