I was just doing some aerobatics and decided to do an inverted fly-by. The plane began to sink and I rightfully pushed foward on the stick to correct. After having no reaction to my stick movement, I instinctually pulled back, and . . . SMACK!!!!!!!! I built it just about this time last year.
Before I start, let me just say that I am not insulting anyones abilities to land , this is just some tips on perfecting those already great landings.
It's time to take out that old semi-semmetrical trainer from the corner and practice some landings! As I have learned from experince, landings are an EXREMLEY fun and challenging menuver to tackle, but the rewards go for miles!
The landing actually starts in the traffic pattern well before touchdown. The traffic pattern altitude that I prefer for large parkflyers is about thirty feet, or the height of a light post. Start on the downwind leg of the pattern to allow some thinking time and to get set up.
When the aircraft approaches about 45 degrees of the threshold, pull power back to about a quarter throttle and add flaps if you have them. As the decent begins, make a moderate bank turn onto final approach. Note that some power may be needed to prevent a stall from increased wing load. As you approach the runway threshold, things start to happen a little bit faster:
As you cross the threshold of the runway, gradually pull the power out
Establish the craft in a level flight attitude in order to bleed off airspeed
When the airspeed has bled off enough for the craft to not ballon, pull the nose into a climb attitude and wait.
The wheels should touch down within seconds of the previous step.
and alakazam! A greased landing was made! In order for this process to not be altered from these steps, use a primary trainer...Continue Reading
Yep. There it is. The bush/ STOL T-28 trojan. You can see that it is a taildragger with larger wheels installed. It also has flaps that are half down the whole time the battery is hooked up (you never know when you need that last bit of lift ). The tail is screaming ugly with its caution stripe livery, which makes it all the better looking bush plane. This aircraft is capable of taking off in about 6 1/2 feet with a decent headwind and full flaps. The gear is sooo beefed up, you can pull off a slam-down full stall landing from ten feet up without a scratch. It is VERY old and the wing rocks from side to side from its mounting onto the fuselage. It has been through sooo many touch and goes, the paint has been worn bare on the gear from where the wheels rub agianst it. Great plane overall.
Hello! I have been flying for a few years now and done just about everything concerning electric models, but I have only had one gas model. My fleet consists of an E-flite extra 260, Telemaster, and a parkzone T-28 trojan soon to be outfitted with a STOL kit (more on that later), and an alpha 40 outfitted with a power 25 motor. I first learned on a hobbyzone supercub and flew it until it literally didn't want to fly anymore from old age. I used to have an E-flite taylorcraft, but I crashed it trying to practice crosswind landings. Back to the STOL trojan. Unusually enough, I have found the trojan to be the best bush plane there currently is, and have had ALOT of hours flying it. It is the ideal plane to pull off landings on a runway two feet wide by five feet long uphill WITHOUT a STOL kit. I decided to add a shortfield kit onto it to see just how much better it will perform in bush landings. As you probably guessed by how long I rambled on about the t-28, my favorite r.c. topic is bush flying. If you ever have any questions about STOL or bush flight, just drop me a message.