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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Can you recommend books/guides?

I will demonstrate my lack of knowledge of the mechanics of how a plane flies. I read this statement in another thread:

"...But in your case, the wind varied from 20 to over 30 mph. What's your stall speed? Heck, let's say 20 mph, since you were about hovering on approach.
So you're on approach at 25 mph thinking you've got a good cushion, but you're in one of those 30 mph gusts.

What happens when the wind slacks off suddenly to 20? Why your airspeed just fell 10 mph, from 25 to 15 and you are now a rock with the glide angle of a buffalo turd."


Here is the thread it came from: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...67&postcount=5

When I read that I thought -- if the wind blowing against the plane became less, the throttle remained the same, wouldn't the plane's speed increase because it was no longer pushing against the force of the wind? I'm not asking anyone to explain the answer to me, I'm using it to show how little I know/understand of what makes planes fly.

So after that round-about approach, my real question is:

Can any of you give recommendations pro/con for books or how-to-guides I might look for at my local library, as after I came to the realization that I know squat about flying I've decided to go to the library tomorrow and look for books on the subject, before I try to fly my first plane.

Thank you.
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:14 AM
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"Stick and Rudder" is often recommended:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stick_and_Rudder
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:26 AM
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I think the comment above about wind speed refers more to gusty conditions. It's very rare to fly in constant winds, especially near the ground. You can be flying at near stall speed in a wind that can suddenly drop, ( a gust), and the plane cannot instantly increase speed, so the model has a habbit of falling out of the sky.
I have had it happen a few times, so I just prefer not to fly in very gusty conditions.

As for books/guides, you're already reading in the best one for useful information, RCGroups. The - Modeling Science forum - is a good place for the 'technical side' of model flying, (also a good place to see people still disagreeing on 'how planes fly' ).

There are those that build, fly, and enjoy the hobby with little knowledge, there are some who prefer to argue the finer points of their concept of aerodynamics.
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 08:08 AM
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"Stick and Rudder" is often recommended:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stick_and_Rudder
This.

And since it was first published in the 40's, you'll find it easily in most libraries.
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 11:14 AM
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http://www.freetechebooks.com/doc-20...udder-pdf.html

Haven't downloaded it myself to check it.

It is relatively likely that it has entered the public domain but I don't know.
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 03:40 AM
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Thank you for the responses and advice.
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 04:22 PM
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David Scott's books are amazing.

http://www.rcflightschool.com/Manuals_Page.asp
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 04:45 PM
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"Stick and Rudder" is often recommended:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stick_and_Rudder
#1! Although the text is a bit "conversational", this book really makes you understand flight (I mean flight, not flying model planes...).

Got mine from Amazon.

G.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 05:03 PM
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'Stick & Rudder' should be great, but I'd also like to recommend even out of date private pilot training books. They will also teach the hows and whys of flight, which apply just as much to our little planes as their full scale counterparts. I believe all beginner rc pilots would benefit greatly from that knowledge. I'm going to look into that Stick &Rudder book myself. Might learn something.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 06:35 PM
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RCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy, by Carlos Reyes
About $18.00 at amazon.com

Great information and easy to read. Take notes.
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Old Mar 05, 2012, 10:27 PM
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Thank you for all the responses and advice.
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