Aircraft visibility

When a model airplane crashes, fault is sometimes loss of radio contact or even a mechanical failure. Quite often though the cause is simply that the pilot misinterpreted the airplane’s attitude and reacted with incorrect inputs. This misinterpretation is directly related to how well we can see the airplane in what we’re calling aircraft visibility. […]

Thumbs or Fingers – Part 2

Part one of this article can be found here. Thumbs or Fingers   So is the grass really greener on the other side of the transmitter sticks? If you fly thumbs would you really get better control with fingers? If you fly fingers would thumbs make you quicker and more nimble flyer? Not sure how to […]

Thumbs or Fingers

How do you hold the transmitter sticks? Are you just thumbs flyer or do you use the index finger and thumb also know as the pinch method or fingers (which is term we’ll use for this article)?  This discussion consistently comes up on various internet message boards spawning world wide debates. Which method is better, […]

Model airplane safety during engine starting

I heard someone once say when it comes to getting bit by a prop there are only two types of modelers… Those that have and those that will. An online survey of powered aircraft modelers showed that roughly 60% of the respondents had been injured by a spinning propeller at least once. The stories I’ve […]

Lucky Pilots – Part Two

In Part one of Lucky pilots we explained what a “lucky pilot” was and started to analyze what made them so darn lucky. This part continues that exploration so anybody can also become a lucky pilot themselves. If there is one common link between all the pilots that keep planes for a long time, it’s […]

Lucky RC Pilots – How you can become one

If you fly R/C with a group or in a club you may have noticed there are pilots that just are just plain lucky. They come out the field day after day and never seem to have a single mishap. While you on the other hand you feel perpetually unlucky, always heading home after a […]