Peter Rondel

Peter Rondel  |  Sep 09, 2020  |  0 comments
Everyone likes ‘looping the loop’ when they’re learning to fly, and it’s a good thing too; we all need a bit of light relief during training sessions. However, there’s more to a perfected loop than just pulling in ‘up’ elevator. Ultimately you’ll be using all four primary controls (throttle, aileron, rudder and elevator) to nail the definitive loop. Surprisingly difficult to perfect, properly executed loops are smooth flowing and accurate figures.
Peter Rondel  |  Jan 23, 2014  |  0 comments
Continuing our voyage of discovery into the art of aerobatics we’ll take a look at the slow roll this time around, and in relation to this, the side-effects that your model may display through active use of the rudder. These side effects make such manoeuvres more difficult to perfect, so we’ll briefly investigate why this is, and examine possible remedies. So, without further ado we’ll tackle what is one of my favourite manoeuvres in terms of challenge and appearance. Believe me, if you can properly deliver an excruciatingly slow roll below 50 feet from one end of your field to the other, onlookers will really be impressed.
Peter Rondel  |  Oct 01, 2010  |  0 comments
If you’ve been following my articles (see links below) then by now you should be quite familiar with using the 12-hour clock face to describe the position of the model through rolling manoeuvres, where upright and level has the fin pointing to 12. 00. For the one-roll rolling circle we’ll introduce a second clock face, which will describe the circuit (circle) flown whilst executing the single roll. This way we can visibly understand the attitude of the model at any given point in the circle / roll simultaneously, from the comfort of an armchair! The lessons learned in earlier instalments for consecutive, slow and hesitation rolls all apply.
Peter Rondel  |  Sep 13, 2010  |  0 comments
Over recent articles we’ve covered a number of basic aerobatic manoeuvres in detail, and before moving on I thought it a good idea to recap on some of the key points and look a little more at a subject that's equally important - model set up. When taking a closer look at the loop we talked a little more about accurate positioning and compensation for the wind, as well as effective use of throttle and introduction of the rudder control. Similarly, when moving on to consecutive rolls we broke the manoeuvre into manageable zones, making more use of the rudder control and realising the importance of mastering a particular manoeuvre such that it can be performed comfortably in any direction. Hopefully, the advice given thus far has helped improve your aerobatic capability.
Peter Rondel  |  Sep 13, 2010  |  0 comments
The roll is a very pretty manoeuvre that has many variations, and to perform perfectly is quite a challenge on both pilot and model. A roll, of sorts, can be performed by banging in full aileron and hoping for the best. . .
Peter Rondel  |  Sep 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Performed correctly the stall turn is a very pretty manoeuvre and has, perhaps surprisingly, numerous formats. First we’ll take a look at the basic manoeuvre, which is usually performed at one end of your flying space (or ‘box’) with the top of the model facing you throughout. FIG. 1 ENTRY As with all aerobatic manoeuvres proper entry is crucial, beginning straight and level at a steady speed (not full chat) with all the controls being used as required to keep the model as straight as an arrow.
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